Homoeopathy in depression is the best choice of treatment. Homoeopathic medicines are prescribed on the feelings, anxieties, fears, concerns, the person experiences during his illness.
In other words, homoeopathic medicines are prescribed on the physical and psychological symptoms of the patient.
In Homeopathy, every patient is treated as a unique one and medicine is prescribed accordingly after the totality of symptoms.
Homoeopathy believes that there is always a psychodynamic reason behind every disease, which we have to find out and treat that cause.
According to homoeopathy, if two people suffer from the same illness, the reaction of both of them may be different. In those illnesses, their mental symptoms may be different.
Homoeopathy in depression –
Homoeopathic treatment is very advanced today. Homoeopathy treatment has shown great results in mental illnesses like depressive disorders. In life-threatening diseases and psychiatric disorders do not rely only on homoeopathy, take other treatment too.
There are numerous homoeopathic medicines that can be used to treat the symptoms of depression. Make sure that your symptoms are not due to any other illness such as an underactive thyroid, peptic ulcer, nutritional deficiencies, and other chronic diseases.
Homoeopathic medicines are safe, natural, and there are no side effects while treating any disease.
Top 5 Homeopathy Medicines In Depression –
Aurum met –
This is the most frequently used medicine for depression. There are notable mood swings in aurum patients. Cheerful alternating with sadness, irritability with sadness, brooding in the complaints. Depression accompanied by physical weakness.
Depression followed by disappointed love, business failure, heart diseases, hypertension, money loss, old age, impotence. Used for depression in children, pregnancy, old age. Also indicated in cases of periodical depression. Sleeplessness, suicidal thoughts are prominent in aurum.
The aurum patient sits, wrapped in deep, sad thoughts and notices nothing around. Complaints ameliorated in sunlight. Aurum’s patient cannot be consoled and thinks that he losing the affection of his friends.
Calcarea carb –
Stressful life events such as the death of loved ones, misfortune deeply affects Calcarea patient that, he goes into depression with insanity and restlessness. Lonely people with anxiety, sadness, and having a fear that something is going to happen with him.
The suicidal inclination from to sadness, loneliness, from the reversal of fortune. It is suited to people with impaired nutrition, thyroid dysfunction, anaemic, and fair, fat, flabby persons who catch a cold easily. Calcarea patient is depressed, forgetful, confused, sad, and taciturn.
The delusion of people seeing him suspiciously, someone is walking behind him. The child is afraid of everything he sees. Hopeless of ever getting well. Aversion to any work and exertion is also well marked.
Natrum muriaticum –
This is one of the most frequently used homoeopathic medicine for mild depression. The patient has never been well since a shock, grief or loss and feels as if they are lonely. Natrum mur patient is reserved, secretive by nature generally.
Cheerfulness alternating with sadness, fearful, irritability, company aversion, always calls for natrum mur. Depression is well marked after grief, in children, in chronic diseases, from disappointed love. Depression in females during menses, menopause, pregnancy and also sadness in girls before puberty.
There are suicidal thoughts with sleeplessness due to stress. The patient dwells constantly on his condition, and cannot be consoled anyhow. Physical symptoms include anaemia, diseases of alimentary tract and skin, weariness and weakness with emaciation.
Hyperthyroidism, Addison’s disease, goitre, diabetes are also present in natrum mur.
It’s a great female remedy used depression in puberty, menses, menopause and postnatal depression. The women who are sad, silent, solitary individuals, completely lacking in zest with well-marked indifference to everything, always get better with sepia.
Horrible and sad events in life affect her profoundly. There is an aversion to family, loved ones, occupation, but still, fear to be alone. Ailments from sexual abuse, anger, business failure, domination, disappointments, bad news with various delusions.
Pulsatilla people are childlike with softness and sensitivity, whiny, jealous, and moody. In depression, they are sad and tearful, wanting a lot of attention and comforting. Weeping, fresh air, and gentle exercise usually improve their mood.
Depression around the time of hormonal changes such as puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause can often be helped nicely with pulsatilla. Depression after head injury.
Pulsatilla patient is mild, gentle, yielding in nature. Fears to be alone, dark, ghosts, and always need to caressed like children. Highly emotional weeps easily at every matter and likes sympathy.
Other leading homoeopathy medicines used in depression are –
Aurum mur, Arsenic album, Aconite, Causticum, Chamomilla, China, Ignatia, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Merc sol, Nitric acid, Opium, Platina, Sulphur, Thuja, Veratrum album, Zincum met, and many more depending upon the totality of the symptoms and constitution of the patient.
The term ‘depression’ is derived from the Latin word deprimere, means “to press down”.
There is a sense of despair in everyone’s life. But sadness is more than just feeling sad for a few days. Depression can make you feel sad and depressed for weeks or months at a time.
Statistics of depression – By the year 2030, depression will be the number one cause of disability in most of the developing countries.
Depression is more common in urban populations than in rural ones and the prevalence is increased in groups with poorer socioeconomic factors.
It impacts people of all ages including children (About 20 % of children experience depression before they reach adulthood. Between 10 to 15% suffer from symptoms at any one time.)
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity, which can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, motivation, feelings, and sense of well-being. It may be of short term or long term.
It may be characterized by sadness, difficulty in thinking, lack of concentration & confidence, increase or a decrease in appetite and sleepiness.
What is depression?
