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Selenium - Mental (inc. personality) symptoms

Selen, Selenium Metallicum, Sel.

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HPUS indication of Selenium: Debility

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Selenium in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



MIND - Lascivious thoughts with impotency. Mental labor fatigues. Total unfitness for any kind of work. Extreme sadness. Depression in the morning, aggravated in the evening. Despair, melancholy. Dread of society. Forgetful in business. Talkative, when excited, stammers, pronounces some words incorrectly. Stutters. Difficult comprehension. Difficulty in concentrating is easily irritated by noise, people and conversation.

Great forgetfulness when awake with distinct recollection during half sleep. Fails to understand what he hears or reads. Reveries of a religious and melancholy character. Lack of enthusiasm and of interest indifference. Everything vexes him and he is easily antagonized. Very forgetful in his work, but dreams in his sleep of what he has forgotten. Erotic thoughts with impotence. Becomes drunk easily.

Aversions, dislikes

open air


of intimate friends

certain persons


Desires, wants

craving for alcohol; before period

sex, lustful

Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger


Mental exertion

Fantasies; of exaltation; repulsive, when alone

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition

indifference, apathy, etc.


after sexual intercourse

after emission


excessively religious (see anxiety, despair, fear)


sensitive, oversensitive; to certain persons


unhappy; sadness, mental depression; during chill

unhappy; sadness, mental depression; while perspiring

weeping, crying, tearful mood (lamenting); during the chill

Intellectual faculties

impaired thinking; difficulty concentrating

impaired thinking; confusion; after sexual intercourse

impaired thinking; confusion; emission

impaired thinking; dull, sluggish

impaired thinking; imbecility

impaired thinking; mistakes; speaking

wrong syllables

impaired thinking; weakness of mind

after emission

Insanity; mania, madness; from drinking (delirium tremors)

Insecure, uncertain, scared

fear; in a crowd

fear; of occupation

fear; of people

fear; work; of dread

frightened easily; starting, startled; evening; on falling asleep

frightened easily; starting, startled; on falling asleep



forgetful; forgotten memories come back during sleep

weakness of memory

for business

for mental labour (compare daze)

Perception; senses; dull




Mental symptoms from sexual excesses

Talking, conversation

in sleep



while perspiring


after waking

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