The article describes use of Homeopathy for depression and anxiety disorders. It includes basic facts, cause, general management and homeopathy treatment and homeopathic remedies for depression and anxiety.
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.
(Jennifer Rozines Roy; Depression 2004; 10-11)
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.
(Aaron T. Beck, Beck A. Alford; Depression: cause and treatments 2009; 8.)
Symptoms of depression
- Depressed mood, “blue”
- Irritability, anxiety
- Anhedonia, loss of interest
- Loss of zest
- Diminished emotional bonds
- Interpersonal withdraw
- Preoccupation with death
- 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
- Fatigability, no energy
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Anorexia or hyperrexia
- Weight loss or gain
- Psychomotor retardation
- Psychomotor agitation
- Impaired libido
- Frequent diumal variation
Signs of depression
- Stopped and slow moving
- Tearful sad faces
- Dry mouth and skin
(David A. Tomb; Psychiatry 2007; 42.)
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.
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 in person. Some important remedies are given below for depression treatment:
Homeopathy Remedies for Depression and Anxiety (from Allen’s Encyclopedia of Homeopathic Materia Medica)
- ARSENICUM ALBUM
– fear of incurable disease and infections is marked in arsenic due to which anxiety occours.
– a. Depressing, melancholy, despairing, indifferent.
– b. Anxious, fearful, restless, full of anguish.
– * Exceedingly sensitive, despondent, sad, and weeping; the least trifle fills her with care and solicitude, [_a1].
– Sad mood, [a217].
– Great seriousness, [_a1].
– Spirits depressed, [a224].
– Much depressed, [a183].
– She is despondent about her condition, [a121].
– Grief, [a99].
– Sad and depressed, [_a1].
– Melancholic, sad, after eating, with headache(after eighty hours),
– Mental anxiety, [a117].
– Indescribable anxiety, [a105, a116], etc.
– Extreme anxiety, [a19, a167].
– (Most intolerable anxiety)
– * Real deathly anxiety, [a207].
– Excited and anxious, [a124].
– * Impatient and anxious, [_a1].
– * The anxiety and restlessness are indescribable; “Kill me”, he cried, “or relieve my pains!”, [a102].
– Great anxiety and oppression, [a100].
– Anxiety and breaking out of cold sweat, [a144].
– Anxiety, with sweat, [a99].
– Continued anxiety, a mental anguish, as if he had not done his duty, without however, knowing wherein, [_a1].
– * Anxiety and heat do not permit her to fall asleep before midnight, for many days, [_a1].
– * Anxiety in the evening after lying down; at 3 o ‘clock after midnight, after waking, [_a1].
– * Violent anxiety at 3 o’clock in the night; he now felt hot, now as if he would vomit, [_a1].
– Anxiety and fear; he sees an absent acquaintance lying dead upon the sofa, and has great dread of him, [a10].
– * Fear, [a166].
– * Sense of deadly fear, [a99].
– * Apprehension, [a99].
– * Constant dread of death, [a99].
– * Dread of death coming on suddenly when left alone, or on going to bed, [a224].
– * The greatest fear and anguish; she ghosts day and night, [_a1].
– (He is anxious and trembling and is afraid he shall not be able to prevent himself from killing a person with a knife), [a16].
- ARGENTUM NITRICUM
– Hypochondriac and gloomy mood; drawing pain in the forehead; yellowish complexion;
– Anxiety, which makes him walk rapidly, [_a1].
– * He feels very much affected bodily and mentally; he does not undertake anything lest he should not succeed(6th potency), [a4].
– Irritated and anxious mood, in the morning after rising, accompanied with great nervousness, feeling of weakness and tremulousness (6th potency), [a4].
– Alternation of clear consciousness, lightness of sense, and indifference (6th potency), [a4].
– Dullness of sense, absence of thought, inability to think; he is unable to find suitable words for his ideas; hence he falters in his speech(2d potency, second day), [a4].
– Difficulty to collect his senses; he found it extremely difficult to conceive and idea, with heat and fullness in the head (2d potency, third day), [a4].
– He feels dull, as if he would do nothing, [a52].
– Stupid feeling in the head when writing (30th potency, first day), [a4].
– Weakness of memory; he is unable to think connectedly, and falters in his speech (30th potency, second day), [a4].
– Stupefaction, with suffering look (30th potency, second day), [a5].
– Total loss of consciousness, [a59].
- AURUM MET
One of the best homeopathy for depression remedies, with suicidal disposition and a strong sense of responsibility.
– Desire for solitude, [a15].
– * (Loathing of life), [_a1].
– * Disgust for life, suicidal tendency, [a15].
– Good humor the whole day, with talkativeness and self-satisfaction (reaction), [a7].
– Tolerable degree of cheerfulness, agreeable ease (after two hours), [_a3].
– Frequent weeping, [a15].
– * She howls and screams, and imagines herself irretrievably lost, [_a1].
– * Despondent, [_a1].
– * Melancholy; he imagines he is unfit for this world, and longs for death, which he contemplates with internal delight, [_a2].
– * Despondent melancholy, he imagines he cannot succeed in anything, [a11].
– * Dejected, and full of melancholy, [_a1].
– * He is dejected, and seeks solitude, [_a1].
– * He imagines he has lost the affections of his friends; this makes him sad, even unto tears.
– Discouraged, and out of humour with himself.
– The least trifle makes him discouraged.
– He feels discouraged and despondent; he imagines he does everything wrong, and cannot succeed in anything.
– He is dissatisfied with everything; he imagines obstacles everywhere in his way, partly occasioned by adverse fate, partly by himself; this latter makes him morbidly depressed
– Self-condemnation, continual self-reproach, self-criticism, a constant looking into self; she does nothing right, everything is wrong, nothing will succeed, hopelessness.
– “Imagines he cannot succeed in anything, and he does everything wrong; he is in disunion with himself.”