Complementary Treatments For Your Depression


When you suffer from clinical depression, you often feel stuck in your current situation and state of mind. This is one of the common symptoms of depression and can carry over into your feelings about your treatment program. While cognitive therapy and prescription medications are the primary conventional treatments for your clinical depression, you may be interested in additional treatment options that can complement your conventional treatments. After all, depression has many different symptoms and the more holistic or comprehensive your treatments are, the more quickly and successfully you will be able to overcome your depression.


Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy treatment that involves changing a person's present state of mind. A person going through hypnotherapy is guided into a mental state known commonly as a trance. In this trance state, the patient is sometimes able to access memories and thoughts that they would normally avoid dealing with because they cause emotional pain. However, in the trance state, they may be able to do so while still calm and relaxed.

A hypnotherapist will work with a patient to get them into the trance state with relaxation techniques that include focusing on their breathing, on objects, or on certain sounds (like the therapist's voice). These relaxation techniques can also be incorporated into a person's daily life if they need to take a step back and refocus their mind and thoughts.

If you are a person who can sometimes be resistant to getting help or to participating in your other treatments, hypnotherapy can help you to overcome those mental roadblocks that are keeping you from fully committing to your treatment. This form of therapy can also stop you from holding back your experiences and feelings that contribute to your depression so that you can deal with them and overcome them.

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Acupuncture and acupressure are two forms of treatment based on the same philosophy. This is an ancient Chinese tradition that focuses on the interconnected nature of the mind and body as well as the energy that flows throughout the body. If a person's energy is not in balance or has become blocked in certain areas, it can cause any number of problems, depression included.

To treat depression, an acupuncturist will work with different energy points throughout the body. The ear has several acupuncture points that relate to depression, as do the face, head, chest, and back. In traditional acupuncture treatments, these points are stimulated using small needles that are inserted into the skin. The needles stay there for several minutes to stimulate energy flow while you relax and breathe deeply. This treatment may help you to feel calm, relaxed, and more content.

Acupressure works in a similar way but instead of using needles to stimulate those areas below the skin, the practitioner applies pressure with their hands or other objects like smooth stones to those points. On the face and ears this is akin to having a facial or a massage.

Now that you know a couple of the complementary treatments available to help you with your depression, you can get started incorporating these treatments into your program. Hopefully, you will start to feel more like yourself in no time. To look into these complementary therapeutic services, contact a counseling service, such as Gayle North Positive Change Coach.


4 February 2016

Talking About Your Problems

When I was younger, my parents didn't like us to talk about our problems. Instead of voicing our concerns, my parents encouraged us to work on our issues privately. Although this attitude taught me a great deal about personal strength, it has made it hard for me to talk about my problems with other people. After two failed marriages, I realized that the lack of communication could hurt my ability to work well with coworkers, spouses, roommates, and friends. In an attempt to correct my bad habits, I started working with a professional counselor, which made an immediate difference in my life. I know that counseling can help you too, which is why I created a website dedicated to communication and counseling.