Anxiety / Stress and Homeopathy

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The words “stress” and “anxiety” are often used interchangeably, but bear different meanings in medical terms. Stress is caused by particular situations or events in one’s life that makes him/her feel frustrated, angry, worried or even anxious. The source of stress is different for each individual so that often the same event illicit disparate responses. For example:
• Public speaking excites some but terrifies others. 
• Pressure from deadlines increases productivity in some but renders others paralyzed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

• Obsessive compulsive disorder (is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety
• Social Phobia (is a persistent and irrational fear of situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties and other social events)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Effects of Stress:
Stress can affect both the mind and the body and large amounts of stress often lead to tiredness, physical illness and an inability to concentrate or think clearly. In extreme cases it can lead to mental breakdowns.
Correctly recognizing and managing stress can greatly improve one’s quality of life. To effectively manage stress, one must first distinguish between short and long-term stress. Short-term stress (caused by an impending presentation, test, interview, sporting event etc.) provides the extra adrenaline and energy needed to increase performance and is a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Many harmful addictions, namely overeating, smoking, drinking and drug abuse, are linked to a stressful lifestyle and are used as an escape mechanism or a temporary way of "switching off". They however do not address or cure the underlying causes of stress.
How To Overcome Stress?
There are many natural ways to cope with stress on a personal level, such as meditation, hobbies and a general sense of humor, but these cures are often difficult to achieve effectively with a mind and body plagued by stress. Moreover, even at their best, these methods do not address its root cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case:
A twenty-one years old university student came to my office with the chief complaints of stress, loss of hair and sever headaches. She began the case by expressing her fears of becoming bald. She then went on to describe her headaches, stating that the pain starts from her temples and moves to her occiput. It causes her head to feel very heavy yet empty inside. When she moves her headache increases and the only way she can dull the pain is by tying something tight around her head and lying down. Her temples pulsate with pain and it often takes her a few days to recover from the experience. She went on to tell me that lately she has noticed that she often feels angry. She wants to marry a boy she met in university but her parents don’t agree, and this has caused her much stress. She feels that her parents are

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:
Stress is an emotional and physical strain caused by one’s response pressure exerted from the outside world. Long-term stress can sometimes turn into anxiety and cause and array of behavioral, mental and emotional symptoms.  Constant stress increases blood pressure as well as the risk of a stroke. It can also increase the danger of heart attacks, particularly if anger and mistrustful is involved. It triggers addictive behaviors that contribute to death and disability, such as smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, and overeating. Addictive habits and superficial attempts to change one’s lifestyle often do not work in severe cases of anxiety or stress because they

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Calcarea carbonica (Calc)
People who benefit most from this remedy have a chilly constitution. The slightest cold "goes right through them." They have trouble keeping themselves warm. They have a craving for sweets, and are easily fatigued. They are dependable, solid people who become overwhelmed from physical illness or too much work and start to fear a breakdown. Their thoughts can be muddled and confused when tired, which adds to the anxiety. Worry and bad news may agitate them, and a nagging dread of disaster (to themselves or others) may develop. Fear of heights and claustrophobia are also common.

• Difficult circumstances in family or friend settings find some eager to take control and others stricken with panic.

• Social situations requiring people to voice their opinions are easy and comfortable for some but stressful for others.

• Changes in the work environment are welcomed by some but not others.Anxiety on the other hand, is a general feeling of apprehension or fear the source of which is not clearly defined.  Anxiety disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that cause excessive anxiety. They include:

• Generalized anxiety (Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a pattern of frequent, constant worry and anxiety over many different activities and events)

• Specific phobia (A phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of a particular type of object, animal, activity, or situation that poses little to no actual danger), obsessive –compulsive disorder

Those suffering from anxiety disorders display such symptoms on a regular basis and thus have difficulty with daily activities and relationships. These symptoms present themselves sporadically and often without warning. In many cases, anxiety is developed by overdue stress that is no-longer linked to a specific cause.The Causes of Stress:Stress can have many causes and can arise from both physical (fear of potential danger) and emotional (worry over family or career). Identifying the source is often an important first step towards eliminating stress. Some of the most common sources of stress are:

  • Survival Stress – the most common response to danger is "fight or flight". When one is afraid of being physically hurt, body naturally responds with a burst of energy so that person will be better able to survive the dangerous situation (fight) or escape it all together (flight). This is survival stress.Internal Stress happens when a person is worrying about things that can do nothing about or worrying for no reason at all? This is internal stress and it is one of the most important kinds of stress to understand and manage. Internal stress is when people make themselves stressed. This often happens when we worry about things we can't control or put ourselves in situations we know will cause us stress. Some people become addicted to the kind of hurried, tense, lifestyle that results from being under stress. They even look for stressful situations and feel stress about things that aren't stressful.

