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It is normal to feel nervous before an interview or be anxious about something, but letting that fear take over you is not normal. If your worries and stress interfere with your day-to-day life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Fear not, this is treatable with homeopathy.
Kali Phosphoricum: Kali Phosphoricum is a potassium phosphate that helps calm people when overwhelmed by anxiety attacks. This is suitable for people who are easily stressed, over sensitive, insecure, irritable and despondent. It also helps deal with the after effects of grief and fright. Physical ailments such as fatigue, dullness and lack of energy that are a result of anxiety can also be treated with this bio-chemic salt.
Aconite Napellus: Aconite Napellus is made from a purple flowering plant by the same name. it has a number of uses, primary among which is to control anxiety. This is one of the best homeopathic remedies for sudden, intense anxiety attacks and for post traumatic anxiety. It also helps deal with after effects of anxiety such as memory weakness, restlessness, oversensitivity and spells of rage.
Argentum Nitricum: Argentum Nitricum is also known as nitrate of silver. This is helpful in cases where anxiety makes a person insecure and unsure of what to do. When you're anxious, you are likely to crave for something sweet and feel very hot. Both these are cyclic symptoms of anxiety, and can worsen the situation if not dealt with. However, Argentum Nitricum helps calm the digestive effects of sugar and cool the body to keep anxiety levels in check.
Arsenicum Album: Arsenicum Album is a constitutional remedy that can treat both chronic and acute problems. This works well on people who are worried about safety and security. If issues like health, money and break-ins are the cause of your anxiety, this homeopathic remedy is ideal for you. It also helps deal with restlessness.
Calcarea Carbonica: This homeopathic ingredient is made from the middle layer of sea shells. When it comes to anxiety, Calcarea Carbonica is well suited for people who are scared of change and over controlling. This anxiety is accompanied by excessive sweating due to any exertion and stubbornness. Such people are also often afraid of animals and of the dark and get easily confused.
One of the biggest advantages of homeopathy over allopathic treatment is the absence of side effects when taken in low doses. However, even homeopathic medication can have side effects when taken in high doses. Therefore, it is a good idea to consult a doctor before self medicating with homeopathy.
I'm short temper. How can I control it. But my anger won't stay for 10 mins. Suddenly I will be cooled up to normal.
My daughter has been married for 4 months but is unable to consummate her marriage as she says she just can' t get the feeling for her husband despite trying and now the marriage is on the brink of break down, kindly guide
I am Dr Omkar Mate consultant neuropsychiatrist practicing at Midas Clinic Neurl, Navi Mumbai.
Now let us talk about anxiety and anxiety disorders . Anxiety is that feeling of nervousness, sometimes associated with traveling, racing heart and shortness or difficulty of breathing. Anxiety is a normal response of human mind and body to certain stressful situations . It is not always bad like stress too is not always bad, being anxious before exams leads a person to study better, work better and get better marks. This stress is a positive stress which increases performance, it is called used stress. However, sometimes a person becomes so anxious that the anxiety hampers or reduces person's functioning of performance, this is distress.
The next level of distress is an anxiety disorder - there are different types of anxiety disorders like a panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, various types of phobias . Let us look briefly at each one of them.
A panic disorder is something which is made up of panic attacks . What is a panic attack ? Panic attack is that intense fear or anxiety with associated symptoms like racing heart, difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath where sometimes the person feels suffocated and he feels that I am going to die. This episode usually lasts for 15 minutes to an hour and goes away on its own, but sometimes these episodes recur and a person remains fearful that I will get this episode again. In such cases a panic disorder is diagnosed.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is another anxiety disorder, here a person repeatedly checks things like door, gas stoves, light switches, sometimes a patient has a habit of washing hands repeatedly. Now all these things are usually repeated by a person to take care of anxiety and a reason for the anxiety in such patients are thoughts. There may be thoughts that somebody close to them maybe ill, or thoughts that my hands are dirty and illness will spread in my family because of my dirty hands, it can be thoughts like the gas stove or door is not locked and robbers will rob my house or the gas stove being on can lead to an accident. Usually, the themes are related to fear and illness or death. Repeated thoughts make the person anxious which in turn causes such behaviour .
If such symptoms lead to hampering of his or her life or his functioning or his profession then it needs to be treated , if the symptoms are for more than half an hour to 1 hour. Another anxiety disorder is what we call a social anxiety disorder. Here a person is fearful or afraid of making public appearances or talking in public places or going to social gatherings with a constant fear of thought in their mind that what will others think about me, whether I will make a fool of myself . This leads people to avoid certain social situations.
