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suffering emotionnal numbness

Hello,
I suffer from severe emotionnal numbness for the last 12 years. It first started when i took an antidepressant for social anxiety and ever since i cannot feel any emotions and it just got worse over time. I have a great suffering, i cannot feel anything, have no energy, no motivation, bad memory,cognitive problems, blank mind, unable to feel joy or even hope, indifferent to everything. Please note this is not depression, i dont feel sad, i just feel nothing and i was caused by antidepressant. Can you suggest any remedy for that?
Thank you very much
 
  iamnumb on 2014-04-23
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Are you taking any ssri (antidepressant) now.
 
fitness 6 years ago
Hell no, i wont ever touch these poisons again. They already did enough of harm to me, i dont need any more problems.
 
iamnumb 6 years ago
For how long did you take them and when did you stop.
 
fitness 6 years ago
Hi, the antidepressant i took was paxil when i was 15. I took it for one year and never been on any psychiatric drugs since. Im now 27. My emotions never returned after paxil. Before that i was full of life and could enjoy everything. Now i am a lifeless walking zombie without a soul or emotions.

Thanks for answering me
 
iamnumb 6 years ago
I can try to find a suitable remedy for you if you can answer the below questions. Before doing that, I’d suggest to check my profile by clicking my username to know something about me first.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THIS FIRST BEFORE ANSWERING QUESTIONS:
• Homeopathy works only if you give truthful answers, no matter how awkward or intimate. If you don’t want to do that, it’s better you stop here and don’t proceed.
• Please reply to all that is being asked and give details.
• Short answers such as Yes/No/Normal are not helpful.
• I want answers which explain the What, When, Where, Why, Better by & Worse by.
• Example: I have a sore throat (it explains the “what”), since 3 days (it explains “when”), on the left side of my throat (explains “where”), due to eating sour food (explains “why”), the pain is better when I drink warm tea (explains “Better by”), the pain is worse when I swallow food (explains “worse by”)
• Please leave the questions in place and give your answers under each of them.
• I can’t prescribe if these directions are not fully adhered to.

QUESTIONS:
1. Your age & sex

2. Describe your appearance i.e. weight, height, body type (thin, medium, chubby, fat etc)

• Weight

• Height

• Body type (Very thin, Thin, Medium, Chubby, Fat, Obese)

• Any significant feature (e.g. sunken cheeks, stooped shoulders, thin chest etc.)

3. Your profession

4. Describe your personality in at least 20 words (e.g. stubborn, lazy, suicidal, don’t want to work, always in a hurry etc.)

5. If money was not an issue and you had a month of vacation, what would you do

6. How is your relationship with your parents, spouse, siblings, children etc.

7. If not ok, what’s wrong and how is it affecting you

8. Do you smoke/drink/drugs, if yes, details of why & since when

9. What is your main health problem & its symptoms

10. When did this main problem begin

11. What is the cause of this problem in your view

12. What non-medicinal actions make the main problem better (e.g. massage, warmth, cold, lying down, sitting etc.)

13. What makes it worse (e.g. massage, warmth, cold, lying down, sitting etc.)

14. How do you feel mentally & emotionally during this problem (e.g. weepy, irritable, restless, sad, hopeless, fear of death etc.)

15. What other health problems do you have

16. List down all health problems and when did they start (approximate month & year)

17. What non-medicinal actions make these other health problems better (explain each problem)

18. What makes these other health problems worse (explain each problem)

19. What animals or insects are you afraid of

20. What situations are you afraid of (e.g. heights, closed spaces, ocean, darkness etc)

21. What occupies your mind mostly

22. How do you respond to consolation & sympathy

23. Do you want to stay alone or with people

24. How is your sleep, if not good, why

25. Do you have any recurring dreams

26. Is your complaint affected by weather, if so, which weather affect & how

27. Do you normally feel hot or cold

28. What foods you crave & love (not what you eat due to health or other reasons, rather what you love)

29. Is there any food that you hate and can’t tolerate

30. What taste you crave & love (e.g. sweet, salty, sour, bitter)

31. Is there any taste which you hate and can’t tolerate

32. Do you like warm or cold food

33. Do you want to eat indigestible foods (chalk, lead pencil, mud….)

34. How is your thirst (less, moderate, excessive)

35. Do you have excessively dry lips or mouth or both

36. Do you have any coating on tongue first thing in the morning, if yes, details

• Is coating thick

• Color of coating

• Where exactly (back, middle, sides etc)

