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In this encyclopedic work, he recommended diet, exercise, distraction, travel, purgatives (cleansers that purge the body of toxins), bloodletting, herbal remedies, marriage, and even music therapy as treatments for depression.
Hippocrates, a Greek physician, suggested that personality traits and mental illnesses were related to balanced or imbalanced body fluids called humours.
He was appointed by King George III of Britain as Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda (or Somers Isles) in America, and Commander in Chief of Forts King's Castle, Fort Hamilton, Fort Popple and Fort Paget on February 26, 1787.
He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1734, as the fourth of seven children.
Depression has always been a health problem for human beings.
Historical documents written by healers, philosophers, and writers throughout the ages point to the long-standing existence of depression as a health problem, and the continuous and sometimes ingenious struggles people have made to find effective ways to treat this illness. The earliest accounts of melancholia appeared in ancient Mesopotamian texts in the second millennium B. At this time, all mental illnesses were attributed to demonic possession, and were attended to by priests.
Most people thought that mentally ill people were possessed by the devil, demons, or witches and were capable of infecting others with their madness.