Banish the Blues: Depression Expert to Speak Dec. 5

Banish the Blues | Dec. 5 | 6:00–8:00pm | Marvin Auditorium

Roughly 30 percent of the U.S. adult population reports having some symptoms of depression that regularly arise in the winter. University of Kansas Professor Dr. Stephen Ilardi offers hope for sufferers of seasonal affective disorder and other forms of depression during Banish the Blues, a presentation set for Dec. 5 at 6pm in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Illardi promises to deliver an engaging, interactive presentation about something that affects all of us. “At least 1 in 4 people will experience a depressive illness and almost every person is impacted by it somehow,” said the professor of clinical psychology.

THe Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs by Dr. Stephen IlardiHe’ll also address his findings that humans were never meant for the modern pace of life, which can be both sedentary and frenzied, sleep deprived and fast food-laden. Ilardi wrote The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs. In it, Ilardi writes about his research and the benefits of Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, including healthy sleeping habits, dietary changes and increase social connection.

Learn more about seasonal affective disorder and other depressive illness at his talk. Q&A will follow, so bring your questions.

“Banish the Blues” is part of the CLAS Acts lecture series sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which aims to take KU research off campus and into the community. Ilardi is a faculty member in the College. Cosponsored by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has shelves of books and DVDs about health and wellness. Come in and visit our Health Information Neighborhood. Read about our health resources here. Your library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

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  • Matt Mueller