Are you SAD? (Stressed, Anxious, Depressed)?
You are in good company if you are, as these are very common problems. Research shows that prescribed drugs are of little benefit in treating these problems in most people (1, 3), but there is plenty of useful help and symptom relief that you can get from certain gentle and natural treatments (4), and herbal medicine has been demonstrated to be at least as effective as drugs, but without side effects (2). Anxiety and depression are also more common in people with syndromes such as Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Pelvic Pain or Central Sensitisation (5).
“most modern drugs prescribed for depression generally don’t work”
Professor Irving Kirsch on a paper completed for the FDA
How we can help you:
- Acupuncture is helpful for most people
- Herbal medicine is effective
- Massage and bodywork can make people feel relaxed and relives tension
- The right diet and nutritional supplements will make a big difference
- Learning how to relax, exercise, breath and meditate will make you feel better in the long term
- Resolving past or present trauma will enable you to move on
What do you need to do now?:
1. Initial Severity and Antidepressant Benefits
Irving Kirsch et al.
February 2008 Issue of PLoS Medicine
2. Comparison of an extract of hypericum (LI 160) and sertraline in the treatment of depression: a double-blind, randomized pilot study.
R. Brenner et al.
Clin Ther. 2000 Apr;22(4):411-9.
3. Efficacy of antidepressants
E. Turner, R. Rosenthal
BMJ 2008; 336 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39510.531597.80 (Published 6 March 2008)
4. Tweedale, P.M., Rowbottom, I., et al., 1994. Breathing training:
effect on anxiety and depression scores in behavioural breathlessness.
Journal of Psychomatic Research 38 (1), 11e21.
5. Guidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain (2009)
M. Fall, A.P. Baranowski, S. Elneil, D. Engeler,
Hughes, E.J. Messelink, F. Oberpenning, A.C. de C. Williams