What Is Anxiety

Anxiety Disorder

An anxiety disorder is a mental health problem which becomes so out of control that it affects the daily life of the person suffering from it. This is a very common mental disorder in children. One in 10 children or adolescents reportedly suffer from anxiety.

It is very common for children to experience the fear or feeling of being anxious, which can become worrying when those fears or worries disturb the child’s daily life. For example, if a child starts to refuse to participate in activities he/she enjoyed previously, doesn’t want to leave the house anymore or is only able to do so after performing a very specific ritual.

A child suffering from anxiety can show many symptoms, both physical and emotional

Examples of physical symptoms

  • Sweating

  • Fatigue

  • Digestive problems such as constipation and IBS

  • Children diseases such as chicken pox, colic, sleep problems

  • Female complains around menopause, PMS, fertility

Examples of emotional symptoms

  • Anticipatory anxiety

  • Perfectionism (OCD for example)

  • Separation anxiety

  • Sleep trouble

  • Inability to relax

  • Multiple fears (about safety, death, etc.)

These symptoms are just examples and the results of what is called a “fight or flight” response which is the way the body reacts when it detects danger. It then releases natural chemicals in the body. While this is usually considered a natural process, anxiety can trigger this reaction in any situation, causing the chemicals to be released more often than usual. This can then overload the system and cause knock-on problems.

The question is, therefore, what causes this overactive “fight or flight” response? The reasons are multiple and very specific to each individual. They can be, but not exclusively related to genetics, an imbalance in the brain chemistry, life events, etc.

There are different forms of anxiety disorder, here are some examples:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • Separation anxiety disorder (SAD)

  • Social anxiety disorder

  • Selective mutism (SM)

  • Specific phobia

  • Panic disorder

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

How can homeopathy help?

The efficacy of anxiolytics has been questioned on multiple occasions. They have some important side effects, one being dependency, which is detrimental for adults but even more so for children.

There are different types of anxiolytics, however they all are sedatives. Being psychotic drugs, they act on the central nervous system (CNS) and can therefore have a negative impact on any of its functions. Practically speaking, this means the drugs could affect anything that has to do with the collection, interpretation and reaction to sensory input coming either from the body or the environment.

Some of the possible side effects of the anxiolytics are:

  • Drowsiness

  • Sedation

  • Confusion

  • Dependence and then withdrawal symptoms

  • Stomach upset

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhoea

  • Headache

  • Constipation

  • Suicidal thoughts

The effects of these chemicals are something you might want to avoid both for yourself and your children.

Homeopathy is an alternative, complementary medicine which is natural, gentle but also effective. The remedies don’t have side-effects. For these reasons, homeopathy can be a real alternative to an allopathic approach.

I bring a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and will spend time understanding your child’s needs and the reasons why he/she experiences anxiety during the consultations. This is paramount in order to be able to help him/her. Anxiety can be treated in many ways, including with numerous homeopathic remedies, making it extremely difficult to self-prescribe or rely on the kind (but quick) help of a pharmacist or friend.

You and your child should start noticing beneficial results after 3 to 4 months of treatment. This of course depends on the situation, it could even be quicker if the case is straight forward.

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What is homeopathy?

If you are interested in treating the root of the problem rather than the symptoms, homeopathy is the right choice. Plato wrote: “the part can never be well unless the whole is well”.

Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) developed this holistic form of medicine over 200 years ago. Homeopathy takes into account the whole being, addressing both the physical and emotional needs of the body. It is a comprehensive, safe and gentle way to return to, or acquire, a balanced state of health.

Since homeopathic remedies don’t have side effects, they can be prescribed to anyone from babies to the elderly. The medication can be prescribed regardless of age or gender, to anyone who desires a natural and holistic approach to their health.

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