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.
घबराहट एक ऐसी बीमारी है जिसकी वजह से कई बार खतरनाक स्थिति पैदा हो जाती है. इसको हमलोग आम बोलचाल की भाषा में तनाव, अवसाद या चिंता भी कह कर पुकार सकते हैं. देखा जाए तो घबराहट अपने आप में एक बिमारी तो है ही लेकिन साथ ही कई बीमारियों की जड़ भी है. इस बिमारी में हमें मुख्य रूप से दुःख, बुरा महसूस करना, दैनिक गतिविधियों में रुचि या खुशी ना रखना आदि लक्षण दिखाई पड़ते हैं. जाहिर है इससे हम भी इन सभी बातों से भी लगभग परिचित ही होते हैं. यदि ये लक्षण थोड़े समय तक दिखाई दें तो ज्यादा परेशान होने की बात नहीं है लेकिन जब यही सारे लक्षण हमारे जीवन में अधिक समय तक रहते हैं तब ये हमें बहुत अधिक प्रभावित करते हैं. ये स्थिति बेहद तनाव से भरी होती है. विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन के अवसाद की परिभाषा के अनुसार दुनिया भर में अवसाद सबसे सामान्य बीमारी है. आपको जानकर हैरानी होगी कि दुनिया भर में लगभग 350 मिलियन लोग घबराहट या इससे संबन्धित अन्य अन्य बीमारियों से प्रभावित हैं. घबराहट एक मानसिक स्वास्थ्य विकार है जो कि कुछ दिनों की समस्या न होकरके एक लम्बी बीमारी है. आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से घबराहट के लक्षणों पर एक नजर डालें ताकि इस संबंध में जागरूकता फ़ेल सके.
घबराहट के लक्षणों की शुरुवात-
घबराहट अपने सामान्य रूप में अवसाद जैसा ही लगने वाली एक और समस्या है मूड का उतार-चढ़ाव. लेकिन आपको बता दें कि ये अवसाद से अलग है. मूड का उतार-चढ़ाव तो हम अपने सामान्य और स्वस्थ जीवन में भी अनुभव करते ही रहते हैं. लेकिन हमारे दैनिक जीवन में आने वाली चुनौतियों के प्रति हमारी अस्थायी भावुक प्रतिक्रियाएं अवसाद को जन्म नहीं दे पाती हैं. जैसे कि जब हमारे किसी करीबी की मौत होती है और हम दुखी होते हैं तो वो भावना अवसाद की श्रेणी में नहीं आती है. लेकिन यही दुःख जब लम्बे समय तक बरकरार रह जाती है अवसाद की समस्या हो सकती है. आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से हम घबराहट के लक्षणों पर एक सरसरी नजर डालते हैं.
घबराहट के लक्षण-
1. घबराहट के शिकार व्यक्ति के चेहरे पर आमतौर पर एक तरह के उदासी का भाव नजर आता है.
2. इससे प्रभावित व्यक्ति थकान का भी अनुभव करते हुए देखे जा सकते हैं.
3. इसके मरीजों में ये भी देखा गया है कि इनको ध्यान केंद्रित करने में परेशानी होती है.
4. इन लोगों की मानसिक स्थिति के कारण इन्हें अक्सर दुखी रहते हुए देखा जा सकता है.
5. इसके पीड़ितों में आमतौर पर दिखाई देने वाले लक्षणों में से एक गुस्सा भी है.
6. जिन लोगों को घबराहट की समस्या होती है वो चिड़चिड़े से रहते हैं.
7. घबराहट के शिकार व्यक्ति में हताशा भी आमतौर पर दिखाई देने वाला लक्षण है.
8. आम तौर पर हम लोग त्योहारों या नया मौकों पर आनंददायक या मजेदार गतिविधियों में भाग
लेते हैं जिससे कि एक तरह की ताजगी मिलती है.
9. तनाव के दौरान लोगों को बहुत अधिक नींद या बहुत कम नींद आने की समस्या होती है.
10. तनाग्रस्त व्यक्ति के ऊर्जा में कमी स्पष्ट तौर पर देखी जा सकती है.