If a person who is a management person is scared of making presentations , this will definitely affect his performance. So in such cases where a person's performance -occupationally or socially is dependent on his public speaking and he is not able to do so because of anxiety then we diagnose it as social anxiety disorder.
One of the commonest anxiety disorder seen is something which we call as phobias. All of us are aware of a phobia like many of us are scared of injections or needles, there are some of us who faint on seeing blood. Similarly, there are different phobias like fear of height, fear of closed spaces like claustrophobia and fear of crowded places which is agoraphobia. A person having phobia need not always be treated, for example if a person who has fear of heights is not required to go on tall places as it may not be treated.
However, if certain phobias are actually leading to problems like fear of flying in planes in a person who wants to travel abroad or who has to travel for work, it makes that person afraid and he tends to avoid such situations. So functional impairment in such cases need treatment for phobia, around 1 in 5 people suffer from one or other anxiety disorder, however, many times they are not detected. Anxiety disorders are the most treatable disorders and mostly curable also with the help of medicines and proper therapy techniques and counselling techniques.
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Sir, I have a problem in my sexual activity. When ever I used to masturbate or having sex with my girlfriend, I was getting too much harassment. Even I forget the very little work, like if m going to my institute I forgot my pen or the subject which were going to be discussed in class. N getting too much irritated in vry little thing like any body can some normal fun then I was taking it too seriously n do fight with those peoples. Please suggest me wht can I do in this case. Sumit.
Hi! I am 20 years old and last some times, I am in depression because of more load on mind. So, what can I do thereby I reduce my load on my mind?
Q. What is depression?
A: Depression is a common medical illness that affects the way one feels and thinks. It causes feeling of sadness and decreased enthusiasm/interest in life activities.
Q. What are the symptoms of depression?
A: The following are the common symptoms of depression:
- Feeling sad most of the time
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Repeated crying spells for no reasons
- Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy, getting tired easily
- Negative thinking
- Poor concentration
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Q. How common is depression?
A. It is one of the commonest medical illness and around one in six people will experience depression once in their life time.
Q. How is depression different from normal sadness?
A. Feeling sad once in a while is normal however in depression sadness stays for most of the day and one is not able to feel good despite trying to do so. Even if a person cheers up once in a while, its very short lasting and gloom tends to return back.
Q. What causes depression?
A. Multiple factors are responsible. Changes in levels of certain brain chemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine are the main cause. Also, genetics is an important factor. Depression tends to run in families. Finally, any stressful life event can trigger the depression.
Q. What is “smiling depression”?
A. In some cases depression is not so evident. Patients are able to hide it from others and may keep a smile on their face, however they suffer from inside.
Q. Is depression a dangerous disorder?
A. Not really. Since its easily treatable, it can’t be called as ‘dangerous’. However, it should not be taken lightly. Depressed patients can develop medical complications like high blood pressure, diabetes etc. Also, depression is the most common cause of suicide. So prompt treatment is important.
Q. If i am feeling depressed, does that mean i am a ‘weak person’ ?
A. Not at all. Any one can develop depression. It has got nothing to do with being strong or weak. The important thing is to accept the problem and to work on it. If someone develops ‘high blood pressure’, we don't call that person weak , similarly, we should not presume that depression occurs in weak people.
Q. But i was a very ‘positive person’. How can i develop depression?
A. You are still a ‘positive person’. Thats why you have come to seek help and get better. Please remember depression is a medical illness. Once it gets treated, you will be back to your normal happy self.
Q. Is depression treatable?
A. Absolutely yes. Between 80-90% of patients respond to treatment. A combination of medications and psychotherapy (counselling sessions) is the best approach.
Q. Do I need to take treatment lifelong?
A. Absolutely not. In majority of patients, a course of six months to one year is enough. If one have had multiple episodes of depression in the past, treatment may be longer.
Q. But antidepressants are habit forming and have serious side effects?
A. Totally untrue. Antidepressants are not habit forming. There is no possibility of developing addiction to antidepressants. However one should not stop them suddenly. Its important to gradually decrease the dosage of medicines before stopping it. The side effects are uncommonly seen and even when they occur they are mild such as acidity, stomach upset etc. You should discuss about the side effects with your doctor.
Q. But the google search shows a lot of side effects of medications?
A. Anybody can write anything on the internet. You should not blindly trust it. The list of side effects that you see on internet includes the ones which are extremely rare, so no need to get scared of those. The doctor sitting inside the chamber has put tens of years in studying about these illnesses and treatment. Please trust your doctor more than any random google search.
Q. Can i do something on my own to get better?
A. Yes, many things. To start with, go for a short ten minutes run everyday. Practice yoga or meditation. Try not to be alone. But most importantly, take medicines regularly and come for therapy sessions regularly.