Homeopathic Treatment & Remedies for Depression
Although depression is not uncommon, the way it is experienced is unique from one person to the next. These diverse experiences are reflected in the wide range of homeopathic remedies that address the different states of depression. Homeopathic treatment aims to understand the patients experience of depression through a thorough consultation process, identifying characteristic information in the case in order to match a remedy that corresponds with the same symptoms and experience of the patient.
Characteristic symptoms: Dutiful and performance orientated, workaholic types. Pessimistic, feel they can’t succeed. Often a feeling of performing tasks that are impossible or beyond capacity. They demand a lot from themselves, very responsible, industrious and conscientious. Can destroy themselves in trying to achieve goals for fear of failure. Fear of falling from a high position; fear of losing confidence of others and self. Lots of guilt and despair of religious salvation. Strong suicidal tendency. Moralistic, principled and orthodox. Ailments from loss of property, wounded honour, responsibilities. Closed and serious personality. Depressive and melancholic mood, everything feels black inside, loathing of life. Sensitive to contradiction of others.
Characteristic symptoms: Caged or hemmed in feeling. Very clingy (especially to family) with a strong fear and anxiety to be alone. May also feel the need to break free from family ties. Can be very creative and artistic. Depressed, sad and gloomy, enveloped by a black cloud. Feeling of going insane. Manic behaviour. Feels grieved, troubled. Strong phobias, such as foreboding of death, insanity, impending evil. Uneasy, nervous and restless. Symptoms often associated with menstruation, menopause, pregnancy and gynaecological problems. Fears insanity. Changeable symptoms or alternation between physical and mental symptoms. Lots of sighing and talks quickly, jumping from one subject to the next, very excitable. Post natal complaints. Suicidal.
Characteristic symptoms: Slow onset of depression and withdraws. Introverted, isolated and averse to company. Shuts down gradually and results in isolation. Lack of mental and emotional range that leads to a lack of mental and emotional expression. Very morose. Become rigid, ritualistic and compulsive. Ideas are fixed in the way they do things. Over time memory becomes weak and there is emotional indifference and hardness. Very material types with great attachment to the material world. Conservativeness. Can be very religious and superstitious; or sober and realistic. Lack of anxiety when confronted with poor prognosis or uncertain future. Grief ending paralysis. Aversion to light and better for darkness. Complaints associated with suppression of sexual desire (religion) or loss of sexual partner.
Characteristic symptoms: Deep, dark emotional depression. Often associated with alcoholism. Craves alcohol. Suicidal depression with severe insomnia. Antisocial with an aversion to company. Anxious about health and a despair of recovery from illness. Great sense of hopelessness. Fear of dying, suffering and pain. Feels as if going insane. Fear of germs and infections, always washing and wringing the hands. Obsessive compulsive behaviour is strong, leads to obsessional anxiety. Strong sense of guilt and a fear of punishment. Far away feeling, feels distant or lives in a private world. Fear of night and symptoms are worse at night. Behaviour can be erratic and odd. Fascination with the macabre and death, can have a sadistic streak.
Characteristic symptoms: Feels disfigured or unattractive, especially to opposite sex. Feels forced to accept situations against their will, doesn’t feel good enough (sex, husband and children, domestic and professional responsibilities etc). Often a female remedy, eg. forced to give up work to be a mother. Feels dissatisfied, miserable and unfortunate. Desire to be alone. Indifference to loved ones; all manifestations of love drain reserves of energy and are an obstacle to independence. Incommunicative, defensive. Aversion to sex. Fear of rape. Dependence and independence are central, wants independence but feels dependent. Can be fault finding, sarcastic, spiteful. Disappointment in love. Worn out feeling from burden of responsibility.
Characteristic symptoms: Feels let down or betrayed or disappointed by the person they trust or love. Great hurt and sadness, shuts off from people, withdraws. Leads to fear of being emotionally hurt, avoids further disappointment with emotional wall. Feels vulnerable and fears rejection. Desire for solitude, avoids company, cries when alone. Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences; clings to traumatic experiences, goes over them again and again. Silent grief. Absorbs the grief of others, very sympathetic to others. Broods and listens to sad music. Defensive and cautious, not in a hurry to open up to anyone. Worse for any consolation; or craves it but only from the right people. Also tremendous grief from the death of a loved one or someone dear.