Depression varies from one patient to another & even within individualfrom time to time.There may be diurnal variation of mood, depression being most distressing early in the morning or at the end of the day.
- Loss of pleasure in life
- Loss of interest in oneself & others
- Low self esteem
- Suicidal thinking
- Feeling of guilt
- Sleep disturbance
- Pains (chest pain, abdominal pain )
- Weight change
- Reduced libido
- Poor concentration
- Psychomotor retardation
*At least five symptoms including at least one of the first two must be present nearly every day over a 2week period.
Antidepressant drugs- conventional medicines include antidepressant and other drugs which are mood elevators and also other drugs which act on nervous system.
Homeopathy has a great role in managing such cases as a rightly chosen remedy can treat a case of depression without making the patient dependent on anti-depressant drugs and also homeopathic medicines are non-habit-forming medicines.
Counselling also has an important role to play in cases of depression but the best results are got with an integrative approach where homeopathy and counselling goes hand in hand. A rightly chosen homeopathic remedy corrects the neuro chemical balance and brings the patient back to normal self and he/she bounces back from depression. It might take few weeks to few months which depends on how long the patient had the condition and how severe is the condition. Few homeopathic medicines found useful for depression are following but should be given or taken in consultation with a registered homeopathic practitioner only.
Few Depression Medicines:
Feeling of self-condemnation and utter worthlessness.Profound despondency, with increased blood pressure, with thorough disgust of life, andthoughts of suicide.Talks of committing suicide.Great fear of death.Peevish and vehement at least contradiction.Anthropophobia.Oversensitiveness; [Staph.] to noise, excitement, confusion.
Melancholy; afraid to be alone.Little things annoy, Extremely sensitive.Averse to undertaking new things.
Head strong and haughty when sick.Loss of self-confidence.Hurried when eating.Constant fear of breaking down under stress.Apprehensive.Weak memory, confused thoughts; spells or writes wrong words and syllables.
Failing brain-power. Cannot bear to see anything new.Sadness in morning on awaking.
Psychic causes of disease; ill effects of grief, fright, anger, etc.Depressed, particularly in chronic diseases.Consolation aggravates.Irritable; gets into a passion about trifles.Awkward, hasty.Wants to be alone to cry.
Tears with laughter.
Lively music saddens.Melancholy, with periodical attacks of mania.Suicidal tendency; must exercise restraint.
Inability to think.Dislikes to speak, or to be spoken to.