be expressed as persistent sad mood.
Depression is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness and
the suffering person cant make himself well by trying to snap out of
it. Depression affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one
feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things.
Depression results from a complex, partly understood biochemical changes
in the brain, which are influenced and supported by multiple causes
inclusive of genetic trait, circumstantial factors, hormonal factors,
socio-personal reasons, etc. Increased levels of brain chemicals called
neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and
norepinephrine are found to
improve the state of depression.
Depression is much more common than we believe. However to get precise
figures in terms of its prevalence is difficult as many of them go
undetected and untreated. Women are twice more often affected with
depression than men.
Not everyone who is depressed experiences all the symptoms listed below.
Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms
varies with individuals and also varies over time.
Remarks: Common symptoms
Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood and unexplained
Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt feeling,
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
that were once enjoyed, including sex, social withdrawal
Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
Difficulty, concentrating, remembering, makingdecisions
awakening, or oversleeping
Appetite and/or weight loss or
overeating and weight gain
Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide
Restlessness, irritability, anger, agitation
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as
headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
precise cause and nature of depression is not clearly understood, it is
believed to be an illness involving an imbalance of brain chemicals
called neurotransmitters. The reasons that can induce such chemical
imbalance are as follows:
1. Some types of depression run in
families, suggesting that the condition can be inherited from parents
and grandparents as a genetic predisposition.
2. When this
genetic predisposition is topped with stresses at home, work, or school,
it can evolve in depression. Stress can be in the form of a serious
loss, difficult relationship, financial problem, or any stressful change
in life patterns, etc.
3. People who have low self-esteem, who
consistently view themselves and the world with pessimism or who are
readily overwhelmed by stress, are prone to depression.
Medical illnesses such as stroke, a heart attack, cancer, Parkinson's
disease, and hormonal disorders can cause depressive illness. Very
often, a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental
factors is involved in the onset of a depressive disorder.
Homoeopathy has very effective therapeutic measures that
positively influence our psyche and can take care of various
symptoms of depression.
Homoeopathy can positively influence personality traits that
are working at the base of disease. The important aspect is
that depression is a disease in which genetic make-up is
topped with environmental stress result in disease.
Homoeopathy medicines are very deep acting and having
potential to counter genetic tendencies. Homoeopathy
medicines address the root cause of the disease and hence
prevent the relapse and recurrence of the condition. Last
but not the least homoeopathy medicines are absolutely free
from any side-effects as opposed to most of conventional
medicines like anti-depressants and anxiolytics.
The results achieved using from homoeopathy can be augmented
with supportive measures like counseling and psychotherapy.