Mental Health & Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders frequently cause intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Ongoing anxiety can make a person imagine that things in their life are worse than they really are, which in turn can prevent them from confronting their fears whilst and cause a lot of suffering.

From a homeopathic point of view, although anxiety and fear is common, the way in which we experience this from one person to the next is not.  These individualising symptoms are reflected in the range of remedies used to effectively support patients with anxiety disorders.


ANXIETY REMEDIES

Arsencium: The main feeling is that the world is a threatening and chaotic place and Arsenicum feels weak and defenceless within it.  This vulnerable feeing leads to loneliness and dependency on others with a constant need for reassurance. Arsenicum has specific fears and anxieties of robbers, poverty and being left alone. There is also characteristic anxiety around health and dying, leading to a hypochondriacal anxiety. Restlessness can be strong in Arsenicum and it is also one of the main remedies for compulsive behaviour.


Arnica: Indicated after physical trauma from accidents and mental injuries from trauma or grief; sudden financial loss; fright and anger.  Unresolved trauma can trigger problems in sleep with night terrors and frightful dreams. There is also characteristic anxiety of trivial physical symptoms in Arnica and the body feels over-sensitive to being touched. Arnica is one of the main remedies for agoraphobia.   


Aconite: The main feeling of Aconite is of a sudden and intense threat.  This is an acute state of anxiety filled mental excitability and hurriedness.  This can arise from a fear of walking across a busy street, of an accident, of suffocation, or that you are about to die.  When triggered, fear and nervousness rise quickly leading to panic attacks and difficult breathing (shortness of breath).  Often the feeling is one of a life and death situation. Aconite avoids crowds, crossing the street and any situation that would excite the mind.   


Arg nit: Caused by a sudden danger where you must respond in a crisis, which excites impulsive, restless and nervous behaviour. This could arise in a crowd of people, in closed spaces, tunnels, bridges, aeroplanes, any place that is blocked or high places.  Arg nit is anxious to be in control in critical situations so that they can find their way out, for example they will sit near an exit in a theatre or in an aisle seat of public transport to escape quickly.   Any kind of situation where the Arg nit feels trapped will trigger an impulse to get out of this situation.


Nit ac:  The main feeling of Nit ac is of being under constant threat, where anything could go wrong at any time. There is a chronic feeling of potential death, often relating to anxiety of health.  Nit ac is defensive and profoundly exhausted from constant effort to make sure that everything is in order and that they are no under attack. They feel everyone is against them or that people are a potential enemy, they can be angry, irritable and unapologetic and hold a deep grudge against anyone who has offended them.


Nux vomica:  Ambitious, ruled by their goal, Nux vomica is competitive with a strong inner urge to succeed in work and business. Anxiety centres on work with as Nux vomica is quite fanatical about success. This drive creates a tense and sleepless existence which can is commonly quelled with alcohol or drugs, which then leads to a craving of stimulants (coffee & drugs) to wake up and work again. Nux vomica has a strong sex drive and lives the high life but eventually a loss of sleep catches up and results in irritability, abusiveness and stomach and digestive problems (cramps, spasms).


Stramonium: Causations include witnessing death, violence and life threatening situations (PTSD). Stramonium feels helpless, as though abandoned and left in a terrifying place. Fear of darkness and a longing for sunshine, light and company is strong. They don’t recognise anyone, they just cling to whatever and whoever is there.  They feel alone, lost and try to escape a perceived terrifying situation. Stramonium lives in fear that there is some kind of immediate danger, they feel disorientated, they stammer, and will kick, bite and scratch to escape.  Specific fears of violence, cemeteries, ghosts, water, suffocation, strangers, demons, tunnels and animals.


ANXIETY SYMPTOMS & DISORDERS

Common anxiety signs and symptoms:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense

  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Feeling weak or tired

  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems

  • Having difficulty controlling worry

  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Types of anxiety disorders:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  • Panic Disorder (regular sudden attacks of panic or fear)

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Specific Phobias (overwhelming and incapacitating fear of a specific object, place, situation or feeling)


Tony Fox DSH

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