37. Any taste in your mouth first thing in the morning (e.g. bitter, sour)

38. How is your skin (dry, oily, rough, acne, pustules, boils, psoriasis etc), upload here or email me a picture of the skin problem

39. Please upload here or email me a close up picture of your hand nails (without nail polish or any treatment done). Picture should be of nails, not hands. Click my username for my email address.

40. Details about your sweat, answer all these points: where mostly, how much, smell, does it stain, if yes what color

41. Any problems with eyes/vision, if yes, since when

42. Any problems with ears, nose, throat (e.g. nose always blocked, runny, discharge color)

43. How is your stool, answer all these points: how often, consistency, any blood, any particular smell etc.

44. How is your urine, answer all these points: color, smell, any blood etc.

45. How is your sex desire (e.g. no desire, low, moderate, high, very high)

46. Are you satisfied with your sex life, if no, why not

47. Do you masturbate, if yes, how frequently

48. Are you satisfied after that or want more

49. Males genitals (any problems with erection, any pain, any itching etc.)

50. Females menses details (reply to all these points)

• Regularity (early, late, irregular, duration of cycle)

• Flow (low, moderate, high)

• Clots (none, some, a lot, huge clots, bright color, dark color)

• Any discharge (color, consistency, smell)

51. What illnesses are running in your family

• Mother’s side

• Father’s side

• Siblings (brother/sister)

52. Are you taking any medicines (allopathic, homeopathic, supplements, acupuncture etc.)

53. Have you had any surgeries or implants, if yes, give details

54. Have you had any long term treatment (physical or psychological), if yes, give details (what, when, where, why, the list of medicines used)

55. What homeopathic remedies have you taken in the past (potency, dosage, approx. time frame)
 
fitness 6 years ago
This sounds like the kind of situation I often see in my clinic, where I treat a large number of mental health issues.

Please fill in this extensive list of questions. Try to answer all of them as completely as possible. One word answers or short sentences are of much less value to me.

HOW TO DESCRIBE YOUR COMPLAINTS

In homoeopathy, prescription is based on precise details of various symptoms from which you suffer. To tell or write to a homoeopathic physician 'I have a headache ', ' an eruption ' or “a cough” would not be enough. If you inform him 'I have headache with sharp shooting pains in the left side of the head and temple, these pains always come on when the slightest cold air strikes the head. I feel better by pressing the head very hard.” Then only you have given all the information required for making a good homoeopathic prescription. The success of the prescription depends; largely on how detailed your description of the symptoms is.
We require the following details about your symptoms.

LOCATION: Please give the exact location of sensation, pain or eruption. Also describe where the pain or sensation spreads.

SENSATION: Express the type of sensation or the pain that you get in your own words however simple or funny it may seem. You may have a sensation that a mouse is crawling or the heart was grasped by an iron hand or you may have a pain that is cutting, burning jerking, pressing. Express the sensation or pain as it feels to you. Try to explain the whole sensation in the exact way it is happening and not just the word. We need to understand the whole process of the sensation as it is happening to you.

WHAT MAKES YOU WORSE OR BETTER:

Many factors are likely to influence your complaint. Some factors may intensify it and some factors may relieve the trouble. A detailed list of the factors is given at the end. Please refer it while describing each of your troubles and indicate which factors make the complaint better or worse.

DISCHARGES: You may have a discharge from nose, ears, mouth, eyes, ulcers, fistula, eruptions on skin, private parts, etc. Please describe your discharge under the following aspects.
• The quantity and the time or condition under which the quantity varies i.e. when is it better or worse, when does it increase or decrease?
• The consistency: Is it thin or thick, stringy or clotted?
• Is it like jelly, white of an egg, like water, sticky forming a scab etc.?
• The odour, what does it remind you of?
• Does it make the parts sore, and in what way?

