On 18th of October 2013 a 29 year old male came to my clinic for help with chronic social anxiety syndrome. This 29- year-old man was thin with sallow skin, tall, body was lean with developed muscles and vertical frown lines above the nose.
My main reason for coming to see you is due to my social anxiety. The first symptoms I noticed was about 4-5 years ago when I was in transition from school/part-time work to full-time work. Whenever I met people of authority my social anxiety was at the highest level.
What aggravates my social anxiety is a stressful environment, fast food, sodas, crowded environments like restaurants and to think of it even in school I spent time away from people. The social anxiety depends upon what is happening around me. I find it to be worse after 12pm. Symptoms that are accompanied during social anxiety are shortness of breath. During the winter and the fall my social anxiety is greater, when compared to summer and spring. I’m sensitive to light and most occasions I’m wearing sunglasses. I prefer warm weather and I sleep with the window open it is warm outside or If it is too hot inside.
I don’t worry anymore. I used to worry about my finances like when will I be able to afford my place again, travel, have a good relationship. I used to worry as to when I will overcome all these issues and what my family and friends think about me and if they understand me. I deal with my worries by going for a walk, listening to music, journaling and reading about motivational topics.
When I am upset I keep it to myself. I also noticed that when I speak to someone like a doctor or therapist I do feel better. I feel frightened or anxious in a crowd, giving a presentation, and when there is focused on me. During my second year of college I became more isolated and as I got closer to completing my school and getting a job I was at my highest peak of anxiety.
The greatest grief that I’ve gone through in my life is when my dad and mom went through a divorce. This was before I started college and my aunt told me this. When I was young my parents fought a lot so it was not a surprise when they want to divorce but I was not happy with it.
My greatest fear is public speaking. Seven years ago I came to Canada from Jamaica. I grew up with my dad my grandmother and my grandfather in Jamaica and cried when I had to leave Jamaica. I lack self- confidence. I didn’t get along and my sister. If I became rebellious my mother would yell at me. At the age of 11 and 12 my mother would verbally shout at me as if I was to be disciplined. In Jamaica, I was physically beaten to be disciplined. I currently am a binary options trader and a freelance web designer and I love my work.
Nine years ago when I moved from Etobicoke to Mississauga I felt very unhappy and anxious because I have to start all over again and I was very comfortable in Etobicoke. In Mississauga two kids made a comment to me that they didn’t like my kind. I never stood up to this or could talk back.
In high school I was working for Maple Lodge Farms and when I got sick, I could not go to work and did not call, as I did not know what to do. I was afraid to call, probably from fear of rejection and failure. In high school I was afraid to be in relationship for the same reasons. I was afraid of rejection or failure. I could never commit to a relationship because I’m afraid of a long-term relationships. I fear responsibility of commitment. On occasions I will exaggerate the truth to bolster my low self -esteem. I love a mixture of foods like onions, legumes, oysters, selfish, olive oil, pastries, cookies and chocolate.
Patient: My grandfather had weakness of his lungs. My grandmother had a tumor in her brain. My mother had breast cancer. My aunt had ovarian cancer. And my aunt was also going to depression.
I performed a physical examination. I visually examine the eyes, nose, throat and tongue to understand the physical conditions of the patient.
No physical damage, lesions, bruising, swelling’s or rashes were present at the time of examination.
Never had any issues that I remember.
The only time I experience shortness of breath, blockage in my chest and shallow breathing is when I’m having my anxiety attack. Other than that I don’t have any respiratory problems.
I have noticed that after I eat healthy organic food I feel good and energized. If I eat fast food or greasy foods I feel tired and low energy. I drink coconut milk in the morning with my cereal. I drink water throughout the day. I drink one glass of white wine in the evening 3-4 times a week. I drink green tea after lunch and after dinner. I do not feel really thirsty unless I’m playing sports. I have a strong craving for sweets and an aversion to cold drinks or foods.
I do not have any problems performing sex but I am sexually promiscuous. I have noticed that in the initial stages off my relationship my sexual performance is fine but after, when there is no original excitement I develop impotency.
I have no issues with urinary problems.
I sleep between 10 PM and 8:30 AM. I feel very un-refreshed getting up in the morning and I wish I could sleep a little longer. I found that greasy foods make me restless or sleepy. I sleep on my right side.
I feel good from cool and fresh air from hot food and drinks and I like to wear loosen clothes. I feel worse during 4 PM to 8 PM whenever I am sick.
After evaluating the totality of the symptoms and selecting the characteristic symptoms, which reveal the dynamic disturbance of the patient, I decide to do a repertorization of the case to reach homeopathic diagnosis.
The patient has come for help with getting rid of his social anxiety. He describes himself as being deeply insecure and exaggerated truth to bolster his low self-esteem. He does like change and new challenges can be greatly apprehensive. He has a weakness for sweet foods and is sexually promiscuous. Despite apparently enjoying company he avoid commitment in close relationships. He is irritated by weakness and intolerant of illness. He tends to be an intellectual with a conservative outlook. He loved a mixture of foods like cabbage, sweets and onions. He likes hot foods and drinks.
He fears failure, closed spaces and crowds. He sleeps on his right side and his aggravations are between 4 PM and 8 PM when he is sick.
Based on the presented information I feel the best approach for analysis is the totality of symptoms. Due to lack of physical conditions and a strong picture of mental and keynotes, totality of the case was best approach by repertorization of the case to reach a homeopathic diagnosis.
Mind love perversity sexual
Mind confidence want of self-confidence
Mine fear failure of
Mind fear alone of being
Male genitalia ejaculation quick to
Generals food and drinks sweet desire
Generals food and drinks oysters desire
Generals food and drinks Cold drinks Cold water version
The remedies considered based on the repertorization were Lycopodium, Silicea and Baryta Carbonica.
Was one of the remedies I considered, as the patient had sexual promiscuity, premature ejaculation, low confidence, irritability, cowardice, timid, fear of failure and craving for sweets. The theme of Lycopodium is the feeling of inferiority in which a patient constantly tries to overcome is present. The causative effects of fear, abuse, anxiety, wine and masturbation also fit. His desire for sweets, oysters and cold water also are key indications for Lycopodium. Based on the strong mental and totality of these mental symptoms Lycopodium was chosen.
Lycopodium in the 1 LM potency was given.
The first dose the patient took was on October 18th, 2013.
Follow update December 6th, 2013
Patient: After I took the first dose in the clinic I started to feel drowsy. When I reached home I ended up going to sleep. In the morning when I woke up I didn’t feel really different other than my mind was less wandering. As I continue to take remedy the changes that occur the last month or so or as follows:
- In social situations I felt the same.
- I started to get a lot of dreams of past events in my life. These dreams were focused on people I went to high school with and I haven’t seen them for a long time.
- My bowels changed initially from diarrhea to regular.
- One symptom I forgot to mention was that when I am tired or hungry my anxiety levels increase. This symptom did not change.
- One change, which was very positive for me, was I was able to open up to others.
- Another positive was that my sleep became deeper and I felt more rested in the morning.
Practitioner: After hearing the patient my assessment of the remedy was supported and confirmed. My initial assessment of the strong mental picture of the patient and its totality of symptoms made Lycopodium a strong choice.