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Hahneman Ki Aawaz posted on 03.08.2019

Depression is a disorder that affects your mood, thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It is the most common psychiatric ailment in Western society, affects million at any given time, and is the second leading cause of long-term disability.
It is much more than a case of the “blues.” Depression can be serious and debilitating.
Depression is most often caused by a number of underlying factors, including:
Biological: Imbalance of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine), or hormone imbalance (low estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid) such as post-partum depression
Environmental: Exposure to chemicals that disrupt brain chemistry (cigarette smoking, heavy metals, prescription and recreational drugs)
Nutritional: Deficiency of vitamins (B12), minerals (magnesium), or essential fatty acids; food allergies
Situational: Stress, trauma, injury, divorce, job loss, death of a loved one
Dietary Recommendations
A healthy diet helps balance mood.
Eat small frequent meals to maintain good energy and mood.
Foods to include:
• Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, which may be depleted in those with depression.
• Turkey and salmon contain the amino acid tryptophan, which elevates serotonin production. Fish is also a good source of essential fatty acids.
Foods to avoid:
• Sugar, refined carbohydrates, and caffeine can cause mood swings and irritability.
• Processed and fast foods often contain chemicals and preservatives that may upset brain
chemistry.
• Alcohol is a nervous system depressant and should be minimized or avoided completely, especially by those taking medication.
Note: If you are taking MAOI drugs, avoid soy sauce, bologna, canned meats, fermented sausage, salami, ripened cheese, red wine, and yeast concentrates.
Lifestyle Suggestions
• Acupuncture: Studies have found it beneficial for depression. It may work by stimulating the production of neurotransmitters.
• Counselling: Therapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist can be very beneficial. Some research has found cognitive therapy equally effective to drug therapy.
• Exercise: Research has shown that exercise offers powerful benefi ts for relieving depression and stress and improving mood, well-being, and sleep. Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily—walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, or any activity you enjoy.
• Massage and reflexology: Help to relieve stress and tension and promote relaxation.
FINAL THOUGHTS
If you or someone you know is suffering with depression seek professional help and consider the following:
1. Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugar, refined/processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol.
2. Exercise regularly to reduce stress and improve mood and sleep.
3. Try acupuncture, massage, and professional counselling.

HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES
Homeopathic treatment is given on the basis of totality of symptoms in each case. Some important remedies are as follows:
Aconite. Nap, Arsenic Alb, Aurum Met., Calcarea Carb, Carbo Animalis, Causticum, Chamomilla., China, Ferrum Met., Gelsemium, Graphites, Helleborus, Ignatia, Iodium, Kali Brom., Kali Phos, Lac Caninum., Lachesis, Leptandra, Lilium Tig, Lycopodium, Merc Sol, Mezerium, Murex, Natrum Ars., Natrm Carb, natrum Mur, Natrum Sulph, Nitric Acid, Platina, Psorinum, Pulsatilla, rhus Tox, Sepia, stannum, Sulphur, Thuja, Verat Album and Zincum Met.
BIOCHEMIC REMEDIES: Calcarea Phos, Kali Phos and Natrum Mur are very helpful if taken for a long period.

Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma, Director & Principal, Hahnemann College of Homeopathy
Regal Court, 42 – 44 High Street Slough, Berkshire SL1 1EL – UK

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