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Depression, and its associated disorders; Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Postnatal Depression PND, Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD, and Bipolar Disorder, are generally associated with Mental Health Illnesses and are usually treated with Psychotherapy and Medication. 
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 6.7% of American Adults have had depressive illness during the last 12 months, with Women 70% more likely to develop Depressive Symptoms in their lifetime. 
Depression, and its associated disorders, is a Medical Illness that can lead to other Emotional and Physical Problems.  Based on facts compiled at Harvard University, an ability to reduce Depression translates to a capacity for improving some of our culture’s most widespread physiological ailments, as more irrefutable evidence links Depression Disorders to Arthritic, Heart, Respiratory and Digestive Diseases.
We live in a fast pace world filled with a lot of Stress and Hardship.  Our Jobs, the Economy, our Families/Spouses, Injuries and Illnesses….can all potentially lead to Depression. 

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One of the greatest benefits of Swedish Massage, and the one most over looked, is its ability to Relieve and Prevent Depression.  A study conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign Campus in 2004 showed that Massage Therapy provided benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy in Reducing Depression. While in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry it was reported that Massage Reduced Depression in Hospitalized Adjustment Disorder children and adolescents.  Because Depression is often the result of repressed or suppressed feelings and emotions, Massage Therapy is helpful by being one of the best ways to harmonize Body, Mind and Spirit, aiding the recipient to connect with the Deeper Feelings that lead to Depression. 
A comparison study with Depressed Teenage Mothers showed that Massage Therapy Exceeded Psychotherapy in Relieving Depression, as Massage also Altered Behavior and Hormone Activity. Researchers at Duke University and the Miami School of Medicine found that Massage reduces the biochemical levels of Cortisol and Norepinephrine, associated with the High Stress that can lead to Depression.  While at the same time Massage increases levels of Oxytocin and Serotonin, related to feelings of Love and Well-Being. 

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