Anxiety, Depression & Insomnia

Chinese Medicine in Mental Health

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2014-15 there were 4.0 million Australians, equivalent to 17.5%, who reported having a mental or behavioural condition. Results also showed that 15.8% of all Australians, equivalent to 3.6 million people, reported co-existing long-term mental and behavioural and physical health conditions.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are the most common of all mental illnesses, but they both can be very severe, to the point that normal daily living can no longer be maintained.

Anxiety or depressive disorders should not be taken lightly, even most of time they can be well masked, but they are like other illnesses, when ignored long enough, it takes a toll on one’s cognitive functions, behaviours, and physical health. They have significant impact on family & relationships, employment and living quality, and at its extreme suicidal tendency swells up.

Anxiety

Anxiety includes a range of feelings from uneasiness to immobilizing moments of terror. It may manifest as uncontrollable excessive worrying, panic attacks, palpitations, sleep disturbances, feeling frighten. Symptoms can be intermingled and/or a vicious cycle.

Depression

Depression manifests itself in many ways. Symptoms of depression can be temporary but it is an indicative signal to seek better mental care. Symptoms including anxiety, feeling of hopelessness, failure, irritability, unknown cause of physical body aches, unknown cause of low energy, disinterest and suicidal thoughts. There are other known causes of depression such as postpartum depression, or depressive feeling due to chronic suffering (for example pain).

Identifying the influential factors can help to attain healthy mentality goals. For example, if sleep disturbances/insomnia is a daily pattern, then it is vitally important to address it ASAP; or if previous traumatic experience is lingering to ‘haunt’ the mind, then it is important to ‘train’ the brain to think positively, and progressively. For more info, please contact the clinic.

 

Ideally, the universe would have a set of rules, that are ordered, understandable and predictable. This is ideallistic. (It will be very disappointing when it turns out otherwise in reality).

Rationally, sometimes (during ‘special’ times), we should take the world as it comes, and accept it. Accept that there is a limit to what can be controlled.

The world is rather random and unpredictable.

Chinese medicine is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, with a long history of application in mental health and sleep disorders. More and more researches and clinical results show Acupuncture is a positive promising therapy for Chronic Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatice Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Sleep problems.

 

Other Readings:

Why A Mentally Healthy Workplace Really Matters:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/05/why-a-mentally-healthy-workplace-really-matters/

 

Healthy mental state makes good beginning to physical wellbeing:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/health-wellbeing/healthy-mental-state-makes-good-beginning-to-physical-wellbeing/news-story/91fc11927212e2f2a5f78de8298508e4

 

Chinese herbal medicine for schizophrenia – The British Journal of Psychiatry

http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/190/5/379

 

SBS News March 2017:

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/03/31/depression-lead-cause-ill-health-who

 

An article written by Maura Hohman and medically reviewed by Dr Lindsey Marcellin, MD, providing some insights of Acupuncture for Anxiety:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/why-acupuncture-works-anxiety-relief/

 

Auriculotherapy to reduce anxiety and pain in nursing professionals: a randomized clinical trial. This is a practical study, aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the auricular therapy (AuriculoAcupuncture) in reducing pain and anxiety and improving the quality of life of the nursing staff. In the study, 180 professionals were divided into 4 groups. In the result, Acupuncture (needling) has the highest score in pain reduction and ease the anxiety, thus increasing mental aspect of quality of life.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28403335