As a mother of a highly anxious daughter, I understand firsthand how debilitating these symptoms can become. I often have to remind myself to stay calm in the midst of my daughter’s pure panic.
Panic attacks often come on so suddenly in our house that it took me a while to realize something very important - there is no logic involved in a panic attack!
While my daughter is fearless roller skating down the biggest hill in our neighborhood or cantering over the fields on the back of a horse, she can get easily overwhelmed in the morning when she has to leave the house to go to school. She often asks, 'Is something going to happen to you, Mommy?'
If I reassure her 10, 20, or even 50 times that I will be just fine, she still does not believe me.
Over time and with using homeopathy, she has learned to calm herself. I have taught her to think different thoughts, and to speak to herself differently. For example, she now says, “I know the school will tell me if something happens to Mommy.”
Often her urge to control takes over, and it feels like she is trying to control me. She asks me anxiously, "What are your plans for today? Will you leave the house?” She hopes to get a detailed schedule of my day, but I see it for what it is, and I reassure her that I will be fine.
At other times she uses the bathroom numerous times before we leave the house. She says, "I have those feelings.” “Those feelings” cause her to ask repeatedly whether or not we will be able to stop and use a bathroom on the way to school. She is unable to stop the incessant fearful thoughts and get in the car to go to school. The questions tumble out of her mouth one after the other. “Where is there a bathroom? What if we can’t find one? What if there is a traffic jam?” she asks.
Irrational fears are a common symptom in many of my clients. While some are mild, others are debilitating and take over their life.
Homeopathy can help!
Anxiety is different in each person. One person may be afraid of catching a disease or of germs in general, while someone else may be anxious in social settings. Some common fears include fear of the dark, spiders, or thunderstorms. Things that can trigger fears are different for each individual, and the list is endless.
Homeopathic remedies match the individual’s specific symptoms, therefore it’s recommended to consult a trained homeopath for help with chronic anxiety disorders.
As mentioned in an article on the website Homeopathy Plus!, here is a list of common homeopathic remedies that can help with anxiety or nervousness:
" 1. Aconite (Acon.)
Aconite is one of the best remedies for waves of fear or outright panic. Symptoms are sudden, intense and may follow a shock such as an accident or natural disaster. The person is agitated, restless, and fearful. They can think they are about to die and may even predict the time of death. Other symptoms may include: dry skin and mouth; thirst; pounding heart. Aconite can also treat ongoing anxiety caused by a past traumatic event.
Remember: Rapid onset, intense symptoms, agitation, fear of death, panic attacks.
2. Argentum nitricum (Arg-n.)
Apprehension and nervousness when the person is unsure of what is likely to happen. The more they dwell on the anxiety, the worse it becomes. They are hurried, feel the heat, and crave sugar or sweet things. Sugar can lead to digestive upsets and diarrhoea and flatulence may be triggered by anxiety. People who do well with Arg-n may also have strange compulsions and “What if…” thoughts. These can include things such as stepping into a line of traffic, throwing themselves from a height, or poking something into a power outlet. Anxiety worsens with overheating and they feel better in cool fresh air and away from crowds.
Remember: Apprehension and anxiety. Strange imaginings and “what if …” thoughts. Craving for sugar. Worse when overheated.
3. Arsenicum album (Ars.)
The Arsenicum anxiety focuses on issues of security and safety, what will happen in the future, especially at night and when alone. They tend to worry about health, robbers, or money. To manage this anxiety, they become overly fastidious, perfectionists and selfish in their insecurity. They feel better in company but become critical of others and controlling in behaviour. They are usually overly neat and tidy, chilly and better for warmth.
Remember: Anxiety about health, security, the future; perfectionists; critical; chilly; desire company.
4. Calcarea carbonica (Calc.)
Those who need Calc. have a fear of change and of losing control. As a result they insist on routine and struggle to keep things the same which can make them seem stubborn or obstinate. Frequently heavy in build, they tire easily on exertion or when walking uphill or climbing stairs. They sweat easily on exertion or during sleep, especially on the back of the neck. Fear of the dark, insects, spiders, and animals, especially dogs, are common. They can’t stand hearing about or seeing unpleasant things and acts of cruelty. They can sometimes struggle with confusion and worry that they are going insane.
Remember: Fear of change and losing control; tiring on exertion; perspiring easily; anxiety on hearing about unpleasant things.
5. Gelsemium sempervirens (Gels.)
People who need Gels. suffer from performance anxiety that leads to weakness of muscles. Any exertion produces trembling of the muscles – knees may knock, legs may shake, and hands can tremble. They can feel paralysed by the anxiety, helpless and want to hide away. Gelsemium is one of the remedies used for agoraphobia (fear of wide open spaces) and influenza when the sufferer has weakness and trembling.
Remember: Anxiety, weakness, trembling, desire to hide away, unable to cope.
6. Kali arsenicosum (Kali-ar.)
Anxiety about health, especially about heart disease or a heart attack. This can result in panic attacks or make them sleep with their hand over their heart. Anxious thoughts can increase at night making them avoid going to bed. They can even imagine that they see dead people. Frequently feel chilly.
Remember: Anxiety about heart problems. Anxiety worse at night.
7. Kali phosphoricum (Kali-p.)
A remedy for those with anxiety from feeling overwhelmed. Easily, stressed, startled and frightened. Oversensitive and delicate. Easily exhausted and irritability from exhaustion or anxiety. Physical ailments from worry, overwork, and overexcitement. They can fear having a nervous breakdown or fear something bad will happen.
Remember: Oversensitive, overwhelmed and anxious. Exhaustion and irritability with anxiety.
8. Lycopodium clavatum (Lyc.)
People who need lycopodium suffer from anticipation anxiety and stage fright. Lack of self confidence. However, once in the middle of a presentation they frequently relax and do well. Anxiety in new groups and situations that is covered up with bravado or over talking. Anxiety often accompanied by bloating. Craving for sweets.
Remember: Lack of self confidence; boasting and bragging; bloating and desire for sweets.
9. Phosphorus (Phos.)
Many fears and anxieties but especially of being alone. Fears and anxieties always relieved in company. As a result, those who need Phosphorus are generally sensitive, sociable and friendly. Fear of the dark, ghosts, thunderstorms and many other things. Startle easily. Sensitive to odours and sounds. Vivid imaginations. Highly suggestible and highly empathic. Phosphorus types generally enjoy cold drinks, sweets (especially chocolate), ice cream and spicy food.
Remember: Many fears and anxieties, especially of being alone. Friendly, empathic, suggestible."
If you would like more information about how homeopathy could help you or someone you love suffering with an anxiety disorder, please contact me. I look forward to helping you or your loved one live a life without limitations.