Depression is a common and serious mental /emotional disorder that is primarily characterized by feelings of sadness and negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. It causes a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems that can decrease your ability to function at work and at home. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
-Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
-Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
-Changes in appetite- weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
-Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
-Loss of energy or increased fatigue
-Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, hand-wringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
-Feeling worthless or guilty
-Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
-Thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression. Also, medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor, or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes.
Risk Factors for Depression
Depression doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone, even a person who appears to live in relatively ideal circumstances. The below factors can be a cause for depression:
Biochemistry: Differences in certain chemicals in the brain may contribute to symptoms of depression.
Genetics: Depression can run in families. For example, if one identical twin has depression, the other has a 70 percent chance of having the illness at some point during their life.
Personality: People with low self-esteem, who are easily overwhelmed by stress, or who are generally pessimistic appear to be more likely to experience depression.
Environmental factors: Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse or poverty may make some people more vulnerable to depression.
Bach flower remedies for depression
The following Bach flower remedies may be used to treat and help manage depression.
Clematis: The go-to remedy for those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. This remedy teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas and may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.
Honeysuckle: This remedy helps you to let go of past experiences or events. It is the go-to remedy to treat nostalgia and for thoughts that are in the past rather than in the present.
Wild Rose: The remedy for those who suffer from apathy and a lack of interest in life and. It helps you to take responsibility for your own life and feel a lively interest in life, work, and the world in general.
Olive: A great remedy for those who suffer from chronic exhaustion / total physical and mental tiredness. It helps you regain energy, vitality, and a renewed interest in life.
White Chestnut: This is the go-to remedy for when your mind is cluttered with thoughts, usually arguments, ideas, thoughts that you do not wish to have in your mind.
Mustard: This remedy is useful when you feel suddenly depressed without any valid reason. It feels like a cold dark cloud that destroys normal happiness and cheerfulness. This sort of depression comes and goes of its own accord.