  • Environmental Stress - This is a response to things around you that cause stress, such as noise, crowding, and pressure from work or family. Identifying these environmental stresses and learning to avoid them or deal with them will help lower your stress level.Fatigue and Overwork - This kind of stress builds up over a long time and can take a hard toll on your body. It can be caused by working too much or too hard at your job(s), school, or home. It can also be caused by not knowing how to manage your time well or how to take time out for rest and relaxation. This can be one of the hardest kinds of stress to avoid because many people feel this is out of their control.

healthy and normal part of human nature. Long-term stress, on the other hand, (caused by constant worry over one’s job, school, family etc.) actually drains one’s energy and eventual performance quality. Stress usually manifests itself through personal susceptibilities or weaknesses and suffering from extreme or chronic stress will cause the body to wear itself down.The following is a list of mental, physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms of long-term stress.

Mental:

• Tension

• Irritability

• Inability to concentrate

• Feeling excessively tired

• Trouble sleeping

• Memory loss

• Inability to coordinate

• Poor judgment

• Pessimistic outlook

• Anxious or racing thoughts

Constant worrying Physical:

• Dry mouth

• Pounding heart

• Difficulty breathing

• Upset Stomach

• Frequent urination

• Diarrhea or constipation

• Nausea, dizziness

• Chest pain rapid heartbeat

• Loss of sex drive

• Sweaty palms

• Tight muscles that cause pain and trembling aches and pains

Frequent colds Emotional:

• Moodiness

• Irritability or short temper

• Agitation, inability to relax

• Feeling overwhelmed

• Sense of loneliness and isolation

• Depression or general unhappiness

Behavioural:

• Eating more or less

• Sleeping too much or too little

• Isolating yourself from others

• Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities

• Using alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to relax

• Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Homeopathy on the other hand, is far more effective, because it is a holistic medical practice that treats and treats the person as a whole and thus addresses and cures all the underlying issues that lead to stress. Homeopathy recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and treats him/her accordingly.The factors that cause stress and the various reactions to such factors are of utmost importance in Homeopathy as symptoms (such as stress) are most often manifested when one exposed to an external force stronger than his/her internal vitality and immune system. Therefore treating symptoms superficially will only act as a temporary palliative and will not provide a lasting cure. Classical Homeopathy, in its aim to cure the underlying causes of stress and anxiety can thus permanently eliminate its symptoms. Factors such as the mental/emotional state of a person, the location of the symptom, the behavior of the person towards the symptom, susceptibility, family history, and others are addressed and analyzed by the practitioner, allowing her to recognize underlying causes of stress or anxiety experienced by the individual, and to administer a fitting remedy.

constantly judging her and this makes her want to scream. She screams until she becomes red and her limbs begin to shake. She wants to empty herself and feels she cannot control her anger. She feels overwhelmed by stress she feels the pressure exerted on her, causing her to constantly fear the future and her mouth to dry. She wants to marry the boy but fears that her parents might be right. When she’s angry, she finds that despite what anyone says she will just yell until she empties herself.

Remedy prescribed based on her physical and mental emotional state Calc-Nit 1M.


First follow-up: She does not get angry as often, but her headaches persist. However, whereas before they took a few days to subside, they now take only one day.
Dosage prescribed Calc-Nit 10M.


Second Follow-up: Her anger is much more controllable now, so that despite internal discomfort, she can talk to her parents without screaming. She did not get any headaches during the past month and has started watching her diet.
Dosage prescribed Calc-Nit 10M.


Third Follow-up: Her hairs have stopped falling out, but they’ve become thinner and can no longer cover her bald spots. She now has to perm her hair to cover the spots. She did not have any angry episodes with her parents during the last month as she now consciously tries to avoid conflict. She has had two headaches in the past month, but they were much less severe in nature.
No new dosage prescribed.


Fourth Follow-up: She had a calm conversation with her parents about her situation with her boyfriend and for the first time felt that some of their points were valid. She then talked to her boyfriend and now feels she can convince both parties to get along. She has had no anger episodes since her last visit.
No new dosage prescribed.


