HOMOEOPATHY FOR GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER
It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially if your life is stressful. However, excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interfere with day-to-day activities may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder.
It's possible to develop generalized anxiety disorder as a child or an adult. Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety, but they're all different conditions.
Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge. In many cases, it occurs along with other anxiety or mood disorders. In most cases, generalized anxiety disorder improves with medications or talk therapy (psychotherapy). Making lifestyle changes, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques also can help.
Causes--As with many mental health conditions, the exact cause of generalized anxiety disorder isn't fully understood, but it may include genetics as well as other risk factors.
Symptoms--Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. They may include:
· Persistent worrying or obsession about small or large concerns that's out of proportion to the impact of the event
· Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
· Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge
· Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind "goes blank"
· Worrying about excessively worrying
· Distress about making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision
· Carrying every option in a situation all the way out to its possible negative conclusion
· Difficulty handling uncertainty or indecisiveness
Physical signs and symptoms may include:
· Muscle tension or muscle aches
· Trembling, feeling twitchy
· Being easily startled
· Trouble sleeping
· Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
There may be times when your worries don't completely consume you, but you still feel anxious even when there's no apparent reason. For example, you may feel intense worry about your safety or that of your loved ones, or you may have a general sense that something bad is about to happen.
Your anxiety, worry or physical symptoms cause you significant distress in social, work or other areas of your life. Worries can shift from one concern to another and may change with time and age.
Symptoms in children and teenagers
In addition to the symptoms above, children and teenagers who have generalized anxiety disorder may have excessive worries about:
· Performance at school or sporting events
· Being on time (punctuality)
· Earthquakes, nuclear war or other catastrophic events
A child or teen with generalized anxiety disorder may also:
· Feel overly anxious to fit in
· Be a perfectionist
· Redo tasks because they aren't perfect the first time
· Spend excessive time doing homework
· Lack confidence
· Strive for approval
· Require a lot of reassurance about performance
Risk factors--These factors may increase the risk of developing generalized anxiety disorder:
Personality. A person whose temperament is timid or negative or who avoids anything dangerous may be more prone to generalized anxiety disorder than others are.
Genetics. Generalized anxiety disorder may run in families.
Being female. Women are diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder somewhat more often than men are.
Complications-Having generalized anxiety disorder does more than just make you worry. It can:
· Impair your ability to perform tasks quickly and efficiently because you have trouble concentrating
· Take your time and focus from other activities
· Sap your energy
· Disturb your sleep
Generalized anxiety disorder can also lead to or worsen other mental and physical health conditions, such as:
· Depression (which often occurs with generalized anxiety disorder)
· Substance abuse
· Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
· Digestive or bowel problems
· Heart-health issues
ACONITUM NAPELLUS 30 - Aconite is one of the top homeopathic remedies for anxiety as it covers the acuteness of anxiety attacks . The key symptoms of aconite to be used as a homeopathic remedy for anxiety is the ‘suddenness of symptoms’ . Anxiety or distress will come very suddenly and without any premonition and can come at any time . Feeling of impending doom and also fear of death is there.Anxiety attacks happen out of nowhere , at any time and there might not be any perceptible trigger or a reason for it to occur
ARGENTUM NITRICUM 200-Argentum nitricum is an excellent remedy for anxiety , especially chronic type.It is for anxiety with dizziness. It is more suited to people who suffer from ‘Generalised Anxiety Disorder ‘ . The main symptoms are – there is constant sense of anxiety – here it differs from Aconite as it is used more when the attacks of anxiety are sudden in nature and are violent. In Argentum patient the anxiety is not violent but is constant . the patient is more of a “worrier type ” and this is what leads to a state of constant anxiety . The patient that requires Argentum lives in a world full of fear, irrational impulses and a forsaken feeling. They are always in a state of worry. They anticipate all kinds of worrisome things They suffer suffer from a severe anticipatory anxiety – the thought of meeting a new person gives palpitations, trembling, a cramping pain in the abdomen and at times a strong urge to pass stool.Argentum patients suffer from all kinds of phobias claustrophobia , acrophobia etc. they usually Avoid crowded places, parties, narrow streets and alleys ; fear of height is very strongly marked and looking down even from the second floor sends shivers down the spine.
