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Filled-out Form about my Depression (Please Advise/Supervise!)

Following the extremely valuable advice of Simone I am posting my answers to the Form/Questionnaire provided on this Forum. Please advise and supervise my case, I will be so grateful!!!

Patient’s Sex: Male
Patient’s Age: 38

1. Describe your main suffering?

Constant depression, accompanied by anxiety about the future (specifically about disease, disability, and old-age) self-pity about past experiences, regrets over past decisions, low self-esteem and feeling of worthlessness, lots of anger and rage, poor body-image, perfectionism, feeling of social isolation (no friends), frustrated sexual desires, irritability and moodiness, tremendous boredom, over-sensitivity to other people’s actions/words, laziness/procrastination and lack of motivation, obsessive-compulsive behavior (constantly making things neat and orderly), pessimism, envy/jealousy towards those who appear luckier and happier than me, anger at God for giving me such a miserable life, and anger at parents for mistakes they made when I was under their care.

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

Dark floaters and flashing pin-point lights in vision (which caused tremendous anxiety and fear of going blind), over-sleeping, over-eating, fatigue, lack of energy, dullness, frequent abdominal bloating and gas, chronic nasal congestion, bothered by cold (need warmth), knee pain, stiffness in middle back and along spine, constantly cracking knuckles and other joints, recurrent tiny skin-eruptions all over forehead since getting a sunburn in April 2011.

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

See Answer-1 above.

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?

See Answer-1 above.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

Started during adolescence/early teenage years in response to a very strict, aggressive, abusive father who constantly bullied, disrespected and dominated me and my mother.

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

I usually feel most depressed at dusk in the evening when the daylight is fading. I have hated dusk since childhood. Once the actual dark night falls and the lights come on, things get better.

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same?

Aggravated by: Noticing floaters/light-flashes in vision, having pain in joints or elsewhere in the body, being alone at home, feeling physically sick (e.g. cold, feverishness, sinus problems), being tired, facing disappointments/setbacks, losing money.

Ameliorated by: Being together with a friend, traveling to foreign countries, eating delicious food, watching TV.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

Yes, I feel worse during winter (whenever it is cold, cloudy or rainy/snowy and I cannot go outside).

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

I feel best when it is pleasantly warm, sunny, not too humid, and with a light breeze. I feel really bad in April and October when it rains all the time and it is cloudy and cold. I also hate winter, especially when it is snowing.

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

See Answer-1 above.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

While I usually dislike rain, I find thunderstorms quite exciting, as long as I am safely indoors and can watch from a window. But when I am at home I worry about whether the storm will make my roof leak, my basement flood, or my windows damaged. When I am traveling/staying at a hotel I don’t worry about these things.

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?

Only when the person consoling me is someone I respect, admire and trust.

- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

Yes.

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless weeping, talking to one self etc?

I obsess about keeping everything neat, tidy, orderly and well-organized. I also crack my knuckles and other joints frequently.

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

I have very few friends. I have a life-partner who I love very much but we are in a long-distance relationship, and whenever we are separated I feel a lot of anxiety, loneliness and sadness. I hate my father and deeply resent the abuse he inflicted on me, and feel like I can never forgive him for his past actions. I resent my mother for not doing enough to protect me (and herself) from my father.

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

My biggest fear is that I will be left alone when I am old and will not have anyone to share my life with, and that I will be helpless in my old age/sickness/disability.

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

I love sweets. I put sugar in everything. I also like strongly-flavored foods with lots of spices. I usually avoid deep-fried food.

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

Less than normal. Sometimes I forget to drink enough water.

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

Excessive. I over-eat and am constantly thinking about food.

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

Unfortunately I can eat everything.

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

I sweat more than normal. Mostly from head and trunk. Not so much from limbs.

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

Regular bowel movement every morning after waking, often followed by one more after breakfast. Stool is normal, diarrhea is extremely rare, occasional constipation when particularly stressed-out. Frequent abdominal bloating and gas (which I suspect is tied to panic issues).

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

I go to bed late and I wake up late. I usually sleep on my stomach or side, never on my back. I always get up feeling tired and exhausted, with stiff joints.

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

No.

20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all?

I feel like I am unluckier, less appreciated and less understood than other people. I think something about me scares other people away and it is very hard for me to make and keep friends.

