Why Encourage Acupuncture for Signs of Depression and Anxiety in Family and Friends?
Your friends and family need your help. Now more than ever millions of Americans are suffering with anxiety and depression. These mental health conditions do not discriminate by age, gender, race, and background.
In fact, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 4 in 10 U.S. adults had developed symptoms of depression or anxiety by the end of 2020. This demonstrates a sharp increase from 2019, where only 1 in 10 U.S. adults showed either of these issues.
Mental health and specifically depression and anxiety can have a lasting impact on quality of life. We all know of family and friends who are dealing with depression and anxiety.
Why Are Your Family and Friends Dealing with Depression and Anxiety?
The answer is chronic stress. At Modern Acupuncture we believe that there is a link between stress and the experience of depression and anxiety.
Don’t just take our word for it. In fact, the American Institute of Stress attributes 90% of primary care to chronic stress.
The American Psychological Association takes this data further by highlighting that physicians are increasingly pressured to diagnose and treat mental and behavioral health problems. As many as 70% of primary care visits are driven by patients’ psychological problems, such as anxiety, panic, depression, and stress.
Every major health organization is talking about the effects of chronic stress. Harvard Medical School writes, “stress triggers a chain of chemical reactions and responses in the body. If the stress is short-lived, the body usually returns to normal. But when stress is chronic or the system gets stuck in overdrive, changes in the body and brain can be long-lasting.” Showing a link to depression, anxiety and the overwhelming number of primary care visits tied to these conditions.
As we wrote in our previous blogs on depression and anxiety, conventional treatments for these conditions in western medicine often includes psychotherapy and/or medications. This combination of treatments does not always provide sustainable results. In fact, it has been reported that 50-60% of patients with these conditions do not respond to medications completely.
50-60% is considered the majority, showing that adherence to the conventional treatments for depression and anxiety are failing a huge group of sufferers. You, your family and friends may easily fall into this majority still suffering despite treatment.
This is why encouraging acupuncture for depression and anxiety is so important.
The research shows that acupuncture can be safely combined with conventional treatments such as psychotherapy and/or medication, possibly enhancing their beneficial effects and reducing unwanted side-effects.
Even for patients that are seeing little or no progress, acupuncture can often be effective in treating anxiety and depression in people who are non-responders to conventional therapies.
At Modern Acupuncture, we have first-hand experience with patients just like you, your family and friends. The benefits of adding acupuncture for the symptoms of depression and anxiety can be life changing. We highly recommend adding regular acupuncture to experience relief and long-term prevention from both anxiety and depression.
Please visit your local Modern Acupuncture clinic and speak with one of our highly trained licensed acupuncturists to find out how acupuncture and lifestyle habits can improve your overall well-being and the well-being of your friends and family!
“This has helped me with my depression so much. It is very relaxing and healthy for my well-being.” – Tatyanna (TX)
“I've been going to modern acupuncture for a couple months now and it has been absolutely amazing! My anxiety is decreased, and my chronic knee pain is almost completely gone.” – Katelyn (AZ)
“Since becoming a member I have experienced a significant reduction in pain, reduced symptoms, better sleep, and much less anxiety.” – Debbie (CO)
Modern Acupuncture® is a natural stress relief solution and the leading provider of acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body, alleviating symptoms associated with stress.
Visit the clinic nearest you today.