Dr. Alex Joannou commits his life to training acupuncturists to alleviate depression worldwide through his book, Stick It To Depression, and his experiential workshops.
Depression is so common and can have a devastating effect on people and their loved ones. “I felt a total lack of joy in my life. I wanted to cry for no apparent reason. I felt a total loss of confidence. I felt like a failure. I felt shame. I felt defeated. Is this all there is to life?” These are common statements by people with depression.
Many therapies are available to treat depression and anxiety, including cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and, of course, Antidepressants. Unfortunately, these are not without their problems.
Sometimes patients don’t want to keep talking about their past traumas through many, many hours of counseling. Often antidepressants can have side effects and blunt emotions, good and bad, leaving them in a fairly numb state. Acupuncture can be an adjunct to these methods and has minimal to no side effects. Dr. Alex is devoted to tackling depression and anxiety around the globe through Transformational Acupuncture.