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Top 5 Homeopathic Remedies for Depression

It is a mood disorder in which a person feels persistently sad and has a loss of interest in everyday activities. Many people feel low, upset, and sad from time to time in their lives. It happens to everyone at different times of their lives but being sad is not the same as being depressed. In depression, there is constant sadness accompanied by feelings of hopelessness continuing for weeks together which interfere with doing everyday activities and affect one’s personal, and professional life. This is indicative of clinical/ major depression that requires treatment.

Homeopathic Treatment

Depression can be effectively treated with homeopathic medicines in a very natural way. These medicines are constitutional remedies that work at a very deep level of mind to help overcome the disease. The severity of the complaint reduces gradually and finally, a state of well-being is regained. The best thing about these medicines is that they are free of any side effects and can be used in people of all age groups. Next, they are not habit-forming. One doesn’t have to take it for life. Its dose is gradually reduced when recovery begins and completely stopped when the patient gets better.

Homeopathic Medicines For Depression

1. Ignatia – For Acute Cases

Ignatia Amara is a leading medicine to treat cases of depression. It works wonders in case of acute depression that has just taken off. Those who need it remain sad all the time. With this, they have weeping spells. They also isolate themselves and avoid social engagements. They brood all the time ie; lost in deep thought which makes them sad and worried. Along with the above-mentioned symptoms, they may be very irritable. Their mind gets dull with weak memory. Excessive weakness also appears among them. Depression that gets triggered by acute grief like the death of a loved one, broken relationships and disappointments in life can be treated wonderfully with it. It is also an excellent medicine to treat bipolar disorder.

2. Natrum Mur – For Chronic Cases

Natrum Mur is preferred to treat cases of chronic depression. It is suited to those who are very sensitive, sadly accompanied by sporadic episodes of weeping. They remain absorbed in grief all the time and dwell on the unpleasant memories of the past. They don’t like consolation, and it worsens the complaints. They have a tendency to get offended easily.  Along with it, they don’t have an interest in doing any sort of work. It is also beneficial to manage depression in women before their periods.

3. Aurum Met – For Hopelessness, Worthlessness & Suicidal Thoughts

Aurum Met is useful to those who experience extreme sadness accompanied by hopelessness. Along with this, they feel that they are worthless and of no value. They assume negative thoughts and the future seems dark to them. They feel that life is a burden, it’s useless to live, and they long for death with constant suicidal thoughts.

4. Kali Phos – Another Leading Medicine for Depression

Kali Phos is the next top-listed medicine for depression. It mostly helps people who are over-stressed and have much to worry about. They remain constantly sad, and gloomy. With this, they have negative thoughts in their minds. Those who need it feel mentally and physically exhausted. Other symptoms that they may present include anxiety attacks, and spells of weeping. Apart from the above-mentioned symptoms, complaint of sleeplessness is another major concern among them.

5. Natrum Sulph – When Suicidal Thoughts Are Present

Natrum Sulph offers help when suicidal thoughts are overwhelmingly present. Sadness, weeping, and excessive irritability are also present.  Bouts of sadness are worst in the morning hours. There is also an aversion to talking, indifference towards one’s own family, the meaninglessness of life, and frequent thoughts to end up life. Sometimes one undergoes a confused state of mind and has difficulty in thinking.

6. Sepia For Depression During Menopause

Sepia is an excellent medicine to deal with cases of depression in women during menopause. The most important symptoms present in them are sadness, aversion to seeing family members, and loss of interest in doing any work either mental or physical, even missing out on daily routine activities. There is also indifferent behaviour towards life and family. Such people are constantly lost in worries and are stressed with self-pity. They are very irritable and get offended easily. Sporadic weeping spells seeking consolation, and sympathy. Loss of sexual desire is another major complaint in them with the above symptoms. Apart from depression, during menopause, it is also helpful to treat such cases triggered after childbirth

7. Cimicifuga Racemosa – When It Begins After Childbirth (Post-Partum Depression)

The use of Cimicifuga is highly considered in cases of depression among women that begin after childbirth. Women who need this medicine suffer extreme sadness. They feel that they are enveloped in darkness from which it is difficult to come out. They also feel exhausted by these symptoms. Other symptoms that accompany the above-mentioned symptoms are excessive talking, indifferent behaviour, fear of death, and fear of going mentally insane.

8. Lachesis When Delusions Attend Depression (Psychotic Depression)

Lachesis is well-indicated among cases where delusion is present along with depression, such as in cases of psychotic depression. It is administered when people have sadness, feelings of being abandoned, excessive talkativeness, and delusions. Such persons indulge in excessive talking and frequently jump from one subject to another. A lot of ideas crowd their mind at a given time. Sometimes violent anger and a state of madness are witnessed. When it comes to delusions, a person may get suspicious and he or she may feel as if someone may poison or harm him or her. Other symptoms that appear in them are restlessness, aversion to work, and running away from the world.

