Depression is a prolonged feeling of sadness, gloominess, negative attitudes, discouragement, despondency, despair, and hopelessness. Causes of depression can include but are not limited to: relationship conflicts, loss of loved ones, unemployment, serious illness, major events of life, medication or drug use, or other personal problems. Symptoms of depression include lack of interest in life, lack of motivation, fatigue and lack of energy, isolation and social withdrawal, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and wanting to cry without reason. If you experience these symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help to supplement other treatments for depression, such as support groups and therapy, expediting the overall recovery process.