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 a 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.
Symptoms of depression
- Depressed mood, “blue” feeling
- Irritability, anxiety
- Anhedonia, loss of interest
- Loss of zest
- Diminished emotional bonds
- Interpersonal withdrawal
- 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
Diagnostic criteria for depression
- Depressed mood almost every day.
- Markedly reduced interest or pleasure in all activities.
- 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.
Depression is a treatable mental illness and the following three components are used in conventional medicine for the management of depression:
- Support, ranging from discussing practical solutions and contributing stresses, to educating family members.
- Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviors, and emotional regulation.
- Drug treatment, like antidepressants – Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) , Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), Noradrenaline and specific serotoninergic antidepressants (NASSAs)
Homeopathy Treatment for Depression and Anxiety
In the treatment of depression, it is necessary to identify the cause of depression.
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 homeopathic medicines are available for depression treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, condition, sensation and modalities of the complaints. For individualized homeopathic remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important homeopathy remedies are given below for depression treatment:
Homeopathy Remedies for Depression and Anxiety
from Allen’s Encyclopedia of Homeopathic Materia Medica)
– 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].
– 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].
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.”
– Imagines he sees obstacles in his way everywhere.
– He is all the time imagining that he has neglected something, that he has neglected his friends.
– He imagines that he deserves reproach in consequence of having neglected duty; he has neglected something, he is wrong, is wholly evil, has sinned away his day of grace, is not worthy of salvation; this is the train of thought that constantly runs through his mind.
– The thought really becomes uncontrollable; he is absorbed in himself and sits and broods over it, and by brooding over it he only intensifies his present state and hatches new grievances, continues to worry over himself, thinks he is wholly unfit for this world, and then he longs to die.
– He looks on the dark side of everything, constantly expecting bad news, looking for everything to go wrong.
– The future looks dark to him, and he wants to die; he never will succeed, for everything goes wrong that he turns his hand to.
– His business is dark, his family troubles him, his friends annoy him; he becomes extremely irritable, easily angered, is worried over trifles, and easily excited.
– Every little thing rouses him into anger and turmoil, he is always in a vexation.
– The Aurum state of mind is an insanity dreadful to look upon because of its turbulence and melancholy.
– It is suitable in the most profound states of melancholy and depression where the patient sits silent and says nothing.
– When disturbed he is aroused to great vehemence, anger and violence.
– “Melancholy, feels hateful and quarrelsome.”
– Children suffering from mental exertion, dreads mental exertion.
– Unpleasant news makes him beside himself; he can seriously think of nothing, cannot collect his thoughts, and gets into a general sweat about it(ninth day), [a6].
– Stupid indifference; cretinism, [a5].
– He has a clearer oversight, and more distinct views of many things (eighth day), [a6].
– Indisposition to work, also to mental work, [a5].
– Obtuse intellect; difficulty in performing intellectual operations; cannot
– Writes wrong words, or the same words twice, [a5].
– Forgetfulness; forget what he did a short time ago, [a5
– A good homeopathy remedy for Anticipatory Anxiety.
– Irritable, impatient.
– There was at first a cheerful, careless morale, afterwards depression of
– She seemed to know all that was going on; described her symptoms, .
– Symptoms lasted several hours, but all the while I retained a clear state of mental activity.
– Dullness of all the mental faculties.
– For several days, rather dull and stupid, with disinclination to conversation, which was remarked by friends, who knew nothing of my taking medicine (fifth day).
– Very dull and stupid, with aversion to study (fourth day).
– * Dullness of mind, alleviated on profuse emission of watery urine.
– * Incapacity to think or fix the attention, [a5].
– Mind listless and incapable of reflection, as after ague, with a not severe, dull headache all day, and digging in the right ear all the afternoon (seventh day).
– The sensorial modification consisted of a mistiness within the brain, not much affecting the lucidity of thought, but somewhat confusing the perceptions, so that I experienced some difficulty in attending to the physical details connected with my practice.
– Inability to concentrate the mind.
– Found it to affect the power of concentration very materially; I could not fix my mind on the contents of a newspaper, although the matter was of an exciting character; I could not pursue one train of thought for any time, the ideas would vanish and leave a vacancy of mind which was quite annoying.
– Confusion of mind.
– Incoherency of thought.
– – Stupid, intoxicated feeling.
– * Unconsciousness.
– He threw himself upon the floor and soon became unconscious (after half an hour).
