DEPRESSION IN TEENAGERS – Homeopathic Medicine; Its Use, Indications and Dosage
Homeopathic Remedies for Depression in teenagers
HELP ME” read the note. He pasted it on a fourth-floor window, before killing 17 and himself at a school in Germany. Robert Steinhaeuser, a 19-year-old, had been expelled by the school and apparently sought revenge. Armed with a pump-gun and a pistol, he went into the school and started shooting randomly.
Priya (not her real name), till a few years ago, was a happy and a playful young one. She is 16 and is not attending school. Affording education isn’t the problem for her parents. “After the death of her father she is not able to cope with the pressures of life”, says her mother. Priya suffers from depression. Worst of all, last year, she nearly committed suicide.
Although, geographically and symptomatically poles apart, Priya and Robert suffered from the same illness’ depression ‘. If only their parents or teachers had recognised those early signs of depression, surely, their situation wouldn?t have been so catastrophic. Every adult remembers that adolescence is marked by rapid emotional, intellectual, and physical change. So, when a teenager seems depressed, parents, schools, and health providers often attribute the signs of depression to “just a phase the teen is going through” and expect her or him “to grow out of it.” However, many teenagers, at a given time, do suffer from major depression, which may lead to suicide, impair development and quality of life, cause conduct problems and, in some cases, may be related to violent behaviour.
Depression can be a transient response to many situations and stresses. In adolescents, depressed mood is common because of the normal maturation process, the stress associated with it, the influence of sex hormones, and independence conflicts with parents.It may also be a reaction to a disturbing event, such as the death of a friend or relative, problems with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or failure at school.
How to recognise Depression in teenagers
Signs of depression
Persistent sadness and hopelessness
Withdrawal from friends and activities once enjoyed
Increased irritability or agitation
Missed school or poor school performance.
Changes in eating and sleeping habits
Indecision, lack of concentration, or forgetfulness
Poor self-esteem or guilt
Frequent physical complaints, such as headaches and stomachaches
Drug and/or alcohol abuse
Thoughts of death or suicide
Homeopathic Remedies for Depression in Teenagers
Homeopathy has one of the best treatments for depression in teenagers. It is a highly evolved system when the treatment is to be based on mind symptoms. It goes far beyond the conventional system, Homeopathic medicines are able to flush out the impressions created in minds by stressful events. It has specific medicines for symptoms of depression arising out of different situations – as varied as the loss of a loved one, indignation, domination by peers, sexual abuse, etc. It would treat both Robert and Priya (the above mentioned patients) as two different cases. Robert would be taken as a case “of suppressed anger with violence”, and Priya?s case as depression arising from the “loss of a loved one” whereby the prescription would be different for both of them.Homeopathic medicines like natrum mur, staphysgaria, lycopodium, ignatia, Kali Phos, Aurum Met and carcinocin are some of the important ones often used in treating depression. Psychotherapy and counselling also have a major role to play in the Homeopathic treatment of depression in teenagers.
Ignatia – The best Homeopathic medicine for Treating General Depression In teenagers.
This homeopathic medicine is the leading medicine for treating depression when real cause cannot be elicited and is also widely used as a near specif for treating all forms of depression. This medicine covers nearly all the symptoms of general depression eg withdrawl , sadness , increased irritability etc. I have personally used it in many cases of teenage depression and got great results with it.
Natrum Mur – Homeopathic Remedy for depression in teenager , When Grief is The cause.
Homeopathic Remedy Natrum Mur is well suited for cases of teenage depression when grief is the reason for depression . This grief can result out of various situations eg. loss of loved one , friendship discord , disappointment in love etc.
Kali Phos – Homeopathic Remedy for Depression In teenagers When Stress Overworked mind is the cause.
It is very common to see kids going through depression due to stress excessive study and mental overload on their young minds; Kali phos works very well to treat such forms of depression.
Aurum Met – Homeopathic Medicine for treating depression in teenagers with Suicidal Thoughts
This form of depression is not something that should be taken lightly . One should immediately consult a physician when an adoloscent reports with such symptoms. From the treatment point of view , homeopathic medicine Aurum Met is very helpful in these advanced forms of depression where suicidal thoughts have started to take place .