Depression

Homeopathic_doctor_chandigarh_depression.jpgDepression is a chronic mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss of motive, anger, frustration, or worthlessness interfere with everyday life for weeks or even longer.

Women are more likely to be affected with depression than men.

People describe depression as “living in a black hole”.

A depressive disorder is a group of symptoms that reflects a sad and irritable mood that exceeds normal grief or sadness.

Signs and symptoms of depression are characterized not by negative thoughts, moods, behavior, crying spells, body aches, low energy or libido, as well as problems with eating, weight, or sleeping. The changes in nervous system cause many physical symptoms that result in decreased or increased activity level.

It is a huge public health problem postpartum depression is the common mental health condition that affects women after childbirth.

Classification of depression

Depressive disorders are mood disorders of different types. Within each of the following types, there are variations in the number, severity, timing and persistence of symptoms. There are differences in how individuals express or experience depression; this is based on age, gender, and culture.

• Major depression
Symptoms of major depression last for at least two weeks, along with sad and/or irritable mood that interfere with the ability to work, sleep, eat, etc. Disabling episodes of depression can occur once, twice, or several times in a lifetime.

• Dysthymia
Dysthymia is a less severe type but more long-lasting as compared to major depression. This type does not produced disability but prevent the affected person from feeling good. Sometimes patient with dysthymia experiences episode of major depression, then it is known as double-depression.

• Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Bipolar disorders involve one episode of mania or hypomania and may include episodes of depression. This type of disorder is chronic and recurring. Sometimes, the mood switches in bipolar disorder are dramatic and rapid. The person can experience any or all the symptoms of depressive disorder.

Causes of depression

The exact cause is unknown. Researchers believe that depression is caused by certain biochemical changes in the brain due to genetic trait, or triggered by some stressful events.

Some types of depression have a familial tendency. Other than genetic predisposition, the following may play a role in depression:

• Alcohol or drug abuse
• Some medical conditions, such as hormonal disorders,
hypothyroidism, cancer, stroke or Parkinson’s disease
• Some medicines such as steroids
• Sleeping problems
• Stressful life events, such as: Difficult relationship, failing a class, death or illness of someone close, divorce, childhood abuse or neglect, financial problem, social isolation, etc.

Depression Signs and Symptoms

• Persistent sad, anxious mood
• Unexplained and frequent crying spells
• Agitation, restlessness, anger and irritability
• Changes in appetite, often with weight loss or gain
• Lack of  concentration
• Loss of energy
• Self-loathing, feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and guilt and pessimism
• Becomes socially withdrawn
• Loss of interest in daily activities
• Suicidal thoughts
• Trouble sleeping or oversleeping

Depressed men:
As compared to women, men complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems, and loss of interest in work and hobbies. Other signs and symptoms in men include anger, aggression, violence, reckless behavior, and substance abuse.

Depressed women:
As compared to men, women develop depression at an early age and episodes recur more often. Women experience anxiety, dependent disorder and eating disorder.

Depressed teenagers:
Teenagers loose interest in activities they liked before, experience weight changes, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.
Depressed children: They tend to show sadness in behavior, physical complaints, irritability or anxiety.

Depressed children:
They tend to show sadness in behavior, physical complaints, irritability or anxiety.

Homeopathic treatment for Depression

Every branch of science has its own scope and limitations, so does Homeopathy. Although Homeopathy has a lot of very good remedies for curing & controlling auto-immune disorders, male & female disorders, children and elderly people.

Arsenicum album:
• Anxious, and restlesness
• Changes places continuosly with feeling of great fear
• Great debility and exhaustion
• Fear , fright and worry

Aurum metallicum:
• Aurum covers both physical and emotional plane
• The person may feel worse at night, with nightmares or insomnia.
• Feeling of despair and emptiness
• It is one of widely used anti depressive remedy

Causticum:
• Depressed because of grief and loss
• Frequent crying or a feeling of mental dullness and forgetfulness
• Intensely sympathetic
• Always thinking of complaints
• Restlessness at night

Ignatia amara:
• Rapid change of mental and physical condition
• It is one of great contradictory remedy
• Nervousness  and apprehension
• Effects of grief and sorrow
• Sensitive people. Insomnia (or excessive sleeping), headaches, and cramping pains in the abdomen and back

Natrum muriaticum:
• Great debility
• Oversensitiveness
• Craving for salt and sunexposure tiredness
• Reserved, responsible, patient. Anxiety, brooding about past grievances, migraines, back pain, and insomnia

Pulsatilla:
• Tendency to weep easily
• Fear in the evening of being alone
• Great sensitiveness
• Desire for open air , highly emotional patient
• Depression around the time of hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause)

Staphysagria:
• Ill effects of anger and insults
• Quiet, highly sensitive, emotional people who have difficulty standing up
• Hurt feelings, shame, resentment, and suppressed emotions can lead them to depression.
• Insomnia (feeling sleepy all day, but unable to sleep at night), toothaches, headaches, stomachaches

Diet / management of Depression

Food:
• Consuming pistachios, walnuts and almonds are helpful in lowering cholesterol and protect against stress.
• Almonds are also useful in managing stress.
• Consume proteins rich diet in breakfast.
• Drink Green tea, it is a best antioxidant and stress buster.
• Drink lot and lots of water.

Regularize your daily activities:
• Meditation, yoga, deep breathing helps a lot to recover fast.
• Back counting helps diverting focus.
• Writing down your thoughts /worries.
• Move to park feel open air and deep breathing in open air helps to relax and calm your mind.
• Listen to your favorite music.

Self improvement:
• Think positive
• Take a warm shower
• Go for a spa.
• Wear bright color that elevated your mood.
• Take a refreshing sleep.

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