Acupuncture And Depression

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Acupuncture For Depression

Acupuncture is thought to help with depression by modulating the nervous system and promoting the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which play a key role in mood regulation.

We do not diagnose depression or any other disease at Jackupuncture. However, we can help people suffering from a range of mental health concerns, including depression. We use the PHQ-9 to track progress for PeakMIND patients who may be suffering from depression symptoms. The PHQ-9 is a self-reported questionnaire that rates depression symptoms. Our PeakMIND patients regularly show significant improvements on the PHQ-9, as well as many other scientifically-validated questionnaires associated with various mental health and mild TBI diagnoses.

Acupuncture For Depression

Acupuncture is thought to help with depression by modulating the nervous system and promoting the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which play a key role in mood regulation.

We do not diagnose depression or any other disease at Jackupuncture. However, we can help people suffering from a range of mental health concerns, including depression. We use the PHQ-9 to track progress for PeakMIND patients who may be suffering from depression symptoms. The PHQ-9 is a self-reported questionnaire that rates depression symptoms. Our PeakMIND patients regularly show significant improvements on the PHQ-9, as well as many other scientifically-validated questionnaires associated with various mental health and mild TBI diagnoses.

Depression

Depression is a serious mood disorder that can make a significant negative impacts in a person’s emotions, mood, thoughts, and ability to work and carry out daily activities as simple as sleep or eat. To receive a diagnosis of depression, symptoms must persist for at least 2 weeks.

There are different types of depression, some of which may arise due to specific circumstances. Depression can affect individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, and genders. Depression can also be linked to a traumatic event.

Depression Symptoms

If you have been experiencing the following signs and symptoms nearly every day, for most of the day, for at least 2 weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Irritability, frustration, or restlessness
  • Guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities and hobbies
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, or slowed-down feeling
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Sleep difficulties, such as trouble sleeping, waking up early, or oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite or weight without planned changes
  • Physical symptoms like aches, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems with no clear physical cause and not relieved by treatment
  • Thoughts of death, suicide, or suicide attempts

It’s important to note that not everyone with depression experiences all these symptoms. Some may have only a few, while others may have several. These symptoms can significantly disrupt daily functioning and cause distress to the person experiencing them.

Depression may also manifest in other changes in mood or behavior, including:

  • Increased anger or irritability
  • Restlessness or feeling on edge
  • Withdrawal from social activities or negativity
  • Increased engagement in high-risk behaviors
  • Greater impulsivity
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Inability to fulfill work and family responsibilities or neglecting important roles
  • Problems with sexual desire and performance

Due to the negative impact of depression on self-perception and worldview, some individuals may also experience thoughts of suicide or self-harm. A diagnosis of depression typically requires the presence of persistent symptoms, in addition to low mood, but even those with a few symptoms may benefit from treatment to prevent further issues. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms can vary depending on the individual, the type of depression, and the stage of the illness.

 

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In our practice, acupuncture for depression symptoms has shown very positive results. Combining PeakMIND acupuncture with guidance on lifestyle changes, we further enhance the opportunities for improving mental health.

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