– * Totally unconscious.
– Totally unconscious, and could not be aroused (after three hours).
In striking contrast with the fair complexion, yielding, lachrymose, but slow and indecisive Pulsatilla.
– The homeopathic remedy of great contradictions; symptoms often, and suddenly directly opposite (continually changing, no two attacks alike, Puls.).
– Mental conditions rapidly, in an almost incredibly short time, change from joy to sorrow, laughing to weeping.
– Persons mentally and physically exhausted by long concentrated grief; involuntary sighing, and a weak, empty feeling at pit of stomach, not relieved by eating.
– Bad effects of anger, grief, or disappointed love; broods over imaginary trouble in solitude.
– Children: reprimanded, scolded, sent to bed, get sick, are convulsed in sleep.
– Headache, as if a nail were driven out through the side, relieved by lying on it.
– Kali group has marked anxiety for family but in kali brom there is marked anxiety for children.
– Grief after losing the child
– Depression of mind, during which he experienced the most gloomy ideas relative to his present and future condition, if an opinion could be formed from the signs of distress, such as weeping, moaning, and wringing his hands, which he continued to manifest; two hours after this he fell asleep, and when he awoke eight hours afterwards was perfectly sane (fourth day).
– Inability to concentrate thoughts, slow perception.
– Acute mania, with sleeplessness and strange illusions, fear or being poisoned, of being pursued, etc.
– Suicidal mania, with a numb feeling in the head, and feeling as if he would lose his reason.
– Loss of memory, a kind of aphasia in which words and syllables are forgotten and omitted.
– Profound melancholia, with irritability and weeping or with religious delusions.
– Sadness and anxiety associated with physical complaints
– Anxiety, nervous dread, lethargy after overwork.
– Indisposition to meet people.
– Extreme lassitude and depression.
– Very nervous, starts easily, irritable.
– Brain-fag; hysteria; night terrors.
– Slightest labor seems a heavy task.
– Great despondency about business.
– Shyness; disinclined to converse.
– Anxiety, nervous dread without any special cause, gloomy moods, fancies, looks on the dark side of everything, dark forebodings.
-Great despondency about business and pecuniary affairs.
-Disinclined to converse.
-Depressed spirits, general irritability, or great impatience.
-Loss of memory, omits letters or words in writings, uses wrong words, confusion of ideas.
-Dread of and oversensitiveness to noise.
-Dullness, want of energy, the slightest labor seems a heavy task.
-Undecided, captious, changeable.
-Rambling talk while wide awake ( Natr. mur. ).
-Effects of fright.
-After-effects of grief.
– * Melancholy; loss of spirits; sad thoughts.
– Extremely melancholy; depressed, joyless mood.
– * Depression of spirits.
– She became very miserable (with sore throat), and the color of the face became yellowish-gray).
– * Despondent, sad, fanciful.
– Very despondent and weak.
– Despairing, lachrymose.
– Hypochondriac, complaining mood; he feels unhappy.
– * Anxiety in the evening, whereby there seems to be a sort of semi-confusion before the eyes.
– Anxiety on falling asleep.
– Attack of anxiety on waking after midnight, so that she is unable to get her breath, lasting two hours, two nights in succession.
– If people come near her, she is immediately attacked with anxiety at the pit of the stomach.
– * Great anxiety, as if in the pit of the stomach, without special thoughts.
– Internal anxiety in the forenoon, and internal chilliness, like an internal trembling.
– Anxious thoughts, as if she were about to die, for which she even prepared by thinking of her farewell messages, in the morning after waking from a deep sleep.
– Loss of confidence in his own vigour.
– Homeopathy remedy for Ailments from suppressed gonorrhoea or history of gonorrhoea in family.
– Weak memory.
– Loses the thread of conversation.
– Cannot speak without weeping.
– Time passes too slowly. [Cannab. ind.; Arg.n. ]
– Is in a great hurry.
– Hopeless of recovery.
– Difficult concentration.
– Fears going insane. [Mancinella.]
– Sensibility exalted.
– Nervous, restless.
– Fear in the dark and of some one behind her.
– Melancholy, with suicidal thoughts.
– Great weakness of memory.
– Dullness of memory and desire to procrastinate, because business seemed so lasting, or as if it never could be accomplished.
– Entirely forgot what she had read, even previous line.
– Forgetfulness of names, later of words and initial letters.