Overcoming Depression

This is my story of how I overcame horrible depression by turning to acupuncture.  

16 years ago when my daughter was born I experienced Postpartum Depression. It was Horrible.  But when I spoke to my doctor and other women they told me, "You have something way worse than normal Postpartum Depression." I experienced symptoms that were so awful I thought I was going to die. After my daughter was born I continued bleeding heavily for 3 months nonstop.  When I told my doctor, he just brushed me off and said, "Oh its normal to have a little spotting."  I was almost hemorrhaging and it would not stop. I was seeing yellow spots in front of my eyes.  I was losing my balance so I became afraid to hold my daughter and walk around.  I could only hold her when sitting down.  Then I could not sleep because the restless legs syndrome started which forced me to constantly move my leg.  This went on night and day. I could hardly sit down for 10 minutes to relax. So because I could not get any sleep, and was getting more stressed out, then the restless leg syndrome got worse.  And because the restless leg syndrome got worse then I could not get any sleep.   

Then winter time came and I got hit with Seasonal Affective Disorder. As soon as the sun went down I started getting scared and feeling Doomsday feelings like as if the world was about to end.  What made the night time even longer and feel worse with this seasonal affective disorder was the fact that I could not sleep.  The nights just dragged on mercilessly.  

Along with Postpartum Depression, Restless Legs, and Seasonal Affective Disorder, I was also dealing with alot of Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from other experiences with in the military.  I am a Disabled Veteran. 

So all of this went on day after day and night after night for almost 4 months.  I was afraid to drive anywhere for fear of falling asleep and wrecking.  I was afraid of hurting my child. I felt like I was a bad mom. This situation was so horrible that I seriously considered ending my life.  It made me feel like a failure because up until the birth of my daughter, I had always been a strong healthy person.  All of these problems just hit me like a freight train.  

I had gone to the medical doctor and been given sleeping pills and antidepressants.  He still did nothing to address my continuing to bleed issue.  Well to say the least, the antidepressants and sleeping pills did not help me at all because they did not fix the cause of my problems.  They did not stop the restless legs or the bleeding. The antidepressants did not help the Seasonal Affective Disorder either. They were completely useless. 

So One day when my daughter was 4 months old, out of pure desperation and a last ditch effort to save my own life, I opened the phone book, looked up  "Acupuncturists", and called the first Acupuncturist on the list.  I told the lady  "I don't care if you have to stick ten thousand needles in me.  Just make me sleep!"  Just so you know how desperate I was, I HATE medical needles.  Also I didn't care what the cost was. It was all I had left at this point. 

So I went to my first Acupuncture treatment ever.  She Asked me alot of questions that I had never been asked before.  Then she put a couple needles in my hands and feet. Several in my lower legs, and one on top of my head. When she put this last needle on top of my head I fell asleep almost instantly.  Maybe I was just that tired.  It seemed like only 5 minutes later I woke up when she pulled that needle out of my scalp and removed all the needles.  I said, "That was only 5 minutes. Am I done already?"  She told me  "Oh, no, You have been asleep on the table for over an hour.  I let you sleep longer because you needed it."   

That day I felt like a normal person again! The continuous bleeding problem stopped that day. Thank God because I thought I was going to bleed to death.  And that night I slept So Good! My legs did not act up once.  I slept the whole night except for my daughter's 2 am feeding.  But then I fell right back to sleep. The next day I felt like a brand new person!  I went back to see her 4 more times and then pretty much all of my issues were gone or decreased so much that I was OKay with it.  The biggest thing that helped was the restless leg syndrome was gone and I was able to sleep, and the bleeding stopped.  Those 3 things were the biggest issues and she took care of those.  After that I was sold on Acupuncture. 

3 Years later I was still dealing with Anxiety and Depression, so I went to see an Acupuncturist again.  She really relieved my anxiety with the Acupuncture treatment.  I started crying during the treatment which was a huge purging.  I felt a big relief from anxiety after that.  She also was the person that told me a lot of my anxiety and depression issues were caused by a wheat intolerance.  So right away I started changing my diet. Within a month of taking regular wheat out of my diet, my anxiety and depression were gone.  My life started changing for the better as a result of acupuncture.  I was a struggling single mom and I had to pay for every acupuncture treatment with my own cash, but it was More than worth it. I don't think I would be here today if I had not gone to the acupuncturist.  

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2056 Portage Rd, Suite 6
Wooster, OH 44691