11. ये लोग अक्सर अस्वस्थ भोजन की लालसा करते हैं.
12. हमेशा चिंतामें डूबे रहना भी घबराहट का ही एक लक्षण है.
13. कटा-कटा सा और दूसरों से अलग रहना भी एक कारण है.
14. डिप्रेशन से परेशान व्यक्ति के अंदर बेचैनी जैसे भाव भी देखे जाते हैं.
15. उन लोगों को स्पष्ट रूप से सोचने या निर्णय लेने में भी परेशानी का सामना करना पड़ता है.
16. इन सब कारणों से वो काम या स्कूल में खराब प्रदर्शन करते हैं जिससे उनकी परेशानी बढ़ जाती है.
17. घबराहट का शिकार व्यक्ति अपराधबोध से ग्रसित होता है.
18. परेशानियों से तंग आकर उनके मन में आत्मघाती विचार भी आते हैं.
19. आम तौर पर तनाव से पीड़ित लोगों के सिर या मांसपेशियों में दर्द रहने की शिकायत भी होती है.
20. कई बार घबराहट से परेशान व्यक्ति दवा या शराब का दुरुपयोग भी करता है.
Anxiety often leads to the development of phobias. An unreasonable fear of being in social situations is known as social anxiety or social phobia. People suffering from such a phobia may be afraid of specific social settings like public speaking or generic social events such as eating with others or using public telephones. They are afraid that they will embarrass themselves or be humiliated in front of others. Being in such a situation can often build up into a panic attack. In many cases, the person himself is aware that his fear is irrational but cannot overcome it. Hence, here are a few tips to overcome social phobia.
Panic disorder is a serious condition that can strike without any reason or warning and the symptoms last for about 10 minutes, such as; a fear for imminent death or losing control, chills, numbness of toes or fingers, stomach ache or nausea, trembling, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing.
Over time, a person with panic disorder develops a constant fear of having another panic attack, which can affect daily functioning and general quality of life.
Is it a heart attack or a panic attack?
Most of the symptoms of a panic attack are physical, and many times these symptoms are so severe that people think they are having a heart attack. In fact, many people suffering from panic attacks make repeated trips to the doctor or the emergency room in an attempt to get treatment for what they believe is a life-threatening medical problem. While it’s important to rule out possible medical causes of symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations, or difficulty breathing, it’s often panic that is overlooked as a potential cause—not the other way around.
What are the causes behind Panic Disorder?
Although the exact causes of panic attacks and panic disorder are unclear, the tendency to have panic attacks runs in families. There also appears to be a connection with major life transitions such as graduating from college and entering the workplace, getting married, and having a baby. Severe stress, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss can also trigger a panic attack.
Panic attacks can also be caused by medical conditions and other physical causes. Panic Disorder usually begins during late adolescence and early adulthood and is twice as common with women as compared to men.
How can Panic Disorder be treated?
Psychotherapy- It is a type of counseling wherein trained professionals assist people by discussing strategies for comprehending and stabilizing this disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Theory- Cognitive behavioral theory aims at identifying possible triggers of panic attacks and helps one recognize and change their thought patterns and behaviors that stimulate such behavior.
Medication- Anti-depressant medicines are used to cure panic disorders, such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), medications for reducing anxiety and certain cardiovascular medications such as beta-blockers to cope with situational anxiety.
When it comes to panic attacks, professional treatment and therapy can make a big difference. But there are many things you can do to help yourself, too:
1. They are just like a false fire alarms triggered by your thoughts who are in anticipation of something bad!
Remember....There is no fire!
2. Every panic attack passes away without killing you ,leaving you just as you were!, with some rest and water and may be an anti anxiety pill.
3. All the medical investigations almost everytime reveal that there is nothing wrong.
4. There is no pathology, it just indicates how uptight one is, how obsessed one is to avoid a negative outcome and how seriously tied up one is to each and every action
6. The build up to a panic attack is inability to let go of the persistent fictional fearful thoughts
7. Panic attack is an anticipation of a bad event, which does not happen and eventually becomes worse than what was feared!
