STRESS – Read Without Stress – 9
From THE HOMOEOPATHIC PRIMER by Rajgopal Nidamboor, 1994
There are basically three types of anxiety disorders, viz., generalized anxiety disorder, simple phobic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Let us limit our consideration to Generalised Anxiety Disorder. This form of anxiety is characterized by persistent anxious state for at least one month, sometimes accompanied by problems in motor tension, autonomous hyperactivity, apprehension, and concentration. If the problem has no obvious source, it is called free-floating anxiety, a state of chronic anxiety. Free-floating anxiety is, by definition, persistent anxiety not clearly related to any specific object or situation, accompanied by a sense of impending doom.
Many people experience occasional stress. Sometimes they have sleeplessness, or feel that life has no meaning at all. When this effect, or emotional response, becomes so depressed or sad, a change occurs in the individual’s behavior, in his outlook and overt behavior. The person is then said to be suffering from depression. Some behaviours are classified, in the context, as symptoms of Major Depression. A disorder characterized by loss of interest in almost all usual activities, major depression is evidenced by a sad, hopeless, or discouraged mood. Its other symptoms include insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of energy, feelings of unworthiness and guilt.
Labelled as the common cold of psychiatric disturbances, depression may be biologically or genetically based in its origin, as evidence suggests. It may also be caused on account of some mental and/or physical factor, as also retardation of motor/psychical activity, leading to social withdrawal, digestive disturbances and gloom. Patients of true depressions are potential suicide risks.