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A Case of Alopecia areata and Depression

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The patient came to me with the complaint of total loss of hair in five different areas on the scalp. This had started in July 2000. The hair fall was severe. Another interesting symptom was that there was pain when the hair was touched ++.

The other complaints the patient described were – tension, stress, depression, constipation, severe headache, and regular nose blockage, overweight and severe backache.

She had mentioned the following points- she is short tempered and gets angry easily; sentimental, emotional, deep thinker, helpful, practical and intellectual. The patient wants to be very successful in life. She is in the fashion designing profession. The hurdles experienced were that things are not going the way they should go.

She had lot of friends and she said she was close to one of them. She does not open up easily to anybody. She is helpful to others but she doesn’t expect much because whenever she has expected something, she has got negative results. She says I am quite a social person.

On further case taking the patient told she becomes depressed which may be because she is at home. She gets hurt easily and is dissatisfied and unhappy. She weeps when she is alone and feels better after it.

At this point there was a short silence and then she said there was a break up with her close friend recently with whom she had plans to get married. But she had never told these things to him. As he was unaware of her feeling, one fine day he told her that he is carrying on with another girl and this was like a shock to the patient. The patient says she cannot forget him.

She becomes angry and retaliates, she feels like throwing things and breaking them but she controls her anger. If somebody tries to console her she just cannot bear it. It aggravates all her complaints.

When questioned about her childhood, she told she wanted things her way but they never were the way she wanted. She wanted her parents to pamper her a lot but they never did so. She felt very bad about it. She also had a younger brother who was pampered a lot. She feels there is nobody on her side.

She also has lot of suicidal impulses but she says she cannot do it. The sleep is disturbed and she gets scary dreams like falling in a valley and somebody is pulling her down, dreams of her ex-lover. She has fear of animals, dogs. She dislikes going in a crowd. There is a feeling of insecurity. She dislikes wearing tight clothes.

Personal history

Diet: Non vegetarian
Appetite: Good
Cravings: Pickles (+) , raw onions
Aversions: Lot of spicy food
Thermals:
Sun: Headache which is aggravated (+5) when she goes out in sun
Fan: Likes
Airconditioner: Likes
Coverings – take one cover.
Bath: cold water
Season: – –
Perspiration: (++) generalized on the body

Objective s/s
Multiple areas of total hair loss in around 5 areas on the scalp
B.P: 120/80 mm of Hg
Dark rings around eyes

Symptoms considered

1. Ailments from: Love Disappointed, unhappy
2. Forsaken feeling
3. Weeping tendency
4. Frightful Dreams
5. Suicidal disposition
6. Consolation Agg.
7. Headache Sun from exposure to: Agg
8. Hair fall
9. Hair painful when touched

DateProgressMedicine
25/12/99Rx
Natrum.mur 200
1 powder to be taken at night
6 powders of S.L were given
31/12/99Patient said she feels better. When asked in what way she said, her sleep was better and her headache was much better. Hair fall – no change.Rx
Sac lac 7 powders night
7/1/2000Complaints were much better. The hair fall was better now. There were no headaches. Her moods are much better. Her depressed feeling is much better.Rx

The patient was put on Sac lac for 3 weeks

6/2/2000The patient came in a very happy mood. She said that new hair has started coming in the bald parts. When I looked there was a small amount of hair growing in from all the areas of hair loss.

The patient has started a new assignment and she is looking forward to have someone in her life. She had got over her one-sided love affair.

Rx

Sac lac all for 4 weeks

5/3/00This time she came with complaints of pain in the sacral region.
There is an eruption on the back. She said that some years back she had these eruptions, which had been treated with ointments by a Skin specialist and an orthopedic surgeon treated the pain.These were the old symptoms, which had returned?I was very happy to see the cure-taking place in such a wonderful way, as this was the beginning of my practice. I continued the same treatment.
Rx

Sac lac all for 2 weeks

14/3/00The complaints had settled.

By this time there was a good hair growth and the hair fall is much better as was reported by the patient.

Rx

She was put on Sac lac for 4 weeks

The patient came and reported regularly for routine visits and she also referred many patients to me. One of the other interesting things I found out was that her mother who came to me is an out an out Sepia personality and she is very much indifferent to her daughter even now.

She wants to get her married as soon as possible and she says she is a burden on the family in front of her daughter. But the daughter now doesnot bother. She told me she is worried for me. So our old patient has come out of depression and now she is able to solve her problems on her own.

This was the point where I told the patient to visit only if there is any problem. The patient came to me for 6 months and recovered totally from her complaints.

Dr.Santosh R. Joshi

B.H.M.S, Homeopathic Consultant
Refinery view, C/4, R.C.Marg,
Chembur, Mumbai: 4000074, India
Cell: 9819155780, Tel: (022) 25548197

About the author

Santosh Joshi

Dr. Santosh Joshi practices classical homeopathy at the Happy Livin Clinic - Refinery view, C/4, RC Marg, Chembur. Mumbai. India Pin: 400074 Tel: 022- 25548197, Cell: +9819155780. E-mail: [email protected], [email protected] Web-site: www.happylivin.com ,www.drjoshis.com

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