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An estimated 19 million Americans are living with depression and it can be a serious medical illness. It is much more than just feeling sad or "blue". It is the persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest than can lead to a number of physical and behavioral symptoms, such as changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, daily behavior or self-esteem. It can have a profound effect on your every day life, your personal life, and work life, resulting in lost time and lowered productivity. It can even make chronic health issues, such as arthritis, migraines, cancer an diabetes, worse.

Some symptoms that can be experienced include:

  • Feelings of anger, irritability and restlessness

  • Feeling empty and sad

  • Unmotivated

  • Fatigue easily

  • Reduced sexual desire

  • Insomnia

  • Pain and headaches

  • Digestive issues

  • Slowed thinking or concentration

  • Appetite changes leading to weight gain or loss

  • Despair and thoughts of suicide

  • Feelings of incompetence


If you are having suicidal thoughts or feelings of hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

or 911.

How We Help

Research shows that acupuncture helps your body release endorphins, the body's natural mood enhancers. It can also help regulate hormones that could be causing your depression and help you better manage stress. Acupuncture also has an effect on the nervous system, which can help rewire your brain to help stop some of the negative thoughts.  Studies have shown that treating depression with acupuncture has a great positive effect, especially when combined with psychotherapy and herbs.  

My treatment plan will always include attention to the body, mind and emotions, meaning I will include acupuncture points to help with the physical symptoms as well, such as fatigue, insomnia, brain function, digestive issues and pain. I may also include treatments to aid in removing shock or trauma that may be blocking your body from healing itself. After your full initial intake, I will create a treatment plan tailored to you that gets to the core of the issue so that you have long term relief from your depression.

This is one of the conditions where I highly recommend an herbal prescription to help strengthen, calm and balance the body and mind. I will also guide you through nutritional and lifestyle counseling without judgment or pressure. Having an integrative mindset, I will always work along with any other therapies you may be using such as psychotherapy or medications, and can even maximize these other therapies. 


Major Depression (Clinical Depression)

The constant sense of hopelessness and despair. These feelings are present every day for at least two weeks.

Symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue

  • Impaired concentration

  • Feeling of worthlessness

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide


Bipolar Disorder

Extreme mood shifts ranging from major highs (mania) to major lows (depression)

Manic symptoms can include:

  • Restlessness

  • Rapid speech

  • Euphoric, full of energy

  • Irritable, angry or hostile

Depressive symptoms can include:

  • Sadness

  • Hopelessness

  • Uncontrollable crying

  • Loss of energy

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

PMDD is a severe form of PMS, causing severe irritability, depression and anxiety in the week or two before your period starts and stopping 2 to 3 days in.

Symptoms can include:

  • Mood swings, sandness, anger and anxiety

  • Excessive sleepiness

  • Pain in the breasts or abdomen

  • Irritability

  • Appetite changes

Post-Partum Depression

Deep, emotional pain and sadness that occurs after childbirth. It can start at any time during your baby's first year.

Symptoms can include:

  • Avoiding friends or family

  • Trouble feeling close to your baby or bonding

  • Severe mood swings, anxiety or panic attacks

  • Too little or too much sleep

  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby

Situational Depression

Short-term, stress related depression that can develop after a traumatic event

Symptoms can include:

  • Sadness

  • Hopelessness

  • Trouble Focusing

  • Avoiding social situations or interactions

  • Lack of enjoyments in normal activities

The Next Step is to Set Up Your Free Consultation. Come in to Talk About Your Specific Case and Whether Acupuncture is a Good Fit for Your Goals.

Or, give me a call or text at 954-652-6618 and I will be happy to answer any questions. You can also book it online here.

If you are having suicidal thoughts or feelings of hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 911.

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