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Homeopathy for Depression :

Depression is not something that is talked about openly, but slowly, people across the world are acknowledging its dangers and its effect on the people and their near and dear ones. Traditional treatment methods to counter depression usually

involve psychotherapy as well as anti-depressants.

Anti-depressants are known to have a big impact on the person's psyche though few talk about it.

Anti-depressants are said to cause mental as well as physical harm to the people, when taken on a long term. Also, matters complicate when a person shows withdrawal symptoms, when they are stopped. Common side effects of anti-depressants are sexual problems and weight gain. It appears that contrary to people's belief, it may not be wise to use these drugs to treat depression.

This puts the caregivers in a dilemma on the approach to be taken. Here is where a holistic approach like homeopathy comes in.Homeopathy understands the fragile nature of an individual's psyche and addresses the root cause of the problem and not just treat the symptoms.

Depression causes as per homeopathy

According to homeopathy, the main causes of depression are:

Abuse - Any kind of abuse, mental, physical or sexual, past or present can manifest as depression, even as early as aged five years.

Medication - An individual's mood can be affected by few allopathic medications like isotretinoin (used to treat acne), corticosteroids and the anti-viral interferon-alpha drug. The reason for this is that these drugs suppress the natural defense mechanisms of the body and that leads to depression.

Conflict – Sometimes people are prone to depression due to the conflicts with the people in their lives, whether family, friends or colleagues.

Death or loss – The grief from losing someone close can push people into depression.

Genetics – Depression is known to run in families; so a family history increases your risk of getting depressed.

Major life events – Surprisingly, even good life events like getting married or being promoted can trigger a depression as can the sad events like losing a job, or getting divorced.

Personal problems – Social stigma and bring outcast can drive a person into depression.

Serious illnesses – People with serious illnesses like cancer can have depression.

Substance abuse – Depression is prevalent among a large percentage of people who do substance abuse of any kind.

How homeopathy addresses depression?

Homeopathy focuses on the individual and the underlying causes to free the person from the emotional triggers that caused the depression. The treatments are person specific and tailor-made to treat an individual situations.

Suppressed anger - Aconite, Aurum metallicum, Belladona, Coffea cruda, Nux-vomica, Bryonia, Chamomila, Sulphur, Veratrum album

Loss of a near and dear one - Aurum metallicum, Belladona, Hyocyamus, Ignatia, Natrum-mur, Causticum, Antimonium crudum, Phosphoric acid

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