Sadness, feeling down, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities – if these symptoms persist and affect our life substantially, than it may be depression.
Several factors can play a role in depression:
o Biochemistry: Differences in certain chemicals in the brain may contribute to symptoms of depression.
o Genetics: Depression can run in families.
o Personality: People with low self-esteem, who are easily overwhelmed by stress, or who are generally pessimistic appear to be more likely to experience depression.
o Environmental factors: Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse or poverty may make some people are more vulnerable to depression.
Signs and Symptoms:
People with depression may or may not feel sadness at all. If you have been experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms for at least 2 weeks, you may be suffering from depression:
• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
• hopelessness, pessimism kind of feeling
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
• Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
• Concentration difficulties, remembering problems, making decisions
• Sleep diffculties, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
• Appetite and/or weight changes
• Suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
• Restlessness, irritability
• Persistent physical symptoms
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT: homeopathic medicines are natural and safe. It helps in taking out a person out of depression. Homeopathic medicine should be prescribed on the basis of totality of symptoms will provide patient a permanent cure.
IGNATIA AMARA is one of the best selected homeopathic remedies when depression is of recent origin. It may occur due to grief.
NATRUM MUR is best suited for depression that is chronic. Patient dwells on past –keeps on brooding on that, keeps crying remembering that. They get offended easily. It is esp indicated to reserved personaities where consolation aggravate the symptoms.
AURUM MET works well where depression brings on suicidal tendencies.
SEPIA is best suited to those patients who suffer from depression with marked indifference and irritable behaviour. It works well in those females who develop depression after childbirth or menopause.
Arsenicum album is a natural medicine to cure the extreme problem of distress, in particular for those that obsess about health and look for perfection in everything. They are often depressed when they fail to reach lofty personal standards.