Depression is a state of mind which is characterized by a negative sense of inadequacy and a visual lack of activity. It is a mental state in which the effecting person experiences sad feelings of gloom and downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and may be due to something complex. The common behaviour includes feelings of sadness, despair, low self-esteem, low self-reproach and discouragement.
Causes of depression:
At the primary stage nobody really knows what causes depression. To say in medical term it is a result of low levels of particular neurotransmitters (the chemicals that carry signals from one nerve cell to the next) in the brain. People with depression are known to have lower brain levels of these chemicals and drugs that elevate them can help lift mood. Some types of depression do seem to run in families, suggesting a biological vulnerability. Other factors which cause depression are:
- Emotional stress
- Mental tension
- Psychological disorder
- Low self-esteem or anxiety etc.
Some symptoms of situational depression
There are a wide variety of symptoms that a person may experience if they are suffering from the condition that is known as situational depression, otherwise known as adjustment disorder. Some of the symptoms this condition can cause would include the following. 1. Constant worry 2. The feelings of hopelessness 3. Headaches 4. An increase in the amount of drug or alcohol use 5. Stomachache 6. A lack of energy and feeling tired 7. Sadness 8. Having difficulty sleeping 9. Crying that occurs frequently 10. Appetite changes – Either eating more than normal or completely losing an appetite 11. Nervousness or anxiety
Person suffering from depression faces a traumatic period, this affects his work, family and social life. It becomes difficult for him to relate to his environment. Psychotherapy involves various techniques to treat depression. Psychotherapy for depression may vary from 2-3 weeks to twenty weeks. The main technique of the therapy is counseling which has become synonym to psychotherapy. Psychotherapy involves not just the client but also the family, it is more involved with person and family. The techniques so involved can be:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This therapy (CBT) involves the treatment of depression, anxiety and any sort of mental illness.Cognitive therapy is based on how thought processes work, depressed people are more inclined towards negative thought. They have a feeling of failure in them and therapists, General Contractor try to change the thought process towards the positive side. It is very important for the therapist to be patient while listening to the patients. Reports and data suggest that this therapy is very effective and people who take it have minimal chances of relapse.
Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
This therapy is a short term therapy and mostly restricted to 15-20 sessions. Each session lasts for about an hour. The main approach to this therapy is around the root problem of depression. It is very helpful for a person to come out of the traumatic relationship or interpersonal events.
Home Remedies for depression
- Dry the root of asparagus and make a powder of it. Daily one or two grams of intake of this powder would heal a person's mind from depression.
- Make a tea and add 1/4-teaspoon basil and 1/2 teaspoon of sage per cup of hot water. Consuming this mixture two times a day would be helpful in relieving a person from depression.
- Boil a cup of hot water. Add powdered seeds of 2 green cardamoms and sugar. Drink this when warm. It would help in treating depression.
- In 1 cup of rice milk or soy milk, cook 3-4 tablespoons of oatmeal. Add nuts, almonds, dried fruits, maple syrup or honey to it. this would be effective in curing depression.
- Another method would be to stir a tsp of lavender leaves in a cup of boiling water. Have it when warm 3 times a day.
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