What is depression?

Everyone feels sad or “down in the dumps” at times, but the sadness usually goes away. However, for some people, these sad feelings remain for a long while. A person who feels bad for a very long time might have depression or anxiety or both, called Anxiety-Depression Disorder. Depression is disease that affects a person’s moods. Moods are the way a person feels and how he or she expresses those feeling. Someone who suffers from depression may feel sad, angry, irritable, tired, confused, guilty, or worthless. A person who is depressed may lose interest in almost everything he or she used to enjoy.

Depression can cause physical changes in the body, too. A person with depression may have aches and pains and other health problems. Depression also changes the way a person acts. Somebody who is depressed may yell and throw things. He or she may not eat enough or eat too much. This person might have trouble sleeping or feel so tired that he or she stays in bed most of the time. Depression can have a serious effect on a person’s life. It can cause problems with school, a job, family, and friends.

Depression is not a weakness or a personality problem. It is painful for the person who has it. The disease can also be difficult for the person’s family and friends. The good news is that a person with depression can be helped. There are a number of treatments that a doctor can use to help him or her feel better. There are also things a person with depression can do to get healthier. While there is no one single cure for depression, there is help and there is hope. No one with the disease should suffer alone.

Depression may now be defined in terms of the following attributes:

   A specific alteration in mood: sadness, loneliness, apathy

   A negative self – concept associated with self-reproaches and self-blame

   Regressive and self-punitive wishes: desire to escape, hide, or die

   Vegetative changes: anorexia, insomnia, loss of libido

   Change in activity level: retardation or agitation

Emotional features:

   Depressed mood, “blue”

   Irritability, anxiety

   Anhedonia, loss of interest

   Loss of zest

   Diminished emotional bonds

Interpersonal withdraw

Preoccupation with death

Cognitive features:

   Self criticism, sense of worthlessness, guilt

   Pessimism, hopelessness, despair

   Distractible, poor concentration

   Uncertain and indecisive

   Variable obsessions

Somatic complaints (particularly in elderly)

Memory impairment

Delusion and hallucinations

Vegetative features:

   Fatigability, no energy

   Insomnia or hypersomnia

   Anorexia or hyperrexia

  Weight loss or gain

   Psychomotor retardation

Psychomotor agitation

Impaired libido

Frequent diumal variation

Diagnostic criteria for depression

  Depressed mood almost every day

   Markedly reduced interest or pleasure in all

   Significant weight loss or weight gain when not dieting

  No organic cause

  No delusion or hallucinations in absence of mood symptoms for as long as 2 weeks during the course of the illness.

Not superimposed on schizophrenia or other psychosis.

Signs of depression

   Stopped and slow moving

   Tearful sad faces

   Dry mouth and skin


Homeopathy for Depression and Anxiety

In the treatment of depression cause of depression has to be finding out.

Homeopathy for depression and anxiety – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat depression and anxiety but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several medicines are available for depression treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, condition, sensation and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic Doctor.