What is Depression?

Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness are not uncommon in depression. Depression is proven to be one of the most common mental disorders. Over 15 million adults experienced depression in 2014.
Some statistics state that two out of a hundred children and eight out of a hundred teens have depression. Depression can be exhausting for those who are suffering from it. We shall discuss the various symptoms, types, and treatments in detail. In case of any doubts or queries, please feel free to reach out to us.

General Symptoms of Depression

The common symptoms of depression are:

  • The feeling of inadequacy
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fluctuations in sleep pattern
  • Being socially distant
  • Lack of concentration
  • Inability to make firm decisions
  • Loss of interest in formerly enjoyed activities and loss of happiness gained from these formerly enjoyed activities.
  • Sometimes depression may cause symptoms that are common to anxiety too, where the individual might get very paranoid, irritated, or have difficulty concentrating.

Types of depression can be categorized depending on the number and severity of depression symptoms.

Types of Depression

There are many different types of depression. Some of them are listed below:

Major Depression

Major Depression is a type where all symptoms are extreme and also causes suicidal thoughts along with suicidal attempts. This type of depression is also known as unipolar depression or clinical depression.

Persistent Depression

It is a chronic type of depression. It is mild but lasts for two years or more. It is also known as dysthymia

Depressive Psychosis

It is also known as depressive psychosis as it has Depression with psychotic features. Here someone experiences both depression and psychosis. Psychosis means a disconnection from reality and can include symptoms similar to hallucinations or delusions.

It is similar to major depression. It will cause the individual suffering from it to hallucinate and see objects. They may see people, smell, taste, or feel nonexistent things. These things might not be existent for those who are not suffering from this type of depression. Although to someone that is experiencing this, these are real and intimidating.

There are many different types of depression other than these that exist.
Noticing which type you have might be very tough. Although after you provide detailed information to your doctor, the doctor will identify it immediately.

Alternative Therapies for Depression

The human body develops tolerance towards medicinal drugs over time, so you will need to keep increasing the dosage. Large doses of such medicines over a long period may be harmful to health. This therapy treats treatment resistant depression, which is a type of depression that is resistant to medicines.

Alternative therapy aims to help people deal with depression by achieving healing and betterment without the intake of the clinical drug. Living with this mental illness can be difficult, so getting non drug remedies for depression can improve life for those suffering from it.

But how long do you want to be dependent on clinical drugs to help you? Here are some ways to overcome depression without medicine offered by us-


Hypnotherapy is also known as guided hypnosis. Hypnotherapy creates a state of extreme concentration and relaxation to help achieve a heightened sense of consciousness and mindfulness.

This depression treatment enables the person seeking treatment to enter a state of trance where they usually tend to forget about their condition. Hypnotherapy can help the individual concentrate on themself. This type of treatment aims to create a positive change in the thought process of an individual while they are in a state which is very similar to being asleep. Hypnotherapy helps reduce the patient’s anxiety and depression by being more conscious and thoughtful about themself.

CBT Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on how the thoughts and beliefs of a person affect the feelings and behavior by talking about them. It teaches one how to cope with different problems from analyzing past reactions of the same individual and consciously changing how that individual reacts to a similar situation again. It is one of the real solution for people with depression and anxiety.

Here you examine the mistakes and negative approach you made in past circumstances and find solutions which will help you change your behavior in future. This therapy changes the way you look at the world. When the perspective from which you look at the world changes, your thought process changes too. This change in thoughts takes depressive thoughts away and inculcates a positive mindset.

REBT Rational Emotive behavior therapy

Rational Emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is a type of depression treatment without medicine that helps you identify unreasonable beliefs and negative thought patterns that lead to emotional and behavioral issues.

The first step in this treatment is identifying the activating event to the entire thought pattern. The second step consists of changing and correcting irrational beliefs. These thought patterns are what lead to depression. So, when these depressive thought patterns get destroyed, you develop a positive mindset and lead a more positive life.

