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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-85

A study on the scope of homoeopathy in the management of suicidal ideation in depressive episodes


1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy, Shillong, Meghalaya, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Thounaojam Nanao
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy, Shillong - 793 018, Meghalaya
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/AYUHOM.AYUHOM_13_21

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Background: Suicidal ideation in depressive patient is one of the risk factors for premature death due to their hopelessness, worthlessness, to escape or solve the problem, or to take revenge. Objective: The objective of the study is to study the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine in the management of suicidal ideation in depressive episodes. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients were selected for this study based on purposive sampling. The diagnosis was made on international classification of diseases-10 and DSM-V criteria, and grading of severity of depressive episodes and suicidal ideations were assessed before and after treatment by Hamilton depression rating scale and scale of suicidal ideation. This study was carried out for a period of 24 months. The remedy selection was based on the individualization of each case. Potencies ranging 30-10 M were used on the demand of the cases. Patients were reviewed on weekly basis initially and fortnightly on considerable improvement or on demand of the case. Each case was followed up for a minimum period of 6 months. The descriptive statistics such as mean, standard deviation, and percentage were used, and statistical inference was obtained by paired t-test with the scores of before and after treatment P < 0.05 was taken as significant. Results: Scores before and after treatment were compared and statistically significant was observed as P = 0.00001 which is significant. No report of suicidal behavior or attempt or no increased suicidal ideation was reported during the course of study. Conclusion: Homeopathic medicine is found effective in the management of suicidal ideation in depressive episodes.


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