This epidemic is affecting over an estimation of 400 million people globally, being diagnosed and treated for clinical depression. A mood disorder characterized by ongoing sadness, anger, loss or frustration that lasts for weeks, months, or years and interferes with one’s abilities to work, go to school, and perform the functions of normal daily life.
If you are facing a depression or know someone who is depressed below symptoms might be familiar to you.
Feelings linked to depression are: negative distortion of worldview, negative attitude towards life, feeling hopelessness, feeling helplessness, isolation, worthlessness, having low self-esteem, sadness, self-hate, guilt, agitation, irritability, anxiety, restlessness and being pessimistic. There are usually changes in appetite, with tendency to weight gain and / or weight loss. Concentration becomes difficult; there is a present fatigue and low energy. This can lead to headache, stomachache, digestive disturbance, loss of interest and pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, even to the limit of having suicidal tendencies and being preoccupied with death. Another symptoms linked can be insomnia or excessive sleep, worsening of co-existing chronic disease.
Usually, the individual who suffers it does not want to ask for help; he/she prefers others to change or adjust. They sleep badly, even with the help of somniferous. They do not speak much or just little and have a tendency to flee out of the world. Depression is often confused with exhaustion.
Western medicine point of view does not identify a precise cause to depression, there are theories linking clinical depression to genetics, as well as to abnormalities in brain biochemistry. Depression can be triggered by disruption to normal brain chemistry caused by factors such as long-term sleep disturbance, long-term use of drugs affecting the endocrine system, patterns of drug and alcohol abuse, and diseases of the thyroid. It can also be triggered by stressful or traumatic events.
Allopathic medicine uses as treatment pharmaceutical anti-depressants, which mostly work by affecting the uptake of serotonin in the brain, and psychotherapy, which can help the patient increase awareness of thought patterns, develop skills to fight off negative thoughts, and explore unresolved personal issues, also through supportive groups. Electroconvulsive therapy (shock therapy) is used in extreme cases of depression, and light therapy is used in seasonal affective disorder, a seasonal form of depression.
Depression results from unresolved emotional wounds from the past, the emotional body has no concept of time, and can keep toxic emotions on its memory, especially if we neglect them, and then, they build up.
The environment plays a big role and its crucial; financial problems, stress at work, dysfunctional home and/or work life… Without addressing and eliminating the “depressive” factors including our perception, which do not benefit our development, we will not be able to move on. In Ayurveda the responsible to digest emotions and process them is Sadhaka Agni, which is sub-doha of Pitta dosha. Strong Sadhaka Agni can be linked to emotional intelligence, being aware of your feelings, accepting them, you process them, without letting them rule you. There is a connection between your heart and head with both centers sending the right signals to one another at the right time. Sadhaka Agni also influences neurohormones. (Released by neuroendocrine cells). These neuroendocrine cells are in the brain, spinal cord and the heart. The neurohormones in the heart send a signal to the brain to register any experience emotionally, either as negative or positive, according to the strength of your Sadhaka Agni.
How to strength and balance your Sadhaka Agni:
1- Connect with the Nature Biorhythm. Wake up with the sun and sleep at nigth. Sleep the hours needed for your proper functioning of your constitution. It’s good to keep in mind that Sadhaka Agni gets weaken with sleeping in excess as well. Have your bigger meal in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its higher peak, since our digestive capacity will be at its higher too.
2- Practice detachment. Attachment is considered to be the root of suffering. Everything is temporally and we are in constant change, learn to find the magic of it!
3- Charge your prana. Being in nature can restore our emotions and reduces our stress level, get some sun, practice “earthing” , walk bare feet, absorb nutrients from the soil, bath in the rivers or sea, let the water brush your emotions away changing your negative ions with positive ones, feel the trees, etc.
4- Balance Kapha dosha. Eat sattvic and some rajastic foods, mainly fresh organic plant-based diet filled with prana (vital life force), easy to digest combinations. Animal products are more tamasic and make the mind dull.
5- Yoga practice and exercise: Exercise for the mind has a great positive impact over your health. Please read what asanas work best for depression here.
6- Meditate facing the sun. If you are lucky enough to live in a country where the sun says hello to you everyday, for you will be easier. Otherwise just try to meditate while you keep smiling. Meditation can give us clarity in order to put things in perspective. It brings awareness to every organ and please thank them for their contribution. Being and feeling grateful increases your vibration.
