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Depression and Chiropractic: A Case Study

A case study of a typical patient with low back pain and depressive symptoms was published inside the March 2006 publication of the scientific periodical, Clinical Chiropractic. In this instance, a 71-year-old female sought chiropractic care for low back pain of 12 years' duration. The individual also noted that she was currently experiencing depression and mood swings but didn't have a reputation of depression and had never been identified as having depression. Upon testing using the Beck Depression Inventory version I (BDI-I), she did show positive for mild depression.

Chiropractic care was initiated and continued over an 11 week period. The final results were that the patient had a significant decrease in low back pain in addition to a decrease in her score for depression. The improvement on depression was documented utilizing a follow-up BDI test. She not just reported feeling better but in addition a far more positive feeling about her overall well being. The definition from the National Institute of Mental Health is "A depressive disorder is an illness which involves your body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way in which a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. People with a depressive illness cannot merely pull themselves together' and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last weeks, months or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help people who suffer from depression." The authors of this case study concluded, "This case is important because it illustrates the need for chiropractors to be aware of screening for depression and to be knowledgeable about the management of depression, especially in the elderly population."

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