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to Rajiv - Occasional depression attacks - Gina

Dear Rajiv,

How are you?. I haven't been on the forum for a long time seeing i have been without internet. I am doing much better thanks to your help and to acupuncture.
Unfortunately i suffer from occasional bouts of depression (not only prior to menstruation) and from lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. I've had 2 bouts in the last 10 days and i am afraid of having another one because soon i will start a new job (after 4 yrs of not working at all). I can predict it because i feel a sense of tiredness which doesn't wear off during the morning. Then around lunch-time i start feeling very low and pessimistic, i then cry and want to put an end to my life. I also noticed that my left hand shakes for a while. I then sleep for about 3 hrs and then i start feeling better.

I continue to want to be popular and i sometimes dream of being isolated from a group of friends (once i wept in my sleep).It happened during the time i had made friends with a girl but then she had to leave and i was also depressed for 3 days.

I tried Pulsatilla 10MK and Nat Mur. 10MK but they had no effect on me.

I hope you're willing to help me again because i need to have a normal life.

Best regards,
Gina
 
  ipslon on 2007-02-06
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Dear Gina,

What has triggered thsi fresh bout of depression?Is it as severe as the last time or less in intensity?

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
Hi Rajiv,

Thanks for answering to my letter promptly.
Unfortunately i haven't got over my depression completely; usually i am very undecisive and have a mild depression.
Then on rare occasions i feel pretty ok or otherwise very depressed (severe like the last time). My mood changes constantly and i don't know what causes it.
I think the one episode of severe depression that lasted for 3 days was because my friend left. I don't have any female friends and we got along because she suffered from depression too. A few days before she left I had a dream in which I was abbandoned by people i cared for and this made me cry in my sleep. So I think this was the reason. Also I think the fact that I will start working again after 4 yrs of not doing it, contributes to causing the bouts of depression. In fact i had a job interview and then 2 days later the bout of depression. There had been 2 stress factors in the same period of time.
Then the day on which i was going to be told if i had the job or not, i had another bout of depression.
I'm afraid that i won't be motivated enough and that i will not be good at the job.

The 10MK potencies don't work because my depression is not chronic anymore?

Sorry for the long e-mail!

Best regards,
Gina
 
ipslon last decade
What are the remedies that you took in this period?Which ones helped you most?

Find a thread having the 'Chronic case taking questionnaire' on this forum.Fill it and post it here.I will look into your case.

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
Thanks Rajiv and well done for your questionnaire. your effort shows how much you care for needy people.
Here are the answers
Responses: never=not at all, rarely=hardly at all,
occasionally=to some extent, often=very much so,
always=completely.

(1) often=very much so
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(5) occasionally=to some extent
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(9) occasionally=to some extent
(10) often=very much so.
(11) never=not at all
(12) often=very much so
(13) never=not at all
(14) occasionally=to some extent
(15). occasionally=to some extent,
(16) occasionally=to some extent (area between eye brows and calves)
(17) often=very much so (mild depression since teens)
(18). often=very much so
(19) always=completely
(20) always=completely
(21) always=completely
(22) often=very much so
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(24) always=completely.
(25) always=completely
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(28) occasionally=to some extent
(29) occasionally=to some extent
(30). never=not at all ?
(31). occasionally=to some extent,
(32) occasionally=to some extent
(33) never=not at all
(34) occasionally=to some extent (3 on face)
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(36) always=completely
(37) often=very much so
(38) occasionally=to some extent
(39) occasionally=to some extent
(40) occasionally=to some extent
(41) occasionally=to some extent
(42). never=not at all
(43) never=not at all
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(45) often=very much so
(46) always=completely
(47) never=not at all
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(54) occasionally=to some extent
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(58) often=very much so
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(60) occasionally=to some extent.
(61) always=completely
(62) often=very much so
(63) rarely=hardly at all
(64) always=completely
(65). rarely=hardly at all

