Everyone feels sad or irritable and has trouble sleeping once in a while. But these feelings and troubles usually pass after a couple of days. Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that may cause severe symptoms. Depression affects the ability to feel, think, and handle daily activities.
Also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, a man must have symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression.
Men and women both experience depression but their symptoms can be very different. Men are less likely than women to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for depression. Yet depression affects a large number of men.
Some men with depression hide their emotions and may seem to be angry, irritable, or aggressive while many women seem sad or express sadness. Men with depression may feel very tired and lose interest in work, family, or hobbies. They may be more likely to have difficulty sleeping than women who have depression.
Sometimes mental health symptoms appear to be physical issues. For example, a racing heart, tightening chest, ongoing headaches, or digestive issues can be signs of a mental health problem. Many men are more likely to see their doctor about physical symptoms than emotional symptoms.
Men may turn to drugs or alcohol to try to cope with their emotional symptoms. Also, while women with depression are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to die by suicide because they tend to use more lethal methods.
Depression in men can be caused by genetic factors, environmental stress (such as financial problems or loss of a loved one) or illness.
After a diagnosis, depression is usually treated medically with medications or psychotherapy, or a combination of both. The usual medication is some form of an anti-depressant which may have significant side effects.
Homeopathic treatment for depression is a great form of alternative medicine and natural therapy for depression. The best part of homeopathic treatment is that the homeopathic medicines are totally side effect free and its long-term use leads to no damage to the body. Homeopathic medicines also do not cause any sedation nor are they addictive.
Homeopathic remedies use the body’s own natural restorative processes to form a great alternative treatment for depression.
Some homeopathic medicines for treatment of depression include:
Ignatia – it works well for depression of recent origin. Men needing Ignatia normally present with extreme sadness. They desire loneliness and avoid meeting people. They may be absorbed in grief and intense hopelessness can also prevail. They can be offended very easily and may have sudden mood fluctuations.
Natrum Muriaticum – is commonly indicated for treating chronic depression. Men requiring this remedy constantly dwells on past unpleasant memories. They are reserved personalities and do not wish to share their emotions with others. Consolation from others is also not much appreciated. They are prone to get irritated and get offended very easily. This remedy is very helpful for men who are suffering from some major disappointments in life, disrupted relationships, etc.
Aurum – this remedy is indicated for treating major depression where suicidal thoughts prevail. Men needing this remedy is usually tired of life, thinks life is a burden and for them, the future seems dark with no hope left. There is a strong sense of worthlessness. They also have self-criticizing and self-reproaching behavior. This remedy can help a man come out of dark, gloomy depression and bring a ray of hope to him.
Sepia – is a remedy for treating depression when a man shows marked indifferent behaviour towards family members/friends and towards life. They lack interest in any activities or entertainment that they were previously fond of. They desire solitude and are often found sitting quietly alone.
Kali Phosphoricum – is a remedy for treating depression in cases attributed to mental and physical exhaustion especially after periods of stress or over-exertion. There can be sleeplessness along with weak memory, dullness of mind and anxiety about the future.
There are many other homeopathic remedies that can be helpful in treating depression based on an individual’s presenting symptoms.