What is Depression ?
Depressed people feel a general lack of energy, lack of interest and sometimes, obsession with suicidal thoughts. It is like living in a “huge black hole”.
The World Health Statistics, 2014, published by World Health Organization, made a disturbing revelation:
At least 350 million people live with Depression, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Almost 1 million people take their own lives each year.
How you know,You have depression?
- Do you feel unusually sad?
- Do you feel life is hopeless?
- Does life seem like a bed of thorns?
- Do you want to stay alone always?
- Do you feel nobody loves you?
- Do you feel life is useless?
- Are you getting repeated suicidal thoughts?
If your answers to most of the above questions are YES, then you are probably depressed.
According to World Health Organization DEPRESSION is the 4th most devastating illness in the world today. And with this rate, it may become the 2nd ranked illness by 2020. The average age of onset of Depression is mid-20s.
Depression can easily take control of your life, your thoughts, feelings and actions. The key to overcoming it, therefore is a combination of the right medicines with the right lifestyle changes. And this is exactly what Homeopathy offers.
With correct expert guidance, medication and counselling, Depression can be effectively defeated.
Types of Depression
- Symptoms should be constant everyday for at least 2 weeks.
- ‘Down the black hole’ is the constant feeling
- People with this type of disorder have associated bad experience in childhood.
- Both physical and emotional symptoms are associated.
- It is mild, less severe and chronic.
- It can be periodic, occurring at fixed intervals of time.
- Genetic factor can be associated.
- Depression occurs in alternation with periods of mania, wherein the individual feels unusually ecstatic, hyper and aggressive.
- It happens every year at the same time.
- Usually it is seen at onset of summers or winters.
Varieties of Depression
- Depression seen in teenagers is most commonly due to peer pressure.
- Drug and alcohol abuse is frequently witnessed.
- It may lead to poor concentration, thereby poor performance in studies and subsequently more depression.
Depression in Women:
- Women are more susceptible to depression than men.
- Hormonal factors, social and family pressures are the most important contributing factors.
- A variant of depression commonly seen nowadays is the depression that comes on after delivery of a newborn.
- This is due to extreme pressure of care of new born, hormonal changes and from severe expectations.
- This may even cause severe devastating consequences like killing of newborn by mother.
Depression in Men:
- Men tend to hide their weakness, insecurities and feelings. That is why depression is more pronounced in men.
- They feel restless and agitated and usually fall prey to substance abuse and bad company.
Depression in Older Age:
- Due to dependency on children or others for their financial and physical needs, senior citizens face rejection at every stage.
- They are easily ignored, feel helpless and mistreated;, and this causes depression.
What happens in Depression ?
Though these symptoms vary from person to person, there are few common mental symptoms.
- Extreme, prolonged sadness and hopelessness
- Helplessness and self-hatred
- Negative thoughts
- Lack of interest in everything with feelings of irritability.
- No interest in daily activities, fun activities, etc.
- Anger/irritability/frustration/gloomy feeling/self-loathing
- Irresponsible and reckless behaviour
- Less or no social interaction.
- Withdrawal even from favourite hobbies
- Severe sense of guilt.
- In children-lack of concentration, low academic performances
- Thoughts of committing suicide.
There are more than 100 symptoms of Depression, but they vary from case to case…
Mental stress can channelize into symptoms of the body like
- Overwhelming fatigue and exhaustion.
- Weight loss or gain.
- Unrefreshing sleep with either drowsiness or sleeplessness.
- Disinterest in sex with decrease in sex drive.
- Either weight gain or weight loss
- Lethargy and intense fatigue
- Insomnia or excessive sleep
- Lack of interest in sex
- Abuse or misuse of alcohol, drugs, etc.
What can Depression lead to ?
It is a misconception that Depression is a short-lived state of the mind that goes away easily. But Depression is touted to be amongst the major killers today because of its adverse complications on the depressed individual.
If untreated, Depression can lead to
- Substance abuse
- Physical illnesses like Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, etc.
How well homeopathy works in depression
- Depression, if left untreated, can thrive and feed upon itself and have the power to consume life.
