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Depression

Treatment of Depression

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Depression
  • Acupuncture Treatment of Depression
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Depression
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Depression
  • Surgical Treatment of Depression
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Depression
  • Other Treatment of Depression

What is Depression

Symptoms of Depression

Causes of Depression

Risk factors of Depression

Complications of Depression

Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Depression

Precautions & Prevention of Depression

Treatment of Depression

Homeopathic Treatment of Depression

Homeopathy is safe, natural and effective treatment of depression. There are several medicines in Homeopathy to treat Depression and the selection of medicine varies from case to case. Homeopathy offers good long term management. Following are the homeopathy medicines for Depression

  • Arsenic
  • Aurum M
  • Sepia
  • Nat M
  • Phos Ac
  • Varatum-alb

Acupuncture Treatment of Depression

Acupuncture helps in reducing the symptoms of depression such as depressed mood, low energy level, laziness, lack of interest, and boredom etc.  The results of Acupuncture treatment are very positive and effective.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Depression

Psychotherapy treatment is very useful in Depression.  In Psychotherapy, the doctor will know the full patient history.  At counseling patient will answer the questions about their problem and main reason of depression. It teaches skills for preventing, managing and minimizing mood swings. Hypnotherapy is very effective in curing root cause of depression and stabilizing emotional state.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Depression

Allopathic Treatment is very effective in regulating bipolar depression. Medicines such as lithium, carbamazepine, and valproate are indicated for the maintenance treatment of depression.

Surgical Treatment of Depression

Bilateral cingulotomy is a surgical procedure which may be performed in cases of treatment-resistant mental illnesses for depression and major depression.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Depression

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Reduce intake of caffeine and sugar
  • Take omega-3 (fish oil), and folic acid

Other Treatment of Depression

  • Yoga, makes you more aware of mood swings, and helps you remain calm.
  • Regular exercise including aerobic exercise

What is Depression

Depression is a mental disorder characterized by low mood, low self esteem, loss of interest, loss of pleasure, pessimism and in severe cases suicidal tendencies. It is a psychiatric illness that causes major disruptions in lifestyle and health. It occurs in both men and women. It has flared up as major problem for the modern world because of complex and fast changing scenarios. A typical example is recent recession affecting the world which has caused a large number of patients of depression. So what is depression ?

According to National Institute of Mental Health everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most who experience it need treatment to get better.

There are several forms of depressive disorders.

Major depressive disorder, also called major depression, is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once–pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. An episode of major depression may occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, it recurs throughout a person’s life.

Dysthymic disorder, also called dysthymia, is characterized by long–term (two years or longer) but less severe symptoms that may not disable a person but can prevent one from functioning normally or feeling well. People with dysthymia may also experience one or more episodes of major depression during their lifetimes.

Psychotic depression, which occurs when a severe depressive illness is accompanied by some form of psychosis, such as a break with reality, hallucinations, and delusions.

Postpartum depression, which is diagnosed if a new mother develops a major depressive episode within one month after delivery. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is characterized by the onset of a depressive illness during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. The depression generally lifts during spring and summer.

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is not as common as major depression or dysthymia. Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes-from extreme highs (e.g., mania) to extreme lows (e.g., depression).

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

There is no single known cause of depression. Rather, it likely results from a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors.

Research indicates that depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain. Brain-imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have shown that the brains of people who have depression look different than those of people without depression. The parts of the brain responsible for regulating mood, thinking, sleep, appetite and behavior appear to function abnormally. In addition, important neurotransmitters–chemicals that brain cells use to communicate–appear to be out of balance. But these images do not reveal why the depression has occurred.

Some types of depression tend to run in families, suggesting a genetic link. However, depression can occur in people without family histories of depression as well. Genetics research indicates that risk for depression results from the influence of multiple genes acting together with environmental or other factors.

In addition, trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger a depressive episode. Subsequent depressive episodes may occur with or without an obvious trigger.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Damaged relationships
  • Poor performance in school or job
  • Attempting suicide
  • Increased physical activity
  • Being restless or irritable
  • Inability to concentrate or in making decisions
  • Feeling tired and aggressive behavior
  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness

Causes of Depression

  • Genetic cause
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Significant loss or high stress
  • Self-esteem
  • Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters

Risk factors of Depression

  • High stress
  • Drug abuse
  • Women may be more likely than men to have depression.
  • Major life changes, such as divorce and the death of a relative
  • Having other family members with depression

Complications of Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer
  • Relationship Problems like fights and arguments
  • Migraine headaches
  • Severe backache or other pains
  • Substance Abuse such as Cigarette smoking and alcoholism
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sleep disorders

Diagnosis of Depression

Diagnosis of Depression is based on your medical history and your family’s medical history. Doctor observes the signs and symptoms while interviewing you. There is no lab test that can diagnose depression.

Precautions & Prevention of Depression

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Reduce stress at work and at home.
  • Reduce caffeine
  • Adequate and regular sleep each night.

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