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Anxiety- A Generational Problem Curable With Ayurveda

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 14, 2017

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Anxiety is somewhat a state of mind of depression, distress or a feeling of uneasiness due to causes of failure, danger, or adversity. It is a prevalent state of emotion that the population is suffering out of fear and agitation. 

The reasons for being in depression or anxiety issue can be anything, but the fundamental causes may include-

  • Losing or death of a valuable or closed person,

  • Broaden relationships boundaries, 

  • Losing a job or facing failures in prospects of life,

  • Negative thoughts and assumption regarding any matter of situation.

Some people experience the short tenure of this mind state. He recovers from this phase quickly after working on some of the factors. Few of them suffers these problems existing for the long term, and ultimately affecting his own life. He might indulge himself in danger or loss. 

Types of Depressive Anxiety

In this running population and the pace of changes in life, it is usual to have low in spirits, or being little confident enough to carry out the procedures of work once in a while. Being upset or demotivated daily or more than weeks is something to be called clinical depression.

It needs to be consulted by a therapist or related practitioner to know the causes and treatment for lowering the anxiety and depression.

There are many types of mental illness, including depression that causes mental disorders to the nervous system of a body.

1. Major depression

This type of depression can be seen in people if the signs of significant depression persist for two weeks or more in a continuous manner.

The sufferer might be with “major depressive disorder”, and the doctor or the therapist might provide him with some treatments like an anti-depressant. 

The practitioner might suggest the patient for more therapies if the doses of anti-depressants don’t work. They could be:

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): The treatment is also known for electroshock therapy, which is a psychiatric treatment using electric pulses. The cure induces the seizures electrically in patients to calm the mind. The therapy was first incorporated in 1938 and found to be a safe and effective treatment.

  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (RTMS): Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive type of stimulation of the mind. It involves an electric pulse generator, or stimulator, connected to a magnetic coil. The coil is then connected to the scalp, causing current at a specific area of the brain to increase circulation and helps to improve the mood.

Merton and Morton successfully used the transcranial electrical stimulation in 1980 to stimulate the motor cortex. However, due to the uncomfortable use of this process, Anthony T. Barker started to research and developed the first stable TMS devices in 1985.

2. Manic or Bipolar Depression 

The manic or bipolar depressions have mood swings ranging from high energy to low. The low potency of the mood swings might be signs of great sadness. The doctor can advise for a mood stabilizer, such as lithium.

There are some medicines that the FDA has approved for reducing depression:

  1. Seroquel 

  2. Latuda

  3. Olanzapine-fluoxetine combination

3. Chronic Depression

Dysthymia, or mild, chronic depression, is less severe in comparison to the major depression. Dysthymia can last for two years or more, and also sometimes the distress has “double depression” of major depressions.

4. Postpartum Depression 

Women can suffer from Postpartum or peripartum depression, after having her baby birth. Anti-depressants can also work here.

5. Atypical Depression 

This is a type of specifier that is considered different from the rest of the typical depression. A positive event can eventually improve the mind. The reduced stress here is somehow temporarily. The doctor can suggest an anti-depressant, or SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor).

6. Seasonal Depression

The depression is seasonal here happening at the same time every year to a person. The cause behind this is still unknown, but some of the scientists believed that there might be some hormonal changes in the body that triggers the attitude changing behaviours.

7. Psychotic Depression 

The psychotic depression is also a form of major depression with some psychic reasons:

  1. Hallucinations, a belief that a person sees or hears that is not there

  2. Delusions, a conviction for false illusions in any matter or fact

  3. Paranoia, a mistaken belief that others will harm the sufferer

Combining the anti-depressants with antipsychotic medicines can help with decreasing Psychotic depressions.

8. Treatment-Resistant Depression

The TRD or the treatment-resistant depression makes the sufferer hopeless and cynical longing from months or years. He is discouraged without any relief and after getting into efforts, if nothing better works, he is weakened.

Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

If a person is panicking for the things that are not in reality, it is anxiety. But, if the stress is a lot more than that persisting for an extended period, it is a depression. It can happen that if someone is suffering from anxiety might get symptoms of depression too.

Some of the physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety might be:

  1. Difficulty in making decisions or recollecting things

  2. A feeling of fatigue and exhaustion might irritate the body and mind

  3. Palpitating of heart

  4. A feeling of restlessness and lethargic

  5. Panicking for smaller things and be feared most of the time.

Some physical and emotional symptoms caused by depression:

  1. A frequent sense of uneasiness and loss of energy

  2. Having no idea of taking any decisions regarding things.

  3. Desperate thoughts of doing suicides

  4. Trying hard to recollect the things

  5. Immense distress and unconscious mind.

  6. Losing interests in personal activities and pleasures.

  7. Getting a feeling of guilt on every matter for no valid reasons

How Ayurveda Is A Good Option For Anxiety?

The Anxiety disorder is a combination of various mental health disorders that is distinguished by several feelings of fear, danger, worry or anger. When a person is getting enough of these attacks at the same time, it becomes a disorder rather than just a small problem. 

There are many types of anxiety disorder in people:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Panic Disorder

  • Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder

Ayurveda Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Ayurveda has always been a remarking therapy and medication for treating a lot of health problems. It cures the maximum of all the diseases if followed correctly and in a consistent manner. 

Some herbal remedies have been in use that seems a lot effective in terms of anxiety and depression treatment in Ayurveda.

  • Ocimum- Sanctum: Commonly known as holy basil or tulsi, has a lot of benefits for health-related issues. The herb acts as an anti-depressant, anti-stress and anti-anxiety medication. Apart from this, it also works as an anti-oxidants, anti-viral medicine and helps in the control of blood circulation. The recommended dose of this herb is 500-1000 mg up to three times daily.

  • Centella Asiatica: Centella Asiatica is a scientific term for Gotu kola, and it is a popular Ayurvedic remedy since the earlier days. These herbs treat well the neurological disorders as well as the physiological disorders of humans, such as memory issues, nerve damage, epilepsy and anxiety, depression and stress, respectively. The intake could be 350-1400 mg per day of doses of Gotu Kola.

  • Nardostachys Jatamansi: Jatamansi is one of the oldest herbs in Ayurveda. It is a potent anxiety medication Ayurveda has. It has a significant role as an anti-depressant, anti-stress, anti-oxidizing element in the field of medicines. Jatamansi is also well-known cancer and gamma radiation exposure protective. An average of 500-1500 mg per day is sufficient for the results.

  • Withania Somnifera: The common name of Withania somnifera is Ashwagandha, and it is known for its warming and soothing activity for thyroid function. It is known to be the best herb for Vata-balancing. But as it is already warm, it cannot be used for a longer time due to Pitta-doshas. Having an Ashwagandha herb for a few weeks can work for anxiety and stress relating problems. 400-800 mg doses per day is an average recommendation.

  • Bacopa Monnieri or Bacopa: Usually, it is advisable to have 700mg of doses per day, ranging from 500-900 mg of Bacopa. Gotu Kola is confused with Bacopa, as Gotu Kola is also sometimes called by this name. Both of the herbs can be combined to get the benefits of controlling mental stress and anxiety.

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