- Homeopathic Treatment For Depression is the safest and most holistic of therapies for this hydra-headed monster.
- Homeopathy works at the deepest level of the mind and helps to correct the irregularity in thinking, feeling and behaving with the help of naturally sourced and well proved remedies.
- There are more than 200 remedies in the treasury of Homeopathy in the Treatment For Depression.
Homeopathy remedies Depression for include:
- Natrum Muriaticum: Indicated in people who have strong inner feelings of grief, anger, romantic disillusionment. They get angry on being consoled and brood over past grievances.
- Pulsatilla: This medicine is very effective in people who are shy, mild and sensitive. There is despair of happiness, discouragement, indecision and impulse to hide or run away. Great flow of very changeful ideas.
- Ignatia: One of the best remedies for grief or hurt that has remained unexpressed. Frequent feeling of lump in the throat with involuntary tendency to sigh. Accompanied with physical ailments like headache, cramps and insomnia.
- Aurum Metallicum: Excellent remedy for serious, hardworking individuals who become depressed if they feel they have failed in their duties. Such people can fall steeply into self-reproach, self-loathing and emerge with suicidal tendencies.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.
Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
Signs and Symptoms
If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
Decreased energy or fatigue
Moving or talking more slowly
Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Appetite and/or weight changes
Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
It’s not known exactly what causes depression. As with many mental disorders, a variety of factors may be involved, such as:
People with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains. The significance of these changes is still uncertain, but may eventually help pinpoint causes.
Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring brain chemicals that likely play a role in depression. Recent research indicates that changes in the function and effect of these neurotransmitters and how they interact with neurocircuits involved in maintaining mood stability may play a significant role in depression and its treatment.
Changes in the body’s balance of hormones may be involved in causing or triggering depression. Hormone changes can result with pregnancy and during the weeks or months after delivery (postpartum) and from thyroid problems, menopause or a number of other conditions.
Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives also have this condition. Researchers are trying to find genes that may be involved in causing depression.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
Depression can happen at any age, but often begins in adulthood.
Depression is now recognized as occurring in children and adolescents, although it sometimes presents with more prominent irritability than low mood.
Many chronic mood and anxiety disorders in adults begin as high levels of anxiety in children.
Risk factors include:
Personal or family history of depression
Major life changes, trauma, or stress
Certain physical illnesses and medications
Tests and diagnosis
These exams and tests can help rule out other problems that could be causing your symptoms, pinpoint a diagnosis and check for any related complications:
Physical exam. Your doctor may do a physical exam and ask questions about your health. In some cases, depression may be linked to an underlying physical health problem.
Lab tests. For example, your doctor may do a blood test called a complete blood count or test your thyroid to make sure it’s functioning properly.
Psychological evaluation. Expect your doctor or mental health provider to ask about your symptoms, thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire to help answer these questions.
DSM-5. Your mental health professional may use the criteria for depression listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. This manual is used by mental health providers to diagnose mental conditions and by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.
Types of depression
Symptoms caused by major depression can vary from person to person.
To clarify the type of depression you have, your doctor may add one or more specifier.
A specifier means that you have depression with specific features, such as:
Anxious distress — depression with unusual restlessness or worry about possible events or loss of control
Mixed features — simultaneous depression and mania, which includes elevated self-esteem, talking too much and increased energy
Melancholic features — severe depression with lack of response to something that used to bring pleasure and associated with early morning awakening, worsened mood in the morning, major changes in appetite, and feelings of guilt, agitation or sluggishness
Atypical features — depression that includes the ability to be cheered by happy events, increased appetite, excessive need for sleep, sensitivity to rejection, and a heavy feeling in arms or legs
Psychotic features — depression accompanied by delusions or hallucinations, which may involve personal inadequacy or other negative themes
Catatonia — depression that includes motor activity that involves either uncontrollable and purposeless movement or fixed and inflexible posture
Peripartum onset — depression that occurs during pregnancy or in the weeks or months after delivery (postpartum)
Seasonal pattern — depression related to changes in seasons and reduced exposure to sunlight