Depression is not an uncommon disorder. In fact it is so common, that some people actually suffer from mild to moderate depression without even knowing it. The DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) includes: depressed mood or loss of interest in daily activities for more than two weeks, impaired social, occupational, and educational functions. It also includes 5 to 9 of the following symptoms: irritability, decreased mood or pleasure, significant weight change or loss of appetite, change in sleep patterns, change in activity, fatigue, guilt/worthlessness, impaired concentration, and thoughts of suicide. The frequency and severity of your symptoms will indicate the level of your depression. Depression is not something to be embarrassed about. If you suffer from severe depression, it is recommended to consult with a doctor about treatment options best for you. You should not try to hide depression in hopes of it just disappearing, especially in mild to moderate cases. There are many reasons people feel the need to hide their disorder. One may be due to the fact that you do not want to take medication. In cases such as the previously named, there are many alternative ways to alleviate your depression symptoms. Acupuncture, guided imagery, hypnosis, dietary supplements, chiropractic treatments, meditation, relaxation, yoga, and massage therapy are among the options available for alternative treatments. If you are looking to get the most out of these alternative options, you should think about combining them for the maximum affect. An example of this would be to do guided imagery or meditation techniques, such as breathing, while you relax, do yoga, or get a massage. This will allow your body to be completely free of any thoughts and you will be able to focus on healing yourself. Depression is not something to be embarrassed about. It should not be taken lightly and you should be aware of your depression patterns. Try to avoid the people and things that make you depressed. Instead, focus that time and energy into positive activities that bring pleasure and joy to your life. So the next time depression creeps in, consider one of the options that we mentioned. Massage therapy is great for relaxing your mind and body. It offers many more benefits than just relieving tension.