Sensory Processing Disorder – Sensitivity on another level

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I’ve seen many children with Sensory Processing Disorder over the years. None were as severe as the case I am presenting now:

Ellie’s Mum contacted me in July this year with concerns over her daughters SPD, emotional meltdowns and aggression. I have never met Ellie and both of our appointments have been carried out online via her Mum.

Ellie is 6 years old. She is a very sensitive child who feels emotions very strongly. She is triggered by noises, over stimulated by screen time and needs to have a set daily routine in order to function. Trips to the shops are impossible. Family holidays are far too overwhelming for her so these don’t happen anymore. Ellie used to be limited by what she could wear, she had a few items of underwear, one dress and flip flops, but she preferred to wear nothing at all, as clothes were such a struggle for her. At this time she hasn’t been able to even wear any underwear for 10 months. The situation has rapidly worsened over the last few months and her Mum is very concerned for her, they have been housebound for the last month as Ellie can not wear anything or tolerate sitting in her car seat. They have tried hypnotherapy, but it hasn’t worked, the hypnotherapist said he could cure Ellie after one session so when this didn’t happen Ellie became very anxious and blamed herself and said she had “a stupid brain” and would hit her head and shout at herself.

Ellie’s birth had been a natural water birth but she was bright red and had high bilirubin levels so spent the first 10 days of her life in special care under lights to address the issue. She was separated from her mother, who recalls Ellie being a red and angry baby, she was good in the day as a baby, but would scream all night. Ellie has huge anxiety around going to the doctors and hospitals, she will lash out at medics and try to escape.Any routine trips to the GP for her little brother are hellish for everyone involved.

At home Ellie will behave aggressively and meltdown, screen time will exacerbate this. She feels bad afterwards, or flips into denial mode, but she has no control over herself when she is in a heightened state. She will kick and spit and her meltdowns start with a vocal growling noise, almost like a warning to others. When she is calm she is a lovely girl and she wants to be able to wear clothes and play at the park like other little girls her age.

I feel that Ellie is living in a very heightened state of fear, she struggles to sleep and needs a parent with her and doesn’t like the dark. Whilst from her behaviour it may appear to be anger, this is just how Ellie expresses her feelings of being out of control. She can keep a lid on things to a certain degree, she is calmer at her grandmother’s house but as soon as she gets home she has to release her tension that has been bottled up.

I give Ellie a remedy called Stramonium 200c to start with. Stramonium is a remedy of fear and terror. There is a desire to escape from a perceived threat, wildness and aggression are seen, but this is not from anger but fear. Fear and feeling out of control, being expressed as anger is how I saw Ellie’s situation.
I decide its best not to tell Ellie we are treating her for this issue. I do not want to put more pressure on her as she blamed herself after the hypno failed. Mum uses homeopathy a lot with her children so Ellie doesn’t ask what its for.

Follow Up Appointment

A month later Ellie’s mum reported that the meltdowns had stopped for the first few days after the remedy, but were slowly building back up again. Initially Ellie tried on some clothes at home but couldn’t keep them on.
The SPD has intensified and now despite being naked most of the time Ellie is super sensitive to her own skin and body. She can’t lie in bed as says her bum feels uncomfy on the bed. She has sensations of her internal organs and stomach and appears in a very heightened state. She has prickling sensations in her feet, which her Mum notes is interesting because when Ellie was in special care they would perform a heel prick test every hour, this went on for days.
Although this doesn’t appear to be progress, I feel it is, my thoughts are that Ellie has carried this feeling of fear, being alone and out of control since her birth. I repeat the Stramonium but go up in potency, quite high this time.

