Depression and Fibromyalgia; NCIH Research Link to Complimentary Alternative Therapies

Chart of Alternative Therapies and Medicines

(I added the image, but it is blurry. If you are interested in exploring this topic further, or being able to view the image without the blur, please visit this site. I am not endorsing it as I have not enough time to explore it thoroughly, still, I believe it discusses most complimentary/alternative therapies fairly well (based on this chart))

Alternative/Complimentary Medicines and Therapy

Good Afternoon Peers,

I am just about to leave and attend a therapy session for my recent depression, not due to Fibromyalgia alone. I have acquired this new syndrome due to a traumatic experience a few years back and need some outside help with it. I wanted to bring up, again, complimentary/alternative therapies for those of us who are experiencing depression. Although, my belief, based on interaction with many, many chronic pain survivors is that depression is generally felt mostly during the beginning phase of acquiring the diagnosis; not for our entire lifetimes.

I subscribe to the link above and found this in my email inbox today. I was actually disturbed by it. While the government agency that is conducts this evidence based research is completely reliable, I do not believe that this article is, at least not entirely. I think that if you read the article, not just the link above with the alternative therapies discussed, you will find a sentence that sums up my reasoning; needs larger and better studies than they currently have compleed.

Depression comes on a sliding scale, from mild to serious. *If yours falls into a moderate to severe category, then I would suggest strongly that you go to your doctor and begin treatment. Even if that treatment is only talk therapy with a qualified professional. There is a movement that has grown in size over the last decade among those who live with all types of mental illness; choosing to live using tools other than western medicines. I agree that this should be a choice.

When you read about this study, remember that many Peers do quite well taking or using these complementary therapies. I will add here that they may be used in addition to western medications, in which case, your doctor should know that as there is evidence based research that some, like St. John’s Wort can cause a serotonin problem in our brain. Considering that we already have problems with this neurotransmitter, we don’t want to have more issues.

Lucinda Tart, Fibromyalgia Peer Advocate/Life Skills Coach

*As always, this information is provided for your consideration and is in no way my recommendation to you as a professional. Please see a professional for any medical condition. This information is only provided for your own personal research purposes.


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