Around two thirds of adults will experience depression enough to interfere with their everyday normal lives. Depression is a common mental health problem that affects all ages, backgrounds and genders although due to changing hormones during premenstrual, at menopause and during pregnancy women are known to be more easily affected by depression. It has already been predicted by the World Health Organisation that by 2020 depression will be the second only to chronic heart disease as an international health burden. Depression is becoming less of a taboo subject helped by celebrities such as Ruby Wax and Stephen Fry talking about their experience in an open manner.
Although everyone one will encounter low moods in their life these feelings usually occur for a few days and then pass. However, clinical depression can become chronic or a regular re-occurrence that can severely interfere with daily life. Symptoms such as low mood, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of interest in enjoyable activities, lack of sleep, motivation, concentration or appetite, weight change, tiredness, physical pain and suicidal thoughts are linked with depression. Likely to result in a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental and psychological factors, depression may also be triggered by stressful events such as illness, relationship problems, financial difficulties, bereavement or a change in environment.
Depression is usually a complex issue that spreads across the patient’s whole life and so it is probably likely that the patient will need more than one form of treatment for support. Acupuncture is a common way to help with depression and can be used alongside medication. An advantage to acupuncture is that it is a treatment that focuses on the body, mind and spirit and instead of just looking at one problem; acupuncture can offer treatment to a complex array of symptoms as a whole. Each person suffering from depression is seen as unique as there are so many different types of symptoms that can occur. A consultation before treatment is therefore important to discuss the symptoms that are caused by depression in order to decide how to treat the patient. For every sufferer their acupuncture treatment will be unique however, it is very likely to have a positive impact on them.
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