Winter Depression: Moving out of the Dark
As we move deeper into Fall many of us move deeper into ourselves with a feeling of hibernation much like the natural world around us.Sometimes this depth brings a feeling of darkness that can be frightening and tosses our inner world into turmoil. The spiral downward is often not noticed by those around us as we slowly sink into the dark days of winter and eventually depression.
There is a way to ease this feeling of depression without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs.A carefully chosen homeopathic remedy or combination of remedies can gradually lift one out of the depths of darkness to enjoy the quietness of deep winter days. You can safely lighten your winter days using one or more of the remedies listed here.
1. Arsenicum album: One of the best remedies for excessive worriers, especially for those that obsess about health. Leaning towards perfectionism, they can fall to depression when they fail to reach their often too ambitious personal goals.Symptoms are usually worse in colder weather, and one can be very sensitive to pain.
2. Aurum metallicum: This is the workaholic remedy. There is a tendency toward worthlessness, despair, and suicidal thoughts, especially after a failure at work or in their personal life. Symptoms often get worse at night or during the colder months. May find relief from calming music.
3. Calcarea carbonica: Best remedy to use for the dependable and industrious types that become overwhelmed from physical illness, work, or worry. The person may also develop fatigue, anxiety, self-pity, discouragement, and confusion. This remedy is also best for people who sweat easily and suffer from insomnia and periods of sluggishness.
4. Causticum: To be used when the person is depressed after a loss or when grieving. Other indications for this remedy include forgetfulness, frequent crying, and mental dullness. The person is often also very sympathetic toward others, and they can have an angry and discouraged world outlook.
5. Cimicifuga: This is the recommended remedy for someone who is energetic and talkative during the good times; however, they feel gloomy and upset during episodes of depression. Other symptoms include neck pain, headaches, and painful menstrual periods.
6. Ignatia amara: This remedy is for sensitive people that tend to suppress disappointment or grief. They also do not want to appear too vulnerable, defensive, moody, or guarded in the eyes of others. On occasion, they may burst into tears or laughter for no particular reason. Other symptoms may include abdominal cramps, headaches, or insomnia.
7. Kali phosphoricum: To be used when the person feels depressed after prolonged periods of emotional stress or excitement. They may also experience nervousness, exhaustion, lack of concentration, headaches, insomnia, anemia, sensitivity to the cold, and indigestion.
8. Lachesis muta: To be used when depression is caused by suspicion, jealously, or repressed feelings. It is also prescribed for people who dislike commitment or confinement. The person may be worrisome, very talkative, and experience menopausal depression.
9. Natrum carbonicum: This is best used for people who are selfless, gentle, and mild by nature. The person tends to avoid conflict and usually becomes depressed after a disappointment of some kind. When they feel lonely, they will become isolated, withdrawn, and listen to sad music. Other symptoms will include nervousness and sensitivities to weather changes, sun, and certain foods.
10. Natrum muraticum: This person will often hide strong inner feelings such as anger, fear of misfortune, grief, or romantic attachment. They are also responsible, reserved, guarded, and they seek solitude. Although they also seek sympathy, they can become angry if someone attempts to console them. Other symptoms include migraines, insomnia, back pain, anxiety, and hopelessness.
11. Phosphoric acid: The best remedy for the person who is dull, indifferent, and apathetic. Other symptoms include loss of appetite and often feeling overwhelmed from overwork, grief, studying, or heartbreak. They also desire juices, often speak in short phrases, and experience night sweats. Depressive episodes often are worse from sleeping.
12. Pulsatilla nigricans: Used for people who become tearful and sad when depressed, and desire lots of comfort and attention. They are also very moody, jealous, and whiny. The person’s mood will improve with fresh air, crying, and light exercise. The best remedy when depression occurs in conjunction with menopause, menstrual periods, or puberty.
13. Sepia: Sepia is the best remedy when a person is overwhelmed from loved ones and family members. They will also often want to be alone and they may become angry when bothered. They may feel better after crying and they prefer not to be consoled. Other related symptoms include digestion problems and menstrual issues.
14. Staphysagria: Best used for a person who is sensitive, quiet, and emotional. The person may be addicted to work and have a problem standing up to others. The depression can be caused by shame, resentment, suppressed emotions, and hurt feelings. When under too much pressure, they may experience fits of rage. They may also have a high sex drive and experience insomnia, headaches, toothaches, stomach-aches, and stress-related bladder infections.