Homeopathy for Depression

When someone is depressed, feelings of sadness last for extended periods of time and can interfere with normal functioning. Conventional pharmaceuticals can suppress symptoms of depression. Homeopathy, on the other hand, will provide the patient with tiny amounts of natural substances that are believed to enhance the body's own curative abilities, often getting to the root of the issue. Deep, chronic or recurring depression requires the assistance of a licensed mental health professional. Homeopathy, however, can be used to complement conventional treatments and assist in restoring balance to the emotions.

Specific Homeopathic Remedies for Depression

Homeopathy is designed to meet the personal needs of each patient. The duration, depth, and frequency of depressive episodes are highly individual. For homeopathic treatment to be successful, the practitioner will need to treat the whole person by considering their specific pattern of symptoms and lifestyle. The key to selecting the right remedy is matching up the exact symptoms with the characteristics of the curative agent. Therefore, specific symptoms of depression provide the means for finding the best homeopathic cures.

  • A perfectionist who feels insecure and anxious, whose high standards are unmet and who worries excessively about material security might feel better after using Arsenicum album. When feeling ill, this person can be dependent and demanding, fearing the condition could be more serious than it is.
  • If a competent, ambitious person with high blood pressure and perhaps heart disease becomes depressed and begins to perform poorly, Aurum metallicum can bring relief. Such a patient ordinarily is arrogant, hard-driving and intimidating, is overly sensitive to light and noise, feels humiliated when criticized, and experiences head pain that gets worse at night. The patient, when depressed, loses his or her creative touch and feels worthless and despondent, filled with discouragement and self-reproach. He or she may experience insomnia or nightmares.
  • When an industrious, dependable person feels overwhelmed by too much work, anxiety, or physical illness, he or she may be prescribed Calcarea carbonica. It can assist with relieving feelings of worry, fatigue, discouragement, confusion, self-pity or dread. Such a person’s constitution tires easily after exertion and frequently feels sluggish and chilly.
  • A person who feels a strong sense of justice and is deeply discouraged or angry about the world’s conditions may take Causticum. This patient feels deeply sympathetic toward others and depressed about a grief or a loss. Other indications include frequent crying or an experience of forgetfulness, followed by anxious checking to make sure something was done correctly.
  • When a person who ordinarily is energetic and talkative, but who becomes upset and gloomy when depressed, exhibiting exaggerated fears of being attacked, of disaster or of going insane, a homeopath might select Cimicifuga. Physically, this patient experiences painful menstrual periods or headaches that involve the neck.
  • If depression brings a loss of appetite, hysterical crying, deep grief, constant sighing and sleep issues; when physically, the patient feels like there is a ball in the throat, heaviness in the chest, cramping pains in the abdomen and back, and headaches; and the patient acts guarded and defensive to keep the hurt inside and prevent appearing too vulnerable, the homeopath might recommend Ignatia.
  • When physical symptoms include headaches from extensive mental activity, physical exhaustion, easy perspiration, sensitivity to cold, anemia, insomnia and indigestion; and emotional symptoms include depression after working too hard, fallout from prolonged emotional stress or excitement, nervousness, discouragement and lost confidence, the correct remedy is Kali phosphoricum.
  • A gentle, mild and selfless person who works at being helpful and cheerful, avoiding conflict, might become depressed after being hurt or disappointed and may cope better with Natrum carbonicum. The homeopath might find the patient keeps quiet about feelings and withdraws. The person may also feel depressed when weak or ill. Physically, he or she tends to be sensitive to many foods, especially milk, to the sun and to weather changes.
  • A person who may benefit from Natrum muriaticum appears responsible, reserved and private, but inside experiences strong emotions that rarely are seen. Even when wanting sympathy, this person may act offended or angry when others try to offer consolation. The patient prefers to be alone when crying, and may sob uncontrollably, withdraw emotionally, dwell on grievances, and feel betrayed or disappointed. Physically, symptoms include craving salt, getting tired from sun exposure, and experiencing migraines, back pain and insomnia.
  • If depression is fatiguing, Phosphoricum Acidum might provide relief. This type of depression drains emotional and physical energy, saps motivation and interest, and gets worse with exercise. This patient feels numb or indifferent and empty inside. He or she can't concentrate, broods over past disappointments and feels overly sensitive to light, sound and odors.
  • Depression during periods of hormonal change, such as puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause, may be relieved with Pulsatilla. This remedy is called for when the patient craves hugs, is sad and tearful, and wants a lot of attention and comfort when depressed. Ordinarily, this patient exhibits a childlike sensitivity and softness, but can also be moody, whiny and jealous. The moods can also be improved through crying, fresh air and gentle exercise.
  • A person who feels indifferent to family members, and feels irritable, tired and worn out by the demands of everyday life may respond to Sepia. The patient wants to be left alone, and if anyone is bothersome, may respond with anger. He or she usually feels better after crying, but won’t want to be cheered up by others. Physical symptoms include a sagging feeling in the internal organs, a sluggish digestion, and menstrual problems, but these improve with vigorous exercise.
  • Suppressed emotions, hurt feelings, shame and resentment can lead to depression for someone who might obtain relief from Staphysagria. The patient is easily offended, feels humiliated and depressed after being insulted, feels self-pity and feels depressed after an episode of anger. The patients who benefits from this remedy tends to be sensitive, quiet, and emotional; tries to control situations, and may fly into rages. Physically, there might be stress-related insomnia, headaches, stomachaches, bladder infections or toothaches.

What Causes Depression?

Depression may result from a combination of environmental, biochemical or genetic factors that affect the brain. In addition, grief, trauma, or stressful events may trigger depression.

What Happens When Meeting with a Homeopath for Depression?

A homeopath will ask questions about emotional issues, physical problems and life situations and will view the patient as a whole person before considering a remedy. Homeopathy is a natural approach that fits in well with other treatment options, such as a change in diet, an exercise program, and supplements. If no improvement is seen within a reasonable period of time, seek another remedy.

Other Considerations for Treating Depression with Homeopathy

The homeopathic practitioner should be selected with care, as depression can become a serious issue. Get professional medical and mental health care immediately when psychotic or suicidal tendencies appear.

Additional Resources

Ullman, Dana. “Find the best depression cure for you: homeopathy can offer you relief from mild to severe depression. The key to success is finding the remedy that matches your emotional and physical needs”, Natural Health, August 2002.

A description of individual homeopathic remedies for depression from Peacehealth.

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