1] Your Complaint:

(Use your own words as far as possible, but if you have recognized or diagnosed the condition, give this information also.) By answering as many of these questions as fully as possible, you are helping me to understand what your body and unconscious mind is conveying. This can help me find a remedy for you.)
• What is your complaint?
• When did the complaint begin?
• Where is it located?
• What sort of sensations (and emotions) do you associate with it?

• Does anything make it better or worse?
• How does it bother you? How is it coming in way of your day-to-day life?
• How does it feel like to have this/these problem/s?
• What is the effect of this/these problem/s on you?
• Did any event happen which caused the complaint? Describe the emotion associated with it.
• What are the other symptoms started with it, esp. mental and physical symptoms, which are not directly related to the main complaint.
• What are your reactions with it?

MIND
________________________________________
1] What are the issues which are bothering you the most?
How does it feel to have these issues?
What about these issues bothering you the most and why?

2] What are the emotions that you are going through?
What are the factors to which you are sensitive?
What about these factors bother you the most?
How does it feel to have these factors and how you react during such time?

3] Any incident which had a deep impact on you? Describe in detail.
What are the thoughts/feelings/sensations associated with it?
At that moment of time what were your feelings/thoughts, sensations and reactions associated with it?
(Note: Incidents might have happened long ago and now it has no impact on you but at that moment of time if it had any impact on you, describe.)

4] What are your anxieties/fears/phobias real or imaginary? Describe them in detail. What about them is bothering you the most?
What are the feelings associated with it?
What could be the worst form of fear/phobia/anxiety according to you?

5] What are your interests and hobbies?
What about them do you like the most and why?

6] What are the thoughts which are coming in your mind again and again?
What about them bothers you the most?

7] Any unusual sensation/vibration or movements have you experienced? If yes, describe them in detail. Describe the whole process of that sensation without adding or subtracting a word from it.

8] What is/are the bodily sensation/s you experience with all your fears/ feelings and thoughts. Please describe the complete picture of it.

9] Please close your eyes and bring that incident, feelings, fears, thoughts which had/having a deep impact on you/bothering you the most and see what is happening deep within your body right now. If you perceive any bodily sensation, vibration or movements please feel it completely and then right the whole experience as it is without adding or subtracting a word from it.

10] What according to you will be best moment of your life?
How does it feel to be in that moment?
What will be opposite feeling of this moment or feeling?

11] How do/did you react in situations which have/had a deep impact on you?
What is your first reaction when you face your worst fear/situations?
Describe your reaction as it is?
How do you react when you are faced with stressful situations?

12] What you feel/feel like doing when you are alone and free of all your work?

13] How is your relation with your near and dear ones, at your work place?
Anything in the relationship that is bothering you the most?
If yes, describe that in detail? How does that feel like? How do you experience that?

14] Describe five negative and positive points in you?
Which out of it you would put first and why?
How does it feel to have that?

Please answer the following:

1] Tell about the dreams that had a deep impact on you.

2] Tell about the dreams that are repetitive, strange and weird that are not related to you at all.
3] Any dreams from childhood till today that you remember the most?
4] Any dream from childhood till today that had a deep impact on you?
5] Any dreams, just before your problem started?
6] Any particular part of your life where you had some recurrent dreams? If yes, describe in detail.

CHILDHOOD HISTORY
1] Any incidents from your childhood which had a deep impact on you, which touched you the most. Describe in detail about that incident/s and the feelings/thoughts/perception and sensations associated with it. What was your reaction to these incidents?
2] Describe your fears during childhood in detail.
3] Any imagination/fantasies/imaginary fears which you remember the most?
4] What you wanted to become as a child and why?

S L E E P

1] Describe your posture in sleep. (On the back, side, abdomen etc.) Are you able to sleep in any position? In which position you can’t sleep?

2] During sleep do you:
a) Snore?
b) grind teeth?
c) Dribble saliva?
d) Sweat?
e) Keep eyes or mouth open?
f) Walk? Talk?
g) Moan? Weep?
h) Become restless? Wake up with a jerk?