7- Check-up. It is good to make sure that our hormones are balanced, and that we are not lacking minerals as magnesium or vitamins as Vitamin D, due to the lack of sun in the northern countries and the sun protection creams.
8- Avoid electronics use. The use of electronics especially social media, Facebook and Instagram derange our vital energy since they disconnect us from out senses and our Prana, over-stimulation diminish our awareness and dulls the clarity of our intellect.
9- Raise the Agni. After knowing your ayurvedic constitution it is important that you know what to consume to bring your Sadhaka Pitta up, when it is low, but be careful if you have the tendency of having Pitta dosha higher. Black pepper, coriander, cumin, dried ginger, turmeric, clove, cardamom could assist your digestion.
10- Ayurvedic herbs. Ayurveda has a wider range of herbs that should be always recommended by a practitioner or doctor, which can help you to overcome depression: Ashwagandha, Arjuna, Amla, Brahmi, Shatavari, Vacha, Ashoka, Manasatmitra, etc. They do not have secondary effects and besides addressing the issue will benefit the rest of systems and organs. Properties varies per herb, please ask advise to see which one is better for your situation.
The feeling of hopelessness could be as a result of feeling previously aggressiveness not expressed or channeled, which unconsciously was redirected inwards, it could also be due to fear to both, life and death. Often there is a feeling of guilt, low self-esteem, and recurrent negative ideas and thoughts. Frequently related to the fact of wanting to take pressure off out of their life’s. Then, they make a “de – pressure”. The person often doesn’t believe that has the right to feel anger. Despair.
- Usually there is an identity conflict.
- Conflict between the ideal and the real.
- Conflict between who we are and who we would like to become.
- Depression is to not feel pressure, especially affect.
- Pending conflicts to resolve with his or her progenitor of the opposite gender. Unconscious ¨attacks¨ to his/her partner, in whom is established the transfer of the rooted emotion. (As example is very common to see in this case how this person makes her partner feel. Indirectly and unconsciously the partner is treated as what he/she wanted to do to his father or his mother, but it did not happen since he / she restrained her/himself.)
By refusing help, the depressive person continues to feed his resentment or anger towards that father or mother, and sinks into their pain. The severity of the depressive state reflects the intensity with which the wound was lived as a child. The wounds can be the following: rejection, abandonment, humiliation, betrayal or injustice.
This person often had not many people to talk to in his childhood, who would listen to her/his questions and her/his anxieties. Did not learn to trust others, blocked their desires and finally fell back on itself, while increasing their feeling of anger.
In general, the depressed person does not want to be helped or ask for help, so there is an underlying expectation on those in the surroundings, as if they should try to solve their problems. If a loved one has depression and you see this clear pattern, I suggest you to be very firm telling her/him that nobody in the world can get her/he out of the situation, except her/himself. The most important thing is that there is acceptance and responsibility.
Rejection during childhood, could origin depression which could cause great pain and suffering. The most common wound is rejection or fear of being rejected. The person must admit that even if was rejected in childhood, this does not necessarily mean that the father or mother would not like her. The father who rejects his son was probably rejected when he was a child and still rejects himself. Feeling compassion for that father and forgiving him is the beginning of the road towards healing.
Then, after understanding, the most important stage is to forgive yourself for having loved that father so much and not being able to understand the whole picture. Only then, one thing that remains is to express these feelings to the father (when possible) without any accusation in between. It is very human to hold a grudge or laugh, when one is a child and the isolation is intensely suffered. On the other hand, bio-decoding suggests that this person should take the decision to recognize their own value. If you find it difficult, you can ask those who know you well, they can tell you what they see on you.
Our thoughts create the feelings, so changing our thoughts, our patterns, our conditioning and our way of thinking we could change the way how we feel.
New mental model: I overcome and go beyond the fears and limitations from others. I believe in my own way of doing and living life.
How to address it:
1- Use deep relaxations to ease the mind. The person should make reconciliation with his/her goals in life, without entering into those negative thoughts. Wake up the motivation to follow the steps to make it happen, in order to fight for what you want or wish. Self-connection is the key to identify the goals and causative root.
2- The treatment in this case is basically mostly the glandular system. The areas of the pituitary, the thyroid, the adrenal, the nervous system, the pancreas, the spleen, the liver, kidneys and thymus.
3- Color therapy: Yellow.
4- Practice gratefulness. Make a list with all the positive things are happening to you.
Three different approaches; Western Medicine, Ayurveda and Bio-decoding, if you want to heal there are tools, be in charge of your life! All the best!