How to Defeat Depression – Ancient Ayurvedic Medicine Meets Modern Behaviour Therapy

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Item Code: NAC700
Author: Norbert W. Lotz, Dr. Sunanda Ranade
Publisher: Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan
Edition: 2011
Pages: 112
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.9 Inch X 5.7 Inch
Weight 300 gm
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Depression in the clinical sense is an illness that infiltrates your whole body. It affects the way you feel about things, situations and persons, and the way you feel about yourself; it affects the way you eat and sleep, and how your memory is working. Depression, as a mental disease, is going along with body processes, or vice versa. Depression cannot just be blown away, it has to get treated. You need the help of specialists, and then you can start helping yourself.

The authors are two well-known specialists in the field of two theory and practice-proven systems and methods i.e. the Ayurvedic Medicine and the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. They know each other since twenty years and now put their knowledge and experience together to write the first book about treating depression by a combination of Ayurveda and Behaviour Therapy. The book is a scientifically based, rather compact and highly readable compilation of backgrounds, approaches and case studies.

A Prof. Norbert W. Lotz is well known psychologist in Frankfurt. He has established Frankfurt Institute for Rational Emotive and Cognitive Supervision and Training (FIRST) in Germany. He is practising psychotherapy fin the last 25 years in Europe. He is expert in RET and conducts seminars on this important subject as well as other psychological subjects in various Countries in Europe as well as in USA. He has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Sunanda Ranade and Prof. Subhash Ranade. He is the co-author of the book - Ayurveda die wissenschaft von lange leben. This book has been translated in English, Polish and Italian languages. Dr. Sunanda Ranade is expert Ayurvedic gynecologist and nutritionist. She is Director of International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune, India and is working in the field of Ayurveda and Yoga since last 40 years. Dr. Sunanda Ranade has written hundreds of articles on Ayurveda, which have been published not only in Indian magazines and newspapers but also in Italy and Germany. She is also the author of several books on Ayurveda, which have been published in Marathi, English, Italian and Spanish languages. She is working as visiting Professor to various Institutes in United States, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Israel and many other countries. She has also given lectures on Ayurveda at various Universities in Bogota, Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador. She has conducted many courses on Gynecology, Ayurvedic Nutrition and Ayurvedic massage for physicians and common people in these countries. She has substantially contributed for CD ROM Dhanvantari that is the first CD on Ayurveda.



More than twenty years of fruitful cooperation between a dedicated Ayurved practitioner and a dedicated Cognitive psychotherapist proved that working together with patients is possible. Both of us have appreciated the different diagnostic points of view, the mutual support and the integration of specific applications in curing, aftercare and prevention of diseases.

So, not in the sense of mixing and watering down Ayurveda and Cognitive psychotherapy, but in the spirit and the awareness of their power and their limitations we have got the distinct impression that it can be a big help coping with patient’s diseases by mutually ‘replenishing’ the two methods.

Depression is an illness that infiltrates your whole body. It affects the way you feel about things and situations, and you feel about yourself, the way you eat and sleep, the way your memory is working. Depression is a mental disease going along with body processes or vice versa. Depression cannot just be blown away, you have to get treated. You need the help of specialists, and then you can start and have to start helping yourself. For these two aspects we wrote this book.




Chapter 1 Something to ponder over 1-2
Chapter 2 Historical Background 3-5
Chapter 3 General Types of Depression 6-8
  It is a real illness 6
  Facts about depression 7
  Classification 7
  Psychiatric disorder 7
Chapter 4 Pathogenesis of Depression 9-13
  Genetic inheritance 9
  Brain Chemistry 9
  Relation between Physiology, Biochemistry and Energy 10
  Social environment and upbringing 10
  Individual experiences 11
  Psychological mechanisms – The aspect of reinforcement respectively positive feedback 11
  The aspect of negative cognitions 12
  Summarized psychological mechanism 12
  What causes a person to become depressed? 13
Chapter 5 Specific Types of Depression 14-22
  (Unipolar) Depression 15
  Dysthymia 17
  Bipolar Depression 18
  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 18
  Postnatal Depression 18
  Secondary Depression 19
  The International Classification System (ICD) 19 19
Chapter 6 Aaron Beck: Theory of Depression 23-26
  Negative thinking 24
  Cognitive tried 24
  Common maladaptive cognitions 25
Chapter 7 CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 27-29
  Getting more knowledge about Cognitive therapy 27
  Getting more knowledge about Behaviour therapy 28
Chapter 8 RET – Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy 30-36
  Albert Ellis and His Work 30
  Three persons in an Aeroplane 32
  What does the ABC – Model mean referring to depression 34
  Optimism and pessimism 36
Chapter 9 Ayurvedic Concept of Health and Disease 37-45
  Definition of health - Swastha 38
  Psychological Diseases - Manas 39
  Atma 41
  Indriya: Jnanendriyas, Karmendriyas 42
  The Influence of Vata Dosha 42
  Srotas - Chanels 43
  Manovaha srotas 45
  Astral Influence on Human Physiology and Psychology 45
Chapter 10 Depression – Ayurvedic Perspectives 46-53
  Etiology 46
  Pathogenesis 46
  Role of Physical Doshas 46
  Role of Trigunas 46
  Symptoms 47
  Vata type – causes 47, symptoms 47 47
  Pitta type – causes 47, symptoms 48  
  General Line of Treatment 48  
  Shodhana – Purification 49  
  Shamana – Pacification 50  
  Specific Treatment -  
  Vata Depression – Internal medicine, Diet Body work, Yoga, Further measures 50-51
  Pitta Depression – Internal medicine, Diet, Body work, Further measures 51-52
  Kapha Depression – Internal medicine, Diet Body work, Further measures 52-53
Chapter 11 Unipolar Depression – Case Study 54-72
  Anamnesis (Patient’s History) Exploration (Current Situation) Diagnosis  
  Why did she come? 54
  Examination 54
  Asking the husband about Patient’s history 55
  Previous and current treatment 55
  Patient’s history 55
  Ayurvedic treatment protocol – Abhyanaga 57, Internal medicine 57, Nasya 57, Exercise 57, Follow up 58  
  Psychotherapeutic proceeding  
  Accepting 58
  Understanding 59
  Cognitive therapy 62
  Focussing a special problem 64
  Applying Socratic Dialogue 67
  Socratic Dialogue 69
  The Importance of the Social System 70
  Psychotherapeutic pathway 72
Chapter 12 Recurrent Depressive Order: Case Study 73-104
  Anamnesis (Patient’s History) Exploration (Current Situation) Diagnosis  
  Patient’s history 73
  Why did he come? 73
  Examination 74
  Ayurvedic Treatment Protocol-Massage 74, Internal mediation 74, Nasya 75, Exercise 75  
  Psychotherapeutic Proceeding  
  Acceptance 75
  Thoughts and Feelings 76
  Scrutinizing cognitions or disputing believes 76
  Memory deficits and depression 79
  Depression and Memory 81
  Primary and Secondary Problems 82
  Dichotomous Thinking 94
  Change your perspective into a more adequate one and your emotions will change (most probably) into more adequate ones 95
  Introducing the ABC-Model 100
  Behaviour Therapy: Learning by repeating and understanding 100
  From Therapy to Self-management 100
  Follow up: Keeping on practicing and having some reminders of how to live your life 104
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