7. There is a genetic pre-disposition to anxiety , when one accepts it, it just stays in one small corner of one's life, sharing a marginal space
9 The embarrasment of going to emergency ward after every attack and coming back with an anti anxiety pill and no heavyweight diagnosis has not sunken deep?
10. Lack of trust (in life , body's healing intelligence, people etc ) could be a highest common factor in anxiety sufferers
11 One absolute truth abouth anxiety attack is that "it passes away " .
11. Are you still after all these years still taking your thoughts (that are telling you that something bad may happen) seriously !!
Apart from the psychiatric help in the form of anti-anxiety medicine which one may consider one does not have to do a thing!!
How not to do a thing?
a. No literature on anxiety, no self help , no tricks like meditation(which is suppression)
b. Not dealing with those nasty thoughts, not giving them any significance or value
c. And finally no doctor hopping!!
As one shfits one's focus to do meaningful and fulfilling things, the ghost of anxiety passes away compaining of reduced attention!
The period around the age of 45 to 50 is very delicate for most women as many changes occur within the body. The changes occur due to menopause or a cessation of the menstrual cycle for a period of at least 12 months or so. Along with a host of physical changes, post-menopausal women tend to suffer from mental problems as well. Some of the factors could be physical changes such as a decline or stop in hormone productions while some of them are psychological effects as well. Some of the common mental problems faced by women are mentioned below:
Depression: This is by far the most common mental disorder and affects women while they are going through the process of menopause. After a few years, post-menopausal women tend to recover from this or the symptoms at least taper off. It is estimated that almost 20% of women undergoing menopause suffer from this problem, although the risk of depression is much higher if you have prior history of it.
Sleep Disorders: This can be described as not only a mental disorder that affects women but also a symptom of menopause. Sleep disorders can range anywhere between disturbed sleep, insomnia or sleep apnea (breathing difficulty while sleeping), especially in older women. Women undergoing menopause may suffer from this due to hormonal changes which result in hot flashes. These can wake you up in the middle of the night almost daily.
Schizophrenia: This is a serious mental disorder and is mostly noticed in women who have a prior history of the disorder. This condition is characterized by delusions and a detachment from reality which often pushes the person to act on their inappropriate imaginations. Schizophrenia usually manifests itself in young adulthood and peaks again at the age of around 45 to 50. If you had episodes of schizophrenia in your early adulthood, then it may resurface during menopause, although most women do see a subsiding of symptoms some time after menopause has occurred.
Panic Disorder: Women tend to experience this problem, during or even after menopause, as a new disorder that suddenly develops. This can be quite disruptive in your life. Also, if you have a history of this disorder, menopause may trigger it to show up again.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: This disorder is another mental health issue that can cause you to be overly obsessive, more so among menopausal women. If you already have had OCD in the past, menopause can trigger a relapse or a bad episode.
Bipolar Disorder: In this case as well, menopausal women have a higher tendency for a relapse or the start of a bad episode if they already had even mild signs of it.
You feel your heart begin to beat wildly in your chest as you break into a cold sweat and have trouble catching your breath; is this a heart attack or panic attack? Your first thought is that it's a heart attack since you have an impending feeling of doom which you may even have felt before your attack began. This makes your heart beat even faster and you become so overwhelmed that the feeling gets even worse until you begin to feel light-headed or maybe even pass out. This is a panic attack.
When you suffer from anxiety, the slightest thing can trigger a panic attack and some can be so intense that you can't imagine it being anything other than looming death. It's very common for those having an anxiety attack to mistake it for a heart attack and this fear is enough to just take over and really wreak havoc on your heart rate, but no matter how fast your heart beats or how panicked you feel; you are not having a heart attack and this episode will not kill you.
One thing that will prove helpful in dealing with this is learning the differences between the two:
Signs of a Heart Attack:
Pressure in the Chest (described as feeling like there is an elephant sitting on your chest).
Chest pain - note that this is not always present.
Pain in the right arm.
Pain in the back or shoulder blades for women.
Panic attack symptoms include:
Increased heart rate.
Sharp or stabbing chest pain that lasts only 5 to 10 seconds.
