① Sufficient rest
Depressive symptoms / depression
In the treatment of depression, it is important to get enough rest in parallel with medicine. Responsible patients find it bad to take time off from work or not to do household chores, and are reluctant to take time off.
However, when stressed both mentally and physically, a sufficient therapeutic effect cannot be expected. Sometimes you may need to choose to take leave. If the doctor decides that the patient needs to take leave, the family will be briefed by the doctor about how long it will take and the overall outlook, and the patient will be asked to take leave now. Please tell me. For patients who think it is bad to take a rest, having their family members say "I want you to take a rest" will ease the burden on your mind.
In the case of women, they cannot take a rest because they are worried about family meals, cleaning, laundry, children, and so on. In such a case, hospitalization is one option. There is also the option of creating an environment where the patient does not have to do anything other than treatment until the antidepressant is effective and the symptoms stabilize.

② Treatment by medicine
Some people may be particularly reluctant to take psychiatric medication, but depression, like any other illness, needs to be treated with medication to correct any abnormalities in the body. It is believed that a type of medicine called an "antidepressant" prescribed by a doctor is effective for depression.

③ Psychotherapy (psychological treatment)
Psychotherapy for depression is especially effective in preventing "relapses". "Cognitive behavioral therapy" in psychotherapy objectively organizes "negative thinking patterns" that are often seen in depressed patients through discussions with doctors with specialized knowledge and experience. , Let's make it a "more flexible thinking pattern". It's hard to be honestly accepted by people around you about your thinking, but if your doctor advises you on how to prevent depression, your patients may accept it.

④ Other
There are many patients who are not effective with rest, drug treatment, and psychotherapy.
In that case, exercise therapy, Chinese medicine therapy, acupuncture and moxibustion treatment, etc. may be performed as treatment methods other than the above. Many of these treatments have been confirmed to be effective to some extent, so it is recommended to use them in combination with drug therapy or psychotherapy.

Is Acupuncture Effective for Depression?
Acupuncture and moxibustion treatment It is often used as a treatment for depression. However, I will summarize the questions about acupuncture and moxibustion treatment that no one can ask, such as whether acupuncture and moxibustion treatment is really effective and what type it is effective.


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