How to treat depression through homeopathy
Depression is an extremely common illness affecting people of all ages, genders, and groups all over the world. Homeopathy diagnoses and treats the type of moody blues one has, or is going through, while looking at each individual as a completely unique personality.
Do you feel sad, empty, and hopeless most of the day, nearly every day? Have you lost interest or pleasure in your hobbies or being with friends and family? Are you having trouble sleeping, eating, and functioning?
If you have felt this way for at least two weeks, you may have depression, a serious but treatable mood disorder. You would be shocked to know that India is a home to around 57 million people (nearly 18 per cent of the global estimate) suffering from depression.
What is depression?
Everyone feels sad or low sometimes, but these feelings usually pass with a little time. Depression - also called “clinical depression” or a “depressive disorder” - is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.
What causes depression?
Research suggests that a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors play a role in depression. Depression can occur along with other serious illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Depression can make these conditions worse and vice versa. Sometimes medications taken for these illnesses may cause side-effects that contribute to depression symptoms.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
Sadness is only one small part of depression and some people with depression may not feel sadness at all. Different people have different symptoms. Some symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities
- Restlessness or irritability
- 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
Does depression look the same in everyone?
No. Depression affects different people in different ways. For example:
- Women have depression more often than men. Biological, lifecycle, and hormonal factors that are unique to women may be linked to their higher depression rate. Women with depression typically have symptoms of sadness, worthlessness, and guilt.
- Men with depression are more likely to be very tired, irritable, and sometimes angry. They may lose interest in work or activities they once enjoyed, have sleep problems, and behave recklessly, including the misuse of drugs or alcohol. Many men do not recognize their depression and fail to seek help.
- Older adults with depression may have less obvious symptoms, or they may be less likely to admit to feelings of sadness or grief. They are also more likely to have medical conditions, such as heart disease, which may cause or contribute to depression.
- Younger children with depression may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent, or worry that a parent may die. Older children and teens with depression may get into trouble at school, sulk, and be irritable.
- Teens with depression may have symptoms of other disorders, such as anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse.
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How is depression treated?
The first step in getting the right treatment for depression is to visit a doctor or mental health professional. Your doctor can do an examination, interview, and lab tests to rule out other health conditions that may have the same symptoms as depression.
Once diagnosed, depression can be treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. If these treatments do not reduce symptoms, brain stimulation therapies are given to the patients.
But you have to be very cautious while choosing a treatment for depression as it has been seen through studies that 40-60 per cent of depressed patients experience ‘relapses’ after conventional treatment.
This exemplifies why there is a need for effective, natural alternatives for depression treatment, such as homeopathy. Homeopathy ‘distils’ and diagnoses the type of depression a person has; it does not just look at the apparent symptoms in isolation. It analyses each person (mind-body) as a completely unique individual. This holistic approach relates to the individual’s personality, temperament, sensitivities and also sensibilities.
How does homeopathy work for depression?
Most individuals with depression present with common symptoms, but these symptoms come about as a result of different causes. When treating depression, the ‘cause’ of what leads, or has led, to depression often helps your homeopathic doctor in choosing the right homeopathic medicine.
To individualize homeopathic treatment for depression, the homeopathic doctor takes your entire case history and enquires about your lifestyle, medical history, medications, major stress factors affecting your emotional or mental health to understand your overall temperament and personality. In so doing, the doctor goes to the root of the wide-ranging subtleties of depression to offer you long-lasting treatment result.
Besides, suggesting you an appropriate homeopathic treatment for depression, the doctors will also guide you on lifestyle changes that can help you cope with the condition in a better way.
Little changes can make you help better with your depression:
- Try to be active and exercise
- Break up large tasks into small ones, set priorities, and do what you can as you can
- Spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative
- Postpone important life decisions until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well
- Go out for walks, outing, and other activities with your people
- Avoid self-medication with alcohol or with drugs not prescribed for you.
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