Author: Dr Ranjeet Singh
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can have a negative effect on a person’s thoughts behaviour, feelings, world view and physical well being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems to concentrate, resembling details, or making decisions or may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may also be present.
Impact of depression?
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress– a negative stress reaction. Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and sexual dysfunction and problems in sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress these problems include: depression, panic attacks, or other forms of anxiety and worry. Research shows that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. Stress is linked to six of the leading cause of death: heart attack, cancer, lungs ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and even suicide.
Stress also become harmful when people engage in the compulsive use of substances or behaviour to try to relieve their stress. These substances or behaviours may include food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, sex, shopping, and the internet. Rather than relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances and compulsive behaviour tend to keep the body in a stressed state causing more problems. The distressed person becomes trapped in a vicious cycle.
Management of depression-The Ayurvedic way
- Yogic posture
Some useful Ayurvedic formulations
- Kushmanda lehyam
- Brahmi ghrita
- Kalyan ghrita
What are the useful medicinal plants in depression?
(Do not start self medication of any of the above mentioned drug, always consult your doctor before taking these drugs)
- Light meals
- Fruits, fibre rich diets
- Fresh vegetables
- Social work
- Excess non vegetarian diet
- Frequently eating high calorie food
- Unnecessary thinking
- Canned/ tinned food
(source: NIA, Ministry of Ayush)