Pain that is localized to one small area.
Pain that usually occurs at rest.
Pain that accompanies anxiety.
Pain that is relieved or worsened when you change positions.
Pain that can be reproduced or worsened by pressing over the area of pain.
Bottom line is that one should be vigilant and should get himself checked out promptly.
"I have a severe stomach ache, I feel like vomiting ... Mom, please!! I can't go for exam."
"I read it! I knew it all ... But I just blacked out."
"I just couldn't write! My hands were trembling."
"I messed up this question! I can do nothing right... I can never succeed in life!!"
It's not uncommon for students to experience such problems before/ during an exam.
Most of us suffer from some degree of anxiety when we prepare or sit for an examination. Examination usually leads to a lot of tension and anxiety commonly known as examination phobia. Examination phobia or Examophobia is a mental disorder found in most of the students. When exams arrive, students become extremely worried and make plans about how to study, how to perform better and get good grades. Some students find exams so difficult that the phobia makes them sick as they simply find themselves unable to cope up with the exam fear. There may be sweating, palpitations that disturb so much that one cannot think straight and end up messing up the paper. Also, in subsequent exams, it becomes worse and the fear intensifies. The person may end up feeling a failure, feeling guilty and may even be suicidal!
Anxiety is a normal human feeling that is part of life and can often serve as a good form of adrenaline. However, in few people, this adrenaline rush exceeds normal limits and at times may lead to some negative consequences.
Exam anxiety is:
1. Excessive worry about upcoming exams
2. Fear of being evaluated
3. Apprehension about the consequence
4. Experienced by many normal students
(I) Environmental Causes
1. High expectations of parents
2. Parents imposing their ambitions on children
3. Parents competing for higher social status through child's scores
4. Constant comparison with other kids
5. Fear of teachers
6. Insulting remarks from teachers
(II) Poor studying styles:
1. Irregular coverage of the entire syllabus
2. Trying to memorize the course book
3. Binge learning
4. Studying all-night right before exams
1. Reading without understanding the topic
2. Unable to recollect the material
3. Not making revision notes
4. Not revising
(III) Psychological factors:
1. Feeling little or no control over the exam situation (rather than knowing and applying exam strategies)
2. Negative thinking and self-criticism
3. Irrational thinking about exams and outcomes
4. Irrational beliefs "If I don't pass, my (family/boyfriend/girlfriend/friends) will lose respect for me"
5. Irrational demands "I have to get at least 98% or I am worthless."
6. Catastrophic predictions "I'll fail no matter what I do—there’s no point."
7. Low Self-esteem
8. Fear of failure
SYMPTOMS OF EXAM ANXIETY
The symptoms can range from minor nervousness to a panic attack, which can ruin the test. But whatever the level of your anxiety, learning to keep yourself calm and managing the fear of sitting for an examination is what it takes to come out with flying colors.
1. Physical symptoms. Headache, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, lightheadedness and feeling faint can all occur. Test anxiety can lead to a panic attack, which is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort in which individuals may feel like they are unable to breathe or having a heart attack.
2. Emotional symptoms. Feelings of anger, fear, helplessness and disappointment are common emotional responses to test anxiety.
3. Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms. Difficulty concentrating, thinking negatively and comparing yourself to others are common symptoms of test anxiety.
HOW TO PREPARE WELL FOR AN EXAMINATION
Fortunately, there are several methods that you can adopt to reduce your examination stress, which will not only help you to get higher grades but also improve your overall mental health.
1. Regular Studies Develop good study habits- ATTEND classes regularly, finish all the assignments on time, make notes properly and be an actively engaging student in school. Leave plenty of time to revise so that you don't have to do last minute cramming. Giving yourself adequate time will help to boost your confidence and reduce any pre-exam stress as you know you have prepared well. Instead of waiting for the eleventh hour, start studying as and when the academic year commences. With a good amount of time before hand, you will certainly feel more relaxed as you have plenty of time to give-in your best.
2. Exercise Matters - It is of paramount importance to maintain mental, psychological and physical health to ace any exam. Exercising regularly, deep breathing and ‘pranayama’ help in improving one’s cognitive faculties, that results in lesser anxiety and simultaneously better grades in the tests.