(66) often=very much so
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(68) always=completely
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(70) rarely=hardly at all
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(78) occasionally=to some extent.
(79) rarely=hardly at all
(80) rarely=hardly at all
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(82) rarely=hardly at all
(83) always=completely
(84) often=very much so
(85) occasionally=to some extent.
(86) never=not at all
(87) occasionally=to some extent
(88) never=not at all
(89) always=completely
(90) often=very much so
(91) often=very much so
(92) occasionally=to some extent.
(93) always=completely
(94) always=completely
(95).occasionally=to some extent.
(96) occasionally=to some extent..
(97) never=not at all
(98) often=very much so
(99) rarely=hardly at all ( fearful of deep water)
(100) often=very much so
(101) rarely=hardly at all (only in hot weather)
(102) rarely=hardly at all (I bruise very easily)
(103) rarely=hardly at all
(104) often=very much so
(105) often=very much so
(106) always=completely
(107) always=completely.
(108) always=completely.
(109). often=very much so
(110) occasionally=to some extent.
(111) never=not at all
(112). always=completely.
(113) often=very much so
(114) often=very much so
(115) often=very much so
(116) often=very much so
(117) always=completely.
(118) often=very much so
(119) rarely=hardly at all
(120) occasionally=to some extent.
(121) never=not at all
(122) often=very much so
(123) always=completely
(124) rarely=hardly at all
(125) always=completely.
(126) never=not at all
(127) occasionally=to some extent. (hair is fine)
(128) rarely=hardly at all
(129) rarely=hardly at all
(130) always=completely.
(131) never=not at all
(132) often=very much so
(133) never=not at all
(134) never=not at all (sometimes in winter, legs, thighs, ankles)
(135) rarely=hardly at all
(136) occasionally=to some extent.
(137) never=not at all
(138) never=not at all
(139) occasionally=to some extent.
(140) never=not at all
(141) occasionally=to some extent
(142) occasionally=to some extent
(143) never=not at all
(144) rarely=hardly at all (in hot weather)
(145) never=not at all
(146) occasionally=to some extent
(147) rarely=hardly at all.
(148) rarely=hardly at all
(149) rarely=hardly at all (1 on base nose)
(150) never=not at all
(151) smelling
(152) never=not at all

As for illnesses in the family, my grandfather died of lung cancer (he smoked alot), a 2nd degree grandfather passed away with diabetes. Someone in the family, a distant aunt of my Mother had breast cancer. 3 of my cousins (same family)suffered from sinnusitis when young. My father suffers from heart disease and so did his father and sister. There have been some mental disorders too.

I was born in Africa where i lived for 5 yrs, then we moved to Malta and stayed there for 3 yrs, then we lived in England for 4 yrs and finally to Italy where i have been for the last 23 yrs.
I didn’t mind moving from one country to another . I remember the incident when i had got on the wrong bus to go home after school and my how scared i felt .
As a baby i liked to play by myself but as i grew i wanted to have company. In Malta i had only few friends.
I remember i was scolded and was slapped on my rear end if i left the house to go and play with my friends when my Mum was out. I was hit with a belt once and a brush another time.
I remember the times (few) that my Mum shouted at me for something mischievious i had done or the times i would feel lonely at home because my Mum was out.
I remember the jealousy i felt when my Dad danced with my Mum..My Dad had a job that kept him away from us for 3 or more months at a time and i would sulk if i felt not cared for.
I remember the time I was humiliated because the teachers had put me in the wrong classroom according to my preparation of arithmetics. I was very bad in this subject and they mistaked by putting me in the highest level when i was supposed to be in level 4 (the lowest). So the teacher had asked me a question which i didn’t know of course, so he had to call one of the school supervisors to tell him that i was in the wrong class. I felt humiliated and embarassed.
I used to reproach myself for the mistakes i made in the tests at school telling myself “ i should have known that!”
I made very few friends and always felt not worthy or inferior to them. I wasn’t very pretty then and have always been a quiet person even though i would have liked to be extrovert, talkative and bright like some girls i admired.

