Clinical Cases

A Case of Agoraphobia

Dr. Mirjana Živanov solves a case of Agoraphobia with an unexpected remedy.

This patient is a thirty six year old woman suffering from Agoraphobia.

I am an accountant in a firm, and I work all day long. I live with my fourteen year old daughter, mom, dad and sister.  I have been taking Rivotril (klonazepam, antiepileptic) for agoraphobia, for four years now. This drug makes me tired all the time, but without it I can’t get out of the house, not even to the grocery. I can’t do ordinary things, like I can’t take the bus, can’t stand in a queue, when I see people, commotion, something happens as if my blood pressure goes down, my mind goes blank for a moment, I start to sweat and take my clothes off. My heart rate increases, with fear of something, someone. I fainted for the first time when I was nineteen.

It all started five years ago when some people around me were arrested. I keep imagining a possible confrontation with the law. It haunts me. It happened for the first time when I was driving my car. I had to stop and get out. I felt some kind of pain throughout my body, in my heart, like some kind of heat. I went to a psychiatrist, and he gave me Prozac (fluoksentin, antidepressive) and I was taking it for a month and after that Rivotril for four years now.

I can’t stand the sun, I avoid it. I drink a lot of water, I’m always thirsty. My upper lip moves involuntarily. I want to stop using Rivotril and get well.

The combination of constitutional and iatrogenic conditions in our patient is a result of taking Rivotril, so we have decided to start the treatment by treating this secondary condition, and only after that we can expect to get the picture of her underlying condition. Based on her posture, like she is ready to jump at any moment, by the modality that she feels worse from heat, agoraphobia, panic attacks, we have decided to start with homeopathic remedy arg-nit.

 

Rp. Argentum nitricum C200

 

Follow after four days

After the remedy I had a terrible headache, so for the first time I didn’t go to work.

The next day I went to work, but my manager was yelling at me, so I went home early. I was bothered by people and noise, on a bus. I couldn’t eat, so I took Rivotril.

Since the patient had a substantial reaction to the remedy, a headache on the first day, we will repeat the remedy in a higher potency.

 

Rp. Argentum nitricum 1M

 

Follow-up  after ten days

I’m on sick leave. I haven’t taken Rivotril for five days. My old symptoms have returned today, the same symptoms that made me go to a psychiatrist at that time. I work, but it’s like I have late reactions, a confusion in my head. I have to sit down, bend my head forwards and close my eyes. I have to believe that my space is not in danger and that no one’s watching, because it would bother me, like some kind of fear. It’s as a semiconscious state, like someone is holding my occiput. My calf muscles on both legs are cramped, as is the tip of my tongue. I feel as if I’m not in coordination with myself. My sensitivity to smell has increased. My skin is dryer, tensed, like it’s about to crack. When I move my head, I feel like my brain is spinning. My hands are shivering and I feel fatigued and sweaty. Now I couldn’t go out even if I had to. My boss doesn’t have any understanding. At home, I do all the work. My sister doesn’t mind the mess…

Everything is going exactly as we expected! The layer of disturbance caused by Rivotril is removed and we can now see the picture of the underlying disease. Based on her old fashioned look, tidiness, hardworking nature, long hair pinned in a classical manner, some kind of rightful harshness and decisiveness, we have decided to give her the homeopathic remedy,

 

Rp. Hydrastis Canadensis C200

 

Follow-up  after ten days

I’m not taking Rivotril anymore! The very first day after the remedy I was already feeling fine. After three days I was perfectly well, as if a burden had been lifted off my chest. I feel as if I can do anything! I received a job offer, in another city. I will stay there for five days, and I’ll go home on weekends. My daughter can stay with her grandfather and grandmother. She is fifteen years old! I will do my job in better conditions, for a better salary. I’m thinking about saving money for a car. I haven’t driven a car for four years… I get up with ease. I sleep well. A significant difference!!!

 

Since she is fine –  Rp. Observing and waiting

 

Follow-up  after three weeks

Everything is great. I feel fine. I’m going to start my new job next month. I feel significantly better.  I can work and achieve more. In the morning I get up with ease. I feel stable, but I still can’t get used to it. My period used to be more frequent, and now it’s normal. I feel fantastic, as I used to be.

 

Rp. Observing and waiting

 

Follow-up  after two months

Everything is still great. I’m in a good mood. My life is back on track. I feel great about my new job, too.

Rp. Observing and waiting

 

Follow-up in three months or sooner if necessary.

Follow-up  after three months

I feel fine. I feel absolutely stable. I feel as if I were born again, nothing is too hard for me now, everything is easy, no anxiety.  I feel great. My boss has doubled my salary just to keep me on my job, so I’ve decided to stay.

Rp. Observing and waiting

 

Follow-up  when necessary.

About the author

Mirjana Zivanov

Mirjana Zivanov

Dr. Mirjana Zivanov graduated from Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and London International College of Homeopathy. She has 11 years of everyday clinical practice in Classical Homeopathy, at the homeopathic clinic in Novi Sad, Serbia. Dr Zivanov is the author of the books “Homeopathy in Practice”, “Principles of Homeopathy” , “Homeopathy – The Invisible Influences” and "The Matrix Method with Tetractys Model". She is the creator of “Tetractys of Simillimum” and “The Matrix Method” presented at the International Homeopathic Seminar London in 2015. She can be contacted at: dr.mirjana.zivanov@gmail.com

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