What are mood disorders?
Mood disorders are a class of disorders marked by emotional disturbance of varied kinds that may spill over to disrupt physical, perceptual, social, and thought processes.
The two key mood involved in mood disorders are mania, often characterized by intense and unrealistic feelings of excitement and euphoria, and depression, which usually involves feelings of extraordinary sadness and dejection. Some people experience both of these kinds of moods at one time or another, but other people experience only the depression. The mood states are often convinced to be at opposite ends of a mood continuum, with normal mood in the middle. Although this concept is accurate to a degree, sometimes, a patient may have symptoms of mania and depression during the same time period. In these mixed episode cases, the person experiences rapidly alternating moods such as sadness, euphoria, and irritability, all within the same episode of illness.
Unipolar disorders– in which patient experiences only depressive episodes
Bipolar episodes– in which patient experiences both manic and depressive episodes.
Comparisons of common symptoms in manic and depressive episodes
|Characteristics||Manic episodes||Depressive episodes|
|Emotional||Elated, euphoric, very sociable, at any hindrance.||Gloomy, hopeless, socially withdrawn, irritable.|
|cognitive||Characterized by racing thoughts, flight of ideas, desire for action, and impulsive behavior; talkative, self-confident; experiencing delusions of grandeur||Characterized by slowness of thought processes, obsessive worrying, inability to make decisions, negative self-image, self-blame and delusions of guilt and disease.|
|motor||Hyperactive, tireless, requiring less sleep than usual, showing increased sex drive and fluctuating appetite||Less active, tired, experiencing difficulty in sleeping, showing decreased sex drive, and decreased appetite.|
Homeopathic treatment of mood disorders
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 mood disorders but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat mood disorders that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of mood disorders:
Anacardium – foolish talks and foolish imaginations; patient is quarrelsome, and irritable because of loss of confidence in himself; acts stupidly and childish; laughs on serious matters, and vice versa; sensation as if he has two opposite wills, one compels him to do good things but other forbids;
Belladonna – derangement of the will faculty; amorous mania with sexual excitement; senseless talk with staring; protruding eyes; merry craziness; gives offense without any cause; wants to touch everything and everyone; irritable curses horrible; wants to drawn himself, or that somebody else should kill him; despondency and indifference.
Stramonium – loquacious delirium, with strange ideas; imbecility; talks with absent persons; behaves himself nasty and unclean; frightful fancies, all his features show fright and horror; religious mania, with pious looks; desire for light and company.
Arsenic album – tendency to self mutilation; feeling of worthlessness and despair; memory is weak; anger or dispute makes the patient furious; there is a tendency to rush of blood to the head with these melancholic states; fear of death, fear of being alone; exhaustive insanity and acute delirious mania; acute melancholia.
Hyoscyamus – patient acts silly and idiotic; is lascivious and lewd; throws the bed-clothes off and makes lewd and ridiculous gestures. Nymphomania. It is a good remedy for the bad effects of extreme jealousy, fright, disappointed love, etc. there is a condition of depression found under Hyoscyamus with debility and prostration.
Other medicines for mood disorder:
Carcinosin; Lachesis; Medorrhinum; Staphysagria; Psorinum; Argentum Met; Aurum Met; Platina; Thuja; Sepia; Agaricus; Rhus Tox; Cimicifuga; Causticum and many other medicines.