Doctor insights on:
Acupuncture For Depression
Yup & Yup: Auricular acupuncture is beneficial for depression (but i would use it as an adjunct to other approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy or possibly psychotropic medications). Both chinese scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture can be very helpful for insomnia. Should be used with excellent sleep hygiene and possibly medications. Take care. ...Read more
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?
Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar II and anxiety disorders. Take klonopin for the anxiety, Neurontin (gabapentin) for mood stability. Recommendation for antidepressants for the depression?
Your doctor: is the best person to answer this question. The answer requires detailed knowledge of your situation, no two are alike, and your struggles with depression. The medications you are taking may, over time, work on your depression as well as your other symptoms. Ask at your next visit or schedule one. If at any time you feel you may harm yourself, have any thoughts of suicide, go right to ER ...Read more
Possibly: Published data do suggest that acupuncture -- including manual-, electrical-, and laser-based -- helps with depression on its own, and is well tolerated. It may also help with some of the side effects caused by antidepressants. More study of using it to augment antidepressant treatment is needed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22762294 cognitive hypnotherapy may help depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not only: Psychotherapy has been shown to be helpful in treating various mental ailments; psychotherapy also helps a person cope with physical ailments; psychotherapy can be used to improve communication skills, self-concept, parenting skills, anger management, etc. There is individual psychotherapy, couples/marital/family. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Have answered: I have answered this elsewhere but the answer is a very definite yes. There have been numerous studies showing the benefit of cognitive behavioral therapies for a wide variety of chronic conditions including chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It is unfortunate that these therapies are not used more often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Correct diagnosis?: Make sure you have the correct diagnosis, since there are many medical conditions that can produce depression. If depressed, it would be a good idea to reduce or quit drinking since alcohol is a CNS depressant. A combination of medication and therapy often works well. Make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep, and working to make positive changes in work, family, and relationships. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I suffer with chronic insomnia and sleep apnea. I've taken different medications for depression, anxiety and sleep many years. Medications aren't work?
Difficulty falling: asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. A clinical psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. ...Read more
Sure there are: Chicago's a big town with lots if resources. I would go online to the site for: nami, which is the national alliance for the mentally ill, to see if there is a group they can recommend you attend. Also, most community mental health centers offer group therapy. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes it can be: Faverin = fluvoxamine, an antidepressant which also has significant anti-anxiety attributes. Like most ssri's, it may cause GI side effects such as nausea and diarrhea. These may dissipate in the first weeks of use. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20238342 and http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18568110. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more