Post Edited (asyouknow) : 1/17/2008 7:13:00 PM (GMT-7)
Welcome to the Healing Well Depression forum. In the US we treat depression as a disease. Though depending on situation, it is usually treated with medication. We also use cognitive therapy to change the way we think. Some people treat with herbal supplements.
You have found a good place for advise. There are many people who understand your situation and will help in any way that they can.
I hope that you will be able to learn here, we will give you as much information as we possibly can.
Hi there and Welcome to HealingWell,
In Western culture, Depression is officially termed an "affective disorder" which is a posh phrase for a disorder which lowers a persons mood. We have many different treatments including drugs, therapy and alternative medicine (such as Acupuncture. Something I am sure you are familiar with). I am aware that in Asia (Not just China, but also Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Phillipines etc...) has a very different approach to mental illnesses in general and part of it (although not all) are the religious teachings of Buddism, Sihkism(sp) etc... This does not mean to say that you are not entitled to the same treatment as we are in the UK, US etc... We would love to hear more from you. I am not aware of any other members from China and it is great to have a different perspective on such things.
Many thanks... I know that China is very good at what we call "complimentary therapies" or "alternative therapies" and we would love to here more about them as here in the western world (Certainly in the UK, I dont want to speak for the US!) doctors do not prescribe them very often at all.
asyouknowHello and welcome to Healing Well. I too will be looking for more information from you.
Again a warm welcome.