Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterised by feelings of anxiety and fear.
Anxiety is a worry about future events and fear
is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical
symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness. There are a number
of anxiety disorders:
Including generalized mental disorder, specific
phobia, social disorder, separation anxiety disorder, agoraphobia,
and panic disorder.
The disorder differs by what results in the
symptoms. People often have more than one anxiety disorder.
The symptoms of anxiety neurosis could be physical or mental: The
first symptom of anxiety neurosis is the irrational and unjustified
fear and apprehension that something terrible will happen. This ‘
something ’ could be in the control of the patient (like fear of
losing temper and getting into a fight) or beyond the control of the
patient (terrorism, natural calamities). Some symptoms include
listlessness and difficulty in concentration,irritability and short
temper, excessive pathos, difficulty in retaining information in the
mind (forgetfulness) and Other physical manifestations include
Dryness of mouth and throat.Short, rapid intakes and outtakes of
breath. Increased rate of heartbeat and palpitations. Shivering and
trembling of hands and legs. Involuntary twitching of muscles Profuse
Argentum Nitricum -This
is one of the most important medicines for anxiety related disorders.
It specifically affects the mind causing neurotic effects. The
patient is very nervous and impulsive by nature; extremely hurried in
whatever he does. He dreads situations that may cause him anxiety and
tries to avoid getting into such situations. Multiple phobias such as
fear of darkness, evil, fear of heights, tall buildings, of passing
certain places, etc. anticipatory anxiety which causes diarrhoea
before any important event or function.
Lycopodium clavatum -Lycopodium is a deep acting, constitutional remedy having a very wide
sphere of action. It positively affects the mental sphere, general
nutrition, urinary system, gastrointestinal system, reproductive
system, lungs, skin, etc. It is frequently used for the treatment of
generalized anxiety disorders, social phobia, etc. A few common
indications of this drug are: Intense fear of going in public places
and performing in public. The patient dreads public appearance even
if his profession demands it. Intense fear of not being able to
perform well and fear of negative evaluation by others. Anticipatory
anxiety is marked and there is total loss of self confidence.
Constant apprehension and fear of breaking down under stress.
(Silica) - It's frequently used for generalized anxiety
disorders, social phobias and specific phobias. Generally very
nervous and timid patients who are afraid of stressful situations
like public performances and exams, etc. They startle from the
slightest noise due to nervousness. Marked anticipatory anxiety is an
important feature of this drug.
Thuja occidentalis -Thuja is one
of the very good remedies for generalised 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 states.
Syphillinum -Syphillinum is
frequently used in the homeopathic treatment of obsessive compulsive
disorders, anxiety states, vitiligo, recurrent abscesses, trigeminal
neuralgia, alcohol dependence etc. It's a useful drug to combat
diseases that are destructive in nature and are deep-seated. An
important feature of these 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 problem and a constant feeling
that he (the patient) may go insane.
Natrum Muriaticum - Natrum
muriaticum is an excellent remedy for diseases affecting the general
nutrition of the body and for anemia, fevers, thyroid affections,
etc. Not only the physical ailments but also the psychic affections
come under the domain of this wonderful drug. Depressive states, mood
swings, irritability, etc can be well tackled with this remedy. All
in all, this is a multi-faceted drug that can be used for many of the
disorders affecting mankind.
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