Changes in mood are a natural part of life, but sometimes sadness and emotional pain settle in for a long time, leaving a person feeling stuck and helpless. Depression is a mood disorder that involves both the mind and the body, and can cause great disruptions in the sufferer’s daily life and relationships.
Signs & Symptoms of Depression
Someone who suffers from depression will often experience:
- Fatigue, loss of energy
- Loss of interest or motivation
- Loss of appetite, weight changes
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle tension
- Anxiety, restlessness
- Feelings of loneliness, sadness and helplessness
Sometimes, people who suffer from depression will start to experience recurrent thoughts of death and suicide. If this is the case, we advise you to seek help as soon as possible.
Causes of Depression
Depression can be episodic or persistent, and can have many causes. In our experience, the most common include:
- Overwhelming or repressed feelings of unhappiness, anger, frustration or worry
- Emotionally difficult situations such as grief, loss, trauma or a serious illness
- Chronic stress
- Overstrain, excess work
- Changes in the weather, in the case of seasonal depression
A poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, lack of sleep, chronic pain or anemia can all contribute to feelings of depression as well.
How we treat Depression
When looking for the imbalances that may be at the root of depression, Traditional Chinese Medicine looks to the mind, body, habits and living environment of a person. Using its methods, our team of specialists at the Nei Jing center in Jerusalem are able to build treatment programs that very effectively complement counseling and conventional therapies.
Treatment may combine acupuncture, laser acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tuina massage, reflexology and naturopathic advice, with the goal of bringing each patient’s mind and body back into balance.