Journal article

Lifestyle medicine for depression

J Sarris, A O'Neil, CE Coulson, I Schweitzer, M Berk

BMC Psychiatry | BioMed Central Ltd. | Published : 2014


The prevalence of depression appears to have increased over the past three decades. While this may be an artefact of diagnostic practices, it is likely that there are factors about modernity that are contributing to this rise. There is now compelling evidence that a range of lifestyle factors are involved in the pathogenesis of depression. Many of these factors can potentially be modified, yet they receive little consideration in the contemporary treatment of depression, where medication and psychological intervention remain the first line treatments. “Lifestyle Medicine” provides a nexus between public health promotion and clinical treatments, involving the application of environmental, beh..

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Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper is dedicated to the late Professor Issy Schweitzer, who was the archetypal manifestation of the principles contained within this manuscript. Drs J. Sarris is funded by a CR Roper Fellowship. A O'Neil is funded by National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellowship (AO: 1052865).