Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, whether it’s a job interview, meeting a partner’s family for the first time, or if you’re about to have a baby. These days, with living stressful lives with high expectations and unending desires, we experience anxiety on a daily basis.
Some anxiety is helpful – it helps us react to stresses or potential threats, by quickening our reflexes and focusing our attention, and it usually settles once the stressful situation has passed.
However, when those those anxious feelings don't go away, they become a problem. Even in normal circumstances, they are present and seem too extreme for the situation. Eventually you realise, you can’t seem to control them.
When anxiety is severe, or there all the time, it makes even daily routines hard to cope with. *Some alarming feelings and scenarios to be aware of could be as follows.
Intense, disturbing emotions
Feelings that last for weeks, months or that keep going up and down over many years
Feelings that negatively affect your thoughts, behaviour and general health
Emotions that leave you feeling distressed and unable to enjoy life
*If you experience the above over a period of 4-6 weeks continuously, we advise you to take note of them, and seek professional help for restorative action.
Anxiety can even cause physical symptoms like pain, a pounding heart or stomach cramps. For some people these physical symptoms are their main concern. Anxiety can also affect other areas of your life – like your ability to cope or perform at work, and can affect your relationships with friends and family. It is common for people who have anxiety to also feel depressed. The symptoms of anxiety and depression can overlap.
Signs and symptoms of Anxiety
Hot and cold flushes
Shaking of body
Tight feeling in the chest or chest pains
Struggling to breathe
Snowballing worries that get bigger and bigger
A racing mind full of thoughts
A constant need to check and ensure that things are organised
Persistently worrying ideas that seem 'silly or crazy'.
If you believe you have any of the above symptoms, you may want to look at the different types of anxiety disorders below.
Types of Anxiety
The following information is not to be taken as an official or professional diagnosis. However, you may find them useful, and relatable if, when you see a doctor, psychologist or counsellor they use these terms.
The following are the most common types of Anxiety:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is when people worry about a number of things, on most days for six or more months. It usually affects young adults - women more than men. The anxiety is about a wide range of situations and issues, not just one specific event. It can be hard to control it and finds its way into all parts of daily life.
Phobias are extreme and irrational fears about a particular thing. The can be so great that the person goes to great lengths to avoid it, even if it’s harmless. For example social phobia is fear of being judged or embarrassed in public, even in everyday situations like when eating, speaking at work or making small talk. Another type is agoraphobia, often thought to be a fear of open spaces. It is also a fear of being closed in, or away from a safe place or person who makes you feel safe. It can be extremely disabling and frightening, and can leave people unable to leave their home.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is when a person has unwanted, intrusive, persistent or repetitive thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations (obsessions) which cause anxiety. So they then carry out actions to reduce the anxiety or get rid of those thoughts. For example, the person may be afraid of germs and try to relieve the anxiety through repeated hand washing or avoiding touching things like door knobs. They may know these thoughts are unreasonable but be unable to stop them. When OCD is severe and left untreated, it can be very distressing, and get in the way of work, school and normal life at home.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a reaction to a highly stressful event outside the range of everyday experience when a person feels very unsafe or threatened. These are unusual experiences such as war, violent attack (verbal, physical or sexual) or a natural disaster. The symptoms usually include irritability, anxiety, flashbacks, repeated nightmares, and avoiding situations that might bring back memories of the event.
Panic Disorder is when a person has panic attacks. These are intense feelings of anxiety along with the kind of physical symptoms and overwhelming sensations you would have if you were in great danger, like a pounding heart, feeling faint, sweating, shaky limbs, nausea, chest pains, breathing discomfort and feelings of losing control. The symptoms rise and peak rapidly. The effects can be so severe that people experiencing panic attacks can believe they are dying. Despite being frightening and very uncomfortable they are not life threatening.
Role of Homeopathic remedies in managing Anxiety
& what makes it stand out from other available treatments
Homeopathic remedies work very well in anxiety disorders and they help restore back the mind-body balance. Anxiety disorders or for that matter any psychological disorders are not just a result of emotional imbalance but also a result of disordered physical parameters.
What makes Homeopathy unique from other sciences are 2 main components:
Individualisation: The basis is in treating each individual as unique, not only based on his prominent primary symptoms but a holistic picture of his mental-emotional-physical-spiritual and social attributes.
Like each one of us has unique needs and likes in every aspect of our living; right from the choice of food to comfort in relationship - how can one remedy/treatment modality suit all.
In simple words, no two cases of Panic disorder have the same symptoms, neither emotional or physical symptoms though both have the same diagnosis of Panic Disorder. The homeopathic remedies are able to target these individualistic expressions. The remedies act by promoting to restore the disturbed hormonal and neural mechanisms, in a way assisting the body to get back its normal functioning. Thus the betterments achieved are fairly Long lasting and continue to stay even after the discontinuation of the remedies.
Adherence to nature’s law of cure: Human body is a smart and self regulated system. Take an example of the Immune system or metabolic systems, they carry out such complex processes 24/7 without us putting any conscious effort. It’s the same when it comes to disorders - starting from the first symptom of the illness to the full blown picture - body has made ample efforts to avoid, manage or deal with the problem internally but when it reaches the final threshold that’s when a disorder manifests.
Homeopathic remedies work in accordance to nature as they focus on boosting the body’s innate mechanism to regulate. They are made from natural sources and are dispensed in minuscule dosages.
The information about homeopathy featured on this website has been provided by clients, content publicly available on the world wide web, and from statutory regulated medical professionals who use homeopathy in their practice. The information is not a substitute for medical advice and anyone with serious concerns about their health should consult an appropriate healthcare professional.