3] Describe if anything else is unusual about your sleep: (sleepy, sleeplessness, etc. if so when?) ________________________________________

APPETITE AND THIRST

1] How is your appetite?
2] When are you hungry?
3] What happens if you have to remain hungry for long?
4] How fast do you eat?
5] How much thirst do you have?
6] Any particular time are you especially thirsty?
7] Do you feel any change in your taste and feeling in your mouth?________________________________________

Food/Drink likes and dislikes, and how strongly

STOOL
1] Do you have any problem regarding your stools?
2] When and how many times a day do you pass stools?
3] When is it urgent?
4] Do you have any problem about bowel movements?
5] Do you have to strain for stool? Even if soft?
6] Do you have belching or passing gas? Describe its character.
7] How do you feel after passing gas up or down? ________________________________________



URINATION & URINE
1] Any problem about urine?
2] Any strong smell? Like what?
3] Do you have any trouble before, during and after passing urine?
4] Any difficulty about the flow? Slow to start, interrupted, feeble dribbling etc.?
5] Any involuntary urination? When?



SWEAT/PERSPIRATION-FEVER-CHILL
1] How much do you sweat?
2] Where and on what part do you sweat the most?
3] Do you perspire on the palms or soles?
4] Is the sweat warm, cold, clammy, sticky, musty, greasy, stiffens the linen etc.?
5] What is the smell like? E.g. foul, pungent, sour, and urinous.
6] What color does it stain the clothing?
7] Is the stain easy to wash off or difficult?
8] Any symptoms after sweating?
9] When do you get fever or chill?
10] What brings it on?
11] Do you experience any sense of heat or cold in any part of your body at any particular time? ________________________________________

CHEST-HEART – COLD – COUGH
1] Do you catch cold often? If so, how often?
2] Describe the symptoms, nature of discharge etc.
3] Is there any trouble with your CHEST or HEART?
4] Is there any trouble with your voice or speech?
5] Is there any difficulty in breathing?
6] Do you have cough?
7] Is it more at any particular time? ________________________________________


SEXUAL SPHERE (GENERAL)
1] Any excessive indulgence in sex in past and present ? Any effect on your health?
2] How do you feel after sexual intercourse?
3] Any particular feeling or symptoms appear before, during and after sexual intercourse?
4] Do you suffer from any sexual disturbance?
(Homosexual inclination etc.?)
5] Any habit like (masturbation etc.) in past as well as present? How often?
6] Did you suffer from any venereal disease?
Syphilis? Gonorrhoea?
7] Do you have increased desire or decreased desire for sex?
8] What is the method you use for family planning?________________________________________


FOR MEN
1] Any difficulty in erection?
2] Wanted erection? Unwanted erection?
3] Weak erection? Failing erection? Describe.
4] Any other trouble in sex? Describe in detail.
________________________________________

FOR WOMEN
1] Menses: How are the periods; regular or irregular?
2] At what age did it start?
3] Was there any trouble then?
4] Mention number of days of flow.
5] Menstrual flow: Is there any change in quantity, color, smell or consistency?
6] Are the stains difficult to wash?
7] Have you noticed any variation in quality and quantity of flow during menses?
8] How and when?
9] Do you suffer in any way before, during or after menses? If so, describe.
10] What symptoms did you suffer during menopause?
11] Do you feel the internal parts coming down?
12] Is there any white discharge?
13] If so, mention the nature, color, consistency and smell of discharge.
14] When and under what circumstances is it more or less?
15] Has the discharge any relation to menses?
16] What is the effect of this discharge on your general feeling? Or any of your symptoms?
17] Any itching, excoriation etc. due to discharge?
18] Do you pass any gas from vagina?
19] Any trouble with breasts?


Aggravated or Ameliorated by various Factors


Affected by the Environment in any way, and how does it affect you?

Affected by position in any way?

Affected by some physical activity?

Affected by some mental activity?
 
Evocationer 6 years ago
Hey thanks for both replies, i will answer both of your questions with details tomorrow when ill have more time and a computer because now i only have my cell phone.
 
iamnumb 6 years ago
Ah looks like Fitness and I posted at the same time. I don't think it would hurt to answer both sets of questions. You should only take advice from one practitioner at a time though. Fitness and I both work according to the basic principles of homoeopathy.
 
