Are you feeling stressed or anxious, and have ongoing aches and pains? Not necessarily enough to make you seek out treatment, but they have been making sleep uncomfortable for you, giving you a stiff neck and shoulders, and starting to prevent you from doing the things you love?
Most people will be familiar with the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Whether its from cramming for exams, the first few days in a new job, or prepping yourself for a first date, needing to perform can bring on some uncomfortable feelings. Here’s how to distinguish between a normal response to a situation and an unhealthy one.
The symptoms of depression can feel all too common - sensations of despair, hopelessness, and anger, low energy, feeling overwhelmed, a loss interest in other people and activities you used to find joy in, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite - I could go on... Pharmocological treatment of depression is the norm in Australia, but it can often take some time to find the correct medication, and there are a lot of unwanted side -effects that can come with this course of treatment. But there are alternatives to be found in Chinese medicine that work well either alongside, or instead of, more common treatments.
In Australia, it is estimated that over 45% of the population will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime (1). And in any one year, 1 million Australians will experience depression, and 2 million will experience an anxiety disorder. Caring for your mental and emotional health is clearly an important topic for everyone.