9. Coffea Cruda – For Managing Sleeplessness

Coffea Cruda is very effective for managing sleeplessness in these cases. It is indicated when there are constant chains of thoughts in the mind that lead to sleeplessness. There is marked restlessness at night with tossing, and turning. Other symptoms include mood changes, irritability, anxiety, weeping, and weakness.

10. Arsenic Album – When Anxiety Accompanies

Arsenic Album is administered in cases where anxiety accompanies sadness. There is anxiety about health, and about the future. This is attended with intense restlessness. Marked weakness is another prominent symptom of these. Some fears are also there like fear of disease, financial loss, being alone, and of death.

11. Gelsemium – For Dullness & Drowsiness

Gelsemium is significant in managing cases where dullness of mind and drowsiness are prominent. With this, there is an aversion to talking and there is a desire to be alone. Excessive irritability is also present. Weakness, muscle aches, and sometimes headache may accompany them.

12. Lilium Tigrinum – For Those Who Are Indifferent And Dissatisfied With Everything

Lilium Tigrinum is given to people who are indifferent to loved ones and dissatisfied with everything. They are discontented. They sit alone and weep constantly. They have aversion to all kinds of amusement. They are also very anxious with marked palpitations.

What Are Its Causes?

The causes of depression are not fully understood. But certain factors are thought to play a role.

These are as follows:

1.Genetics – Those with a family history of depression are at risk of developing it. The exact genes involved here are not known but research is going on to ascertain the genes that are involved.

2. Changes in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) – It is through the transmission of these chemicals from one nerve cell to the other that the communication of the brain with its different parts occurs. The chemicals include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. They play a role in controlling a person’s feelings, moods, emotions, happiness, and pleasure. An imbalance between these chemicals is thought to play a role in causing depression.

3. Hormonal changes – Certain hormonal changes can be involved in causing the onset of depression. These changes can arise during pregnancy, after childbirth, during menopause, and due to the thyroid.

4. Some changes in the structure of the brain, and the frontal lobe being less active are the other reasons that can trigger depression.

5. Having a history of disorders like anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) and Bipolar disorder increases the risk of depression

6. Those having some chronic illness, chronic pain, and chronic disease are also prone to develop depression.

Who Is At Risk of Depression?

1. Those having some blood relatives suffering from depression

2. Those who have low self-esteem and are self-critical

3. People with negative thinking

4. Who have long-term stress

5. Women are more at risk as compared to men

6. Having a history of mental trauma like the death of a loved one, physical or sexual abuse

7. Those going through financial problems, difficult relationships, issues at workplace or job loss, divorce

8. Who have some serious chronic illness like cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain

9. Those abusing recreational drugs, and alcohol

10. People taking medicines like sleeping pills, certain medicines to control high blood pressure, and corticosteroids

What Are Its Symptoms?

Persistent sadness and depressed mood are the main symptoms. There are many other symptoms that accompany depression.  These mostly include hopelessness, tearfullness, lack of pleasure, interest in activities that were previously enjoyed, isolation, and withdrawal from social engagement.

Other symptoms that may appear with this are feeling of guilt, feeling of worthlessness, negative thoughts in mind, tiredness, changes in sleep (either excessive sleep or loss of sleep), and loss of sexual desire. In severe cases thoughts of death, and suicide is witnessed.

In addition to the above, the rest of the symptoms that may appear include outbursts of anger, irritability, anxiety, the gradual oncoming of thoughts, speech, and giving responses in conversation, concentration difficulties, difficulty in completing tasks, appetite changes (either loss of appetite or increased appetite), weight loss or even weight gain.

Some physical symptoms may also appear that include headaches, body aches, and gastric issues.

It can affect relationships with family members. Certain conditions can also get worse due to depression like heart disease, joint pains, asthma, obesity, cancer, and diabetes.

A) Among men, the main symptoms are sadness, hopelessness, anger, aggressiveness, anxiety, irritability, lack of interest in activities that previously gave them pleasure, tiredness, drugs /alcohol, thoughts of death, decrease in sexual desire, difficulty in concentration, changes in sleep patterns (excessive sleep or nor sleep), bodyache, headache, digestive complaints.

B) In women the main symptoms are sadness, hopelessness, irritability, social withdrawal, loss of interest in activities, thoughts coming slowly/ talking, changes in sleeping habits (excessive sleep, difficulty in sleep or early walking), thoughts of suicide, decreased energy levels, changes in weight/ appetite, pains, and headaches.

C) Among children, irritability, mood swings, anger outbursts, feeling of incompetence, refusal to go to school, a decline in academic performance, and avoiding friends.

What Are Its Types?

1. Major depression

It is a severe form of depression in which there is constant sadness with feelings of worthlessness, and hopelessness that doesn’t subside on their own. It is also known as clinical depression. To diagnose it, the symptoms of depression should be present for about two weeks or more.

