If you suffer from depression, it's easy to feel completely alone in this world. You may find yourself inexplicably pulling away from friends, family and even your romantic partner, fearing that your presence may be a burden on the people you love most. This can take a substantial toll on your relationships, and make sexual intimacy with your spouse a seemingly impossible feat. If you've had this thought process before, or are experiencing it now, you aren't alone.
And, if you're apprehensive at the thought of taking medication to relieve these symptoms, you aren't alone either. After all, while taking a pill to ease physical pain or combat a specific virus seems straightforward enough, the concept of altering your brain chemistry is undoubtedly an uncomfortable one. With that in mind, researchers have been exploring other treatment options to help men and women with depression find some kind of relief.
According to a press release distributed by ScienceDaily, scientists from the University of York in England have found that alternative therapies like acupuncture and counseling may help ease symptoms of depression when they are used to supplement primary care.
The researchers monitored the symptoms of depressed individuals who either took part in acupuncture or counseling sessions in addition to traditional treatment methods.
"Compared with usual care alone, there was a significant reduction in average depression scores at three months for both the acupuncture and counseling interventions," the press release states.
This is one of the first studies to quantify the positive effects of these alternative therapies, and though further research is necessary to confirm this improvement, it is promising news for women everywhere who have struggled with this mental illness.
With so many synthetic products surrounding us on a daily basis, it's easy to lose track of the incredible power of natural treatments to ease our woes and help strengthen our relationships. Stay tuned to learn more about naturopathic approaches that can help you feel your best.