Depression is a serious medical illness. It's more than just a feeling of being sad or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 19 million teens and adults in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include
- Feeling sad or "empty"
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all
- Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
- Feeling very tired
- Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depression can happen at any age, but it often begins in teens and young adults. It is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.
There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants, talk therapy, or both.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
Depression FDA Approved Drugs
- Treatment of depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
- Treatment of social anxiety disorder.
- Treatment of schizophrenia or bipolar depression with improvement in attention function in schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder.
- Treatment of schizophrenia with improvement in negative symptoms and/or cognitive dysfunction of schizophrenia.
- Treatment of schizophrenia.
- Use of naloxone hydrochloride for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression..
- Posttraumatic stress disorder.
- Depression, panic disorder, premenstrual disorders and social anxiety disorder.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Treatment of panic disorder.
- For the approved uses and conditions of use, including depression.
- Maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder (mdd).
- Prozac and olanzapine in combination for the acute treatment of treatment resistant depression in adults.
- Method of treating people suffering from depression without an increase in nausea.
- Method of treating people suffering from depression.
- Symbyax is indicated for the acute treatment of treatment resistant depression in adults.
- Method of treating an affective disorder such as depression.
- Method of treating depression or major depressive disorder.
- Prozac and olanzapine in combination for the acute treatment of treatment resistant depression in adults.
- Zyprexa zydis and fluoxetine in combination for the acute treatment of treatment resistant depression in adults.
Home Remedies for Depression
Lemongrass essential oil helps treats anxiety and depression. It also deodorizes and fight bacteria and repels insects.
St. John's Wort can be used to relieve anxiety and act as an antidepressant. Take as directed. Approved for as a medicine in Germany. Not recognized in the United States as an effective antidepressant. The plant is poisonous to livestock. Contain a phytochemical chemicals, hyperforin and hypericin, which are make skin sensitive to light with extended use.
Mechanism - Hypericum perforatum
Felter's Materia Medica on Depression
...d frequency of the heart action, due to vagal stimulation, and subsequent rapid pulse, due to vagal depression. The heart muscle is also thought to be paralyzed by it. The action upon the vaso-motor s...... system is not well understood, though the lowered arterial pressure is explained by some as due to depression of the vaso-motor center. In small doses aconite quiets hurried breathing, but large dose......zziness most marked upon assuming the upright posture, pain in the head, acute body pain, excessive depression, with feeble circulation and diminished respiration. The pulse may fall to 30 or 40 beats...3
...nounced action upon the medulla and spinal cord which can be invoked to good advantage in states of depression. The keynote for arnica is spinal and vagal enervation. It should be brought into service......ne or atropine, or phosphorus, none of which are so safe as arnica. Arnica will prove useful in the depression occasioned by extreme forms of diarrhoea and dysentery when the discharges escape control......umoniawhich is but pneumonia with typhoid conditions marked asthenia, feeble circulation, great depression, low muttering delirium, picking at the bed clothes, and dry tongue loaded with foul mucu...3
...ncture of Asafetida. Dose, 5 to 30 drops. Specific Indications. Nervous irritation, with mental depression, headache, and dizziness; hysteroidal conditions; convulsive disorders from purely functi......ion. On the whole asafetida is a simple and efficient remedy best adapted to disorders with nervous depression, more or less feebleness, and particularly if associated with constipation, flatulence, o...3
...ic Indications.Nervous exhaustion; nervous debility of convalescence; cardiac weakness of nervous depression; nocturnal losses following fevers and from the nervous erethism of debility; nervous hea......osses following fevers and from the nervous erethism of debility; nervous headache from overwork or depression. Action and Therapy.Oatmeal water is sometimes useful to dilute baby foods and milk...3
...ns.Impaired heart action, whether feeble, irregular, or tumultuous; cardiac disorders with mental depression, praecordial oppression, and apprehension of danger and death; nervous disorders with fee......s system in cardiac diseases, calling for cactus, is quite characteristic. There is a marked mental depression, often amounting to hypochondria and fear of impending death. Associated with these are p......be feeble, violent, or irregular, provided it be due to lack of innervation, associated with mental depression, or in excitable or nervous individuals, the remedy relieves, because its tendency is to ...3
...paration.Specific Medicine Cannabis. Dose, 1/2 to 10 drops. Specific Indications.Marked nervous depression; irritation of the genito-urinary tract; burning, frequent micturition; painful micturiti......with brief periods of sleep, disturbed by unpleasant dreams; spasmodic and painful conditions, with depression; mental illusions; hallucinations; cerebral anemia from spasm of cerebral vessels; palpit......s; palpitation of the heart, with sharp, stitching pain; and menstrual headache, with great nervous depression. Action.The principal seat of action of cannabis is upon the intellectual part of the c...3
