Depression, clinical depression or major depressive disorder is a mental state of chronic despair or sadness. The person suffering from depression retires from active social life and spends time in isolation, further worsening the condition.
What depression is not: clinical depression is not feeling down because of some loss or happenings that happen in day to day life. You may feel depressed for quite a time or for a few days. You will be able to identify the reason for such dejection and will get over it soon.
Clinical depression is feeling depressed with no apparent reason. This is something more serious than feeling depressed over some matter - like a loss of something.
A person with clinical depression just fails to find motivation to do anything at all.
Causes of Clinical Depression
No one can pin point a factor as the reason for depression. Several factors contribute to depression. In the ancient Vedic periods, people had to worry little about depression. The colonized life of man can be one among the prime reasons of depression.
Heredity, physiology, childhood or early life experiences, side effects of certain medicines and psychological factors can contribute to clinical depression. Stressful life, imbalanced diet, alcohol or drug consumption etc can cause depression.
Clinical Depression Treatment
Modern medicine use strong medicines to treat clinical depression. Ayurveda has a milder approach to cure depression.
There is a variety of techniques used in Ayurveda to effectively lift the mental state of a person. Ayurveda methods for treating depression are completely free from side-effects. Recurrence of depression to previous levels is also rare in Ayurvedic depression cure.
The main requirement of Ayurvedic treatment for depression includes meditation, avoiding non-vegetarian food, eating lot of fruits and drinking lot of water; going to bed, taking meals and going to toilet at specific times of the day; going to bed early before 10pm, waking up with sunrise, walking long distances in the morning light, and putting your body in a balanced and active state.
According to Ayurveda an imbalance of the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) of tridosha and general ignorance about self contribute to depression. There is less communication between neurons of brain, which leaves the person sluggish.
Rasayana treatment, head massaging (like sirovasti, thalam), meditation are involved in Ayurvedic depression cure treatments.
The treatments are aimed at releasing the extra-influence of Kapha on Vata and Pitta. Kapha tries to balance the imbalance that may occur to vata and pitta by slowing down their movements. This leads to stagnation, darkness and the result will be depression.
Ayurveda massages and medicines like rasayana restore tridosha balance. It gives immediate cooling effect to the head. Slowly the person can get out of depression.