The New Age of Mental Illness: Depression
The likes of new TV shows are creating awareness about mental health especially depression, thereby this summons a new age of depression and understanding.
Depression and Ayurveda share a unique correlation. In very basic terms, depression is caused by an imbalance of the doshas. Check out this simple quiz to find out what your primary dosha is. In western medicine, depression is caused by a chemical imbalance coupled with other factors which be internal or external. That too is the prognosis in Ayurveda when it comes to depression, it can be brought on via a plethora of external and internal factors.
Ayurveda and Depression
Unlike the West, there isn’t a sort of DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) for mental disorders or any disorders for Ayurveda. The reason is that Ayurvedic medicine is personalized for each individual. Ayurvedic therapies for depression include firstly a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner. This is then followed by a diagnosis and treatment plan which involves a holistic way of battling depression. One such method is performing Ritucharya, or a means of seasonal eating to help create harmony and balance in the doshas.
Another means of detoxing your life and rebalancing the doshas is Panchakarma. You can read more about it here, but it is essentially a complete treatment plan to help realign the mind, body and spirit. In addition, natural supplementation on a regular basis is also administered to help calm the mind and increase energy. Ashwagandha is the primary natural contender here. You can find some at our shop. Along with supplementation, yoga and meditation is advised to stimulate the flow of hormones and bring inner balance.
In effect, the Ayurvedic approach to mental health is much like Western psychological practices. Studies have shown that the most effective practices in combating depression is a mixture of medication and therapy. The dosage, type of medication, type of therapy all have to be monitored constantly. Then reevaluated in accordance to how the person responds. Both the Ayurvedic and Western approaches to mental illness are not perfect and take time. The key is to remember that there are opportunities to get better and with consistency and more research we may find appropriate treatments and cures for them finally.