ARE YOU DEPRESSED?

Being anxious and tensed is normal to any stressful situations. It affects the work, body and the thinking process of a person. But when such emotions disturb the quality of one’s life for a long period, the person moves into what is called clinical depression. Here, Dr. Jobby George tells us in detail about what leads a person to depression and how a person can overcome it to lead a normal life.

SIMPLE FACTS about DEPRESSION:

  • Depression is more common in women than in men.
  • We cannot say if the person in front of you is depressed or not till we closely associate with them.
  • Sometimes we may not know that we are depressed.
  • Symptoms include lack of joy and reduced interest in daily activities.
  • Temporary emotional responses to the challenges of everyday life do not constitute depression.
  • Depressed people mostly think and speak negatively.
  • One depressed person in a home makes the atmosphere of the whole house dull, depressing the  rest too.

Signs and symptoms

Vathaja symptoms:

  1. Fluctuating moods
  2. Working all the time
  3. Restlessness, loss of energy
  4. Disturbed sleep
  5. Irregular timings eating habits and hunger
  6. Weight loss
  7. Unexplained headaches, indigestion and nausea
  8. Impaired ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions

Pittaja symptoms

  1. Irritation and anger
  2. Red eyes
  3. Headaches
  4. Acidity
  5. High BP
  6. Unable to fall asleep
  7. Impaired ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions

Kaphaja symptoms

  1. Always sitting quiet and idle
  2. Not interested in work
  3. Eating all time even when not hungry
  4. Excessive sleeping
  5. Impaired ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
  6. Weight gain

People with mixed dosha prakruti will have mixed symptoms.

  • Doctor shopping is another symptom where you are never satisfied with one or two doctors for any pain or illness.
  • Shopping excessively (Shoppaholic), Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Painkillers, Touring, are some means of relieving tension for some.
  • Worthlessness, guilt feeling and suicidal tendencies are seen as higher stages of depression where counselling and treatments are required.

LIFE EVENTS WHERE DEPRESSION CAN CREEP IN

In children/students-studies, marks, competitions, adolescence, hostel life, broken homes, sexual harassments.

Women – just before periods, stressful weddings (marriage blues),pregnancy (seen in husbands also), delivery (seen in husbands also), Menopause, adjusting with new married life and people, sexual harassments.

Incidents – accidents, attacks (animals or humans), loss of a loved one.

Health – health problems in oneself, health problems in family, attending to sick, aging, corticosteroids and some beta-blockers tend to cause depression, antidepressant medications may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some, experiencing depression post-surgery is common.

Social – problems and targets in work place, repeated change of place and culture, disturbed relationships with colleagues, friends, family or neighbours.

Personal – divorce, broken love, financial problems, bringing up children, dealing with adolescent children, rape, drug abuse in family, people living alone.

Others – when ego, status, money is more important than anything else, multi-tasking, acute stress, weak minded people, one episode of major depression increases the risk of a subsequent one.

…..the list goes on! Various people facing various challenges in life.

 Below are some tips to get over depression.

  1. Understand your state or situation.
  2. Follow a strict routine of lifestyle – correct food and timely sleep.
  3. Have an early dinner (by 9 pm), and sleep by 10 pm. Strictly follow this for 2 – 3 days and soon this will become a habit.
  4. In case of disturbed or no sleep, force yourself to sleep by relaxing body and muscles. This can be done by listening to soft music and arresting thoughts.
  5. Make sure that digestion and bowel movement is correct. Frequent Constipation can lead to depression.
  6. Practise calm breathing. This will not happen when you are stressed. Just sit calm, place the right palm on the chest and feel the breath. Concentrate on the breathing and make yourself comfortable. Take deep breaths and increase the oxygen flow in the head and body.
  7. Consult an Ayurvedic doctor for the right head and body oils. Have a light and relaxing Massage and Dhara in consultation with the doctor. It is good for de-stressing, calms and relaxes the mind. (In case of higher stages of depression medication is necessary).
  8. Yoga helps to restore the health of the body and the mind. Being a member in some club is better than practising it at home. Where meditation is concerned you need to first consult your yoga instructor as meditation is not for depressed minds.
  9. Food– milk, clove, walnut, pear, coconut, resins, dates, buttermilk, black pepper have mood- improving enzymes.
  10. Spirituality – According to your belief and faith, increase and invoke your deeper spirituality and take advice of your teachers who show you the light to life. (Stay away from those teachers who misuse your emotions for their benefits.)
  11. Always forgive and forget. This is the biggest mantra to reduce anger and irritation. Let go of the Ego or Ahankaram. Put yourself in the other person’s place and understand their mind. Be a child to just love and adjust.
  12. Speak out to elders who can give you the right advice and positive thoughts. Never keep worries buried in your mind. Consult a Psychologist or a doctor to clear doubts.
  13. Follow Gandhiji’s mantra of Detachment. Forget the past, live with a positive tomorrow. Don’t let emotions and thoughts carry you away.
  14. Always try to be active, engaged and exercising. At the same time don’t forget to SMILE!

Can we predict our life after death? No, so just think (suppose) that it may be worse than this life! So just ENJOY this life. Just LAUGH and let all laugh with you!

Dr.Jobby George

Chief Physician,       

Punargeny Ayurveda,

Cochin, Kerala,India

dr.jobbygeorge@gmail.com

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