Evocationer 6 years ago
Well i will see what u guys recommamd. Maybe the recommandation would be the same lol. Anyways i will answer both set of questions
 
iamnumb 6 years ago
Evocationer is a very experienced classical homeopath whose opinions I regard very highly.

Whenever he gets some spare time at his hands he expands on homeopathic principles of prescribing. The information he shares is simply invaluable which you won't get even after reading several books.

His expression is candid, to the point, precise and devoid of dogmatic expression that plague some of the homeopathic literature.

If time is permitting him and he takes up your case, I'd like to watch & learn instead of spoiling it :)
 
fitness 6 years ago
Alright, I am going to respond only to his set of questions then....

The complaint:
It has not been diagnosed because there is not really a diagnosis for that, but I suffer from severe emotionnal numbness ever since I took paxil for 1 year at 15. Basically, I am unable to feel any emotions or even pleasure from people, food, activities, music etc... I also have very bad memory because I guess memory is linked to emotions. Also poor cognitive functionning, difficulty being organized, no emotions, no motivation, difficulty initiating actions, difficulty in planning. I also have this very uncomfortable feeling on my forehead, like I have no brain power at all. I feel like my brain shutted down completely and is completely empty. I have blank mind, cannot really access my thoughts and have very little of them. I also cannot picture anything in my mind, its just blank. No imagination anymore. This problem just prevent me from funcionning and working and having relationship and just having fun in general is simply impossible.

Mind:
1)Well the issue bothering me the most are the emotionnal numbness and cognitive problems. However I dont feel anything having these issues because I feel nothing. I guess if I could feel I would be very frustrated by that, but then again if I could feel I would not have these issues. What bother me the most is that its extremely hard for me to form relationship with people because I have no emotions, I cant connect to anyone. Also, I just cannot get pleasure out of anything(activities, people, food, TV, video games). This is by far the worst thing, I am always bored no matter what I do.

2)Well I said I don't go through any emotions at all and I am not sensitive to anything.

3)The death of my mother at 4. I didnt really understand and was really sad and wanted her back.

4) I would say that spider repulse me, I dont know why, they are just gross. I used to have social anxiety and be scared of not being accepted by people. Now I really dont care about that anymore. I also would fear night time sometimes and ghost and stuff like that but not anymore. Feeling nothing has cured me of most my phobia and anxiety. My biggest fear now is to never be able to feel again. I cannot accept that and never will.
5)My main hobbie is playing pool. Its a nice game that require both dexterity and a thinking mind. However I've pretty much lost interest into that because of my condition.
6)Honestly my mind is EXTREMELY SILENT. But when I do have some little thoughts its most of time about my condition, why did took paxil? now your life is ruined, what are you going to do to fix this. These are most of my thoughts which are more often than not depressing.
7)no
8)I have no sensation at all
9)I cannot connect to the experience at all and if i try to picture it, it is just blank in my mind and feel nothing.
10)My best moment in my life was kissing some girl I liked at 14. I felt all the rush of emotions and pleasure to the full extent. I had some girlfriends ever since but I could never feel that with them because it was after paxil. The opposite of that is every seconds of every day since the last 12 years. Feeling nothing is the opposite of feeling alive with emotions.
11)If I could fear I guess my reaction would be to freeze or flee, this is what I used to do.
12)I never feel like doing anything.
13)My only family is my aunt. She is supportive but most times she doesnt really understand my condition. It is a bit frustrating.
14)Positive: Intelligent, fast learner, can see things in another perspective, good looking, good dexterity
negative:Lazy,disorganized, bored, confused, lost
I am pretty much indifferent toward all of that.

Dreams:
1) I guess it was when my mom died when I was 4. I dreamed that a tornado was coming in my room and took me with it.
2)Most my dreams are related to me. I sometimes dreams someone is shooting me with a gun and I die
3)That one I had after my mom died
4)The one I dreamt at 4
5)I dreamnt I was falling down after the problem started. But no dream before.
6)no except the one where I get shot

Childhood history:
1)Probably the death of my mother. I know I felt very sad and lonely after that. It is hard for me to compare having a life with my mother or without because I lost her at 4, so I dont really know what its like to have a mom.
2)I was scared a lot of monsters, dark, night time, ghost, etc. I was scared everytime I would go to sleep. I guess I felt insecure.
3)Nothing in particular, I just felt insecure going to bed in my room at night time.
4)I think it changed a lot, it went from lawyer, scientist, cook, business man. I was never really thinking seriously about that when i was young tho.

