Our newest Calm Masterclass, on Rethinking Depression, explores simple, practical and clinically proven ways to feel better while experiencing depression.
"We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, fast-food-laden, sleep-deprived, screen-addicted, frenzied pace of 21st-century life. And the result is an epidemic of clinical depression", says Dr. Ilardi.
A debilitating and lonely condition, depression can make it feel impossible to function and participate in daily life. Social stigma and lack of resources can amplify the devastating impacts of depression on people's health and relationships.
Thankfully depression is treatable and Dr. Ilardi has watched hundreds of people make the journey from utter despair to complete recovery.
In Rethinking Depression, Dr. Ilardi explains, what is depression, what causes depression, and delves into the following six science-backed lifestyle changes that can have a tremendous impact:
- Exercise is Medicine
- Let There Be Light
- Letting Go of Toxic Thoughts
- Habits of Healthy Sleep
- Brain Food
- Healing Connections
If you're hurting right now - and especially if you feel like giving up - please know that you're not alone. Help is available. Please find a list of resources here.
About Calm Masterclass
Calm Masterclasses are our monthly series of life-changing audio classes delivered by world-renowned experts. They are also the biggest new addition to Calm’s ever-growing library of content since the launch of Sleep Stories a little over a year ago, or since Calm was recently named Apple’s App of the Year.
About Steve Ilardi
Stephen Ilardi received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University, and has spent the past two decades as an active researcher, university professor, and clinician. He has treated several hundred patients suffering from depressive illness and other serious disorders, and has authored over 40 scholarly articles and papers on mental illness.
Over the past six years, Dr. Ilardi and his clinical research team have developed and refined a new, highly effective program for clinical depression. This innovative treatment is grounded in the insight that human beings were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, sleep-deprived, fast-food-laden, frenzied pace of 21st-century American life. Understanding the modern depression epidemic as the result of our increasingly toxic lifestyle, Dr. Ilardi has helped numerous depressed individuals overcome the debilitating illness by reclaiming six powerful healing habits from our ancestral past. Inspired by the program's success - even in cases of chronic, severe depression that failed to respond to antidepressant medication - Dr. Ilardi wrote The Depression Cure.