13 SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
- Symptoms of depression include-continuous feeling of sadness and blankness.
- Feelings of helplessness.
- Guilt and worthlessness.
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
- Including sex.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Loss of energy and enthusiasm.
- Difficulty in concentrating or making decision.
- On-going physical symptoms such as headaches or digestive disorders, that don’t respond to conventional treatment.
- Crying and fearfulness.
- Poor appetite with weight loss.
- Overeating and weight gain.
Life changes such as the birth of a baby, divorce,losing a job or the death of loved one-can and do leave people feeling depressed, so can worrying about financial problems or illness. At times you may feel empty and depressed for no apparent reason. Some depression is normal and is a part of almost every persons life. Whatever the cause, depression can be treated.
The lack of activity coupled with the whether will increase the qualities of kapha dosha, due to which the person might become slower, duller, less sensitive to his environent, and have a tendency to sleep for longer periods.
5 WAYS TO TREAT DEPRESSION NATURALLY
- Making sure that you exercise on a regular basis, eat lighter foods, avoid heavy foods such as cheese and meat and increase vegetables in your diet. This will assist you in balancing your kapha dosha, ayurvedic herbs like guggulu turmeric and trikatu may be beneficial for this type of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
- When the depression is caused by an imbalance of vaata, it may become more serious in nature. That too, if praana vaata is aggravated, it can lead to depression, anxiety, overactive mind, and a feeling of stress and tension.
- Many people acquire a praana vaata imbalance due to their lifestyle. A regular schedule is the best of balance vaata- early to bed, early to rise, eating at regular times, regular exercise, regular meditation and yoga. The daily meditation, praanaayaama and yoga should be included in your health regime.
- Try to substitute a positive thought for every negative thought that pops into your mind. Associated with congenial people, not negative people. To focus your attentionaway from yourself, do something to help someone else. Ayurveda advocates oil massage and sirodhaara (warm medicated oils or liquids are streamed on the forehead) to bring down the aggravated vaata dosha. These therapies profoundly relax the nervous system.
- There are several ayurvedic herbs that assist in lessening the state of depression, which include jatamaansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and brahmi. These herbs also calm your mind so that you feel more to ease when you do your meditayion and yoga. Prevention such as brahmi vati, brahmmi ghritam, saarasvataarishta contain brahmi as main ingredient. Consult your ayurvedic physician before using them.
Most of the people report in doctors’ clinics today, are related to stress, and include insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
Writing prescription for sleeping pills are tranquilizers may not solve the problem. On the contrary, it may produce rebound anxiety, rebound insomnia, and debilitating side effects. Worse still, these drugs are addictive.
Fortunately, for such persons, it is possible to find natural, non-addictive ways to restore balance of the body, mind and emotions through Ayurveda.
DEPRESSION AND STRESS, AND THEIR SIDE EFFECTS
Apart from the physical stressors, such as infectious disease and lack of food and shelter, today’s stressors include rushed schedules and emotional pressures such as financial worries, work related frustrations, and marital conflict. Equally important are spiritual difficulties, such as meta-physical emptiness and lack of fulfillment.
Stress in the excessive wear and tear on the nervous system. In today’s stressed out world, your optimum health and peak performance depend on remaining calm ander pressure.
Most debilitating type of stress, called negative stress or distress, generally occur when you view change and and pressure as burdens and rising demands as threats. You feel a sense of isolation, frustration and helplessness. Thia results in disease, disorder and dissatisfaction.
Repeated and prolonged negative stress can trigger complex physiological reaction s involving multiple chemical changes in the body. This lead to an exhaustion of mental, physical and emotional energies, thus increasing your susceptibility to disease. Research shows that stress raises blood cholesterol and blood pressure, and lowers immunity. It destroys brain cells, lowers IQ, and impairs memory and thinking. Cancer, heart disease, immune-deficiency diseases, and even the common cold are related to stress.
Now this is a known fact that free radicals (the reactive oxidizing molecules that can destroy the cells internally, causing mutations in the nucleus and destruction of mitochondria) can cause damage to cells when the body attempts to defend against stress. Free radical damage results in less energy, and causes deterioration of the organs and systems of the body. Free radicals are causative factors in most of the degenerative diseases and fasten the aging process.
AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR DEPRESSION AND STRESS
To be effective in treating stress, it is important to be individualistic. The ayurvedic approach is to target the causative and then bring that area into balance.
There are three different many festations of stress from the perspective of Ayurveda.
Mental stress :
According to ayurveda, is caused by an overuse or misuse of the mind. For instance, if you perform intense mental work many hour a day, or if you work long hours on the computer, it can cause an imbalance in praana vaata, the mind-body factorconcerned with brain activity, energy and the mind. The first symptom of praana vaata imbalance is losing the ability to handle stress. As you become more stressed, it alters mental functions such as dhi, dhriti, and smiti, or acquisition, retention, ability to think positively, to feel keen, and even to fall asleep at night. To treat mental stress, you begin by managing mental activity. Secondly, you can take measures to pacify praana vaata.
- Favour vaata balancing foosds, such as sweet, sour and salty tastes.
- Favour warm milk, ghee andother light dairy products.
- Sleep well minimum eight hours a day.
- Perform a full body warm oil massage with ksheerabala tailum ordhanvantari tailum everyday.
- Try meditation.
Emotional stress :
It can be caused by the problems in relationship, the loss of a relative, or any situation that might hurt the heart. Emotional stress shows up as irritability, depression, and emotional instability. It affects sleep in a different way than mental stress – it causes you to wake up in the night and not be able to sleep again.
With emotional stress, the treatment is quite different. Emotional stress disturbs saadhaka pitta, the mind-body factor concerned with the emotions and functioning of the heart. To stabilise emotional stress, always fovour pitta-pacing foods and routine.
- Eat sweet juicy fruit.
- Favour pitta-pacing foods_ one with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes.
- Drink a cup of warm hmilk with gulukand before going to bed.
- Try sweet lassi with gulukand in the noon meal.
- Cook with cooling spices such as cardamom, coriander and mint.
- Massage with coconut oil or chandanaadi taila.
- Go to bed before 10.00 pm.
Physical stress :
It is caused by misuse or overuse of the body, such as exercising too much or work in for extended periods at a job that is physically taxing. You may experience physical fatigue along with mental fogginess ‘difficulty in concentrating,and dullness of the ind.excessive physical strain causes three sub-doshas to go out of balance; shleshaka -kapha;the sub-dosha concerned with lubrication of the joints and moisture balance in the skin;vyaana-vaata,that governs the circulation ,nerve impulses and the sense of touch;and tarpaka-kapha ,which results in a slow digestion and the
formation of aama,the digestive impurities that block the channels .in either type of physical fatigue ,the cellular regenerating process slows down ,and thus the cells themselves become physically tired.
The treatment is to balance vaata and to support kapha to make the body more stable and strong.
- Take vaata-kapha pacifying [invigorating and energetic]diet.
- Perform the full-body warm oil self-massage everyday.
- Certain foods are also natural stress busters. These include almonds, coconuts, sweet and juicy fruits such as apples (cooked if possible), milk lassi, ghee, fresh cheese such as paneer.
- Dhaara treatment, an exclusive ayurvedic pre-panchkarma therapy is proven to be benificial.
The general herbs recommended in stress are brahmi, ashwagandha and arjuna. Different formulations are available in traditional ayurvedic medicine with these herbs as main ingredients. In widespread research, brahmi has been found to enhance dhi, dhriti, and smriti. Ashwagandha is an adoptogenic, which means that it combats physical fatigue that converts into mental dullness. Research shows that arjuna supports cardiac health.
Stress, unfortunately, is a part of life of many of us. If you do not find ways to manage stress, it could lead to heart disease, peptic ulcer, or even cancer.
On the other hand, if you built your spirit to stress through natural methods, you can begin to experience stressors more as a challenge or a positive opportunity for growth.
Learn to evoke the “stay and play” concept rather than the fight or flight response, with which you can truly live a stress free life of self-actualization, and become a healthy being.