Anxiety, Stress and Depression
Stress is a natural part of life; it is your body’s reaction to difficult situations or events, either in the past or the present.It can manifest in physical symptoms, such as:
- chest pain
- muscle tightness
psychological symptoms, such as:
- anxiety attacks
or behavioral symptoms, such as:
- weight loss/gain
- social isolation
Ongoing stress may lead to anxiety disorders, the most common mental illness in the United States (National Institute of Mental Health), and depression. Some effects of anxiety are: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and generalized anxiety disorder.
Depression is an illness that can affect you both physically and emotionally. Symptoms may include: poor appetite, insomnia, low self-esteem, lack of motivation and escaping life, by watching too much television or sleeping a great deal. Different forms of depression exist:
- Dysthemia — chronic, low level depression that does not disable but keeps one from functioning well or feeling good
- Major depression — interferes with ones ability to work, study, eat, play, sleep and enjoy life; can occur once, but more commonly several times
- Bipolar disorder (manic depressive illness) – severe high and low emotional states
After a comprehensive interview process, the homeopathic practitioner selects a remedy which treats your emotional symptoms as well as any physical symptoms you may experience. The homeopathic practitioner acknowledges the mind/body connection and treats all parts of the person with one remedy. This eliminates the need for multiple, expensive prescriptions for every problem you may experience.
Conventional medicines alleviate the symptoms of the disease, but don’t address the real cause. Medications need to be taken for a long time or even need to be changed as they become ineffective or present side effects. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective and enhance your overall wellbeing.
Case of Anxiety:
45 year old woman with anxiety whenever she drives, especially over bridges. Also anxiety about her children, whenever they are not with her. She dreams of them every night and is always anxious when she awakens from the dreams. She has terrible flatulence after eating dinner and she feels the worst between 4 and 7 p.m. She says that people are never aware that she is anxious, that she does not show it at all.
Two doses of Lycopodium, her constitutional remedy, were given over a 6 month period and her anxiety greatly reduced; she could even drive over bridges! Her dreams were less and less frequent and even sometimes had happy ones. The digestion improved as did her energy.