As for illnesses, i haven’t had any.
I had a bad worm infection because i used to play in the sand playgrounds where dogs used to go for their walks.
I had a cyst removed from my gum at the age of 10.

Regarding memories could you go to the thread 'I can't live like this anymore', please?

Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it all the more you do it for free.
Ciao,
Gina

PS Feel free to ask other questions.
 
ipslon last decade
Dear Gina,

I suggest that you take one dose of Sepia 10M and report after 15 days.Perhaps you would also need Phosphorous later on as it seems to be your constitutional remedy.But take a dose of Sepia for now as you seem to be in the Sepia layer currently.

You are always welcome for my help.But please report when you start to feel better as it gives hope to other people who have followed your last thread on this forum as well as this new thread.It also motivates me to help others.

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
HI Rajiv,

Thank you for your diagnosis of my case. I will do as told. I forgot to tell you that my other Doctor suggested i take Phosphorous 9CH and have taken it for a week but haven't noticed any changes; the problem is I love my coffee. It's most probably is messing with the effects of the remedy so I will stop drinking it.
I hope i will be able to sleep better with Sepia because I am a light sleeper and have to take an anti-anxiety med to help me sleep deeper and sometimes fall asleep at night.
I will let you know how it goes.
Thanks again! I knew i could count on you!

Ciao,
Justine
 
ipslon last decade
Hi Rajiv,

6 days ago I took the sepia 10MK (half of a tube of monodose)and was very drowsy the day after and then less 2 days later. I had vivid dreams, (which is normal) and I had a recurrent sensation, which i have had times before. I felt as if I have a pet or anyway a presence next to me but then it leaves my side.It's not a pleasant feeling. I wake up to make sure I'm not only imagining it.
As for my mood, I don't feel any better, I get tired easily but at least i haven't had any of those attacks i described.
What must i do now?
PLEASE ANSWER MY E-MAIL, RAJIV

Hope to hear from you.
Regards.
 
ipslon last decade
I feel so sad, unloved and lonely. And I'm crying as I say this!!!
 
ipslon last decade
Dear Gina,

Not bad so far.10 M is a very high and searching potency.Please give the next update after 15 days.You will be fine.Let al these pent up feelings comeout.Good thing is that those panic attacks have not occured in so many days.Return of old symptoms is also a very positive sign.

Be patient and everything will be fine.

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
Hi Rajiv,

Thanks for your encouragement. It's been 16 days since I took with Sepia 10mk. I had a very bad day last week. I want to tell you something I think is IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW to evaluate my conditions.It happened to be the same day i spoke with a therapist (I think the association would be more beneficial). I was feeling very low and tired that day. The therapist asked me about my Love Life, and suddenly a big lump formed in my throat (it was so bad i couldn't even speak) and then i burst out crying. I told her I had recently gone out with a guy i knew liked me and i hoped I would feel the same for him too but I didn't. I rarely cry in front of a therapist (especially if i have never met that person before). The next day I felt better and i noticed the palms (just below my fingers) of my hands itched.
Then the day after I dreamt till late in the morning ( i had woken up at about 5 or 6 which is usual)and i noticed my voice was hoarse for a while after i got up (at 10).
Reading about Sepia on the forum , i noticed that a lot of the people taking it have brown spots on their body. Infact i have one small one (light brown) on my nose which appeared about a year ago. And i have a irregular big blotch (23 cm long)of the same colour on my right upper arm, which appeared about 10 yrs ago.
And as for love for music typical of the Sepia type, i sometimes start dancing while listening to music and have always had a good sense of rythm.

Oh, i took a dose of Phosphorus a few days ago to counteract the sympttoms of the Sepia. If I didn't have to work and be sociable, i would suffer in silence.

I hope this info is useful for you. Let me know if I have to do something different.
Sorry for the long e-mail!

