Anxiety and panic attacks are something I’m frequently asked about. We are, as a society, working more and more towards normalising mental health issues and this is rightly allowing more and more people to seek the support and help that the require.
It's easy to assume that anxiety is just one illness, but in actual fact there are many different kinds of anxiety disorders.
These disorders can be debilitating for the sufferer and an anxiety attack may occur at seemingly irregular intervals. In the moment, the intensity of the symptoms can sometimes seem disproportionate to the trigger, if one can be identified. Many of us may not even be aware of what has triggered the attack in another.
If you see someone experiencing an anxiety attack here are a few simple things you can do to try to help.
The tendency towards anxiety and panic attacks is best treated with constitutional homeopathic treatment. This approach works with the person to see the episodes of panic reduce in frequency and intensity. However, there are remedies you can take in the midst of a panic attack to reduce and dissipate symptoms quicker. If you would like to speak to us about this in greater detail feel free to get in touch. www.solashomeopathy.com/contact.html
This is probably one of the best-known panic remedies. The person will be feeling waves of fear or panic come over them. This type of panic can come on suddenly and quickly, possibly after a shock. The person may be afraid they are about to die and they will likely have, dry skin, dry mouth, pounding heart.
This occurs when there is uncertainty about what will happen next. They will feel hurried, hot and may also be craving something sweet to eat or drink. They will feel better in fresh air and away from crowds.
The Arsenicum anxiety focuses on safety and what will happen in the future. They tend to worry about health, robbers, or money. To manage this anxiety, they become overly fastidious, perfectionists. They feel better in company but can become critical of others and controlling in behaviour.
This remedy is very useful for performance anxiety that leads to weakness of muscles. Any exertion produces trembling of the muscles – knees may knock, legs may shake and hands can tremble. They can feel paralysed by the anxiety, helpless and want to hide away.
Those in need of Lycopodium generally suffer from stage fright or anticipation anxiety. However, once they are on the stage they relax and can preform well. There may be digestive upset, bloating and craving for sweet things.
As always, please seek professional advice from either a qualified homeopath or your doctor before embarking on a new course of treatment.