Acupuncture in the Treatment of Depression: A Manual for by Rosa N. Schnyer, John J. B. Allen PhD, Sabrina K. Hitt PhD,

By Rosa N. Schnyer, John J. B. Allen PhD, Sabrina K. Hitt PhD, Rachel Manber PhD, Ted J. Kaptchuk OMD, Michael E. Thase MD

This pioneering publication unites either western and conventional chinese language drugs to give a step by step technique for comparing and treating melancholy with acupuncture. utilizing research-oriented trials, it addresses primary concerns in acupuncture study and gives instructions for the layout of acupuncture therapy stories.

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2 Yin-yang correspondences Yin Yang Interior Exterior Weakness, depletion (vacuity) Strength, fullness (repletion) Cold Heat Blood Qi Viscera Bowels Lower, frontal, right parts of the body Upper, dorsal. left parts of the body Darkness. day, sun Winter, midnight Summer. midday Heavy,dense. hard Light,porous, soft Form, substance, potential Function, movement, action Eco-active, sensible. aware of surroundings Ego-centered, aggressive, aware of itself Receptive, responsive, introverted, quiet Demanding.

Without further treatment, one-fifth of previously recovered persons once again meet criteria for major depression 6 months after the completion of treatment, and nearly one-quarter will develop new depressive symptoms. Within 18 months, over one-third of those persons who were remitted will once again meet criteria for full depression (Shea et al 1992). Ten years after an initial episode, 76% of patients will have a recurrence of depression. For those who have experienced two episodes, there is an 80-90% chance of experiencing a third episode (Hirschfeld & Schatzberg 1994).

Below we discuss some of the most widely researched factors that are thought to contribute to depression. Learned Helplessness The learned helplessness model posits that feelings of helplessness underlie depression. This model is based on research with both 22 Acupuncture in the Treatment of Depression humans and animals, and has detailed how animals and humans learn that their efforts do not affect their situation and as a result they give up. Learning that behavior does not influence the situation causes motivational, cognitive, and emotional changes that resemble those in depression (Seligman 1975).

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