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A reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, asks: Your column on health is very useful. Could you tell me what is the Homeopathic treatment for weepy genetic depression. Can it be safely taken along with anti-depressants medicines.

Dr Rosamma Sabu, licenced homeopathic practitioner, Al Balsam Homeopathic Centre, Sharjah, replies: Depression is a mental disorder that presents with loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration ... these problems can become chronic or recurrent and lead to substantial impairments in an individual's ability to take care of his or her everyday responsibilities.

Some may have a genetic predisposition to develop depression. The homeopathic approach of treatment of depression is based on the symptoms presented by the person, past history of illness, family history of the patient  and treatment history are taken into consideration, also any physical symptoms presented along with this is also important in the selection of treatment.

Depression in pregnancy and post partum can be safely treated with homeopathy.

Your specific question about Homeopathic medicines along with antidepressants, it is believed to be safe as most of the practitioners do not stop anti-depressant medications all of a sudden.

For prescription and treatment you have to visit a qualified homeopathic practitioner, since the treatment  is based on symptoms.

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