A Natural Remedy For Depression?

A woman with acupuncture needles down backWhat should someone do if they want to adopt some natural remedies for their depression? There are new reports that some cases of depression can be treated with acupuncture. What do doctors have to say about this? How often do I need to get treatments for it to be effective? Has acupuncture really been shown to work for depression?

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Acupuncture for depression is generally given once or twice per week. Experience with patients suggests that many people who receive acupuncture for treatment of depression feel better, though one recent major study conducted at the University of Arizona failed to confirm that acupuncture had a specific benefit.

If you decide to go with acupuncture for your depression, you should keep track of your symptoms and how severe they are using a self-report measure such as the Beck Depression Inventory or the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology and give the treatment six to eight weeks to work (that is, the same standard that you should apply to a medication or psychotherapy for depression). If acupuncture does not result in at least a 50-percent reduction in your symptoms, you should move on to a different strategy.

Of course, before beginning any depression treatment, you should first consult with a doctor.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

Jesse Jackson Jr. wearing glassesU.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is being treated for bipolar disorder, according to a statement issued by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

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“Following extensive evaluation, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is undergoing treatment for Bipolar II depression,” Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Traci Klein said in an email on Monday.

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“Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.”

The congressman has been on medical leave since June 10. His aides initially said his absence was due to “exhaustion,” then later explained he was suffering unspecified “physical and emotional ailments.”

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About a month ago, his office said he was suffering an unspecified “mood disorder.” Bipolar disorder is one of many mood disorders.

Late last month, the Mayo Clinic confirmed the congressman had been undergoing treatment for depression and “gastrointestinal issues.”

No timetable has been provided for Jackson’s return to Congress or for when he will resume campaigning for re-election.