Everyone experiences low mood from time to time. Emotional stress is a part of life, and although we may be faced with bereavement, relationship problems or financial difficulties, for example, and the everyday upheavals of ordinary life, it is remarkable that we are usually able to weather the storms without becoming depressed.
Depression takes many forms and may be mild, or more severe. It is characterised by persistent sadness which may be accompanied by feelings of emptiness and hopelessness in some of those affected, with a loss of interest in the things which previously gave them pleasure, and difficulty in engaging with others. Depression is never causeless, but the triggers are very individual. In some cases, the person’s present circumstances can reawaken difficult feelings from earlier in life. He or she may be particularly susceptible to grief, loss, guilt or loneliness. Those with low self esteem may be more vulnerable, as well as those with a family history of depression.
Depression may also be triggered by physical stress. The after effects of trauma can include depression (for example after a head injury), and long term chronic illness or prolonged lack of sleep can also be associated with depression. Depression is also a known side effect of many conventional medications.
It often goes undiagnosed in those who tend to be copers: hiding their deeper feelings while getting on with daily life, they feel they cannot let others down or appear to be anything but perfect. However, depression is always easier to deal with if help is sought early on.
Anti-depressant medications can help to ease the symptoms in the short term, especially where the depression is acute, but the underlying causes will often remain unresolved. They can also take away the motivation to make any necessary changes in your life.
Homeopathy can be helpful in addressing the underlying causes of depression. It encourages your mind and body to restore their own balance, so you regain a sense of well-being, energy and motivation. If your depression is more severe or long term I recommend that you work with both a homeopath and a psychotherapist ideally.
The homeopath will seek to understand your personal experience of depression, including the circumstances that led up to it, and your background and previous history. When I see someone who has been suffering from depression, it is important for me to understand their whole story, including not only their present symptoms, but also the person they remember from before they became ill, including the things that gave them pleasure and motivated them. The homeopathic medicines are effective and free from side effects, and noticeable improvements are usually seen quickly.