Treatment of Cases with Features of Depression using Kent’s Rubrics

Jasna Mathew, (2019) Treatment of Cases with Features of Depression using Kent’s Rubrics. Masters thesis, Sarada Krishna Homoeopathic Medical College, Kulasekharam.


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BACKGROUND: Depression is a common mental disorder that presents with a low or depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, decreased energy, feelings of guilt or low selfworth, disturbed sleep or appetite, and poor concentration. Majority of patients with depression present to physicians with complaints of medically unexplained somatic symptoms or masked depression. Further, the rates of depressive disorders are higher among the chronic medically ill persons and in primary care patients. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression. In October 2016, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru released a mental health survey, said that the incidence of depression is roughly one in every 20 Indian or 7.5% of the population. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 170,000 people are living with depression in India. As part of quality of life, optimizing mental health is of prior value. The systematic and holistic homoeopathic interventions are of higher value which can build the comfort zone in the patients with depression. OBJECTIVES: 1. To find out effectiveness of Kent repertory in indicating simillimum for depression. 2. To prepare a data of frequently used rubrics for depression from Kent repertory. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 30 cases with features of depression were included for the study. Cases were recorded in the pre structured SKHMC case format. Intensity of depression was measured using HAM-D scale. Repertorial totality was erected according to Kent’s repertory. Prescription was done with reference to standard text books of Materia Medica. Dose, frequency and repetition was based on subjects susceptibility. Assessment and evaluation was done after 4 months with HAM-D scale. Observations were noted in tables and charts. Statistical analysis has been done and results were presented. RESULT: Based on the study, most frequent rubrics observed were Mind - Weeping. Tearful mood, etc, Mind - Sensitive, Generalities - Weakness and Mind – Irritability. Nux Vomica and Sepia were being the best remedy for depression. A statistically significant difference in the mean scores of HAM-D scale, using the paired t‑test, was observed. CONCLUSION: A course of Homoeopathic treatment is associated with significant benefits in patients with features of depression, as measured by HAM-D scale. Kent’s rubrics are effective in suggesting a simillimum for treatment of cases with features of depression.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homoeopathy, Depression, Kent Repertory, Rubrics.
Subjects: AYUSH > Repertory
Depositing User: Subramani R
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2019 01:31
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 14:22

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