This one was a little too self help for me, complete with charts and quizzes, etc I also thought that all of the recommendations and suggestions were merely common sense stress relief, eating right, exercising, etc This is all advice any person would give to any other person trying to improve his or her life.The only part I found enlightening was the section on chemicals, specifically tryptophan and serotonin It was interesting to read how those are formed in the body and what you can do to boost production of specific amino acids to aid in the process Also, I liked the suggestion of meditation and belly breathing.The idea of presence, though, is nothing new That concept has names than Jesus does I prefer the term mindfulness and I think that practicing it cultivates a spirit of gratitude that would help anyone, depressed or not.The section on light and light boxes was informative, too It s not a total loss to read this but you know most of it already. Depression is the leading cause of disability in America The incidence of depression in the United States today is 10 times greater than it was in 1960 and that rate doubles every decade Changes in the way we live, work, eat, sleep, and interact have made us increasingly vulnerable to this mood disorder We are living out of sync with nature, our bodies, our spirits, and one another We are living in an age of depression. I give this 5 stars because I firmly believe what Dr Rossman teaches will not just help those suffering from depression but also ordinary normal folks who struggle with daily challenges.This is one of those rare books that is honest and sincerely wants to help people The recommendations are holistic and practical and accessible These means first dealing with the common plagues of modern life eg not sleeping enough, not eating healthily, not exercising all of which contribute to feeling bad He then shares other mental managed approaches.If I, or anyone I know, suffer from depression I would recommend Dale Carngie s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and this book by Dr Rossman You can tell he really cares. Read this because I found the topic interesting, wanted to learn why people fall into depression I knew it had a lot to do with a persons lifestyles, but this goes into the intricacies of how everything down to what we eat, and even think can effect our mood and likelihood of falling into a depression I think most of us have been through adversities in our lives that have made a black cloud hang over us, its a refreshing book with lots of actual stories and recoveries that worked for others that can be implemented into your own life, meditation and affirmations that work better than medication Setting aside the Breakthrough Program business, which makes this sound like some magical system or hoax same thing really , this is a helpful guide in improving your mood, especially for those in the midst of depression It s not going to blow your mind and whisper the secrets of the universe to you, nor is it a scientific speak babble treatise on depression I found it to be a useful toolbox for evaluating your own life and what you can do day to day to improve self awareness and your outlook. I was excited to read this book because of the reviews and the blurbs that touted how scientifically based it was Once I found that its science eastern mystical variety, and its evidence was all anecdotal, I lost a lot of my motivation I tried to plow through anyway, to see what good I could find, but I was finding very little, and the book became due at the library before I had read halfway, and so I just gave up and returned it.