The dried beetles, Cantharis vesicatoria (Linné), De Geer. (Ord. Coleoptera.) Southern Europe. Dose, 1 grain. Common Name: Spanish Fly; Synonym:... / ...ions sought to be relieved by it. Cantharis promotes menstruation in atonic amenorrhoea with marked depression. It also increases the sexual appetite and has been used to strengthen the procreative fu... / ...eczema; upon what grounds we are not advised.3
The ripe fruit, dried, of Capsicum frutescens, Linné (Nat. Ord. Solanaceae). Tropical America; also cultivated in most tropical countries. Dose,... / ... (Composed of Oleoresin of Capsicum and Rubber Plaster). Rubefacient. Specific Indications.Marked depression and debility, with feeble pulse and repressed secretions; pale membranes with scanty, vis...3
...specially in convalescence from exhausting fevers and other diseases in which a persistent nervous depression follows. While of some value in chorea and repeated attacks of hysteria, it should not be......is, to give rest, quiet gastric irritability, and aid breathing. For all prolonged states of mental depression, as neurasthenia, hypochondria, melancholia, depressive insanity, etc., its administratio...3
...becomes paralyzed. The latter is the cause of death by conium and is due to the combined results of depression of the respiratory center in the medulla and the nervomuscular paralysis of the muscles o......he throat and thirst, nausea, dizziness, sinking at the stomach, numbness, muscular relaxation, and depression of the circulation. Toxic amounts cause staggering gait, muscular heaviness and prostrati...3
The rhizome of Corallorhiza odontorhiza, Nuttall. (Nat. Ord. Orchidaceae.) Rich woods in eastern half of the United States. Dose, 1 drachm. Common... / ...ecially valuable in the declining stages of bronchopneumonia, of a low but inactive type, with much depression, prostration after cough or effort, copious, heavy expectoration, and general debility. F... / ...agent is too expensive to use for these purposes. It is to be regretted that its extreme scarcity makes corallorhiza an almost unobtainable drug.3
The ripe fruit and bark of (1) Crataegus Oxyacantha, Linné, and (2) other species of Crataegus. (Nat. Ord. Rosaceae) 1. England and other parts... / ...r murmurs, sighing respiration, or other difficult breathing, especially when associated with nerve depression or neurasthenia; mitral regurgitation, with valvular insufficiency; cardiac pain; praecor... / ...trial; and as yet with no rational explanation of its reputed powers. The smaller doses are suggested as more likely to succeed than full doses.3
The rhizome and rootlets of Cypripedium pubescens, Swartz; and of Cypripedium parviflorum, Salisbury. (Nat. Ord. Orchidaceae.) Rich woods of the... / ...unrest; menstrual irregularities, with despondency; tendency to dementia at the climacteric; mental depression from sexual abuse. Action and Therapy.All of the species of Cypripedium resemble valeri... / ...Simple Syrup, enough to make 3 fluidounces. Mix. Sig.: Dose, 5 to 20 drops. If nausea occurs lessen the amount of, or omit the lobelia.3
...ctivity through stimulation of Setschenow's center of inhibition in the medulla, and is followed by depression of the spinal cord and motor nerve trunks and by eventual paralysis of the muscles. These......the drug upon the walls of the vessels. All of the above effects are those of stimulation, never of depression, and digitalis, in such doses, is therefore a heart stimulant and heart tonic. When carri...3
The feculence of the juice of the fruit of Ecballium Elaterium (Linné), A. Richard. (Nat. Ord. Cucurbitaceae.) A trailing vine of southern... / ...nd watery purgation. In medium doses only copious watery stools are produced, but with considerable depression. The treatment for excessive action of elaterium is that for gastro-enteritis in general.... / ...is preferred by some physicians, though elaterium, notwithstanding its impurities, seems to be more generally efficient than its derivative.3
Physician's Materia Medica on Depression
Compounds of Antimony are irritant poisons producing specifi cally depression of the nervous and circulatory systems, nausea and diaphoresis. They are now used chiefly as diaphoretiw, expectorants and alteratives. a. Antimony and Potassium Tartrate (Tartar Emetic). Dose, as an alterative, 0.001 to 0.004 Grm. (1-50 to 1-15 gr.); as an expectorant, 0.005 to 0.010 Grm. (1-12 to 1-6 gr.); as a nauseant diaphore tic, 0.01 to 0.03 Grm. (1-6 to 1-2 gr.); as an emetic, 0.06 Grm. (1 gr.) re peated if ne4
Each fluidrachm contains; Digitalin (German), 1-100 gr.; Strych nine Sulphate, 1-50 gr.; Nitroglycerin, 1-100 gr. A most energetic stimulant, very prompt in action, especially useful in the treatment of surgical shock or collapse and in the cardiac depression following fever. The liquid preparation is commonly to be preferred to tab lets, and ought to be in the pocket medicine case of every physician. Ordinary dose 4 c. c. (1 fluidrachm).4
A powerful irritant poison. In minute doses it acts as a restora tive in nervous exhaustion. It diminishes tissue waste, and serves as a direct food for brain and bone. It is reputed aphrodisiac, and is used frequently with reference to this property, as well as in neural gia, mania, mental depression and in some cutaneous affections. It promotes the growth of bone and so is indicated in rachitis and osteomalacia. Dose, 0.0006 to 0.003 Grm. (1-100 to 1-20 gr.).4
Physician's Therapeutics Memoranda on Depression
The remedies most prescribed in the early stage are; aconlte and potassium citrate to control the febrile symptoms;... / ...reated in the usual manner, avoid ing depressing agents such as tartar emetic. Cannabis indica is a safe sedative in these cases. Combat the peculiar depression as the case progresses by strychnine or nux vomica in full doses, combined often with belladonna.4
2) Bergner, Pal., Griswold, Alexandra F., Hufford, David J., et al. . Morton Grove, Il: Publications International, 2017.
3) Felter, Harvey Wickes, 1922, The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Cincinnati, Ohio.
4) Nelson, Baker & Co., 1904, Physician's Handy Book of Materia Medica and Therapeustics, Detroit, Michigan.