Natrum muraticum -To be considered when:
- People are closed and hypersensitive, defensive and resentful
- Great vulnerability and easily hurt
- Depression takes the form of withdrawal and desire for solitude, often crying alone, often to classical music
- Tearful and lonely depression as a result of suppressing sadness. Often unresolved grief from the past and their childhood can deeply affect their mood and they can feel ignored, deserted, forsaken and abandoned
- They are worse when people attempt to console
- Easily offended and never forget what was done to them, dwelling on it and becoming vindictive.
- Rather than considering suicide, they would dedicate themselves to a worthy cause or crusade, which makes them feel better.
- Other symptoms include migraines, insomnia, back pain, anxiety, and hopelessness.
Phosphoric acid -To be considered when:
- Depression is often the result of grief or disappointed love
- Life has become useless, often they do not want to live
- Burned out, weak, person who is indifferent to everything and apathetic.
- Other symptoms include loss of appetite and often feeling overwhelmed from overwork, grief, studying, or heartbreak
- Depressive episodes often are worse from sleeping.
- No sparkle, flat, enjoys nothing
- Memory loss, tries to search for the right word, tired during the day, insomnia at night
- Physically can experience hair loss and diarrhoea
- This state is often experienced by teenagers who are homesick and away from home, or in those experiencing long term chronic illness such as chronic fatigue
Pulsatilla -To be considered when:
- Mostly, a remedy that is prescribed for women and children
- Depressive conditions relating to fluctuating hormones such as menstruation and menopause, as well as pregnancy, all symptoms exacerbated at these times,
- People who become tearful and sad when depressed
- Desire lots of comfort and attention.
- They are also very moody, jealous, and whiny.
- Forsaken feelings but is better for consolation
- The person’s mood will improve with fresh air, crying, and light exercise. the best remedy when depression occurs in conjunction with menopause, menstrual periods, or puberty
Sepia Officinalis -To be considered when:
- Person is dutiful, but who can no longer cope with demands put on her
- Feels unworthy
- Sinking ‘all gone’ feeling in stomach
- Depression accompanied by mental stasis, confusion, absent mindedness, dullness, difficult thinking
- Emotional stasis
- Indifference to loved ones and family members.
- They become annoyed when interrupted in their solitude
- They may feel better after crying and they prefer not to be consoled.
- Other related symptoms include digestion problems and menstrual issues.
- Post-partum problems, patient is low, and worn out, physically and mentally, sometimes from a difficult delivery.
- During menopause and perimenopause and pre menstrually, many symptoms add to the feelings of depression, and could indicate sepia: palpitations, weakness and sudden fainting worse before periods and in a room full of people; weight gain, increased or lack of appetite, nose bleeds, early, irregular and heavy periods with flooding; heavy menstrual periods, total loss of sexual libido. There are many more, but the above are all indicative of changing hormonal states contributing to depressive feelings.
- Hysterical tendencies during menopause; anxiety and mental imbalance in peri-menopause and during menopause. Anxiety during menopause with flushes of heat.
- Depression is worse on waking in the morning, but better after getting up.
- Sulky and lash out at those closest to them
- May use alcohol or marijuana to escape.
There are numerous other remedies which could possibly be considered, however, the above covers many symptoms experienced by people in this state. As ever, a full case should be taken and the symptoms seen in their totality. As an adjunct, it may be significant to mention that a recent article in The Guardian (June 4th, 2015) discusses that in 2007, Prince Charles advocated the use of homeopathy for several conditions, depression being one of them (also eczema and irritable bowel syndrome.) He wrote to the then Health Secretary, Alan Johnson. Prince Charles wrote: ‘The only reason I persist in my efforts over integrated healthcare – despite waves of invective over the years from parts of the medical and scientific establishments – is because I cannot bear people suffering unnecessarily when a complimentary approach could make a real difference. ‘He went on to suggest illness should be treated with a ‘whole person approach” rather than a “reductionist focus on the particular ailment. I agree with Prince Charles. Mental and emotional conditions, such as depression are complex, and no two people present in the same way; there is no individualisation, making conventional treatment a long shot, to say the least as the medications are designed to treat everyone. In addition, each medication carries with it a long list of undesirable, debilitating, side effects as has been shown. This is where homeopathy comes into its own. A remedy can cover symptoms on every level, ironically the more unique the symptom, the easier the remedy choice as it is a differentiating factor. Each case of depression is unique, therefore, treatment should be tailored to the individual. There is a time and a place for conventional treatment through the use of SSRI’s, depending on the severity of the case; the initial integration of the above advice however, could be of great benefit to a patient and start a healing process which could reduce or eliminate dependency on prescription drugs.
I hope this advice has been of help and that you can circulate it amongst anyone you many feel would benefit. I would love that March, with all its paradoxes proves to be a wonderful start to the spring for you and that some of the polarities discussed here become beautifully balanced.
This article was first published for www.findahomeopath.org.uk
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