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What is depression?

We all feel sad or moody from time to time but depression is more than just a low mood. When these feelings are experienced intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) or appear without any reason, it is called depression. Depression is a serious condition that affects mental as well as physical health.

Who gets depression?

Depression can affect anyone, of any age. It is more common in women than in men and most commonly appears between 15 and 45 years of age. On average 1 in 6 women and 1 in 8 men will experience some level of depression. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.

What does depression feel like?

Depression feels different for everyone. Common symptoms are: sadness or hopelessness restless and/or irritable loss of interest in hobbies and activities thoughts of self-harm or suicide fatigue A lot of people also struggle with sleep, either sleeping too much or too little. Thinking and concentration problems, weight loss or gain and physical problems such as aches and pains are often reported as well.

What can you do to manage your depression yourself?

Often depression is very isolating. It is hard to share how you are feeling and at the same time your thinking is greatly affected by the depression. You need to find a way to cope and manage. To help you with that we’ve put together our top 5 tips in an e-book “Top 5 Tips on how to deal with your Depression” and we’ve made this FREE for all our readers for a limited time. Click here to get instant access.

Acupuncture and depression.

Depression is traditionally treated with medication and/or psychological intervention. Sometimes this works great and symptoms disappear, in other cases life remains a struggle. If you are one of those people for whom traditional treatments do not work as well as they should or if you prefer alternative ways, acupuncture is a great way of managing your symptoms. In 2017 the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) funded The Acupuncture Evidence Project*: a comparative literature review of the effectiveness of acupuncture in 122 common conditions. Acupuncture for depression was assessed as having a ‘potential positive effect’. * McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised edition). © Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd, 2017.

At Natural Solutions we are passionate about helping people to manage their depression. We have been doing this for over 15 years now and we can safely say we are experts at it. We’ve empowered many people to become a better version of themselves and live a more fulfilling and happy life. If you would like to know how we can help you please get in touch with us. You can call us on 0414 067 874, email us at marieke@naturalsolutionstcm.com or you can make an online booking here.

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