Today I received a message from Ellie’s mum saying the following:

“Hi Tracy, how are you? Well I hope! El has had her third big dose of stramonium now. We have seen some really promising improvements. She’s going to sleep much more easily and hasn’t been complaining about her bum cheeks being uncomfortable anywhere near as much, she’s been able to wear one scarf as a dress a few times but even more amazing is we went to the shops on Sunday (impossible before) and she chose herself a pair of trainers (3 sizes bigger) that she has been wearing! It’s so amazing as she hasn’t wanted to leave the house and hasn’t worn shoes in weeks. She was able to persist with trying different ones on. We’ve also had a lady round yesterday who is going to make her some clothes. She has had a few more meltdowns the last few days but she’s definitely improved so much since a few weeks ago”

This case is far from finished, but the improvement has been staggering, and it can and will be built upon over the coming months. But all this has been achieved in 2 months using one remedy.

In my mind SPD is merely a symptom, an expression of a deeper seated issue. Not every child with SPD will do well with Stramonium, and I certainly don’t advise self treating at home. But I wanted to present this case as testament to the depth and scope of homeopathy and its ability to heal past trauma and allow the body and mind to express and release trauma in a safe and non medicated way.

Ellie is wearing shoes, going to the shops, facing situations that would have been impossible just a few weeks ago. She will get into her car seat now without having to make sure there is a scarf underneath her, the sensation of the car seat is becoming less of an issue for her, she is less aware of the heightened sensations of her skin. I look forward to keeping this blog updated with her progress.

If your child is suffering from SPD, or struggles emotionally with life, please do get in touch for a chat about what homeopathy can do for you.

First published to Steemit August 2018

Homeopathy listens to your story.

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I am often asked “Why do you ask me so many questions that have nothing to do with my illness?” The reason is simple, I want to know you, as the unique individual that you are. I want to know what your childhood was like, about your friendships and relationships, what do you dream about? What makes you angry or sad, and what makes you happy?

Just because you are feeling anxious or depressed or in a process of grief does not mean that you are feeling the same way that someone else is, who is going through a similar trauma event. And this is the key to it all. Homeopathy needn’t be complicated or confusing, the answer lies in its simplicity.

We are all individual! We have different desires, different goals in life, different body shapes and tastes in food, clothes and music. We express our emotions very differently and our bodies express physical, mental and emotional upsets in a myriad of different ways. You may think that this doesn’t sound simple at all, but it is.

We are a walking, breathing and animated version of what is going on in our conscious and subconscious mind.

All our fears and traumas are part of who we are and how we behave. Our childhood and early years set a blueprint for how we process and react to life and its stresses. As we grow we are influenced by many factors, from family, school and friendships. We learn behaviours and coping mechanisms when exposed to traumatic events, and these become a part of who we are and how we differ from our siblings and peers. This is why it makes sense to me that a system of medicine should encompass this individuality, in contrast to the one pill fits all ethos of modern medicine.

Homeopathy does not work by suppression, it does not focus on one symptom alone, for this would mean missing the bigger picture. All symptoms are messages from the body that something is out of balance, to suppress the messages does not re-balance the body, it often means the body will create more symptoms to express itself. To a homeopath every symptom is a window to see deeper inside.

As a homeopath, I am not so concerned by what disease you have or haven’t been diagnosed with, I want to know about how that disease, and more importantly how its symptoms, affect you. I want to know your story, told by you.

 

Homeopathy – Time for a rethink?

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Homeopathy is energy medicine, but what does that actually mean?

Energy can be a difficult thing to comprehend when used in terms of medicine and the human body. So let me explain (from my personal viewpoint) what homeopathy is and how it affects the body for past and present traumas.

Firstly, Homeopathy is energy medicine because the remedies produced have no raw material remaining in them (or such negligible amounts as to have any real action). The key point about homeopathy is that it harnesses the energetic properties of a raw material (Plant, Animal, Mineral etc) to treat the cause of symptoms and imbalances of an individual. The remedies are diluted and potentised via a process of succussion, this process releases the energy of the raw material and holds it in a water & alcohol solution. The higher the potency, the further away from the raw material we get. Sounds far out, but remember that science shows that water holds a molecular memory See here for video clip.

We know that the human body is made up of almost 70% water, so its feasible that this water holds memory of illness and trauma, sometimes long after the physical elements of that temporary disturbance have passed.

