What is depression(Manoavasada)?
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can have a negative effect on a person’s thoughts, behavior, feeling, world view and physical well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt or restless.
They may lose interest in activites that once were pleasurable, experience loss of apetitie or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may also be present.
Impact Of Depression
stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress- a negative stress reaction. Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction and problems sleeeping.
Emotional problems can also result from distress. These problems include depression, panic attacks, or other forms of anxiety and worry. Research shows that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. Stress is linked to six of the leading cause of death: heart disease, cancer, lung aliments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and even suicide.
Stress also becomes harmful when people engage in the compulsive use of substances or behaviours to try to relieve their stress. These substances or behaviors may include food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, sex, shopping and the internet. Rather than relieving the stress stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances and compulsive behaviors tend to keep the body in a stressed state causing more problems. The distressed person becomes trapped in a vicious cycle.
Managing depression- The Ayurvedic way
- Yogic postures
Some useful Ayurvedic formulations
- Kushmanda lehyam
- Brahmi ghrita
- Kalyana ghrita
The useful medicinal plants in depression
- Light meals
- Fruits, fibre rich diets
- Fresh vegetables
- Social work
- Excess non vegetarian diet.
- Frequently eating high calorie food.
- Unnecessary thinking
- Canned/tinned foods.