When someone is in low spirits, has a feeling of despair, irritability, sadness then it can be called depression. Depression is basically a mood disorder which involves consistent feeling of hopelessness and grief. It is not like those regular mood swings. The reason can be an extensive life event, such as loss of job, bereavement, betrayal. Depression is a growing problem, not a passing one. It can last for a couple of weeks, months or even years.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Depressed mood
- Variations in appetite
- Loss of sleep or excessive sleep
- Loss of libido
- Feeling worthless
- Lack of concentration
- Frequent suicidal thoughts
Sometimes females have specific types of depression, like Postpartum depression and Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. The symptoms could be irritability, anxiety, mood swings, brainstorm. In males, the symptoms of depression can be avoiding family and social situations, not being able to keep up with work responsibilities, displaying aggressive behavior, insomnia among others.
Ayurveda considers disturbed mental health as a sacred crisis which can be easily fixed with Shirodhara. Shirodhara is a boon for curing mental ailments. It involves a gentle flow of warm medicated oil over the Aagya chakra which activates the glands and balances hormones. It also causes tranquility and altered states of consciousness which results in the regulatory effect on the nervous system as well as the body. Shirodhara heals the individual’s mind, soul and body and maintains equilibrium.