In general, low spirits pass off when the cause is removed. But sometimes it becomes itself a disease, and persists when there is no longer any cause acting, and sometimes the cause is of such a kind that it cannot be removed. In all cases the cause should be sought and removed if possible. General Treatment.-This is largely moral. The patient must be encouraged to do his business and transact his ordinary occupation in spite of his low spirits. Often the malady will be forgotten if the mind or hands are actively employed. In any case occupation is the best palliative when it is not a cure. One particular precaution should be observed-the patient should never be allowed to resort to stimulants. This is fatal to any treatment, moral or medicinal, and the habit once formed soon becomes confirmed.
Medicines.-(Two or three times daily.)
Actea rac. 3.-
As if a cloud settled over patient; sleepless and restless.
When due to worry; at change in life; with hysterical symptoms.
Wretchedness and dejection; apprehension.
Natrum mur. 6.-
Melancholy, depressed, sad and weeping; consolation aggravates.
With heaviness and drowsiness, or absence of sleep; “sinking” sensation, especially in the morning; broken-down, dejected look.