Depression is a mood disorder that affects people’s moods and behaviours. The feeling of sadness and hopelessness are the major symptoms. Clinical depression is also called major depression. In clinical depression, symptoms persist for a long duration and adversely affect daily activities.
- SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- CAUSES OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- DIAGNOSIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- TREATMENTS FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- PROGNOSIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- COMPLICATIONS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- CLINICAL DEPRESSION AND AYURVEDA
- NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- HOME REMEDIES FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- YOGA FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- RESEARCH PAPERS ON CLINICAL DEPRESSION
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Withdrawing from family
- Increased appetite or anorexia
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Intense irritability
- Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
- Oversleeping or insomnia
- Thoughts of suicide
CAUSES OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Genetic reasons
- Certain medications
- Sadful events in life
- Problems in family or workplace
- Physical illness
- Substance abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
Although there is considerable evidence for a preeminent role for three monoamine systems, serotonin (5HT), norepinephrine (NE), and dopamine (DA), in the pathogenesis of depression, clinical depression involves other circuits including neuropeptide systems such as corticotropin-releasing factor(CRF) and glutamate and GABA circuits.
DIAGNOSIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Proper History taking
- Laboratory tests to find out hormonal changes like thyroid hormone.
TREATMENTS FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
PROGNOSIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Early diagnosis and treatment help to manage the symptoms related to clinical depression.
COMPLICATIONS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
- Substance abuse
CLINICAL DEPRESSION AND AYURVEDA
- In Ayurveda clinical depression can be called kaphaja unmada or soka unmada.
NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Prohibited, spoiled or unclean food
- Certain poisons
- Trying to do the impossible deeds
- Excessive, grief and sorrow
- Excessive vitiation of doshas
- Loss of such things as wealth or property friends
PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Intense irritability may be found as an initial symptom.
SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
The vitiated doshas first affect buddi and smrti which are located in the heart, and then travels to manas through the srota-which may be viewed as a functional circulatory or nervous system, leading to irritability in the manas (mind).
LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Mood swings
AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Symptoms are manageable with proper Ayurvedic treatments
CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Brahmi swarasa – juice of Bacopa monnieri
- Shankpushpi churna
AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Murdha taila – oil application on the head
- Abhyanga – oil massage on the body
COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
HOME REMEDIES FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Enhance communications with family members
- Always engaged in activities
DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Avoid food items that produce dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
- Consume easily digestible nutritious food items, cow’s milk, and ghee.
- Oil massage on the head is advised.
- Advice regular exercise
YOGA FOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Nadi Shuddi Pranayam – Calms the mind
The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.
- Shavasana – relaxes the body and mind
- Bhastrika pranayama
RESEARCH PAPERS ON CLINICAL DEPRESSION
- Ayurvedic management of manodukkaja unmada: a case report
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