Childhood and teen years should be celebrated and can be the most joyous times of life. However when mental health problems strike, it feels as if your world has fallen apart.
Homoeopathy is a form of medical treatment that doesn't interfere with the body's own inability to self correct. Patients have been suffering from mental health issues since the beginning of time and homoeopaths have a vast array of relevant treatments. They don't produce side-effects or cause mental health issues to worsen.
I have been working in homoeopathic private practice for over 10 years and support my clients during mental-health upsetments.
I use the word 'upsetment' to describe any form of mental imbalance. I do not use words like schizophrenic, bipolar, manic depression or hallucination. All these words form a barrier to true understanding, and relief. In conventional medicine treatment cannot begin until a diagnosis has been made.
Treatment Starts Right Away
In Homoeopathy, treatment can start straight away, as we are interested in symptoms not diagnosis. A diagnosis only helps a practitioner, not the patient. The patient needs treatment, understanding and space and time to heal.
We negotiate a suitable course of treatment, review it as and when needed and ensure that the child in question is supported, heard and understood.
I have a firm belief that the gentle non-addictive approach brings speedier and longer lasting results.
Samuel Hahnemann the originator of Homeopathy understood health and illness and was completely at loggerheads with the prevailing peer view that illness is caused by a something outside the body. That diseases are caused by a virus, a bacteria, and injury or as is the classic explanation in mental health: “a chemical imbalance in the brain”.
If this were truly true, that the brain was chemically imbalanced, then people suffering from mental ill health would be dead. Mental illness has nothing to do with chemicals in the brain but has a lot to do what preceded the mental upsetment.
In older children, and those in their teen years, indulging in too many stimulants, alcohol, drugs and cigarettes can cause mental upsetment.
In younger children an erratic lifestyle, grief, loss and uncertainty can cause mental upsetment.
In my private practice I have seen and treated children with a variety of diagnosis'. Everything from ADD, ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, OCD, personality disorders and depression to eating disorders and various syndromes. I put these diagnosis to one side and ask about the child themselves. In homoeopathy we want to know all about the person not the condition, because it is the person that we treat.
Hahnemann said diseases are dynamic, not material.
They come from what we call in homoeopathy an aetiology. This could be a miasm (an inherited susceptibility to something), an emotional experience, or a physical injury that then puts strain on other parts of the body. In Allopathy, or conventional medicine the emphasis is to identify the cause of the illness, and then remove it. The side effect of this is to remove literally, parts of people's bodies, or to incapacitate various functions of the body.
Let's step back a bit. Health is not just the absence of disease. It about feeling in the flow, enjoying life, not being held back physically or mentally from achieving goals and desires. Illness isn't something that happens to the body, it is something that the body opens itself to.
You know what it's like, you've experienced this yourself. A cold is going round at work, three of your work colleagues out of a total of eight have caught this cold. You however are feeling very bright and brisky and are involved in an exciting project. You don't get the cold, in fact you don't get it until you take a long weekend off. If the cold was caused by an outside event, how is it that you didn't catch it when everyone else was succumbing? You didn't catch it because your mental health and physical well-being were bigger than the cold itself.
Here is another example:
Your sister who is three years younger than you, lives in the same house, eats the same food, has the same parents as you, and becomes mentally unwell after a episode of bullying at school. You were bullied at the same age yourself but it never affected your mental health. Why is this? In homoeopathy we call it susceptibility, so when we're treating someone we're looking at and thinking about their own personal susceptibility.
The death of his beloved pet.
Ben came to see me with his mother. He was 16 years old. He had been feeling unwell for seven months and was anxious, sleepless and lacking in energy. He was also being influenced by different atmospheres and felt ungrounded. His awareness had been heightened and he said he was suffering from 'hyper awareness'. He was also seeing colours around people and when he played the piano different chords were different hues of colours.
He was also over thinking.
I asked what had happened prior to him feeling unwell, and he told me his dog had died. He had had her 11 years and they were really close and that when Poppy died he felt a part of him had also died. Him and Poppy had slept together since he was six years old. She used to sleep on the pillow next to him.
As his mother was so worried about Ben's mental health, she had quite rightly taken him to the doctor. However there is no medical treatment for child mental ill-health and he was prescribed a frightening amount of medication that was developed for adults:
Prozac, Risperidone, Zopiclone, Valium, Ativan and Amitriptyline.
Needless to say none of these medications had worked, he had suffered all their side-effects and was still feeling anxious and sleepless.
I prescribed the homoeopathic remedy
Ignatia 30c one dose before bed for 3 nights and a new remedy I had proved earlier in the year made from a sample of sand taken from the
Karnark Templein Egypt.
Six days later his mother phoned me to say that Ben was feeling better. He had had a good cry, mourned the loss of his beloved pet and had even changed his bedroom around and moved his bed and was now sleeping better.
Seven months of conventional treatment had done nothing to reduce his anxiety.
Six days of homoeopathic treatment had cured the case.....
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