What is Depression?

The term “depression” has become quite common these days. It can be defined as a condition where constant sadness, loss of interest, dissatisfaction, and emotional distress prevail, which could be both persistent or occasional. Several types of depression may exist depending on the diverse causative factors, and varying symptoms.
In Ayurveda, the state falls under the category of "Mano avasada", induced by the imbalances of 3 bodies governing Doshas inside the body. As per Ayurvedic philosophers, Kapha Dosha which governs the elements of earth and water in the human body when running out of balance induces problems such as depression, anxiety, and stre

There are major 2 types of this depressive condition, i.e.: Major and persistent. The major type involves persistent feelings of grief, loss of interest, constant weight loss, or gain, lack of concentration, or exhaustion. Whereas persistent type rhymes with dysthymia, a mild form of depression lasting for approximately 2 years. The lifetime risk of depression is higher in females as compared to males. Ayurvedic treatment for depression is advised for such individuals that mainly focus on mental harmony, and activating inner happiness from both outside, as well as within.

Causes of Depression

Depression can sometimes be the outcome of a single specific event. However, there could be a mix of several circumstances responsible for this condition, such as:

  • Hormonal Changes: Hormones play a crucial role in assisting functions of the body and can influence the behavior, and mood of an individual. In women, the imbalance of estrogen, and progesterone provokes stress, anxiety, and depression. Whereas in men, reduced testosterone levels work as depression-inducing hormones.
  • Traumatic events: Sometimes, depression may arise out of the blue. Any physical, or psychological traumas such as sexual abuse, death of a beloved one, broken relationship, betrayal, or financial crisis make a person vulnerable to encountering depression.
  • Certain medications: Sometimes certain medications may also be responsible for aggravating, or initiating depression symptoms. Drugs such as sleeping pills, birth control pills, and insomnia, if taken in excess, may adversely affect your physical and mental health. To prevent the condition opt for anxiety treatment in Ayurveda.
  • Environmental factors: The surroundings you stay in also play a crucial role in shaping your behavior, and mental well-being. Lack of love, care, social support, toxic relationships, parents fighting, and divorce at an early age may also leave a permanent mark on your entire life.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: Your daily Do List reflects your future health. When your body is physically active, or occupied in any physical task, your brain releases serotonin. It is a body chemical that boosts your mood. Contrary, lack of physical movement, or following a passive lifestyle results in lower serotonin levels.
  • Virdudh ahaara: As per Ayurveda, consuming “Tamsik ahaar” is a principal cause responsible for depression. It may include animal products such as eggs, fish, meat, chicken, seafood, or excessive spice-containing food items. But worry not, there are several Ayurvedic remedies for depression and anxiety available through which you can manage this condition.

Symptoms of Depression

Being a complicated phenomenon, it is very hard to acknowledge depression properly. The signs, symptoms, and severity of depression may vary from person to person. Even the person with always a smile on their face may be struggling with depression, still showing no symptoms. However, some of the common indicators of depression are:

  • Blackouts, and feelings of emptiness: The individuals with depressive concerns often experience a complete blackout, a sudden wave of isolation, loneliness, or emptiness. Even though a second before they were involved in some activity, or seemed happy.
  • Reduced concentration ability: It is often seen that patients with depression have concentration dilemmas, or reduced remembering power. Sometimes, they even indulge in blunders while performing a minor task.
  • Withdrawal: One of the common telltale signs of depression is social withdrawal. In the state of depression, stress, and anxiety, people experience a strong urge to pull away from others or limit their interaction. Such impulsion to stay isolated, however, can make the condition worse, where patients get lost in their own thoughts.
  • Disturbed sleeping Patterns: Disturbed sleeping pattern is yet a significant manifestation of depression. There could be two possibilities regarding this aspect, On one side the individual may always feel sleepy, tired, or lazy. On the other hand, some depressed people find it difficult to sleep properly or experience hardships such as early awakening, irritability, or insomnia.
  • Suicidal thoughts: Recurrent thoughts of dealth, or suicide are often witnessed in people with depression. Such individuals feel like their pain will never end, or they are nothing but just a burden for everyone else.
  • Unexplained aches and fatigue: Depression is not only psychological but also physical. You can literally experience an explained fatigue, pain in your chest, or other body parts which could be both persisting or come and go.

Depression Ayurvedic Treatment

As each patient experiences depression differently, thus an individualized, and effective treatment option becomes necessary. Ayurvedic treatment for depression is a novel approach through which mansik-swasthya is obtained through the following measures:

  • Ahaar parivatrana is suggested for patients dealing with depressive episodes. The intake of sattvic bhojan, fresh fruits, vegetables, and dry fruits is suggested for reclaiming mental, and physical wellness.
  • Certain Ayurvedic psychological approaches such as “Daivavyapasharya”, “Satvavjyaya”, and “Yuktivyapashraya Chikitsa” works wonder in managing mano avasada, also called depression.
  • Following a healthy regime (dinacharya) and seasonal health regime (ritucharya) is highly recommended, and beneficial for removing toxins, and stimulating the flow of natural energy in the body.
  • To tackle emotional disturbances, and restore mental health, it is advised to perform yoga, and meditation on a routine basis.
  • Shirodhara and marma massages play a crucial role in balancing body doshas and improving blood circulation, & mental health.

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How does one comes to know that he/she is suffering from depression?

When one is unable to cherish the happy moments and remains sad and disappointed all of the time, loss of appetite,insomnia, and suicidal thoughts then they are symptoms of depression. If one experiences any of these symptoms consult an Ayurvedic doctor at the earliest.

Can depression cause weight gain or loss?

Yes, increase in appetite and loss of appetite is main symptoms of depression so it is possible that depressive patient can have sudden weight gain or loss.

Why are women more prone to depression than males?

A woman goes through the various biological, lifecycle, hormonal, and psychosocial factors that link a woman to higher chances of depression By adolescence as is the peak time of hormonal and bodily changes so however girls become more likely to experience depression than boys.

Is depression is a serious condition or not?

Yes, it may be serious as it affects normal daily life as well as leads to other health-related issues like addiction and chemical dependence or even suicide.

What are the preventive measures in depression?

Get enough sleep, follow a healthy and nutritional diet, avoid alcohol and drugs, exercise regularly, spend quality time with family and friends and cherish every moment of life.

How do I stop being sad?

Start taking a back step from disappointment or failure, think positively, think of solutions to a problem, talk to someone for help, and have moral support. Try finding happiness in everything. Listen to music you like, eat your favorite food for a change.

What are the side effects of overthinking?

Difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, fatigue, irritability, headache, and body ache.

Is there a permanent cure for depression in Ayurveda?

Yes, it can be permanently cured by Ayurvedic medicines and procedures. The biggest medicine to overcome depression is self-motivation. It depends on the stage of a patient that how long will it take to heal. There is no single answer for every patient about how long recovery could take as every individual has their own body type. Ayurvedic Treatment for Depression helps an individual to overcome depression for lifetime.

What are the home remedies taken to cure depression?

Cow’s ghee to be consumed in milk once a day and also few drops of cow’s ghee in nostrils and practice yoga and meditation daily.

Does depression causes hair loss?

Yes, depression causes hair loss, stress and tension directly cause hair fall.

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