The author, a clinical psychopharmacologist and frequent lecturer, has written this book principally for members of the general public being treated for depressive disorders but with a recommendation that it be given to their physicians to read as well. For treating physicians, some brief sections and an appendix with scholarly references are included. Stating that 30% to 80% of patients who are taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are "significantly impaired in their ability to function in their jobs or relationships," the author presents his "Antidepressant Survival Program" for maximizing antidepressant response while minimizing adverse effects (sleep disturbance, fatigue, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction). The Antidepressant Survival Program is a group of specific recommendations concerning diet, exercise, stress reduction, play, and spirituality; there are also suggestions for possible food allergies and detailed laboratory testing for nutritional, endocrinological, and gastrointestinal deficiencies or imbalances. Dietary recommendations include avoiding the "toxic foods," alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, sugar, and refined flour and keeping intake of simple carbohydrates low and protein adequate to prevent hypoglycemia and overeating.