Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistently low mood and a feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression is a persistent problem, not a passing one – the average length of a depressive episode is 6 to 8 months.
It is different from the fluctuations in mood that people experience as a part of normal life. Temporary emotional responses to the challenges of everyday life do not constitute depression. Likewise, even the feeling of grief resulting from the death of someone close is not itself depression if it does not persist.
The causes of depression are not fully understood and is likely to be due to a complex combination of factors that include:
Some people are at higher risk of depression than others; wherein the risk factors include:
Symptoms of depression can include:
As per our yoga practitioner
Yoga is a physical exercise that involves different body poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. The therapy helps with depression and symptoms, such as improving energy levels, pain tolerance and self esteem and reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
Yoga is a tool to control the mind, since trying to control the mind directly is impossible, we need gross physical and breathing techniques.
The technique is to start with loosening exercises which are body movements repeated with jerks and speed. This helps initially to distract the mind from the loop of repeated thoughts. Once it is distracted by fast body movements you go on to slower body movements like suryanamaskara and asanas. Similarly, one can start with fast breathing practices like Kapalabatti and then move on to slower breathing practices like Pranayama.
After alternating between a set of fast and slow body and breathing practices for about 20-30 minutes, mind is pulled out of its loop of worrying thoughts. Now it can be set into further slowing down by Nadanusandhana, and then to actual meditation, which is nothing but very slow effortless flow of single thought in the mind sinking down into total inner silence for a few seconds.
This in due course helps in getting better mastery over mind and to taper off the medication to a very small maintenance dose.
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