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Month: May 2015

Causes of Postpartum Depression

There are no singlular causes of Postpartum Depression, although research has shown that many different factors can influence whether or not a woman will develop it. These can include the physical, mental and emotional strain of having a baby, lifestyle and socioeconomic factors, plus lack of support from your partner, friends and family. There are also situations and circumstances which can predispose you to becoming more susceptible, such as having prior experience of mental health issues. It’s important to note however that postpartum depression can also begin for no obvious reason and sometimes cannot be attributed to any particular...

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Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

There are many different symptoms of Postpartum Depression (also known as Postnatal Depression) and they can vary drastically from person to person. Symptoms can range from mild to severe in intensity and begin any time within the first six months of giving birth. There is a very clear distinction between the symptoms of postpartum depression and the normal period known as the ‘baby blues’ which usually passes within two weeks. Most women feel tearful, upset and overwhelmed a few days after giving birth but Postpartum Depression is a serious illness which can persist for a long time and needs proper treatment. You may be suffering from Postpartum Depression if you have any of the following: Very low mood – feeling down, depressed or tearful most of the time Not enjoying things which would usually make you happy – this can include not enjoying being a mother or being with your baby Anxiety, which can be overwhelming – it is common for new mothers to worry about their baby but in PD, anxiety can become extreme. Anxiety symptoms can appear in a physical and psychological way. Psychological symptoms of postpartum depression include: stress and feeling overwhelmed Being unable to concentrate or focus on tasks Thinking there is something wrong with your baby Worrying that your baby may have stopped breathing Worrying that your baby is crying too much or isn’t...

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Ayurvedic Approach towards Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The Ayurvedic approach towards attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) explains ADHD as a mental disorder caused by imbalances in doshas. Ayurveda classifies mental illness under Kaumarabhria such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and Autism. Ayurvedic approach to treat Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is to enhance the dhi, dhriti and smriti resulting into increased mental coordination. Moreover, ADHD is a pediatric disease but also have reported in adults. Taking consideration of Ayurvedic approach the use of herbs for the treatment of mental illness are safe, effectively balance the vitiated doshas, promotes health habits and  strengthen immunity. It is generally observed in the children but may be reported in adults if it is not diagnosed well. The symptoms of ADHD are: Made impulsive decisions Inattention Compulsive behaviors Hyperactivity Intense mood swings Bipolar disorder Thus, ADHD is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder observed in children characterized by hyper activeness, impulsiveness and inattention. Ayurvedic Approach Improving mental performance by herbal therapy is highly effective in improving total reaction time without any adverse effect. The Ayurvedic approach relies on the mechanism to regulate the mental performances which involves; Tikta rasa directing medha (intellect) Ushna, Tikshna and Laghu Guna direct on vegetarian food Ushna Virya and Tikshna Guna increases grasping power and perception Smaran retrieves Pitta Sara Guna improves prerana (motivation) Tridosha Shamaka pacifies Vata and regularize the function of mana (heart) and improves...

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