Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New Book Advocates Drug-Free Depression Management

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Harvard-educated psychiatrist and founder of the DC-based Center for Mind-Body Medicine James S. Gordon has written a new book about effective drug-free strategies for treating depression.

Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression, Gordon shares the alternative treatments he has seen work for people all over the world dealing with mild and moderate depression over the past 35 years.

Gordon has taught these strategies (including exercise, diet, meditation, biofeedback, guided imagery and group support) to people living through many different circumstances including everyone from troubled kids to people surviving the chaos and terror of war.

Prozac Nation No More? Why Drug-Free Depression Treatments May Work Better

If you've been reading Somebody Heal Me for a while you already know I'm not against the use of medication for treating depression. It works for me, and I think my life is more fulfilling when I'm taking it. But I believe in a holistic approach to disease management. Medication is just one tool in my arsenal. Bottom line: I advocate figuring out what works for you and doing it.

I'm going to get a copy of Unstuck and add it to that nonfiction book tower I'm building in the guest bedroom. I think Unstuck will fit well with my preference for a comprehensive mind-body approach to depression management.

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