Baryta arsenicosa is a mineral remedy of the syphilitic miasm. The feeling of Baryta is that of complete dependence due to personal incapacity. The feeling of Arsenicum is of being isolated and hence insecure. The Arsenicum person sees the world as threatening and chaotic.
He feels lonely yet feels threatened by people, so he cannot trust people though he needs them. The main feeling of Baryta arsenicosa is: “I cannot trust the person on whom I am totally dependent”.
In the compensated state Baryta arsenicosa can be very conscientious, independent and responsible. The patient is fastidious, methodical, highly organized, efficient and industrious. He is very caring for others, very friendly and will not offend anyone. He is very careful about his own health and also the health of others.
In an uncompensated state the Baryta arsenicosa person can be shy, bashful and nervous, extremely anxious about the smallest thing, especially with respect to health. He can get panicky, frightened and restless. He does not trust anyone including the physician and often changes doctors: irresolute, very dependent, yet mistrustful.
- Chilly patient.
- Early senility: very deep seated, chronic, progressive disorders. Diabetes, ulcers, hypertension, etc., coming on at an early age.
- Sudden acute manifestations may be found.
Baryta sulphurica is a mineral remedy. The main feeling of Baryta sulphurica is: “I am scorned /insulted by the person I am so totally dependent on (since I am handicapped)”.
The compensated Baryta sulphurica person is self-dependent and makes a lot of effort to be respected. It is a combination of dependability and dignity. The patients are industrious, dependable and dignified people. A man with these qualities will reach a high position.
The problem starts when Baryta sulphurica comes into a new environment with new people around him. There is a tremendous fear of being alone or going out alone. He cannot mix easily. He feels that people will laugh at him, and since he is easily offended or insulted, he cannot form deep friendships.
He feels that others avoid him. He feels neglected and weeps and broods about it. His memory is weak. There is also aversion to work, loss of will and weeping. The dreams are anxious and frightful.
- Cannot bear hunger.
- Craving: salt, sour, pickles.
- Fear, conversation of.
- Fear, people of, anthropophobia.
- Timidity, bashful.
- Will, loss of.
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