NLP Neuro-linguistic programming

Neuro-linguistic programming is a little different from other methods because it is a psychological approach. NLP analyzes strategies used by successful individuals that need to be practiced in your own life.

NLP relies on language processing. It operates through the conscious use of language to make changes in your thoughts and behavior. These changes can help in being more productive, positive and make you feel better about yourself. This serves the purpose of getting rid of depression.

EFT Emotional Freedom Technique

The emotional freedom technique (EFT) is also known as psychological acupressure. It is believed that tapping the body can create a balance in your energy system and treat pain by the people that use this technique.

Similar to acupuncture, this focuses on the energy hot spots to restore balance in the energy of your body. It is believed that restoring this balance of energy can relieve symptoms that a negative experience or emotion may have caused. These positive energies can contribute to positive thoughts and can slowly get rid of the disturbing thoughts.


In this drug free therapy for depression, mental health problems are treated by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist. This helps you learn about your condition, moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

Psychotherapy helps you to learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging circumstances by developing stronger coping mechanisms. This in turn changes how you react to depressive thoughts. You start taking control over the mind instead of letting the mental illness get the better of you.

Past Life Regression

It is a gentle form of hypnotherapy. An individual is taken back through time to their previous lives or incarnations by accessing memories and experiences that are usually shrouded in their subconscious mind. This helps cure depression naturally.

Modern life is noisy and busy. It makes these memories get concealed beneath the everyday hustle. These memories help the person to learn from their mistakes in the previous birth, then consciously not making those mistakes. Sometimes these old memories keep coming back as nightmares which lead to depression. By talking about these thoughts, you can find a way of getting rid of them or putting them to good use.

Practical Mind Programming

Reprogramming the mind to have complete control over and stop the continuous loop of thoughts that occur in the subconscious mind is the main focus of Practical mind programming.

Here the unconscious and the subconscious mind is driven to become stronger by various methods like meditation and hypnotherapy. It helps you become much more concentrative, have better and more firm decisions. This changes how your subconscious mind reacts to the negative thought chain.

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness meditation slows down racing negative thoughts and calms the body and mind. This technique revolves around complete awareness of body and mind along with deep breathing. It creates a more conducive environment for being more present in daily life, being more aware in life. It is a new hope for depression.

Sea Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most effective drugless therapy for depression because it consciously changes your reaction to the depressive thought chain.

What can be better than meditating near the seashore with the sound of the waves blessing your ears? This is a beautiful experience that relaxes you mentally and takes away all the stress. The environment is perfect for healing. Different types of techniques are used here while enjoying the beach.

It establishes control over emotional pain, helps reduce stress which causes depression. It also benefits the body in multiple ways. When everything starts getting positive in life, the negative thoughts and beliefs just leave the mind.

This treatment is only available here at manpravah, under the guidance of Doctor Sukumar Munje who is a highly accomplished counseling psychologist, Internationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, well-known NLP trainer, and Life Coach.


What are the side effects of depression medication?

Medicines have many side effects. Some side effects can be mild, but some others may be severe. Blurred vision, insomnia, dry mouth, and dizziness are some commonly observed side effects among others. 

Can I cure depression without medication?
Yes, depression is curable without any medication. In some cases, alternative therapies are also used alongside medication. Reach out for help and find the best treatment for you.
How long can depression last?
Depression can last up to several weeks to years. It depends on your lifestyle and whether you are trying to cure it. It depends on your willingness and the treatment you are receiving.
Can children suffer from depression?
Just because children don’t have that many serious problems or responsibilities does not mean they can’t have depression. One out of four children (age 13-15) suffers from depression in India, says WHO (2020).
What are the common triggers of depression?
Common triggers of depression are childhood abuse, major failure, overthinking, a drastic change in lifestyle, death, substance abuse, etc.
There is no one way to answer the question of ‘How to deal with depression?’. The proper treatment may vary from one person to another. We, at Manpravah truly understand this, and offer various different types of treatments. If you need guidance, feel free to reach out to us at Manpravah. We offer depression treatment in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Vashi, and Bangalore.

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