Depression has different symptoms, and it can affect everybody in different ways. Feeling very tearful, hopelessness and sadness, and losing interest in things that enjoyed before are the main symptoms of depression.
Signs & Symptoms of depression –
Symptoms vary from person to person. If you feel hopeless, sad and uninterested in things that used to make you feel happy for a longer time, which means you are depressed.
Depression can interfere with work, social life and family life, and can persist for weeks or months.
In mild depression, there is some impact on daily life
Moderate depression causes a significant impact on daily life
While severe depression makes your daily life almost impossible.
Psychological symptoms –
- Continuous sadness & low mood
- Loss of interest in routine things
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- The tearful, guilty, anxious, helpless, hopeless feeling
- Increased irritability with a feeling of dejection
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Intolerance of other people
- Loss of self-confidence with low self-esteem
- Worried about small things
- Suicidal thoughts & self-harming
- Avoiding friends, social activities
- No interests and hobbies
- Poor job performance
- Delusions and hallucinations in severe depression
Physical symptoms –
- Low tone speaking or moving slower in motions than usual
- Headaches and pains that can’t be explained
- Increased or decreased appetite and weight
- Constipation & digestive problems
- No interest in sex
- Sleeplessness or oversleeping
- Loss of energy with weakness feeling
- Changes in the menstrual cycle.
The symptoms of depression generally start and progress gradually. Most people don’t realize that they are suffering from depression, a friend or family member notices the problem.
Types of depression –
Major depression – in this type, you feel depressed most of the time for the weeks. Loss of interest in routine activities, weight loss or weight gain, sleep disturbances, restlessness, physical & mental dullness, tired-worthless-guilty feeling and suicidal thoughts are the main symptoms of major depression.
Endogenous depression – It is also known as clinical depression.
Endogenous depression is a type of major depressive disorder (MDD). Although it is seen as a separate disorder, endogenous depression is now rarely diagnosed. Instead of this, it is diagnosed as MDD.
It is a mood disorder that is expressed by chronic and intense emotions. These emotions negatively affect various physical functions, including mood and behaviour, as well as sleep & appetite.
Persistent depressive disorder – depression for more than 2 years. It is characterized by a change in appetite, chronic fatigue, low self-esteem, hopelessness, difficulty in concentration & decision making.
Bipolar disorder – also called manic depression. Mood changes from extremely high to low. When in a low mood, you have the symptoms of major depression.
Psychotic Depression – This type has symptoms of major depression along with psychotic symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, paranoia.
Seasonal Affective Disorder – a period of major depression that often during winter days, when the days are short and you get less sunlight. It goes away in summer and spring.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – women have depression at the beginning of the menses with symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, anxiety, appetite changes, sleep disturbances, etc.
Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression – women who have major depression in the weeks and months after childbirth may have peripartum depression.
Situational Depression – also known as stress response syndrome. It’s not a psychiatric term. It is referred to as a depressed mood during stressful situations in life such as the death of a loved one, losing a job, divorce, etc.
Atypical Depression – oversensitive to criticism, increased appetite, sleeping more than usual, heaviness feeling in the body, are the main symptoms of atypical depression.
Causes of depression –
Our brain produces a “good mood” hormone called serotonin. If we do not produce enough serotonin or it gets broken down too quickly, then it results in a low mood. The reason behind this chemical imbalance is unclear.
Main causative factors are –
Life events – A stressful life event such as death or departure of a loved one, divorce, job loss, or financial matters are the triggers.
Adversity in childhood, such as bereavement, neglect, physical or sexual abuse, and unequal parental treatment of siblings can contribute to depression in adulthood.
Living under domination for a long time, especially in childhood also can cause depression in children.
Illness – chronic or life-threatening diseases like cancer or heart disease can put you at a higher risk of developing depression. Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, stroke, diabetes, and anaemia also can be a triggering factor for depression.
Injuries – such as head injury can cause depression, emotional problems, and mood swings.
Nutritional – deficiency of vitamin B6 may cause depressive symptoms. Low blood serum levels of vitamin B9 & B12 have found in persons with depression.
Increased levels of omega-6 and lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with depression and behavioural change. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with depression.
What are the complications of depression?
- Depression is a serious illness that can affect you and your family. It often gets worse if not treated resulting in behavioural, emotional, and health problems.
- Overweight or obesity leading to diabetes and heart diseases.
- Alcohol and drug dependency
- Anxiety, panic disorder, and social phobia
- Family problems, difficulties in relations.
- Suicidal thoughts, self-harming attempts.
- Early death from diseases.
What are the most effective ways to fight depression?
Here are some measures by which you can overcome and get rid of depression without medication –
- Devote yourself entirely to something, indulge in that which gives you pleasure for example writing, painting, music, cooking.
- It is important to take your mental health seriously and accept that you are not always where you are right now.
- Be open, accept, and love yourself.
- Do the exact opposite of the negative thoughts coming in your mind.
- Always set small attainable goals.
- Set a routine and reward yourself.
- Always spend time with your loved ones, friends, nature, or do volunteering.
- Eat a healthy diet and stay away from stimulants like smoking, caffeine, alcohol.
- Exercise regularly, do meditation, get enough sleep and take proper treatment.
- Ask yourself, what can I do to help myself when I am depressed? Change accordingly.
“I believe that human health is a precious thing which may not be compromised at any cost. That’s why I strongly believe in Homeopathy because it is so natural and NO harming side effects at all”.