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Homeopathic Treatment for DEPRESSION


What is DEPRESSION?

Depression is a mental health condition which is marked by an overwhelming feeling of isolation with predominent sadness and despair that affects how a person thinks, feels and functions.Condition may interfere significantly with daily life and may prompt thoughts of suicide, depression is not like sadness, loneliness or grief which is caused by challenging life experience for example death of lovesones. Depression is more common in females than males and it can affect all ages, races and sociology economic classes.

Types The are several different types or subtypes of depression
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Dysthymia and chronic depression or persistent Depressive disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Psychotic depression
  • Bipolar depression



Major Depression?

Person feels a profoundand constant sense of hopelessness and despair. Major depression is highlighted by a combination of symptoms that interferes with the ability to work,sleep, eat, study and enjoys once pleasurable activities.

Symptoms
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts

Psychotic depression?

- approximately 25% of people who get hospitalised for depression suffer from psychotic depression.

  • Hallucinations-seeing or hearing things that really there.
  • Delusion-fears and irrational thoughts

Symptoms
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety nervousness and fear
  • Insomnia-difficulty falling and staying asleep
  • Hallucinations (false perception)
  • Physical immobility
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Delusion(fixed, false beliefs).

Dysthymia/persistent Depressive?

this is less severe form of depression but the depression symptoms linger for long term. Person functions normally but seems consistently unhappy. It is common for dysthymia to also develop superimposed period of major depression, which then lessen without fully going away and called as double depression.

Symptoms
  • Difficultysleeping
  • Excessive feelings of worthlessness
  • No interest in activities or the inability to enjoy oneself.
  • Appetite changes
  • Loss of energy or fatigue feeling
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty in concentrating, thinking or making decisions.
To diagnosed dysthymia, symptoms must persist for at least 2yrs in adult and 1year in children or adolescents.

Bipolar disorder?

- Mood swings or episodes that range from extreme of high energy with an up mood to low depressive period

Symptoms
  • Difficultysleeping
  • Excessive feelings of worthlessness
  • No interest in activities or the inability to enjoy oneself.
  • Appetite changes
  • Loss of energy or fatigue feeling
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty in concentrating, thinking or making decisions.
To diagnosed dysthymia, symptoms must persist for at least 2yrs in adult and 1year in children or adolescents.

Dysthymia/persistent Depressive?

this is less severe form of depression but the depression symptoms linger for long term. Person functions normally but seems consistently unhappy. It is common for dysthymia to also develop superimposed period of major depression, which then lessen without fully going away and called as double depression.

Symptoms
  • Difficultysleeping
  • Excessive feelings of worthlessness
  • No interest in activities or the inability to enjoy oneself.
  • Appetite changes
  • Loss of energy or fatigue feeling
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty in concentrating, thinking or making decisions.
To diagnosed dysthymia, symptoms must persist for at least 2yrs in adult and 1year in children or adolescents.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Mainly in winter months, whendays grow short and get less sunlight.

Causes

It is not fully understood, scientist says their maybe imbalance in the brains signaling, but there are conditions also for imbalance such as it could be situational-early childhood trauma, loss of job, death of loved one, financial trouble or divorce. Mostly it is combination of genetic, biological, environmental or psychological factors.Medical condition such as under active thyroid gland, cancer, heart disease, prolonged pain and illness can also lead to depression. Hormonal induced depression such as after child birth and menopause as well.

Diagnosis

Physicians may ask family health history, mood and behavior pattern (such as eating and sleeping) and thoughts of suicide. It should also be ruled out,that symptoms are not caused by any medical condition like thyroid problems or due to direct effects of drug or medication To diagnosed dysthymia, symptoms must persist for at least 2yrs in adult and 1year in children or adolescents.

Treatment-

It involves psychotherapy therapy, medication or combination of both.Antidepressants helps to alter mood by affecting naturally occurring brain chemical like (SSRIs) selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors it helps to target the brains serotonin a signaling chemical (neurotransmitter) which study had focused to be involved in depression. Other type of antidepressants like Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) and Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRI) are also used.

H4ALL?

Homeopathy gives excellent results in depression. It treats naturally and from within. Homeopathy does not believe in suppressing the symtoms of depression at all because the symtoms tell us where we really are. We do not want to create an artificial state of wellness by drugs but heal ourselves from within. So appetite improves, sleep improves mood improves. So of course it would take at least 6 wks to make an impact with medicines. These changes are then not just superficial but sustainable changes of being healed. Homeopathy has the power to enable your body and mind and spirit to heal itself.

HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Arsenic:Alb- Restlessness, anxiety about health where the person experiences restlessness, symptoms like sadness, gloom, fear, trembling, chilliness, weakness, changing position from one side to another and nausea that gets worse after midnight indicates the need for this medicine. Insecure, anxious and perfectionistic people with high standard for themselves and others and become depressed if their expectations are not met.

Ignatia Amara:Depressiondue to acute grief. Social isolation, sadness and aversion to talking are marked symptoms. Aversion to talk and sudden mood changes may occur

Calcarea carb:- Fear of some impending misfortune where the person has developed a marked fear of some terrible mishap. Symptoms such as shuddering, palpitation and restlessness with anxiety, sweating and trembling, nausea and a fear of death and hopelessness. Mainly anxiety is worse at night. Person who feels chilly and sluggish and easily gets tired on exertion. Dependable person who becomes overwhelmed from too much worry, workor because of physical illness.

Causticum:person is depressed because of grief and loss (present,recent or past situations). There is mental dullness associated with crying and forgetfulness (such as keep checking identity card in bag, stove is put off or not or door is locked) The person are always sympathetic towards others and having strong sense of justice can be deeply discouraged or get angry about the whole world

Kali phosphoricumExhausted, nervous person who is having difficulty in working or concentrating and lose confidence easily and get discouraged also. Person gets depressed after working too hard, being physically ill or going through prolonged emotional stress or excitement. Headache from mental efforts, sensitive to cold, insomnia,indigestion are often seen in this remedy

NatrumcarbonicumPerson keeps making an effort to be cheerful and helpful, trying to avoid conflicts whenever possible. When they have a feeling of loneliness they listen to sad music which can isolate them more. They keep their feelings to themselves even after getting hurt.

Natrum MurMainly reserved,responsible with strong inner feelings of grief, anger, and fear of misfortune. Even though they want other people to understand them or feel for them,but still they get angry when someone tries to console them and needs to cry alone.Brooding on past unpleasant events. Patients havea strong craving for salt.

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