Grief is an excellent example of this. When we go through a process of grief, it can be a lengthy and highly emotive time. Symptoms of grief can rear their head many many years after that moment in time when you lost a loved one. You could argue that is our personal memories that keep the grief alive, and this is not wrong. But what are thoughts? well they’re energy too, and they can have a positive or negative effect upon our well-being, depending on the nature of that thought. Emotional events can have us “stuck” in a moment of dis-ease that linear time does not erase. The moment has gone but the event remains etched upon our memory and ingrained in our personal linear timeline.

This is where I feel homeopathy comes into its own. It sees the energy is out of balance, it sees the physical symptoms that are a result of this disharmony. It doesn’t attempt to address the symptoms alone as it knows that this becomes a suppressive action on the body and does not address the cause. This is where homeopathy differs from modern medicines allopathic approach. Addressing symptoms without trying to find and treat the cause will not bring about balance.

So, for me homeopathy is neither a waste of time nor energy, it is in fact a recognition of what time and energy have done to us. It is not a quick fix, it takes time to become ill, sometimes many many years pass before symptoms of pathology show, but they may have been under the surface for a long time before we are aware.

A homeopath looks at these symptoms that the body has manifested, they look for causes in the timeline of the client’s life, they listen to the language used to express these conditions and they choose a remedy that most matches the totality of the case. Individuality is the key to homeopathy. We are all different, and a chosen remedy should reflect this.

Shock, grief, anxiety, stress etc are all part of our lives, no one is immune from this, and we all suffer to varying degrees from these events, conditions and thoughts.
There are many popular mainstream and alternative treatments for these conditions, from counselling, CBT, EFT, Reflexology, Reiki, Bowen Technique etc, so why not consider homeopathy alongside this? It does not contraindicate these therapies, anyone can use homeopathy, as a stand alone treatment or to support other therapists you work with.

Anxiety in Adolescents.

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Anxiety in young adults seems to be on the rise, in fact anxiety in society in general is becoming more prolific. Why is this happening and what can you do?

Modern life pressures are affecting the younger generation on a huge scale, referrals to CAMHS have escalated in recent years and for every anxiety case I see in young adults they tell me of a handful more of their peers who are under CAMHS and many more on anti-depressants.

My most recent cases all have anxiety in common, but the reasons for their anxiety range from bullying, parental issues and pressure from academic and parental expectations.
It can be difficult to spot the early signs of anxiety, typically teenagers become more private and withdrawn from their parents as they become more independent. I find a couple of the first tell-tale symptoms of anxiety is sleep disorders and eating habits. Anxiety can cause insomnia or the opposite, spending more time asleep, yet never feeling like they’ve slept enough. Disturbed sleep and troubled dreams are a complaint that I hear in almost all of my cases. Appetite can diminish or comfort eating can become out of control.

I tend to find constitutional homeopathic remedies can have a very positive affect on anxiety disorders. I’ve had 2 recent cases that have responded very well to Nat Mur, although I have used many other remedies in other cases. These 2 particular patients were both expressing their anxiety in different ways, with very differing physical symptoms from migraines, irritability & restlessness, difficulty in concentrating, memory lapses, panic attacks, nausea and IBS, aches and pains in the body, eating disorders and self harming, all of these ailments in these 2 cases were caused by a suppression of emotion from within, being unable to express their grief and feeling utterly overwhelmed by life and external pressures, “I cry on my own in my room, no one can see me” and “Whatever I am feeling inside I never let it show on my face” are statements I hear frequently, hence the potential for Nat Mur and its association with suppression of emotions and grief.

The remedies I use are chosen through a process of conversation and observation, getting to know the patient and listening for clues is paramount. Every piece of information offered (or extracted) from the patient is a determining factor in their treatment. There are many remedies indicated in cases of acute and chronic anxiety and seeing a qualified homeopath is beneficial in pinpointing the right course of action for each individual.

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