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

I have unsuccessfully tried three allopathic anti-depressants (Prozac, Zoloft and Effexor). None of them helped, they all caused weight gain, and Effexor caused mania and recklessness. I had a terrible time tapering off of Effexor. I have been anti-depressant free since November 2009. My depression came back soon after I quit the Effexor.

A couple weeks back I took a homeopathic complex for seasonal allergies (containing Nat Mur) and I was surprised how cheerful and energetic it made me feel. However it also gave me palpitations and insomnia so I discontinued it.

Since yesterday (June 27th) I have started on Ars Alb 30C. I took five pills on June 27th and five on June 28th.

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

Diabetes, hypertension, depression.

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.

Very tall, full head of hair (some graying), generally slim but lacking muscle tone and with belly-fat.
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  utqiagvik on 2013-06-28
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Hi,

And what have you taken so far? Just the one dose of Arsenicum Album?

( As far as me supervising, I would like to ask Anuj on here to
supervise you if he can) I understand a lot on the counseling bc
I have experience in that field. I am studying the homeopathy
after having used it for years. I will be following your case and
helping out if needed)

btw, what country are you from and what country are you in
right now?

Don't take any remedies until you hear from Anuj.
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simone717 7 years ago
I will keep asking questions till the time am convinced hope you don't mind. some of the qstns have been answered some are unanswered.


MENTAL SYMPTOMS
- How is your memory?
- For what is it poor?
- At what time is it poor?
- Do you remember what you read?
- Do you read with interest and pleasure?
- Can you apply you mind easily?
- In what way is your disposition changed during sickness?
- Are you mild, easy, gloomy, hopeless, obstinate, irritable, snappish, petulant, “real ugly” or sullen, cheerful, happy or in what way is the disposition affected?

Do you answer the questions of others promptly or slowly?
Do you comprehend easily?
Do you have anxiety, apprehension of the future, aversion to people, company or things, bashful, desire for company or solitude; desire for death; confusion of mind, delirium, discontent, disgust, dread of future; of people, of animal or things, any peculiar feeling, mind full of crowding ideas, ill humour, impatience, indecision, indifference, jealousy, too easily exited to tears or laughter,
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laziness, loquacity, disappointed love, melancholy, easy to be offended, feel like quarrelling, sadness; scolding, screaming, sighing, taciturnity (silent mood), persistent thoughts, or crowding of ideas aversion to work, play or anything else?

How does the future look to you?

Have you any delusions of any kind, or do you imagine you see things that have no existence, that you family has turned against you, that a man is under the bed or in the house, that someone is following or hounding you, that you are rich or poor, or will die in the poor house, hear voices or that you are called or anything else in this line?

(Note: - Be very careful to give all these symptoms fully as they are very important. The questions and languages here used are merely suggestive, being intended to lead you to give all you symptoms. The whole of this questionnaire is merely suggestive & it is not intended that the patient be restricted to the language or symptoms of this questionnaire. Give your case in your own language carefully and cully making on endeavour to make it as exhaustive as possible by including all the freak symptoms also).


SENSATIONS
(Note: - Sensations are also important and should be especially noticed. For sensations of pain, of all kind see section 5. The special sensations may occur in any part of the body, or internally or in the head or extremities. Give the sensations in your own language to express it. No matter how simple or even ludicrous, it is necessary to give it.)
Examples: - It may be like a mouse or bug crawling; like wind blowing into the ears or eyes; as if someone was pulling a hair; as of a blow on the back ; as if the year was grasped by an iron hand ; as if claws were grasping the bowels; as of a splinter in the throat or flesh like a string of thread on the tongue or in the throat; as if joint were dislocated; as of a band or cord around the head; as though you had a cap on or hat; as a plug in the ears or some other place; as if another person lies along side of him, or that one limb is double; as if abdominal muscles were pushed out by arm of a child ;
as if boiling lead were pushing through rectum ; as if anus would fly to pieces during stool ; as if moisture, or a drop were running through the urethra; as if legs were made of wood.

