Definition

It may be an unhealthy emotional state that is characterized by persistent unhappiness, sadness, low self-esteem and lack of motivation.

Accompanying signs & symptoms

Key symptoms: unhappiness, sad, low self-esteem, unmotivated
Accompanying symptoms include: feelings of tiredness, lack of energy, poor concentration, anxiety, agitation, poor sleep, nervousness, tension in the body

Possible Causes

Accumulated physical and mental exhaustion
Stress
Unpleasant events or losses
Environmental factors
Family history
Exhaustion & Burn out

Physiological Mechanisms

Depression is often seen as an advancement of severe stress and tension in the body which has been poorly managed. Extreme physical and emotional tension results in stiff neck, shoulder and back, nervousness , shallow breathing, agitation and general unhappiness without a reason. They often feel the urge to cry which appears to be our body’s reaction to release the tension.
Stress, Anxiety & Depression ≠ Antidepressant
Acupuncture can help !

Treatment Modalities

Specialty acupuncture for 10 sessions. 1 session per week between 5-10 weeks

How do acupuncture & Chinese medicine work?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treats the condition by doing the following:

Reducing both physical and emotional stress and tension.
Restoring the balance of chemicals in the brain
Reducing the stress of the body
Promoting deep relaxation of the body
Calming the mind and body
Improving emotional wellbeing

Health Advice

Reducing the intake of caffeine and cigarette smoking
Eat a balance diet
Establishing a regular eating habit
Encouraging moderate, regular and outdoor exercises