Diagnostic criteria for major/clinical depression as per DSM – 5 i.e. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM – 5)

1. Depressed mood

2. Loss of interest in daily activities

3. Changes in weight or appetite

4. Sleeplessness or excessive sleep

5. Mental agitation or retardation

6. Loss of energy

7. Feeling of guilt or worthlessness

8. Difficulty in concentration or indecisiveness

9. Thoughts of death, suicide, or suicidal attempts

10. Major depression is diagnosed when five or more of these above-mentioned symptoms that include at least one symptom among one and two written above for two weeks is present

2. Dysthymia/Persistent Depressive Disorder

It is a mild form of depression but presents for a long period of time. To diagnose it, the symptoms must be present for at least 2 years.

3. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: In this, a woman faces intense mood swings before menses. It is more severe than premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

4. Post-partum depression: It refers to depression that appears among some women after childbirth. Hormonal changes play a role in causing post-partum depression.

5. Seasonal affective disorder: It develops from a lack of natural sunlight exposure. It commonly affects people who are sensitive to reduced levels of sunlight during winter.

6. Bipolar disorder: In this, there is an alternation between phases of excitement, mania, and phase of depression.

7. Psychotic depression: It is a problem where a patient has psychosis along with depression. Psychosis refers to delusions or hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs not based on reality. Hallucination means sensing things like sounds, or smells that do not exist in reality.

8. Substance-induced mood disorder (SIMD): It appears from abuse of recreational drugs or excessive drinking or after stopping it(means what quitting it or stopping it for the day??).

9. Situational depression: This is triggered by some life-changing event, such as the death of a family member, loss of a job, financial crisis, etc.

Are there any tests to diagnose it?

There are no tests that can diagnose it. The diagnosis is made on the basis of clinical symptoms. Sometimes thyroid tests and Vitamin D tests are conducted as they can trigger depression.

 

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Comments

  1. DR MUHAMMAD SHAFIQ says:

    PLZ DISCUSS ABOUT POTENCY OF EACH REMEDY ALSO

  2. Gilllian Boardman says:

    Dear Dr Sharma my question is written below live in the Uk Hope you will be able to give me some advice Regsrds Gillian Boardman

  3. Gilllian Boardman says:

    Can u tell me which homeopathic remedies I could take for anxiety and depression I have been on mirtazapine 15mg for 8 mths now they worked well for first 4 wks but then stopped work when I got covid they work for my sleep but I am not improving. Is there any homeopathic remedies I could take to help me off this medication and help with my anxiety and depression. If so which strength in the remedies would be best.

    • Gilllian Boardman says:

      Dear Dr Sharma my question is written above I live in the Uk Hope you will be able to give me some advice Regsrds Gillian Boardman

  4. Jamshed Khan says:

    Contact me for treatment in homiopath . I m senior specialist physician Dr Jamshed khan . MD from allahabad contact at9839715758 only Indian patients

  5. What would you recommend for thyroid? I take.75 cynthroid.

  6. My daughter is 16 , depressed since she was 6, she is cutting herself to decrease her pain as she said and she wants to die constantly. She is an overthinking and she feels always alone like no body love her. She suffers from insomnia, and mood changes. She is a gifted student, very smart, needs friends around her but no one last for long, she is bossy and very independent.
    Currently she is taken Prozac 20 mg daily, Lithium Orotate 5 mg twice daily plus vitamin d, vitamin c, omega3.
    Can you please explain the appropriate treatment with Aurum metallicun, dosage, and if she can continue with rest of medication.

  7. Carolyn Basiliere says:

    Getting information for a patient with severe depression.
    Thanks.

  8. Dear dr Sharma, please let me know if I can take kali phos 6x and argentum nitricum 30 together at the same time. I’m an anxious person and trying to come off buspirone hcl which I took for 2 weeks only. Thank you.

  9. I am 67 had fracture on Wright foot 3weeks ago plastered. Can you please suggest medicine for quick recovery. Thanks

  10. Louise Sunde says:

    Please I need something for post operation depression. I feel sad, hopeless, unmotivated, poor sleeping, tired, lethargic and no appetite. Thank you! Louise Sunde

  11. Ranjit kumar says:

    Please suggest me homeopathic combination medicine for Gad&depression

  12. Pls suggest me the homyopathy medicine for anxiety and depression

    • Mukesh Kumar k says:

      In certain occasions i am undergoing anxiety and depression. Sleeplessness in some days is another problem. During stress right side stomach muscles get tightned and muscle pain occurs. Using breathing techniques i used to manage these things. Kindly suggest some medicine for over thought and sleeplessness and becoming calm

  13. Dipti Mudgal says:

    Can we take a combination of the above listed medicines?

    • Hi Dr Sharma

      My son was diagnosed with Schizophrenia very late at around 28 yrs of age. He was put on Clozapine and that helped him with his positive symptoms. But he still has social withdrawal and motivation issues. The doctors say it could be depression. Is there any homeopathic medication that you can refer for his condition. There are allopathic medicine for that but I want to try homeopathic first. Please let me know at the earliest.
      Thanks
      Ruchi

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