(Note: - These are merely illustrations, a few which have occurred to other person, and are given that you may understand what is meant by sensations. Always give the locations as well of the sensations.)
 
anuj srivastava 7 years ago
Thank you for taking my case, Simone and Anuj ... I shall post the answers to your additional questions as soon as possible!
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago
First let me answer Simone's questions:

(1) I took my 1st dose of Ars Alb at 5:30 PM on the 26th. It worked extremely well, but by 6:30 PM the next day (27th) I could feel my mood and energy levels slipping down again so I took a 2nd dose. This 2nd 24-hour period has not been as nice as the first ... it has been a bit more of a struggle to stay positive and motivated, but still it is better than it was before. At least I have the energy to post on this forum!

(2) I grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. I moved to the US in 1999 at age 24 by myself and I have lived here ever since.
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago
Dear Anuj, here are the answers to your questions:

MENTAL SYMPTOMS
- How is your memory?

Not as good as it used to be. I think the anti-depressants I took in the past must have fried my brain.

- For what is it poor?

I am getting more absent-minded as the years pass. I am always afraid that I left the door unlocked, or the gas-stove turned on, etc. I am constantly checking and double-checking things to make sure. Once I even forgot to take my passport on my way to catch an international flight. I am scared this will get worse as I get older. I try to keep organized and put things in a calendar and so on.

- At what time is it poor?

Usually when I am stressed or worried.

- Do you remember what you read?

Yes, pretty well.

- Do you read with interest and pleasure?

Yes, if the Internet can be considered “reading.” When I was younger I used to read books all the time but these days I find I have no patience or motivation to do so. Nowadays I just read magazines, stuff on the Internet, and watch TV mostly.

- Can you apply you mind easily?

In the past it was very easy, but over the years it has become more difficult.

- In what way is your disposition changed during sickness?

I become upset, self-pitying, frustrated, pessimistic, angry.

- Are you mild, easy, gloomy, hopeless, obstinate, irritable, snappish, petulant, “real ugly” or sullen, cheerful, happy or in what way is the disposition affected?

I would pick gloomy, hopeless, irritable, snappish, petulant, “real ugly” and sullen.

Do you answer the questions of others promptly or slowly?

Promptly.

Do you comprehend easily?

Easily (for the most part).

Do you have anxiety, apprehension of the future, aversion to people, company or things, bashful, desire for company or solitude; desire for death; confusion of mind, delirium, discontent, disgust, dread of future; of people, of animal or things, any peculiar feeling, mind full of crowding ideas, ill humour, impatience, indecision, indifference, jealousy, too easily exited to tears or laughter, laziness, loquacity, disappointed love, melancholy, easy to be offended, feel like quarrelling, sadness; scolding, screaming, sighing, taciturnity (silent mood), persistent thoughts, or crowding of ideas aversion to work, play or anything else?

I have the following:
-anxiety
- apprehension of the future
- aversion to people
-contradictory desire for company as well as solitude
- (occasionally) desire for (quick and painless) death
- confusion of mind
-discontent
-disgust
-dread of future
-ill humour
-impatience
-jealousy
-laziness
-loquacity
-disappointed love
-melancholy
-easy to be offended
-feel like quarrelling
-sadness
-scolding
-sighing
-persistent thoughts
-crowding of ideas
-aversion to work

How does the future look to you?

It looks completely empty, hopeless and meaningless, and full of problems/traps/frustrations. I am particularly terrified of falling ill or becoming disabled and having nobody to help me. I have dreams of living alone in a big house by myself with no other human being for company.

Have you any delusions of any kind, or do you imagine you see things that have no existence, that you family has turned against you, that a man is under the bed or in the house, that someone is following or hounding you, that you are rich or poor, or will die in the poor house, hear voices or that you are called or anything else in this line?

I have not heard any voices or seen any hallucinatory images. I have relatives in the US who are much richer than me, and I feel like they disrespect me and look down upon me because I came from South Africa and don’t have as much wealth as them. I have very poor self-esteem and poor body-image, and I am constantly worried that people are judging and ridiculing me. I don’t like taking my clothes off at the beach or in front of other people. This lack of confidence is why I do so poorly in the romance/sex department. I also feel like nobody understands me or appreciates my talents and qualities. I feel maybe something about me makes them uncomfortable and they avoid me.

SENSATIONS

I have dark floaters and pin-point flashing lights in my vision, which are extremely disturbing and make me afraid of going blind. I have pain and stiffness in both knees. My joints crack all the time, especially my fingers. I have unexplained tiny eruptions all over my forehead. My middle back feels very stiff, and starts hurting once I am standing for more than a few minutes.

