Depression - Overview



What is Depression?

In simplified words, depression can be defined as sadness or grief that persists for excessively long duration as compared to normal and significantly impairs the normal functioning of an individual
 
 

On account of millions of people being affected by depression worldwide, it is a huge public health problem. It is especially important to diagnose it and treat it in time because it affects not only the patient but his entire family as well as his work. A few decades ago, depression would be classified as:


Endogenous: This type is described as one in which there is no external cause for the depression; it can be of genetic origin or may be idiopathic.


Neurotic / reactive: This type has an obvious external factor that has precipitated the condition. Common triggers include loss of a loved one, end of a relationship, death of spouse, a major set-back in life, etc.

Causes of Depression.

The exact cause of depression cannot be pin-pointed; however a combination of genetic, biochemical, and environmental factors has been understood to play a role in the development of the same.

 
 
  • > Genetic factor: People who have any of their blood relations suffering from depression are more prone to        develop this condition and it has often been seen to run in families. Research is still going on to find out which        particular gene is responsible for the same.

  • > Biochemical factors: Levels of chemical substances in the brain, especially serotonin and norepinephrine, are        linked to depression. However, its still not clearly defined whether the change in their levels is the cause of        depression or caused due to depression.

  • > Environmental factors: Certain situations in life such as loss of loved ones, major financial loss, difficult        relationship, immense disappointment of any kind in life, physical or sexual abuse, etc. can trigger off        depression. History of persistent deprivation in infancy is also associated with the development of depression at        a later stage in life.

  • > Gender: After puberty, women are twice as likely to develop depression as compared to men. Before puberty,        the incidence largely remains the same for both the sexes.

  • > Suffering from physical ailments especially chronic ones like heart disease, cancer, HIV can be the cause for        developing depression.

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    Homeopathic Treatment

    Healing safely, gently and surely!

     

    Homeopathy can effectively treat most forms of depression with good results. Research done in the past has also shown that significant improvement in depression symptoms and betterment in the quality of life of patients was clearly evident after homeopathic treatment. At our clinic, we have the experience and expertise in treating this condition successfully with Homeopathy for many years now.


    The duration of treatment for depression may vary from case to case and depends on several factors such as duration of the condition, its severity and its impact on the patient. Patients who have not lost touch with reality are likely to respond better than those who suffer from psychotic symptoms like delusions / hallucinations (which indicates loss of touch with reality). In addition, patients who develop a strong will (who do not give up on the treatment) and take adequate steps for the same are likely to show good response to treatment.


    The medicines can help to reinstate the deviation from health back to normal and can help the patients to lead a better quality of life in general. In addition, Homeopathy can help in avoiding the use of anti-depressants which often tend to be habit-forming as well as lead to side effects like weight gain, high blood pressure, blurring of vision, etc.