3. Don’t Undermine the Importance of Diet - Be careful about your diet during the exams. A diet lacking in essential nutrients can put a major dent in your preparations; make you feel nauseated, SLEEPY OR overstressed during the crucial hours.
4. SLEEP WELL - Adequate sleep is also vital. SLEEPING TOO LESS OR TOO MUCH CAN ALSO HAMPER YOUR ABILITIES
5. Support - Take short breaks in between and spend some quality time with your family; share your feelings and state of mind with them. Spending time with the family can turn out to be a major stress booster.
6. Set a Study Time: Lastly, drawing up a schedule will help you make the most of your study time. Set aside a time for your studies and follow it meticulously. Keep it flexible so that you can make the necessary adjustments.
7. Stay focused: Concentrate on your studies, not others during the examination time. Avoid talking with other students about the subject before an examination.
8. Use Mnemonics: Mnemonics are the techniques of memorization. You can make chart, rhymes or phrase to memorize your lessons.
9. Practice Deep Breathing Regularly - Meditation is one of the best medicine that can reduce your anxiety. Make a habit to Meditate at least 10 minutes per day. It surely increases your concentration power.
10. Consult Psychologist: If your anxiety becomes uncontrollable, don’t hesitate to consult a psychologist or therapist. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is pretty effective in treating anxiety disorders. It helps to change your thought process and negative beliefs. Performance or test anxiety is highly treatable so you can get absolutely get a better result.
HOW TO ATTEMPT THE EXAMINATION IN BEST POSSIBLE WAY
(I) ON THE DAY OF EXAM
1. Get a restful, uninterrupted sleep the night before so you wake up refreshed and revitalized the day of the exam.
2. Have a healthy breakfast but strictly avoid oily and heavy food
3. Recheck your required stuff (pen, pencil, compass box, eraser, admit card, watch etc) before leaving home.
4. Take the water bottle along with you to the examination hall.
5. Avoid touching new/left-out topic at the last moment.
6. Aim to reach the examination hall well in time.
7. Avoid being part of Before-exam peer discussions on How well-prepared or unprepared others are! The classic "Tera kitna ho gaya" question followed by undue comparisons can be a complete confidence killer. So Beware !!
8. If feeling tensed, take deep-long breaths and engage in positive self-talk; reminding yourself that you prepared best to your ability and tell oneself " I CAN DO IT "
(II) IN THE EXAMINATION HALL
a. Handwriting should be neat & readable.
b. Instead of very long paragraphs, put your answer point-wise.
c. Wherever possible, illustrate the information via Flowcharts/diagrams etc.
d. Highlight: underline or highlight the main points using pencil / coloured markers but you should keep it for last spare moments.
(III) TIPS FOR PARENTS:
Encourage your kids! Parents have the ability to address underlying fears that may be present with test-taking. At a deep level, even subconsciously, a student may fear failure for a variety of reasons. There could be a fear of looking dumb to friends, of not getting into the best school, or of not meeting parent’s expectations. A great help is for parents to reinforce their unconditional support and encouragement to the child. Parents, let your children know that their grade does not determine their worth. Believe in your child.
Help them get over the myth that "Success in exam is a predictor of success in life".
Good marks = Great job.
Poor marks = End of life!!
In short, "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of Time Management, Hard work and Learning from mistakes"
It is normal to feel nervous before an interview or be anxious about certain things, but letting that fear take over your life is not normal. If your worries and stress interfere with day-to-day life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Fear not, this is treatable with homeopathy.
Here are a few homeopathic remedies to help calm an anxious person:
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.
Phobic symptoms can occur through exposure to the feared object or situation, or sometimes merely through thinking about the feared object. Typical symptoms associated with phobias include:
In some cases, these symptoms may escalate into a full-scale anxiety attack. As a consequence of these symptoms, some individuals begin to isolate themselves, leading to severe difficulties with functioning in daily life and with maintaining relationships. In some cases, the person may seek out medical care due to a constant concern with imagined illnesses or imminent death.