Depression is one of the most disabling diseases of our time and when you are in its throes, it can be really hard to see a way out.
It can affect any age group and while it can be mild and manageable for some people, for others it is chronic, affecting every aspect of their lives.
In this post I would like to share a young client’s heartfelt story about living with depression, the challenges she faced and how homeopathy brought her much sought-after rapid relief, naturally.
Olivia*, aged 24, came to see me because she had been going through a period of severe depression with extremely low moods and suicidal thoughts and she was tired of feeling this way.
She had suffered from bouts of depression since she was 16 years old and they would generally last for three weeks and return every three to four months. This particular episode was now into its seventh month and she did not feel that antidepressants were helping her.
She had been given a second prescription but after particularly bad side effects she chose not to continue with them, under her doctors guidance. She had constant low moods, no motivation, extreme exhaustion, problems sleeping and she had to fight intrusive thoughts all the time.
She had a great support network around her with which she felt comfortable and confident and which had helped her manage. Her GP, psychiatrist, friends and a counsellor she was seeing weekly gave her great support.
She wanted to try something that would help her get to the root of the problem rather than just provide temporary relief.
She began by saying she felt empty and no longer felt like her true self anymore. She felt everything was pointless, she was tired and exhausted all the time and felt indifferent to so much in her life.
“I feel like a shell of myself. I’m hollow on the inside but to the world, I appear outwardly fine. It’s as if I’m present but I feel vacant inside. It’s like I’m a robot. I do all the actions but there is no feeling or emotion.”
She feared being alone as she felt unsafe, so she liked to surround herself with friends. She found it difficult to study and was leaving her work to the last minute, which further compounded her stress. She no longer felt excited about things she once loved, such as travelling, and she would get anxious and panicky, with her chest getting tight and her legs shaking.
At times she would feel hopeless and alone and she needed to be reassured frequently, as this helped.
She described herself as kind, caring towards her friends and family, hating conflict and full of self-doubt. She liked being with her friends and always felt better in company. When I first met Olivia, I was struck by her gentle, sensitive nature and her openness and honesty.
What happened within the first two weeks of homeopathic treatment was remarkable, as Olivia explained.
“I feel positive. I don’t have that intense depressive feeling and I have had no suicidal thoughts for the first time ever. It’s not normal for me to get a window of no such thoughts like this.
I am enjoying studying now, rather than seeing it as a distraction from my thoughts. I’m going back to my old self.
My friends have noticed a difference: when I laugh, they can tell I am really laughing. For the last seven months, it has been forced but I am going back to the old jokey person I once was. When I laugh, I feel happy. I am beginning to see life is good. I was existing, now there are so many possibilities. I can feel things now. I don’t think things are pointless. It’s amazing.
It’s so good to see that little glow of light again. I definitely feel much better.
I don’t feel like an empty shell anymore, I feel like me again. It’s so nice to feel like me again.”
We next met nine weeks later and were both delighted to see that the positive changes were continuing to happen. In Olivia’s words:
“I feel so much better than I was before. I get moments of feeling down but they are less frequent now. The difference is I can pick myself up and tell myself to snap out of it and it works. I feel steadier and my emotions have been stable. My sleep has been really good and my friends and family have said that I seem much more positive. I still fear I’ll fall back into it but I’ve noticed the repetitive song that plays in my head when I am low has also substantially reduced.”
After a further five weeks, Olivia reported that even other people were recognising her transformation.
“Things are mostly good. I use to feel depressed every day but it’s not that frequent now.
I feel I am going back to my old self and that is what I wanted to achieve. My friends are now saying I am one of the most sociable people they know, which is lovely to hear.”
Olivia is now travelling for nine months and the last I heard from her she was still doing great.
The aim of healing in homeopathy is not to make depression ‘go away’ but to help the mind and body heal and re-establish their natural balance.
Homeopathy addresses the origin of the symptoms of depression rather than merely blocking or minimising them.
In homeopathy, we treat the person rather than the ‘disease’. Each person’s origin and experience of depression is different and so too is every prescription in homeopathy.
For example, someone may feel depressed after losing a loved one, after a breakdown in a relationship or after losing their job. Another person may not be able to pinpoint when it starts and feel it is something they have always struggled with or that it runs in the family.
No two people are alike, so a remedy is based on each individual’s personal needs.
During the consultation, I listen in a non-judgmental way and I’m keen to understand how your depression started if known, and how it affects you on a daily basis. The healing process is facilitated by using homeopathic remedies to help release emotional blocks and soften painful scars and memories.
Homeopathic remedies are non-addictive, without harmful side effects and they can safely be used alongside conventional medicine.
The body has an incredible capacity to heal and homeopathy offers a powerful yet gentle stimulus in helping nudge a person out of depression to a happier, lighter and healthier place.
If you would like to find out if homeopathy is right for you, you can book a complimentary call here. As well as single consultations for those who prefer to work at their own pace, I offer a Stress and Anxiety Relief Programme perfect for those who prefer more frequent sessions and would like to work more closely together.
*Name has been changed to protect the identity of the client.
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Eileen Scullion of Homeopathy-Healing is a Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths (The Regulatory Body for the Homeopathic Profession which is recognized by the Department of Health and Children and works on the National Working Group towards an integrated Health System).