Fifth Follow-up: She got a headache last week and feels stress in her stomach. She compared the feeling to riding a roller coaster. The degree of stress is much less than before though.
Dosage prescribed Calc-Nit 1M.


Sixth Follow-up: She’s happy to report that her parents talked with her boyfriend and that their families are now allowed to meet and get to know each other. She also has not gotten angry since her last 2 visits because she feels there is no need. She feels strong and comfortable inside as if nothing can anger her anymore. Her hair is gradually growing and thickening, but some bald spots are still visible. She has also improved her diet and no longer craves salty and greasy foods. She instead has added vegetables and fruits to her daily diet and has lost six pounds.

Argentum nitricum (Arg-n)
This remedy is indicated when anxiety develops before a big event. (Examples: an interview for job, an exam, a public speech, social engagement, marriage, etc.).
Symptoms

  • Emotional upset

  • Fear

  • Anxiety

  • Extended period of unusual or continued mental exertion

  • Dizziness

  • Diarrhea

  • Craving for sweets and salt. Craving for strong flavors.

  • Enthusiastic and suggestible, with a tendency toward peculiar thoughts and impulses.


Arsenicum album (Arsenicum, Ars)
This remedy is recommended for people who are deeply anxious about their health, and extremely concerned with order and security. Panic attacks often occur around midnight or the very early hours of the morning. The person may feel exhausted yet still be restless-fidgeting, pacing, and anxiously moving from place to place. These people may also have digestive problems or asthma attacks accompanied by anxiety. They are typically obsessive about small details and very neat. They may feel a desperate need to be in control of everything.
Symptoms

  • Anxious

  • Anxiety associated with later stages of head cold, with sneezing

  • Asthma worse after midnight, fears suffocation while lying down

  • Fearful

  • Irritable

  • Restless

  • Sleepiness but insomnia

  • Thirsty for frequent small drinks

  • Weak and exhausted

  • Desires air but sensitive to cold

  • Vomiting with or without diarrhea after eating and drinking

Symptoms

  • Increased perspiration

  • Night sweats

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Ravenous hunger

  • Aversion to fats

  • Craving for eggs

  • Eyes sensitive to light

  • Pale face

  • Large appetite with slow digestion


Gelsemium (Gels)
This remedy is indicated when you have feelings of weakness, trembling, and mental dullness (being "paralyzed by fear"). It is also useful when a person experiences anxiety about an upcoming event such as stage-fright about a public performance or interview, or anxiety before a test, impending visit to the dentist, or other stressful events. Chills, perspiration, diarrhea, and headaches will often occur with nervousness. Fear of crowds, a fear of falling, and even a fear that the heart might stop are other indications for Gelsemium.
Symptoms

  • Nervousness

  • Apprehension

  • Anxiety prior to an examination or public performance

  • Fatigue and aching of whole body

  • Limbs, head, eyelids heavy

  • Headache

  • Scalp sore to touch

  • Sore throat

  • Lack of thirst

  • Dizziness, trembling, fatigue, dullness


Ignatia amara (Ignatia, Ign)
A sensitive person who is anxious because of grief, loss, disappointment, criticism, loneliness (or any stressful emotional experience) may benefit from this remedy. The primary factor for this remedy is emotional stress, especially disappointment or grief. Other indications are a defensive attitude, frequent sighing, and mood swings. The person may burst unexpectedly into either tears or laughter.
Symptoms

  • Vomiting

  • Sensation of a lump in the throat

  • Chills with fever

  • Thirst during chills

  • Chills relieved by warmth

  • Cramping pains in the abdomen or back

  • Headaches that feel like a nail driven into the side of the head

  • Skin very sensitive to drafts

  • Introspective

  • Sad

  • Brooding

  • Tearful

  • Rejects company

  • Disappointed

  • Grieving

  • Insomnia from emotional distress

  • Nausea relieved by eating

  • Eating intensifies hunger


Kali phosphoricum
Indicated when a person has been exhausted by overwork or illness. Feels a deep anxiety and inability to cope. Jumpy and oversensitive. May be startled by ordinary sounds. Hearing unpleasant news or thinking of world events can aggravate the problems. Insomnia and an inability to concentrate may develop, increasing the sense of nervous dread. Eating, warmth, and rest often bring relief.
Symptoms

