If you’re suffering from seasonal depression, acupuncture can help!
We are certainly in the thick of winter, and it can certainly seem to be never ending. Are you feeling irritable, finding it hard to sleep or relax, wanting to avoid social situations, and perhaps feeling a bit more down than you’d like to feel?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. It’s more common in women than in men, but men often suffer more severe symptoms.
While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. This lack of natural light may also be upsetting to your “biological clock,” which controls your sleep-wake pattern and other circadian rhythms.
Common symptoms of SAD may include:
- Feelings of depression or hopelessness
- A desire to sleep more
- Withdrawal from social life
- Lack of interest in activities that you normally enjoy
- Feeling like your body is heavy, or feeling low in energy, even after a full night’s sleep
- Increased appetite, craving for high-carb / high-fat foods, and weight gain
As with other types of depression, SAD can get worse and lead to serious problems if it isn’t treated.
Here’s some good news — acupuncture can help! Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.
Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters. Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions. Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. There’s lots of fun outdoor activities despite the cold weather, and fresh air and exercise can make a big difference.
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