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When a person feels depressed, something
needs attention. Too much stress can make it hard to cope, and
important feelings may be suppressed or turned inside. A major loss
or grief requires time and emotional support for real recovery—and
even a buildup of minor stresses (disappointments, setbacks, trouble
in relationships, or work-related problems) can contribute to
depression. Dietary deficiencies, allergies and sensitivities,
hormonal imbalances, or biochemical conditions may also be involved.
A person going through a period of mild sadness or depression may
find relief through homeopathy. The guidance of an experienced
homeopath is often valuable, to choose a remedy that fits the
situation best. Any person with deep, long-lasting, or recurring
depression should seek the care of a licensed mental health
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arsenicum album: Anxious, insecure,
and perfectionistic people who need this remedy may set high
standards for themselves and others and become depressed if their
expectations are not met. Worry about material security sometimes
borders on despair. When feeling ill, these people can be demanding
and dependent, even suspicious of others, fearing their condition
could be serious.
Aurum metallicum: This remedy can
be helpful to serious people, strongly focused on work and
achievement, who become depressed if they feel they have failed in
some way. Discouragement, self-reproach, humiliation, and anger can
lead to feelings of emptiness and worthlessness. The person may feel
worse at night, with nightmares or insomnia.
Calcarea carbonica: A
dependable, industrious person who becomes overwhelmed from too much
worry, work, or physical illness may benefit from this remedy.
Anxiety, fatigue, confusion, discouragement, self-pity, and a dread
of disaster may develop. A person who needs this remedy often feels
chilly and sluggish and easily tires on exertion.
person who feels depressed because of grief and loss (either recent
or over time) may benefit from this remedy. Frequent crying or a
feeling of mental dullness and forgetfulness (with anxious checking
to see if the door is locked, if the stove is off, etc.) are other
indications. People who need this remedy are often deeply
sympathetic toward others and, having a strong sense of justice, can
be deeply discouraged or angry about the world.
person who needs this remedy can be energetic and talkative when
feeling well, but upset and gloomy when depressed—with exaggerated
fears (of insanity, of being attacked, of disaster). Painful
menstrual periods and headaches that involve the neck are often seen
when this remedy is needed.
Ignatia amara: Sensitive people who
suffer grief or disappointment and try to keep the hurt inside may
benefit from this remedy. Wanting not to cry or appear too
vulnerable to others, they may seem guarded, defensive, and moody.
They may also burst out laughing, or into tears, for no apparent
reason. A feeling of a lump in the throat and heaviness in the chest
with frequent sighing or yawning are strong indications for Ignatia.
Insomnia (or excessive sleeping), headaches, and cramping pains in
the abdomen and back are also often seen.
Kali phosphoricum: If
a person feels depressed after working too hard, being physically
ill, or going through prolonged emotional stress or excitement, this
remedy can be helpful. Exhausted, nervous, and jumpy, they may have
difficulty working or concentrating—and become discouraged and
lose confidence. Headaches from mental effort, easy perspiration,
sensitivity to cold, anemia, insomnia, and indigestion are often
seen when this remedy is needed.
Natrum carbonicum: Individuals
who need this remedy are usually mild, gentle, and selfless—making
an effort to be cheerful and helpful, and avoiding conflict whenever
possible. After being hurt or disappointed, they can become
depressed, but keep their feelings to themselves. Even when feeling
lonely, they withdraw to rest or listen to sad music, which can
isolate them even more. Nervous and physically sensitive (to sun, to
weather changes, and to many foods, especially milk), they may also
get depressed when feeling weak or ill.
Natrum muriaticum: People who need
this remedy seem reserved, responsible, and private—yet have
strong inner feelings (grief, romantic attachment, anger, or fear of
misfortune) that they rarely show. Even though they want other
people to feel for them, they can act affronted or angry if someone
tries to console them, and need to be alone to cry. Anxiety,
brooding about past grievances, migraines, back pain, and insomnia
can also be experienced when the person is depressed. A craving for
salt and tiredness from sun exposure are other indications for this
who needs this remedy have a childlike softness and
sensitivity—and can also be whiny, jealous, and moody. When
depressed, they are sad and tearful, wanting a lot of attention and
comforting. Crying, fresh air, and gentle exercise usually improve
their mood. Getting too warm or being in a stuffy room can increase
anxiety. Depression around the time of hormonal changes (puberty,
menstrual periods, or menopause) can often be helped with Pulsatilla.
who feel weary, irritable, and indifferent to family members, and
worn out by the demands of everyday life may respond to this remedy.
They want to be left alone and may respond in an angry or cutting
way if anyone bothers them. They often feel better from crying, but
would rather have others keep their distance and not try to console
them or cheer them up. Menstrual problems, a sagging feeling in
internal organs, sluggish digestion, and improvement from vigorous
exercise are other indications for this remedy.
Staphysagria: Quiet, sensitive,
emotional people who have difficulty standing up for themselves may
benefit from this remedy. Hurt feelings, shame, resentment, and
suppressed emotions can lead them to depression. If under too much
pressure, they can sometimes lose their natural inhibition and fly
into rages or throw things. A person who needs this remedy may also
have insomnia (feeling sleepy all day, but unable to sleep at
night), toothaches, headaches, stomachaches, or bladder infections
that are stress-related.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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