ANACARDIUM ORIENTALE 200- Anxiety. Fear of examination. Fear he is being pursued and prosecuted . Stage fright in musicians.Ancardium patients think that they are possessed of two persons or wills. They are very easily offended. Lack of confidence in himself and others. They have digestive problems.
ARSENICUM ALBUM 200-Arsenic alb is best for anxiety, anxiousness and mental restlessness. Arsenic alb patients always moving from place to another, physically too weak to move, so he wants to be moved from place to place . Marked feature of Arsenic alb is fear of death, fears that he is having some incurable disease . They are always sad and hopeless of recovery. Fear and in anxiety when alone , fears as if he will die soon. They have suicidal tendencies , weary of life. Impulse to commit suicide, over sensitiveness to circumstances and surrounding. Arsenic alb patient is extremely fastidious , wants everything in proper place even when he or she is sick.
CALCAREA CARB 200- Calcarea carb is also useful for anxiety. The patient thinks that he has done something wrong . He feels uneasy and anxious with palpitations. He fears loss of reason. Calcarea carb patients are desperate of life. Fears insanity. Bores others by repeatedly describing his ailments
GELSEMIUM 200- Anxiety due to fright, fear, emotions, exciting news or forthcoming examination and interview . Stage fright. Diarrhoea from emotional excitement, fright, bad news.For anxiety chills and hot flushes.
IGNATIA AMARA 200- Ignatia is prescribed when anxiety occurs due to any grief. The patient has a changeable mood. They are introspective, silently brooding , melancholic, sad and tearful, sighing and sobbing.
LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM 200-Anxiety with lack of confidence. The patient is unable to sleep due to the happenings during the day. Anxiety about forthcoming events. Lycopodium patients prefer warm food and drinks. They have a craving for sweets.
NATRUM MURIATICUM 200-The Natrum mur. Patient is anxious about everything, even has anxious dreams. Anxiety with chest pain.
PHOSPHORUS 200- Very restless patients who are sensitive. They need security and constant reassurance. Anxious , restless and nervous due to the fear of darkness, thunder, alone or dying.
PULSATILLA NIG. 200- Pulsatilla is prescribed when anxiety occurs after bad news or an emotional upset. The patient is weepy , touchy and needs company
PHOSPHORUS 200- Phosphorus is an effective remredy for anxiety of those people who are very restless and are sensitive. They need security and constant reassurance. Anxious, restless and nervous due to the fear of darkness, thunder, alone or dying.
SULPHUR 200-Sulphur is one of the best remedies for anxiety disorder.There is anxiety with fainting spells , profuse sweating, which is worse in morning. Sulphur persons are mentally lazy, always tired, occasionally restlessness and hasty. They are irritable, impatient of others, selfish, easily excited and offended. They are always in dreams , delusions, things rags to be beautiful things. He is a ragged philosopher , very unclean, does not care for neatness, he thinks there is no need of cleanliness. Sulphur patients are suspicious and mentally depressed , very forgetful , confused, absent minded, having aversion to mental , as well as physical efforts and aversion to bathing.
SEPIA 200- Anxious towards evening. Dreads to be alone . Indifferent to those loved best.A feeling of bearing down in pelvis.
SYPHILINUM 200—Syphilinum is best for anxiety. An important feature of Syphilinum patients is that they repeatedly wash their hands and they feel compelled to do so in order to relieve their anxiety. Marked fear of night time, the patient dreads the approach of night. There is intense anxiety and a constant feeling that he may go insane
THUJA OCCIDENTALIS 200- Thuja is one of the very good remedies for generalized anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive neurosis. The patient generally gets anxious over trifles and cannot concentrate on whatever he does. He has many fixed ideas and he finds it difficult to get rid of them. Social phobia is also commonly seen in these patients who begin to get nervous and get twitching on being approached by strangers. Overall a very good drug for controlling anxiety states