As the COVID-19 pandemic persists worldwide, its physical consequences are just part of the toll it has taken on so many people.
This last year, I have seen a major increase in people suffering from chronic health anxiety; all of them desperately seeking relief from their constant worries and fears.
Struggling with anxiety is challenging at the best of times, but the current climate of uncertainty has escalated health anxiety to a whole new level for many.
To encourage anyone struggling with similar issues, I regularly include snippets of client updates – with their consent – on my social media (Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest). This week, I’d like to share four client stories explaining how they found a fast, natural solution to their chronic anxiety, using homeopathy.
Any illness for R. aged 33, would cause her immense anxiety, to the point that she would become nauseous and vomit, which she found most distressing.
She would catastrophise her situation, believing she’d never recover. Above all, she’d worry about who would look after her children if she was ill or, worse still, did not pull through.
She hated dealing with the uncertainty of ill health and playing the waiting game in her recovery.
As R’s anxiety was extremely heightened, we scheduled a follow-up two weeks later to ensure that she felt supported. The remedy I prescribed focused on anxiety caused by deep-seated insecurity with a fear of having an incurable disease or dying. Sufferers tend to worry immensely about their health and that of their family.
In our follow-up she described the remarkable changes she had experienced within a week of her remedy:
“I felt a dramatic change and a really big improvement. I don’t have extreme anxiety. I don’t feel scared. That frightening feeling has gone away.
Asking for constant reassurance from loved ones– it’s gone.
The nausea with the anxiety – it’s gone.
The desire to vomit when feeling anxious – it’s gone.
The need for constant company to help my anxiety – it’s gone.
I definitely feel much better.
It’s as if I don’t care about all those things that used to make me anxious!”
Now meet Alice, who spent a lifetime managing her anxiety. She had been able to navigate her life with controls in place to avoid panic setting in but when the pandemic started, old fears returned and new ones came to light.
I have seen this pattern a lot while working with clients during the pandemic. Clients with a history of extreme anxiety, particularly health anxiety, have been taken to a whole new level of panic by these exceptional times.
Anxiety-management techniques that worked before COVID, suddenly no longer sufficed. Their despair of ill health now felt very real and, mentally and emotionally, they were tortured by their thoughts, replaying all eventualities.
The remedy I selected for Alice needed to match her energy. Under so much mental strain, she was tense, restless, frightened and highly strung. Her imagination was taking her to the most fearful places and she obsessed about how to protect herself and her family.
She was a perfectionist by nature and before this crisis, these symptoms existed at a lesser intensity but still required her to be proactive in not letting her thoughts or life get out of control.
As she explains:
“Since the COVID-19 crisis began – I’ve become paranoid about the coronavirus!
The worst thing about my anxiety and fear is that it’s all about my health. It’s triggered by thinking I’m getting sick, fearing I might die, or feeling I don’t have control of my environment.
Having watched so many videos on social media on coronavirus (true or not), being in quarantine and not really knowing the whole picture or how this will end; my mind and fears are out of control.
I explained how I felt to Eileen and she prescribed a remedy for me – and it has made a world of difference!
I feel so much better since taking it. I’m not worrying, I’m not obsessively going over the what-ifs, and if I sneeze, I don’t think I’m going to die.
It’s been a lifesaver for me as we go through this stressful time in our lives”.
C., aged 38, came to see me because anxiety and panic were overtaking her life. Now, with the pandemic, she felt her anxiety was out of control.
Waking in the morning, she said, was like entering a black hole with racing thoughts, what-ifs and worries about her health. She had a knot in her stomach, her mouth was dry and she experienced heart palpitations. With every pain, she was convinced it was cancer and that she was going to die.
She felt overwhelmed and exhausted by the constant battle between rational thought and the dread of illness and death, and she no longer wanted to accept this as normal life.
What stood out for me about C., was how well she managed to hide her anxiety. She admitted she worried about her health from a young age and her anxiety escalated after the birth of her first child. While she had suppressed a lot of her worries, the pandemic had exposed many of her deepest fears.
After I prescribed acute and chronic anxiety remedies, the relief from her anxiety was rapid, with positive changes being evident in just a few weeks. Having shared a lot of personal stories not previously disclosed, she was keen to move on and address unresolved fears and unexpressed emotions since becoming a mum and beyond.
She shares her experience of our work together below:
“I went to see Eileen after a long and difficult battle with anxiety, health anxiety in particular. And if I’m completely honest, postnatal depression too. I was in a very bad place: I was so teary at my first consultation.
Eileen was warm, kind and understanding. I felt I could be totally honest with her. Within two weeks my anxiety levels started to decrease, and steadily I improved.
I had a wobble around the start of COVID-19 and lockdown, I lost track of days and didn’t take my remedies. I got back on track with Eileen’s help and am still doing great.
I’ve used homeopathic remedies for other issues too, like earaches, and it has worked wonders. I have definitely dodged quite a few antibiotics by using homeopathy.
I would highly recommend anyone struggling with anxiety to see Eileen. She asks all the right questions to get the full picture of your life and situation. It’s a very personal and individual treatment, the way it should be.”
C. Dublin 22
I’ll finish by introducing you to A. a female client aged 44 who was a constant worrier.
She worried about everything, particularly her health and her family’s health.
Accidents, cancer, dying, heights, driving or contracting COVID-19 were just some of the fears that troubled her most.
As well as that, she lived with constant dread and a sick feeling in her stomach which was taking its toll.
A’s agitation was apparent from her fast talking. She was nervous, apprehensive, quick thinking and restless in her movement. She was also extroverted, easily moved to tears and laughter and very open with her emotions. I therefore needed to prescribe a remedy that not only matched her troubled nature but also her energy.
Three weeks after that remedy, she reports:
“From worrying constantly, I’ve stopped worrying. I’ve worried only once in two weeks and that passed quickly.
I had my period and didn’t even know I was getting it. I had no pain and no clots this time. I wasn’t moody, wasn’t upset and didn’t cry like I usually do.
My energy has improved. The sluggishness has improved and I am doing jobs I’ve always been putting off.
I’ve been easy-going. I’m surprised at how relaxed I am. I am absolutely delighted.”
A. Dublin 24
If any of these stories resonated with you or you’re struggling with similar health issues and would like to resolve them naturally, please feel free to book an appointment. Tel: 086 0891037 (International: +353 86 089 1037), email me or book a Free Clarity Call.
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Eileen Scullion of Homeopathy-Healing is a Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths (The Regulatory Body for the Homeopathic Profession which is recognized by the Department of Health and Children and works on the National Working Group towards an integrated Health System).