Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Symptoms of depression are Feelings of sadness, emptiness, angry outbursts, Sleep disturbances, Changes in appetite, Anxiety, Trouble thinking, making decisions etc.
Statistics published by the Japan Committee for Prevention and Treatment of Depression (JCPTD) show that 6.6 % of Japanese have depression, while every year the reported incidence is 2.1 percent. Women with depression outnumber male sufferers by about 3 to 1.
To diagnosis Depression various tests like Physical test, Lab tests, Psychological test, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) can be conducted. Medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy) are very effective for most people with depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), Norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs), Atypical antidepressants etc. antidepressant drugs can be used.
A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to antidepressant medications, and new research suggests that acupuncture could be a promising option. One new study found the traditional Chinese practice to be as effective as antidepressants, and a different study found that acupuncture may help treat the medications' side effects.