Have a nice weekend.
 
ipslon last decade
Hi Rajiv,

It's me again!!! i just wanted to add that I'm worried because I keep on MISSING STEPS, STUMBLING where there are pavements. Also I find it difficult to organise my thoughts, which are confused and have difficulty making decisions. And i have such tired looking eyes and i have blue-purple discoloration around them.
And my hair gets dirty after a day or 2.
The glands beside my armpits above my breasts are painful when pressured (i'm in pre-mestrual)
I don't know why I'm in such a state.
I hope to hear some advice from you.

Greetings,
Gina
 
ipslon last decade
Dear Gina,

I have been away and hence the late reply.

You should not have taken Phosphorous without consulting me when Sepia was working so beautifully.Taking remedies in such high potencies without consulting the homeopath guiding you may be dangerous in the worst case and counter productive in the best case.

Just wait for a month at least now to see what happens after the last dose of Phosphorous.

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
Dear Rajiv,


I'm sorry about taking the phosphorous but i was desperate.
When you said i was doing beautifully on Sepia, do you mean that it fits all my symptoms? i forgot to mention that i have vaginal discharge everyday and that i alternate days of constipation and days when i have almost diarrhea.
I had a major CRISIS 4 days ago; i was extremely sad and irritable at the same time. The crisis lasted the whole day. I had that same tiredness so when i stopped crying i had a long rest. I noticed that i kept on having to urinate; i think my body was getting rid of toxins. The day after i felt better and was quite cheerful. But my mood is still very variable. Even though my social life is very poor, at least i am doing decently at work. It doesn't make sense, but when i teach (English) i forget about myself and am able to smile and joke. It's not the same when i'm with people i don't work with. It's like there are 2 personalities in my body.
Please let me know if everything is going as it should.
Have a nice weekend.
 
ipslon last decade
Rajiv, I was wondering if you knew whether homeopathic meds are compatible with natural herbs becasue i read (on the internet) that they are not compatible. I'm asking you this because i am also taking St. John's Wort.

I looked into Sepia and it's symptoms but i didn't find 'pain abdomen caused by emotions'; I've had this type of problem twice recently. Once was after a Dr. told me that there was a chance he couldn't help my depression. I've had this symptom in the past though so maybe Sepia was making it re-emerge.
I also find that sometimes i think I'm not hungry, but when I start eating I can't stop.

Hope to hear from you.
Bye!
 
ipslon last decade
HI Rajiv,

I haven't heard from you in a while.
I feel there has been little change with Sepia. When I respond positively to a remedy, my appearance(face) ameliorates but it hasn't this time. I still looked tired and wake up with anxious thoughts going on in my mind about work.

Last year I took Lycopodium and noticed that my FINGER NAILS TURNED WHITE (there're always yellowish) but I had an exagerated appetite and would eat very quickly. I stopped taking it because i was afraid i was getting some eating disorder.
What should i do?

PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
Thanks,
Ipslon.
 
ipslon last decade
How depressed are you now as compared to when you started this thread a few months ago?

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
Hi Rajiv,

It's a difficult question to answer. I reckon I went through a tough time 2 months ago because I moved away from home and started working. My mind had to re-adgust to having social interaction after a long time and to get my mind back into thinking about business affairs. My mood is more stable but I realize I still am very unhappy, sad and feel lonely most of the time.
I keep on hoping I’ll find love. I have little self-confidence and I continue to put myself down with negative self-talk. I suffer from anxiety because I have a very serious vision of life and can’t endure stress well. Today I felt very anxious due to work and I had to take an anti-anxiety med to calm me down; I felt I had to breathe in deeply.
I look very tired and have trouble concealing the discoloration in my eye area as I already mentioned (other symptoms haven’t changed: my hair is still growing grey in parts and it get dirty quickly, my tongue has a whitish coating, a red tip and cracks, I have some hairs growing on my breasts) so I feel that Sepia hasn’t helped me. I alternate constipation with diarrhoea (almost). I rest a lot, well whenever I get the chance. I try to do some sports but rarely. I don’t feel like enjoying myself so as you see, I’m still depressed and haven’t improved since the acupuncture.
I don’t know; I thought homeopathy could help me. I know you have tried your best and I thank you.
Bye,
Ipslon
 