  • Exhaustion

  • Deep anxiety and inability to cope

  • Headaches

  • Jumpy and oversensitive

  • Startled by ordinary sounds

  • Backaches

  • Nervous digestive upsets


Lycopodium (Lyc)
Lycopodium patients attempt to cover an inner sense of inadequacy by putting up fronts, by pretending to be something they are not. They feel anxiety from mental stress and suffer from a lack of confidence. They can be self-conscious and feel intimidated by people they perceive as powerful. They can feel a deep anxiety and fear of failure, when they take on responsibility. They usually do well, once started on a task.
Symptoms

  • Shakes head without any apparent cause

  • Facial contortions

  • Gassy, constipation or diarrhea

  • Sour belching

  • Claustrophobia

  • Irritability

  • Digestive upsets with gas and bloating

  • Craves sweets, warm food and drink

  • Night cough

  • Wants to be alone

  • Cranky on waking

  • Bullying tendency

  • Fear of failure

  • Breaking down under stress


Natrum muriaticum (Nat mur)
The primary candidates for this remedy are personally aloof but have a social conscience and a desire to help others. Deep emotions and a self-protective shyness can make these people seem reserved, aloof, and private. Even when feeling lonely, they tend to stay away from social situations, not knowing what to say or do. Easily hurt and offended, they can brood, bear grudges, dwell on unhappy feelings, and isolate themselves. They refuse consolation even when they want it. They are often sympathetic listeners to other people's problems. Claustrophobia, anxiety at night (with fears of robbers or intruders), migraines, and insomnia are often seen when this remedy is needed.
Symptoms

  • Tongue feels dry

  • Mucous membranes dry

  • Nausea

  • Insomnia

  • Claustrophobia

  • Migraine headache

  • Vomiting

  • Pains around eyes

  • Craves salt and dry foods

  • Weepy but won't let others see it. (Wants to be alone to cry.)

  • Consolation aggravates them

  • Angry from isolation

  • Fright, grief, anger

  • Nervous, discouraged, broken down

  • Depressed


Phosphorus
Indicated when the victims are openhearted, imaginative, excitable, easily startled, and full of intense and vivid fears. Strong anxiety can be easily triggered just by thinking of almost anything. They are nervous and sensitive to others. They can overextend themselves with sympathy to the point of feeling exhausted and "spaced out" or even getting ill. They need a lot of company and reassurance. They often feel better from conversation or a back-rub. Easy flushing of the face, palpitations, thirst, and a strong desire for cold, refreshing foods are other indications for Phosphorus.
Symptoms

  • Anxious

  • Fearful

  • Weak

  • Associated with hoarseness

  • Tight heavy chest

  • Dry rasping cough

  • Burning pains in stomach, abdomen, between shoulder blades

  • Thirst for cold drinks that are vomited

  • Nausea

  • Night sweats​


Pulsatilla (Puls)
People who need this remedy often express anxiety as insecurity and clinginess, with a need for constant support and comforting. They fear being alone. They are easily discouraged, moody, tearful, whiny, even emotionally childish. Getting too warm or being in a stuffy room often increases anxiety. Anxiety around the time of hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause) often is helped with Pulsatilla.
Symptoms

  • Sensitive

  • Weepy

  • Wants attention and sympathy

  • Changeable symptoms and moods

  • Craves open air

  • Sensitive to heat

  • Dry mouth with lack of thirst

  • Rich food upsets stomach

  • Insomnia from recurring thought

  • Head colds

  • Loose cough, worse at night

  • Delayed menstrual period with scanty flow


Silicea (Silica)
Indicated for those who are capable and serious, yet are also nervous, shy, and subject to bouts of temporary loss of confidence. Anxiety can be extreme when they are faced with a public appearance, interview, examination, or any new job or task. Worry and overwork can bring on headaches, difficulty concentrating, and states of exhaustion, oversensitivity, and dread.
Symptoms

  • Worry

  • Overwork

  • Headaches

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Exhaustion,

  • Oversensitivity

  • Overreact and devote attention to tiny details

  • Low stamina

  • Frequently catch colds, sore throats, or other illnesses.

fail to address the root issues that lead to the manifested symptoms. Homeopathy, on the other hand, is one of the best ways to address and cure underlying issues and ultimately removes stress and anxiety and brings physical health, if prescribed professionally.  

Below is a list of stress remedies, along with their disease pictures. Keep in mind that these remedies may only act as immediate palliatives and will not permanently cure stress or anxiety unless they are a constitutional match to one’s vital state.

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