While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious illness that has an impact on both physical and mental health.
While the exact cause of depression isn't known, a number of things can be associated with its development. Generally, depression does not result from a single event, but from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors.
Life eventsResearch suggests that continuing difficulties – long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged exposure to stress at work – are more likely to cause depression than recent life stresses. However, recent events (such as losing a job) or a combination of events can ‘trigger' depression in people who are already at risk because of past bad experiences or personal factors.
Everyone is different and it's often a combination of factors that can contribute to a person developing depression. It's important to note that you can't always identify the cause of depression or change difficult circumstances. The most important thing is to recognise thesigns and symptoms and seek help.
A person may be depressed if, for more than two weeks, he or she has felt sad, down or miserable most of the time or has lost interest or pleasure in usual activities, and has also experienced several of the signs and symptoms across at least three of the categories below.
It’s important to note that everyone experiences some of these symptoms from time to time and it may not necessarily mean a person is depressed. Equally, not every person who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.
Ayurvedic approach to depression is divided into physical and emotional. Physical approach is to set up the body to re-produce all pleasure and depression preventing chemicals. Some simple but highly daily practice include:
A 10 minute self massage with warm oil at 9pm.
A hot shower at 930pm.
In bed by 945pm. Listen to a guided relaxation.
Focus either on the relaxation or breathing or something like that.
Get up any time between 4am and 6am and so some gentle activities such as walking, indoor cycling.
Exercise for 30 minutes daily to sweat.
Eat large, warm grain-free breakfast and lunch.
Clinical Ayurveda program may include herbs, supplements, restorative therapies and cleanses along with suitable herbs.