Several years ago, Carl* came to my clinic because he wanted to try acupuncture for depression. Carl, a fiftyish businessman, felt that his life was a disaster and that the negative circumstances of his existence were the source of his depression. Carl hated his job, had difficulty with his co-workers, was single, and had few friends. During the time that I was seeing him, Carl relocated to a new community nearby, but he felt unhappy with the move. There was literally no part of Carl’s life . . . → Read More: Gratitude, Depression, and Chinese Medicine
Not long ago, this letter to the editor about teen mental health appeared in my local newspaper:
Many parents may relate to the July 5 article “Worried about a moody teen?” An acquaintance told me recently that the severe anger of her middle son had caused problems in the family. She decided to try alternative medicine and took him to an acupuncturist. After one visit, the change in the 11-year-old was amazing. A local acupuncturist told me that acupuncture in pre-adolescents and adolescents can . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and Mental Health in Teens
One of the questions that I ask every patient that comes through my door is about how much stress they’re experiencing. Some own up to being stressed and others live their lives relatively stress-free. Occasionally, I will have a patient who is so tightly wound they’re about to snap, but will deny being stressed at all. How can this be? Don’t they know they’re ringing the stress bell? Apparently not.
In the past month or so, I’ve had some insight into those poor overwhelmed . . . → Read More: What, Me Stressed Out?