Homoeopathic treatment forsevere depression with psychotic features: a case report
Author(s): Dr. S Karunakara Moorthi and Dr. Radhika P
Abstract: Depression refers to a wide range of mental health problems characterised by the absence of a positive affect, low mood and a range of associated emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms. A case reported in the OPD of National Homoeopathy Research Institute in Mental Health with symptoms ofreduced intake of food (since 1 months), reduced talk, withdrawn, disturbed sleep, loss of interest in all daily activities, suspicious of food being poisoned, suspicious about husband, feeling that somebody is coming to attack her. The consultant psychiatrist diagnosed as severe depression with psychotic features. Hamilton Depression Rating Scale was 31 and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale was 56 at the time of admission. Apismellifica200 and Stramonium 200 were prescribed. Overall improvement was noticed in HDRS and BPRS after treatment. The outcome report of this case shows that the individualized homeopathic treatment for severe depressive episode with psychotic feature got full remission without support of any adjunctive therapy or conventional medication.