The word “Depression” is very common in the present world. The World Health Organization report says that depression is emerging as an epidemic. Various studies have also shown that any individual may suffer or experience depression in their lifetime. Though the word itself has become very popular and people tend to use it regularly like “Am feeling depressed as the Indian Cricket team lost the game” or “Am so depressed that due to this bad weather I couldn’t go the party”.
I feel depression is very misunderstood. So frequently it is treated as an imperfection or a personality problem.
Researchers have shown that extended depression comes from the way our brains develop in the early days. The inference is that adverse childhood conditions of abuse or serious neglect, living with a trouble that we cannot control and cannot resolve create changes in how our intellect function and can cause depression
But even today the person who is suffering this state of agony feels shy to express. Till date world has made so much progress in scientific & technological arena, even then voicing depression is a social taboo. People fear of seclusion, rejection from other humans. Medical science has no concrete theory of the cause of depression.
How do we explain Depression?
In fact, becoming sad or down isn’t a sure signal of depression. Existence brings teething troubles that we counter to with a wide range of “common emotions: sadness, worry, acceptance, bewilderment, grief, and irritation. Moods are cyclical, and if these feelings are your response to a tough event, they will subside on their own in time. On the other hand, if these conditions of emotion continue for more than 2-3 weeks without any strong definite cause or trigger situation then it’s time to consult a practitioner.
What are the general symptoms of Depression?
Depression is not characterized by a single symptom. Studies have shown that it is an amalgamation of three or more symptoms. Common symptoms where self-diagnosis of this disorder are the following
- A depressed frame of mind (feeling sad or empty; being tearful)
- Noticeably diminished interest or pleasure in every, or almost all, activities
- Noteworthy weight loss when not dieting or weight gain; or cut or raise in appetite
- Disruption in sleep pattern (sleeping too little or too much)
- Slowing of opinion and physical actions
- Tiredness or loss of energy
- Feelings of unimportant or extreme or inappropriate guilt
- Diminished ability to believe or focus; or hesitancy
- persistent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal thoughts without a precise plan, or a suicide effort or specific plan for committing suicide
Classification of Depression:
Besides all the above-mentioned symptoms Medical science classifies Depression into the following types;
- Dysthymia: This is mild, chronic depression and continues for at least two years
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): This depression arises as the days become shorter and nights longer, particularly in the autumn and winter.
- Postpartum depression: General for a woman after child delivery and may get inferior as time goes on.|
- Atypical depression is characterized by moods that go downhill or perk up in direct reaction to events. Other symptoms include overeating, oversleeping, and fatigue.
- Manic depression (commonly referred to as Bipolar disorder) is a multifaceted disorder in which one cycles between periods of major depression and severe elation or mania
Wrapping up Depression Doesn’t help
Many times we assume that when we are not feeling fine, that the answer is a visit to the doctor or emergency room. We obviously search for a way to get rid of the pain. Sometimes we load ourselves with food, drink, entertainment, and other diversions. It really doesn’t help.
The distractions don’t last for long and then the problem returns and we end up feeling even worse; on the other hand, they have the harmful effect of causing us to feel like failures because we do not look to be able to manage our lives and ourselves.
One has to understand that he /she is suffering from a disorder and needs to check that. To be able to bring back the harmony in life one has to find a solution to the issue.
Dealing with Depression
Even though depression may occur after someone experiences an ordeal, such as a death in the family, loss of employment or a serious illness, it can also appear to occur without a clear cause.
If care is not taken for treatment, depression can affect the sufferer’s value of life, as well as his or her individual relationships. Depression can also affect the individual’s professional life by impairing his or her ability to function while at a job. In the nastiest cases, depression culminates in total disability or death by suicide.
Since it can be so severe, finding helpful treatment for depression is necessary. So, seeking a qualified proficient skilled in therapy, treatment programs, and talking with your doctor is the first way of action. Then, in combination with working with a professional team and or program, Reiki can help as an adjunct therapy.
Profit of Reiki for Depressed clientele
Reiki can be useful to clients with depression in numerous ways. Some of the benefits of Reiki sessions are
Mental and physical balance. – Reiki may help restore a person’s overall sense of balance, both in the intellect and the body. This may help to improve the person’s mood
Combat anxiety. Reiki is relaxing to help to fight this anxiety. With time depression will also improve
Reiki puts the customer back in control. – Many people who are depressed feel like they are not in charge of their own lives. When a customer participates in a Reiki session, he or she is doing something hands-on, thus restoring some of the belief of control.
Reiki allows the client to bond with another person. – One of the most common symptoms of depression involves withdrawing from friends and relatives. There is also a feeling detached from others. Reiki helps depressed clients with the chance to connect with a loving, compassionate practitioner, which may recover from symptoms.
Reiki relieves stress. – Stress can add to the increase of depression, and continuous stress can also degenerate a depressed person’s symptoms. Reiki may help to ease some of a client’s stress, which may, in turn, lessen the symptoms of depression.
What does Relevant Research predict?
Quite a number of research studies support the use of Reiki for people with depression. Some of these studies include;
Reiki aids in relaxation. – As per the reports of the Centre for Reiki Research, Reiki helps to reduce sympathetic autonomic stimulation and produce a significant relaxation response among people who had been diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome. Main cause of this disorder is exhaustion and disturbing issues. It is possible that a similar relaxation reaction can happen among clientele with depression.
Reiki reduces the symptoms of depression. – Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. In addition, according to a study available in Alternate Therapies in Health and Medicine, patients who received standard Reiki treatments demonstrated a noteworthy reduction in the symptoms of psychological anguish and depression. The indication reduction experienced by these patients sustained for one year after the treatment regime was complete.
Reiki may reduce postoperative depression. – The evidence available, anecdotal reports by trained Reiki healer Julie Motz indicate that Reiki can efficiently lessen postoperative depression among heart transplant patients.
Reiki Healing Therapy is an additional help to the depressed person. Please take professional help for any medical/psychological issues. Along with the prescribed treatment one can take help from Reiki practitioners for a better and speedy recovery to normal situations.