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.
Pathology in Ayurveda
Depression is primarily due to the aggravation of Vata and Tamas migrated from gut. Aggravation results in toxins and reduces production of certain elements in the brain. Depression has many subdivisions.
Hence, Ayurveda tries to upgrade the gut functions and correct the cell functions in the brain, along with appropriate counselling - which is very effective.
Depression in Allopathy
The enormous progress in the field of neuroscience in the 20th century brought us fascinating insights into the nature of mental processes. Starting with neuroanatomy and electrophysiology at the beginning of the 20th century, neuroscience now is an interdisciplinary field occupying many areas of biological investigations, ranging from molecular studies of cell and gene function to brain-imaging techniques, thus broadening our knowledge of the cellular and molecular machinery that regulates behavior.28 For a long time, and especially in the field of psychiatry, little was known about the biological substrates of the disorders and the work of Julius Axelrod, Arvid Carlsson, and several other Nobel Prize winners has significantly contributed to the understanding of brain function, and investigations of psychiatric disorders are now fully based in basic neuroscience.
Depression is a potentially life -threatening disorder that affects hundreds of millions of people all over the world. It can occur at any age from childhood to late life and is a tremendous cost to society as this disorder causes severe distress and disruption of life and, if left untreated, can be fatal. The psychopathological state involves a triad of symptoms with low or depressed mood, anhedonia, and low energy or fatigue. Other symptoms, such as sleep and psychomotor disturbances, feelings of guilt, low self-esteem, suicidal tendencies, as well as autonomic and gastrointestinal disturbances, are also often present. Depression is not a homogeneous disorder, but a complex phenomenon, which has many subtypes and probably more than one etiology. It includes a predisposition to episodic and often progressive mood disturbances, differences in symptomatology ranging from mild to severe symptoms with or without psychotic features, and interactions with other psychiatric and somatic disorders.
What causes depression
What causes depression?While we don’t know exactly what causes depression, a number of things are often linked to its development. Depression usually results from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors, rather than one immediate issue or event.
Life eventsResearch suggests that continuing difficulties – long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged work stress – are more likely to cause depression than recent life stresses. However, recent events (such as losing your job) or a combination of events can ‘trigger' depression if you’re already at risk because of previous bad experiences or personal factors.
Changes in the brain
Although there’s been a lot of research in this complex area, there’s still much we don’t know. Depression is not simply the result of a ‘chemical imbalance’, for example because you have too much or not enough of a particular brain chemical. It’s complicated, and there are multiple causes of major depression. Factors such as genetic vulnerability, severe life stressors, substances you may take (some medications, drugs and alcohol) and medical conditions can affect the way your brain regulates your moods.
Most modern antidepressants have an effect on your brain’s chemical transmitters (serotonin and noradrenaline), which relay messages between brain cells – this is thought to be how medications work for more severe depression. Psychological treatment can also help you to regulate your moods.
Effective treatment can stimulate the growth of new nerve cells in circuits that regulate your mood, which is thought to play a critical part in recovering from the most severe episodes of depression.
The top AntiDepressant formula contains:
Aksha (Terminala bellerica)
Bhadrela (Amomum subulatum)
Bruhati (Solanum indicum)
Dadima (Punica granatum)
Daru (Cedrus deodara)
Darvi (Coscinium fenestratum)
Dhatri (Embelica officinale)
Ela (Elettaria cardamomum)
Elavaluka (Prenus deodara)
Kusta (Saussurea lappa)
Malatilukulam (Jasminum grandiflorum)
Manjista (Rubia cordifolia)
Nagakesara (Mesua ferrea)
Natham (Valeriana jatamansi)
Nisa (Curcuma longa)
Pathya (Terminalia chebula)
Phalini (Callicarpa macrophylla)
Prishniparni (Uraria picta)
Salaparni (Desmodium gangeticum)
Sariva black(Black hemidesmus indicus)
Sariva white (Hemidesmus indicus)
Talisa (Abies webbiana)
Utpalam (Kaemferia rotunda)
Vella (Embelica ribes)
Visala (Tricosanthes peltata)