ipslon last decade
Dear Gina,

To sum up, you are still depressed but not in a tsate of panic.Another thing is that Sepia was disturbed by the dose of Phosphorous that you took before it could complete its action.I went through your detailed case again.There are a number of Arsenic symptoms there.You do not like cold weather, are a perfectionist, worry about small things, hate sloppiness and so on.Also Lachesis.You hate to wear tight clothes around your neck, feel worse in the morning after sleep, are jealous, suspicious of other people's motives and are intensely competitive.But Lachesis hates bright sunlight and avoids it at all times.While Arsenic is cold most of the time and likes warm temperature and yet she is very thirsty and needs small quantities of water frequently.So, confirm about these symptoms and then i can suggest the next remedy.

You should not lose hope in homeopathy as it has been slowly but surely helping you.Just remember how desperately depressed you felt when you used to post on the 'I cannot live like this' thread.You have improved a lot since then.Homeopathy can definitely take you even further than this.And i also pray to God that there is some lucky break in your life and you meet someone who truly loves you.That will help along with homeopathy.

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
Thanks for your kind words, Rajiv.

I do still believe in homeopathy but the beneficial affects are short unlike acupuncture. But I’ll keep on insisting with it seeing that acupuncture has done what it could.
My favourite seasons are Spring and Autumn because the temperature is not hot or cold. I am quite perfectionist. I am tight with money like Arsenicums are, and even more so with myself (I feel I don’t deserve to be spoiled). But I’m not a bossy and demanding person. I do criticise though, especially myself. We are the mirrors of all our behaviours (eg. if you don’t love yourself, you can’t love others).
I’m a deep and sensitive person and I don’t do anything out of impulse but only after much thought (that’s why I’m so indecisive.) A coffee helps me wake up in the morning and I look forward to it immensely.
I feel inferior to people who have more power than myself but feel more confident with those who have less (for eg. my students). I have a problem imposing my will and consider myself a coward for this.
I don’t like tight clothes around neck or any part of my body. I cut off labels from clothes and I can’t wear pure wool or rough materials because they irritate my skin.
I don’t trust people easily for different reasons. I’m not really competitive but I need to prove to myself that I can do well in what I chose to do and need praise for my ego.
If I’m jealous, it’s because I’m insecure of what I have to offer. I wish I didn’t feel such a worthless person.
I can’t sit under direct sunlight in the Summer months for long because I feel I can’t breathe. The cold seems to go through to my bones in Winter.
I’m not a thirsty person and drink little quantities of water; I can drink more wine than water because water has no flavour! After a stressful day I enjoy a glass of wine to wind down. I feel relaxed and when in company, I find I can enjoy myself when under the effects of alcohol.

I went to an energy healer and he told me I have a lot of energy but it’s blocked in my head and that I need to channel it to the rest of my body through visualisation. He told me I need to feel my connection to my body through guided meditation or sports. He also told me that my first (which is our will to be rooted to the Mother Earth providing us with the ability to be grounded into the earth plane, i.e. I don’t like to feel “rooted” in one place) and second chakras (It governs peoples sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way, and it’s connected to our sexuality) are blocked.

A last thing, I must have an irritable colon because the right hand side colon is always swollen. And i find that I do some yawning at 6pm and then at 11 pm (tears fall).

Well, Rajiv I hope you can find a good remedy for my complicated case.
Best regards,
GIna
 
ipslon last decade
Dear Gina,

I sugest that you let a week more to pass and then take a dose of Lachesis 1M.Then wait for next few weeks to see how you respond to it.You should not take any other remedy for at least a month before or after taking Lachesis.

Rajiv
 
rajivprasad last decade
Dear Rajiv,

Thanks for your precious advice. I'll do as you tell me.

Have a good day!
Gina
 
ipslon last decade

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