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asyouknow
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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I am suffering from depression in China. Although we have different nationality, depression is really
an international disease. If it had not been it, I would be a junior in college. To be further educated in US was once
my dream and I can not pursuit it now. In china, the propoganda about depression is insufficient obviously. How about in your
country? What's your attitude toward such patients?
Thanks!

Post Edited (asyouknow) : 1/17/2008 7:13:00 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Asyouknow,

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.

hugs,

Karen


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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 1/15/2008 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   

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.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Asyouknow

I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. So glad that you found us.
You have already been given some great advice,so just welcome and I hope you find the support that you are looking for.
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asyouknow
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   Posted 1/15/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you!
I will bring you the news from the other side of our planet!

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 1/16/2008 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   

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.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   

asyouknow
Hello and welcome to  Healing Well.  I too will be looking for more information from you.

Again a warm welcome. 


 
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getting by
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Darren,

You can include the US because it sounds very interesting to me.

Karen
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asyouknow
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   Posted 1/16/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
Regarding the complimentary therapies, I am not very familiar with the corresponding Chinese phrase, but I do believe some approaches are indeed helpful. Take the traditional Chinese medicine for example. Sleeping problems can be eased by certain substance taken from Suanzaoren which is the core of jujube. And it gets rid of cough, cold and other common symptoms very effectively. The greatest advantage is that the same effect can be obtained with much less side effects. I also tried acupuncture to solve my headache. After I turned into cactus for several days, my pain remained.
My conclusion is that only when you find a professional person to practise such work and only when your problem fits such means, they will work.

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   Posted 1/17/2008 3:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been very interested by acupuncture for man years but I too, believe that you need to find a properly qualified professional. I am epileptic and have been looking for an alternative to drugs but have never found anything that sounds like it is worth taking the risk.

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   Posted 1/17/2008 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi djdaz,
When I was a small child, my brain wave showed that I was epileptic though rare clinical menifesations appeared on me. Only minor headache bothered me at that time. Then I started to take traditional Chinese herbs which you boil every day. Little by little my brain wave became normal and my head trouble faded off. If you can find a trustworthy traditional Chinese doctor, I suggest you to take his prescription. I have no idea if traditional Chinese medicine is alternative and it also use drugs, but comparing with composed chamicals, the herbs have more notable effects on epilepsy. And I boldly tell you that other alternative therapies can not take the place of drugs completely if they take any effects.

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   Posted 1/18/2008 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for that!

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   Posted 1/19/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi i'm from the middle east, welcome to the forums. Over here they still treat depression as a luxury treatable desease, the goverment support is zero, all insurance companies around here don't cover depression unless for special circumstance. the companies I worked for don't approve paying or insuring for deppresion, and don't cover it in their medical plan. all they did was ask me to resign, since I could not come work anymore.

but if you have the money you can treat your self here, there is good doctors around. I'm personally struggling to pay for the medicine alone here, some of those are pretty expensive like abilify.
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