344 - Case Study #4

344 A 31 year old woman has struggled with depression on and off since her teens, but says recently it's gotten worse. For the past few months she has withdrawn from her family and friends due to low energy and a feeling of disinterest in the things she used to enjoy. She sleeps for 10 hours, but wakes up several times in the night and doesn't wake refreshed. She says she used to enjoy sports, but that her body feels like it is wearing a lead snowsuit, so she mostly sits on the couch watching TV. Her periods are regular but extremely painful with sharp cramps the first three days of her cycle. She says there are usually large clots in the blood, but the color is inconsistent and she can't remember what it was like last month. She misses her old life and hopes acupuncture can help her overcome the depression and reduce her period pain.