Depression: Overview, symptoms, causes and its treatment

In modern times there is an abrupt increase in Stress, Anxiety & Depression cases prevalent in the society. The basic reason for that could be the strong desires of the individual without the actual realization of the situation for them. These Stress-Anxiety-Depression then in turn may cause several other diseased conditions which bring down the immunity powers of the individual and he then becomes very vulnerable for several illnesses.

The answer to such conditions in Ayurveda is Detoxification which cleanses all the micro-circulatory channels i.e. Srotas of our body & mind. At Bhagwati Ayurveda, this Dexotification is carried out with the help of Panchakarma Procedures. These therapies bring out the toxins from the body in the form of sweat. The body becomes relaxed, clean, light & energized after the Panchakarma Therapies. At Bhagwati Ayurveda, Jaipur thousands of such patients have been cured successfully. Detoxification processes are carried out with the help of Abhyanga (Whole Body Massage), Swedana ( Whole Body Herbal Steam), Shirodhara, Shirolepa and several other therapies which are planned according to the need of the patient, which are prescribed after the consultations from our expert physicians at Bhagwati Ayurveda, Jaipur.

We do not treat the patients by simply prescribing them the sleeping pills but we treat them with proper counseling, standard Ayurvedic preparations, Panchakarma Therapies. Resultant is that the patients recovery is more long lasting and without any kind of side effects.

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

A depressed mood is a normal temporary reaction to life events such as loss of a loved one. It is also a symptom of some physical diseases and a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a symptom of some mood disorders such as the major depressive disorder or dysthymia

Facts about Depression:

  • Depression seems to be more common among women than men.
  • Symptoms include lack of joy and reduced interest in things that used to bring a person happiness.
  • Life events, such as bereavement, produce mood changes that can usually be distinguished from the features of depression.
  • The causes of depression are not fully understood but are likely to be a complex combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychosocial factors.


A person having a major depressive episode usually exhibits a very low mood, which pervades all aspects of life, and an inability to experience pleasure in activities that were formerly enjoyed. Depressed people may be preoccupied with, or ruminate over, thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt or regret, helplessness, hopelessness, and self-hatred. In severe cases, depressed people may have symptoms of psychosis. These symptoms include delusions or, less commonly, hallucinations, usually unpleasant. Other symptoms of depression include poor concentration and memory (especially in those with melancholic or psychotic features), withdrawal from social situations and activities, reduced sex drive, irritability, and thoughts of death or suicide. Insomnia is common among the depressed. In the typical pattern, a person wakes very early and cannot get back to sleep. Hypersomnia, or oversleeping, can also happen. Some antidepressants may also cause insomnia due to their stimulating effect


The cause of major depressive disorder is unknown. The biopsychosocial model proposes that biological, psychological, and social factors all play a role in causing depression. The diathesis–stress model specifies that depression results when a preexisting vulnerability, or diathesis, is activated by stressful life events. The preexisting vulnerability can be either genetic, implying an interaction between nature and nurture, or schematic, resulting from views of the world learned in childhood.

Childhood abuse, either physical, sexual or psychological, are all risk factors for depression, among other psychiatric issues that co-occur such as anxiety and drug abuse. Childhood trauma also correlates with severity of depression, lack of response to treatment and length of illness. However, some are more susceptible to developing mental illness such as depression after trauma, and various genes have been suggested to control susceptibility.

Life events: These include bereavement, divorce, work issues, relationships with friends and family, financial problems, medical concerns, or acute stress.

Ayurvedic Therapy for Mind Purification:

Also called “Panchakarma” in Ayurveda, these procedures have been shown to be very beneficial to mental and emotional functioning. Some of the treatments used in Panchakarma are oil massage (Abhyanga), Shirodhara (oil poured over the forehead), and basti (herbalized enemas). The combination of these and other purification therapies work to systematically remove toxins from the cellular level of the body. The result of these detoxification procedures is improved mood and mental clarity, amongst many other benefits. Ayurveda recommends doing body purification for 3-5 days once or twice per year. The Raj in Fairfield, Iowa, along with many other Maharishi AyurVeda Clinics in the U.S. and around the world offer these treatments.

Ayurveda Has Perfect Cure for Depression:

Ayurveda mentions Depression as “Vishada”. Although this disease is categorized as psychological diseases, it can also affect the body; hence it can lead to any physical or psychological disorder. Depression is an illness that infiltrates your whole body. It affects the way you feel about things and situations, and you feel about yourself, the way you eat and sleep, the way your memory is working.

How to Prevent Depression Naturally:

  • Take good care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly.
  • Find ways to handle stress and improve your self-esteem.
  • Get regular medical checkups, and see your provider if you don’t feel right.
  • Reach out to family and friends when times get hard.
  • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs. It may seem like these make you feel better. But they can actually make it harder to treat your depression.
  • Get help if you think you’re depressed. If you wait, it could get worse.
  • Spend time with family and friends. Think about joining a support group. Do things that keep you connected to others.
  • Stick with your treatment plan. If you are on medicine, take it as prescribed, whether you feel good or not. Don’t skip therapy sessions. Let your doctor know what is and isn’t working for you.
  • Try ways to fight stress, like meditation and yoga.