Sleep: I think I can sleep in any position but I usually sleep on the abdomen or back.
2)a-no
b-yes
c-no
d-no
e-no
f-sometimes talk
g-moan
h-no

3)nothing unusual

Appetite and thirst
1)very low
2)Mostly at night time and not at all in morning
3)I barely feel the feeling of being hungry. I can not eat for 5-6 hours without problems
4)very fast
5)not much either
6)Also in night time
7)Yes, I can taste much less and food is not really pleasurable. I always force myself to eat and drink

Stool:
1)Not really
2)1 or twice, usually in the morning time
3)In the morning
4)no
5)no
6)no

Urination and Urine
1)no
2)sometimes smell bad, like ammonia
3)no
4)no
5)no

Sweat/perspiration-fever-chill
1)Not much
2)Mostly under arms
3)on the palms a lot
4)Just warm not really greasy
5)sour
6)black
7)yeah very easy
8)no
9)when cold or having flu
10)same as 9
11)No not really

Chest-heart-cold-cough
1)no very rarely, once a year at best
2)sneezing, tired, coughing,fever
3)no
4)no
5)no
6)yes because I am a smoker
7)more in morning

Sexual sphere:
1)I often masturbate as it relieve the boredom a little. I dont think its harmful to my health
2)I feel the same as usual
3)No
4)no I am straight
5)Masturbation usually 1-2 a day.
6)no
7)decrease desire because of my condition. Having sex without emotions is not really that fun.
8)Don't really understand the question but I never plan anything.

For men:
1)no
2)wanted yes, unwanted no
3)no its usually alright
4)Difficulty in having good sensitivity to penis(penis feel numb), premature ejaculation.

My problem is not aggravated or ameliorated by any factors at all. When it was less worst it was a bit affected by various things, but not anymore. For example, exercise could make me feel a bit better but not anymore.

The best I can do to help is do something and forget that i feel nothing instead of focusing on it. But I still feel nothing. Even alcool is boring so I dont even drink at all.


Thanks,
Maxime
 
iamnumb 6 years ago
Fitness you are very gracious. It is a pleasure interacting with you on this forum :)

I will have a look over these symptoms and I believe I will have a few more questions based on your answers. It is a public holiday here and it is possible my family may demand more of my time but I will try to get this done over the weekend.
 
Evocationer 6 years ago
Alright, thx for helping me out. Looking to hear back from you...
 
iamnumb 6 years ago
Alright. The remedy I would like to try first is OPIUM. The intensity and depth of your situation is very great, so I want you to obtain 1M. If you can, buy it in liquid form (oral medicating liquid). If you can only get pillules, you will also need to buy a small bottle with a dropper, and have some alcohol on hand (spirits like vodka, brandy, whiskey etc are suitable).
 
Evocationer 6 years ago
Hi,, thanks for the suggestion, i will try that. Just a question, it doesnt have anything to do with the drug opium right?
 
iamnumb 6 years ago
It is made from the original substance of Opium. Homoeopathic preparations remove all the original substance and leave only the imprint in the water (its essence so to speak).

Many of our medicines are made from drugs and poisons. However the process of making a substance into a homoeopathic medicine makes them perfectly safe.
 
Evocationer 6 years ago
Homeopathic medicines are so diluted that there is no
part of the drug in them above a 12x potency. It is a molecular
imprint on the water only.

You have to buy this from Helios Homeopathic Pharm in the Uk-
It takes about 2 weeks if you are in the usa to receive it.
Order the liquid in the smallest amount.
They do have a minimum order price, so if E is thinking of anything
else that is prescription only usa-that could be ordered at the same
time.
 
simone717 6 years ago
Were you able to obtain the remedy, and have you taken a dose as yet?
 
Evocationer 6 years ago
Hello Iamnumb, How are you now? Have you took the remedy prescribed by evocationer.
I am also suffering from almost the same problems.
 
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