Please let me know if you need any more details! Thank you so much for your time and assistance…
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utqiagvik 7 years ago
you can eat every thing as you said,can you digest milk or are you comfortable having milk products?

-disappointed love-- what happened.did you go into depression after this episode?

do you try and gain sympathy of others by narrating what happened to you during childhood?

do you wet the pillow when you sleep at night?

did you have any skin ailment in the past which you suppressed by using ointment and if so can you relate your mental state with that suppression?
 
anuj srivastava 7 years ago
Dear Anuj,

(1) I have no problem digesting milk. I like milk products. I really have no food allergies that I know of.

(2)I have suffered repeated disappointments in love, where people I was attracted to did not reciprocate the attraction, leaving me with feelings of being worthless and undesirable.

(3) Yes, often I try and gain sympathy of others by narrating what happened to me during childhood.

(4) I assume you are referring to wetting the pillow with saliva? Yes, this happens often.

(5)I very rarely have skin problems. This eruption on my forehead is the only one I remember from recent times. I usually avoid ointments because I don't like to feel sticky or greasy things on my skin. I don't think any of my skin issues were related to my mood.
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago
1 Nux Vom 200
15 drops in a cup containing an ounce of water, sip one third of it, 15 minutes later sip the next third of it, and 15 minutes later take the last third of it.half an hr before dinner.dont repeat.

2. sulphor 200,on day 2 early morning ,empty stomach.dont repeat.


3.day 3--calc carb 1m,5 pills in a gap of 15 mins three times at night.not on a full moon night.dont repeat.

4.calc flour 6x 5 tabs three times a day from day 4.dont stop.

feed back after six days.
 
anuj srivastava 7 years ago
Thank you so much for the recommendation ... are these remedies readily available in health food stores (especially the 200 potencies) without a prescription? Since I am new to homeopathy your guidance and suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

PS: Should I discontinue the Ars Alb 30C that I am currently taking?
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago
simone will be able to guide you.ill request her to do so.ars not recommended.
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anuj srivastava 7 years ago
Hi- order off this site- front page top-ABC remedies shop.

Liquid in usa is more expensive than pellets.

You can get the nux vom liquid, sulphur pellets,
Cal Carb pellets.

Cal Flour is a cell salt, You can buy it at the health store,
or whole foods. Usually it is Hylands brand biochemic
cell salt. Not pills in the blue tube.

Myself, I am not liking the Hylands brand after a few years
of inconsistent results from them on friends and family.
I now order cell salts, Dr. Reckeweg, made in Germany,
from DKO naturals in Canada. They ship fast, get things
in 2 days, just put Cal Flour 6x cell salt in the search box.

I am sure Anuj will say to stop Ars Alb. btw, usa only
sells up to 30 c potency in stores except for Arnica.
You can always order online from this site, and what
this site does not have, you order from Helios Homeopathic
Pharmacy in the UK.
 
simone717 7 years ago
Thank you Anuj and Simone ... I will order them ASAP. I'll have them delivered to my neighbor's house since I will be out of the country Jul 1 through 11 and they will probably arrive while I'm gone. As soon as I get my hands on them and take them as directed I will update you on the results. Once again, thanks for everything and I'll keep you posted :-)
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago
Have a good vacation!
 
simone717 7 years ago
Thank you Simone ... it is interesting, I feel happiest when I am in Mexico. Maybe I should just move there :-)
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago

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simone717 7 years ago
PS: I love drinking coffee, should I stop (since I heard it can antidote)?

Also, I have switched to mint-free toothpaste. But can I still use Vicks Vaporub or is that a no-no?
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago
You cannot use camphor products, like vicks. Camphor is
a universal antidote of remedies. Mint antidotes a lot of
remedies and especially Nat mur.

Most homeopaths advise not drinking coffee at least on the
days you are taking the remedy. And not eating or drinking
anything half hour before or after taking the remedy.

Ask Anuj what his policy is on coffee.
 
simone717 7 years ago
OK, I will avoid touching any camphor or mint products. I'd love to hear Anuj's view on coffee, black tea, green tea, diet coke, red wine, and beer...
 
utqiagvik 7 years ago
they all cause unnecessary excitement leading to depression.green tea good. anti oxidant.
 
anuj srivastava 7 years ago

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