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unstuck bookDr. James Gordon, a renowned psychiatrist and integrative medicine pioneer, is teaching a four-part online series beginning November 18th on treating depression naturally. Dr. Gordon is the author of Unstuck, which is in my opinion the most complete resource on the holistic treatment of depression available.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, Dr. Gordon has been helping people to recover from depression without drugs for almost 40 years. If what you’ve been learning on The Healthy Skeptic about depression and antidepressants rings true, you’ll love Dr. Gordon’s work.

The web-based series, called “A Natural Approach for Treating Depression,” will include video lessons focused on four of Dr. Gordon’s main themes to treating depression and is based on Dr. Gordon’s treatment program, which he developed and has been teaching around the world for almost 40 years.

Dr. Gordon’s program asserts that prescription antidepressants are often ineffective and create significant side effects. He teaches natural self-care techniques, such as relaxation exercises, physical exercise, proper nutrition and others, that have been proven to successfully treat depression and its symptoms. The program allows the patient to take an active, effective role in their own healing. The series and its related downloadable resources for participants are free.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression and could use some extra guidance, I would highly recommend this program. Dr. Gordon writes with clarity, compassion and decades of firsthand experience in treating patients with depression. Although I haven’t yet heard him speak or teach, I can say with confidence from reading his book that his online program will be an invaluable resource to those struggling with depression.

For more information and to sign up, follow this link.

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I will be offering a FREE talk on the holistic treatment of depression on September 24th, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA.

The World Health Organization states that depression is the leading cause of disability, affecting more than 120 million people worldwide. Antidepressants are now the most popular class of drugs in the U.S., and their use has been growing rapidly over the past two decades. From 1990 to 2000, prescriptions for SSRIs (the leading class of antidepressant drugs) rose by a staggering 1300%. In the last year alone, 30 million patients in the U.S. spent over $12 billion on antidepressants.

However, despite their aggressive promotion and widespread use, recent evidence suggests that antidepressants are not as effective as we have been led to believe. Other studies have raised concerns about the long-term safety of antidepressant drugs, including a potential increase in suicidal behavior in both children and adults.

In this two-hour presentation, you’ll learn about several non-drug treatments that are clinically proven to be at least as effective as antidepressants for relieving depression in all but the most severe cases. We will also review various theories on the nature and causes of depression, drawing upon both modern science and traditional wisdom.

WARNING: Withdrawal from antidepressant drugs must be very gradual, and should always be done under the supervision of a licensed medical professional. Do not, under any circumstances, stop taking your medication without such supervision.

Date: Wednesday, September 24th

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location:
Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College (AIMC)

2550 Shattuck Ave (at Blake)
Berkeley, CA 94704
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AIMC is an easy, 10-minute walk south on Shattuck from downtown Berkeley BART.

Cost: Free

Click here to download a PDF flyer for the event.

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