Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
SAD is a regular onset of depression in coherence with any drastic change in an ongoing season. Mostly, SAD begins during winters and sometimes followed by spontaneous remission during spring and summer. SAD has a clinical significance as well because 2–5% of the general population of temperate climates is affected with SAD.
Causes of SAD
The underlying cause for SAD is a disturbance of pineal gland/biological clock (circadian rhythm), reduced photoperiods, and drop in serotonin level.
The symptoms of SAD include
➢ Carbohydrate craving
➢ Weight gain
➢ Increased sleep
➢ Inability to concentrate
➢ Decreased energy levels
➢ Withdrawing socially
➢ Increased appetite
Ayurvedic perspectives of SAD
Ayurveda keeps a holistic eye for SAD. In Ayurveda, every season has an associated dominance of Dosha. For instance, Vasanta Ritu has Kapha Dosha, Sharad Ritu has Pitta Dosha and Varsha Ritu has Vata Dosha. With each season the associated Doshas prevail. Ayurveda has stressed to eat a balanced diet to account for these aggravated Doshas.
Ayurvedic medicine to mitigate depression
Brahmi is by far the key herb to treat anxiety during the episodes of SAD. Gentle pouring the Brahmi oil on forehead helps to calm the mind and soothe the soul. It can potentially regulate brainwave activity. Another natural remedy to fight depression is to perform Panchakarma therapy as it helps to balance the aggravated Doshas.
“Counter nervous exhaustion”
– Naturally supports mental alertness
– Increases brain power
– Promotes relaxation
– Supports mental alertness and promotes relaxation
Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
It is a newly reported disorder of mental health. This is a childhood condition associated with anger tantrums, temper outbursts (intense and ongoing), and irritability. Apparently, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder is well above than just being a “moody child” and requires clinical attention. This disorder hampers the ability of the children to perform normal functions at home, in school or in play yards. Such children often develop rigorous depression or anxiety. The general diagnosis of this disorder may include parent training, psychotherapy, psychological treatments, and medication (stimulants and antidepressants).
Causes of mood dysregulation disorder
The major enlisted causes for the disruptive mood dysregulation disorder are: –
➢ Death in the family
➢ Sexual/physical abuse
➢ Family problems
➢ Alcohol/drug abuse during pregnancy
➢ Neurological problems
➢ Poor diet
➢ Vitamin deficiencies
Symptoms of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
Children with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder display difficulties in processing, attending and responding to emotional circumstances. The more aggressive form of this disorder can also hinder the interpretation of the simple social cues and emotional expressions.
Our perspectives of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
Nothing is more important than the health of our children. We, at ND Care Nirogam Pvt. Ltd., understand that this form of depression inculcates the aggravated form of emotional expressions. Ayurveda keeps a holistic eye for treating such mental and bodily conditions. As mentioned in Ayurveda there are several herbs which can act as alternative treatment for depression.
Ayurvedic herbs to mitigate depression
Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) helps in enhancing the brain vitality and functions. It also helps in balancing memory disturbances such as short attention span, concentration impairment, language and learning issues. It is a traditional herb that can potentially improve child’s intelligence and learning capabilities. It balances neurotransmitters in order to improve concentration in patients.
This form of depression is characterized by mood swings and also commonly known as manic-depressive illness. Bipolar depression can also be amplified by low immunity, strength, and contentment. In simple words, this disorder occurs due to dryness of nervous system. During bipolar disorder, the patients experience periods of elation and abnormal depression that may often interfere with daily life. In western medical treatment, there is no known cure for bipolar disorder.
Causes of Bipolar depression
It is believed that genetics is a substantial factor in the manifestation of bipolar disorder. However, it has also been pointed out that oscillations of bipolar disorder can also be potentially caused by environmental circumstances (traumatic life events and extreme social stressors).
Symptoms of Bipolar depression
➢ Racing thoughts
➢ Anger (directed to other people)
While the depressive symptoms may include
➢ Racing thoughts
➢ Lack of appetite
➢ Lack of sexual interest
Ayurvedic aspect of bipolar disorder
Ayurveda treats bipolar disorder via holistic tools. It has been mentioned that the Ayurvedic ways of approaching a given disease can restore health better than conventional treatments. We would like to clearly mention that in traditional Ayurvedic texts there is no specific reference for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. None the less a similar term “Unmada” has been used by Acharya Charaka in Charaka Samhita. This term includes intellect, memory, consciousness, manners, conduct, inclination, and knowledge of the individual. In more general terms, this disorder manifests due to imbalances of Tridoshas viz. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha along with the qualities of consciousness (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas).
Ayurvedic herbs to mitigate depression
For treating such disorders, Ayurveda mentions potent herbal therapies along with the nervine tonics to strengthen the Ojas. While keeping all the herbal stimulants in view, our prime objective at ND Care Nirogam Pvt. Ltd is to balance the Tridoshas and normalize the production of neurotransmitters using nervine tonics. The herb such as Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus) is a Medhya Dravya which stabilizes the mind and nourishes the brain. It improves memory and concentration especially in elderly people.
“Supports all aspects of mental performance”
– It is ideal medicine for students, seniors and anyone with a mentally demanding workload.
– Promotes Intelligence
– Powerful neurological support
– Escalates learning capabilities
Behavioral disorders (ADD/ADHD)
Behavioral disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) are common among children. Youngsters who suffer from ADD/ADHD face issues in focusing, impulsive nature, and easy distractions. With the passage of time, the patients believe that they are being neglected and put aggravated efforts to gain attention. According to stats out of every 100, 5 children are affected with ADD/ADHD. The major constraint in finding a cure for these problems is the transient nature of ADD/ADHD. Due to this issue, ADD and ADHD are often going under-addressed.
Causes of ADD/ADHD
➢ Nicotine/alcohol/drug use during pregnancy
➢ Defective genes
➢ Exposure to environmental toxins during pregnancy
➢ Brain injuries
➢ Low birth weight
➢ Lead exposure
➢ Food additives
Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
The symptoms are often prone in three files settings viz. home, playground, and school. If ADD/ADHD is overlooked it may peek into adolescence and adulthood as well. The ADD/ADHD affected children often face difficulties in taking turns, poor impulse control, remaining still, sustaining attention, and keeping quiet.
The symptoms may include
➢ Sleep problems
➢ Tics (sudden, repetitive movements, or sounds)
➢ Brain injuries
➢ Personality change
➢ Decreased appetite
➢ Increased anxiety
Ayurvedic herbs to mitigate ADD/ADHD
Ayurveda mentions several useful traditional herbs that can sufficiently provide nourishment for both body and mind. For instance, the herbs such as Vacha (Acorus calamus), Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), and Kushmanda (Benincasa hispida) are particularly effective in escalating Dhi, Dhriti, and Smriti.
“Ayurvedic cerebral activator”
– Removes toxins that can block mental abilities
– Pacifies excessive Vata in the nervous system
– Treats memory loss, memory fatigue, anxiety, and depression
– Helpful in violent mental agitation and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).