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.
Although anxiety isn’t uncommon, the way it’s experienced is unique from one person to the next. These diverse experiences are reflected in the wide range of homeopathic remedies used for its treatment. Many homeopathic remedies cover broad symptoms, such as fear and anxiety, but in order to find a truly effective remedy it must match the individualising symptoms of the patient’s case.
For example, the remedy Arsenicum by the feeling that the world is a threatening and chaotic place, the remedy Aconite feels acute and uncontrollable panic , and the remedy Stramonium feels they’re in a life threatening situation and respond with flight or fight (eg. PTSD).
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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)
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)
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