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Homeopathic treatment of Depression

 

Depression Signs and Symptoms

Depression is a term that can refer to a wide variety of abnormal variations in an individual's mood. The changes in an individual's mood are persistent and cause distress or impairment in functioning

 Constant feelings of sadness, irritability, or tension, crying spells.

  • Decreased interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies.
  • Loss of energy, feeling tired despite lack of activity
  • A change in appetite, with significant weight loss or weight gain
  • A change in sleeping patterns, such as difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling nervous or anxious, Restlessness, irritability or feeling slowed down.
  • Unexplained physical symptoms
  • Decreased ability to make decisions or concentrate, week memory
  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
  • Decreased libido
  • Thoughts of suicide or death.
  • Children with depression may also experience the classic symptoms but may exhibit other symptoms as well, including the following: poor school performance, persistent boredom frequent complaints of physical problems such as headaches and stomachaches, frequent crying, seeking alone, child expresses thoughts about hurting him or herself, or exhibits reckless or other harmful behavior etc.
  • Teenager may show depression by taking more risks and/or showing less concern for their own safety. Examples of risk-taking behaviors include driving recklessly/at excessive speed, becoming intoxicated with alcohol or other drugs, especially in situations where they drive or may be in the presence of others who engage in risky behaviors; engaging in promiscuous or unprotected sex.

Causes of Depression

Depression has no single cause; often, it results from a combination of things. You may have no idea why depression has struck you. Whatever its cause, depression is not just a state of mind. It is related to physical changes in the brain, and connected to an imbalance of a type of chemical that carries signals in your brain and nerves. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters.

Some of the more common factors involved in depression are:

  • Family history. Genetics play an important part in depression. It can run in families for generations.
  • Trauma and stress. Things like financial problems, the breakup of a relationship, or the death of a loved one can bring on depression. You can become depressed after changes in your life, like starting a new job, graduating from school, or getting married.
  • Pessimistic personality. People who have low self-esteem and a negative outlook are at higher risk of becoming depressed. These traits may actually be caused by low-level depression (called dysthymia).
  • Physical conditions. Serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, and HIV can contribute to depression, partly because of the physical weakness and stress they bring on. Depression can make medical conditions worse, since it weakens the immune system and can make pain harder to bear. In some cases, depression can be caused by medications used to treat medical conditions.
  • Psychological disorders. Anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and (especially) substance abuse often appear along with depression.
  • Medications: Some medications used for long periods, such as prednisone, certain blood pressure medicines, sleeping pills, antibiotics and even birth control pills in some cases, can cause depression or make an existing depression worse.
  • Substance abuse: While it has long been believed that depression caused people to misuse alcohol and drugs in an attempt to make themselves feel better (self-medication), it is now thought that the reverse can also be the case; substance abuse can actually cause depression.
  • Diet: Deficiencies in certain vitamins, such as folic acid and B-12, may cause depression.
  • Certain people are more likely to develop clinical depression. The following are risk factors for depression in adults: female sex, advanced age, lower socioeconomic status, recent stressful life experience, lack of social support
  • Risk factors for childhood or teen: Depressions include the following: continual mental or emotional stress, at home or at school, a recent loss, attention, learning, or conduct disorder, and obesity.
  • Risk factors for depression in elderly: especially important are co-occurring illnesses: diseases with which depression is more likely to occur include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, thyroid disease, Parkinson disease, and Alzheimer disease. Living alone, social isolation, Being recently widowed etc.

Depression Questionnaire:

The following depression questionnaire has 16 simple questions that may help identify common symptoms of depression. The results can be a helpful way to discuss your condition with your doctor and actually help him to diagnose your condition. After answering the questions provided on the following pages, print the completed questionnaire and discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Choose the items that best describe you over the last 7 days.

Falling Asleep:

I never take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep.

I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, less than half the time.

I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time.

I take more than 60 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time.

 

Sleep During the Night:

I do not wake up at night.

I have a restless, light sleep with a few brief awakenings each night.

I wake up at least once a night, but I go back to sleep easily.

I awaken more than once a night and stay awake for 20 minutes or more, more than half the time.

 

Waking Up Too Early:

Most of the time, I awaken no more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.

More than half the time I awaken more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.

I almost always awaken at least one hour or so before I need to, but I go back to sleep eventually.

I awaken at least one hour before I need to, and can't go back to sleep.

 

Sleeping Too Much:

I sleep no longer than 7-8 hours/night, without napping during the day.

I sleep no longer than 10 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.

I sleep no longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.

I sleep longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.

 

Feeling Sad:

I do not feel sad.

I feel sad less than half the time.

I feel sad more than half the time.

I feel sad nearly all of the time.

 

Decreased Appetite:

There is no change in my usual appetite.

I eat somewhat less often or lesser amounts of food than usual.

I eat much less than usual and only with personal effort.

I rarely eat within a 24-hour period, and only with extreme personal effort or when others persuade me to eat.

 

Increased Appetite:

There is no change from my usual appetite.

I feel a need to eat more frequently than usual.

I regularly eat more often and/or greater amounts of food than usual.

I feel driven to overeat both at mealtime and between meals.

 

Decreased Weight (Within the Last Two Weeks):

I have not had a change in my weight.

I feel as if I've had a slight weight loss.

I have lost 2 pounds or more.

I have lost 5 pounds or more.

 

Increased Weight (Within the Last Two Weeks):

I have not had a change in my weight.

I feel as if I've had a slight weight gain.

I have gained 2 pounds or more.

I have gained 5 pounds or more.

 

Concentration/Decision-Making:

There is no change in my usual capacity to concentrate or make decisions.

I occasionally feel indecisive or find that my attention wanders.

Most of the time, I struggle to focus my attention or to make decisions.

I cannot concentrate well enough to read or cannot make even minor decisions.

 

View of Myself:

I see myself as equally worthwhile and deserving as other people.

I am more self-blaming than usual.

I largely believe that I cause problems for others.

I think almost constantly about major and minor defects in myself.

 

Thoughts of Death or Suicide:

I do not think of suicide or death.

I feel that life is empty or wonder if it's worth living.

I think of suicide or death several times a week for several minutes.

I think of suicide or death several times a day in some detail, or I have made specific plans for suicide or have actually tried to take my life.

 

General Interest:

There is no change from usual in how interested I am in other people or activities.

I notice that I am less interested in people or activities.

I find I have interest in only one or two of my formerly pursued activities.

I have virtually no interest in formerly pursued activities.

 

Energy Level:

There is no change in my usual level of energy.

I get tired more easily than usual.

I have to make a big effort to start or finish my usual daily activities (for example, shopping, homework, cooking or going to work).

I really cannot carry out most of my usual daily activities because I just don't have the energy.

 

Feeling Slowed Down:

I think, speak, and move at my usual rate of speed.

I find that my thinking is slowed down or my voice sounds dull or flat.

It takes me several seconds to respond to most questions and I'm sure my thinking is slowed.

I am often unable to respond to questions without extreme effort.

 

Feeling Restless:

I do not feel restless.

I'm often fidgety, wringing my hands, or need to shift how I am sitting.

I have impulses to move about and am quite restless.

At times, I am unable to stay seated and need to pace around.