Emotional disturbances or emotionality, designate this fundamental property that the individual has to react (psychic and somatic reactions) to physical excitations or to modifications of his organic or psychic situation. This reaction includes psychic manifestations (affects) but also their somatic, neuro-vegetative and expressive concomitants . The somatic component is expressed through a set of vegetative phenomena; heart, vasomotricity, endocrine system, secretory or pilomotor reactions, muscle tone disorders …
Emotional disturbances and organic dysfunction
Emotional disorders play an important role, along with the notion of stress, in the etiology of a certain number of diseases ( peptic ulcer , irritable colon , asthma, etc.) or in the origin of certain symptoms. Over time, functional reactions may become organic , first reversible and then irreversible .
What about chronic conditions?
In chronic conditions, emotional disorder may play not only as an etiological factor , but also as a factor in the maintenance of the disease . The painful subjective experience can even take center stage in the clinic. It will require a clean homeopathic treatment. Finally, emotional factors can lead to intolerance and rejection of therapy; especially if the latter has iatrogenic effects.
What role can homeopathy play in emotional disorders?
The homeopathy by its method is perfectly suited to therapy of these patients and of these diseases, because it bases its semiotics on an observation of the response of the patient to his disease and the pathognomonic signs. His field of election will be:
- The pathology of general adaptation : stress and its psychophysical consequences in the short or long term
- The prevention of this pathology , by using the patient’s field drugs early.
The semiological method, with its interrogation and careful observation, is largely based on self-observation . This is one of the advantages of the method because very often functional symptoms first appear which the patient alone can identify, while clinical and biological examinations are still normal. Homeopathy in these cases can constitute an early treatment , restore a still little compromised balance and prevent further development .
For homeopathy in fact, the disease does not correspond only to a deviation from a statistical norm , but it can consider as a pathological symptom the perception by the patient himself, of an imbalance, of a discomfort, of ‘a discomfort compared to a better previous operation . It is however essential that the self-observation is correct , otherwise homeopathic semiology can become a trap. The limits of homeopathy are therefore conditioned by the possible pitfalls of semiology which may be due to the disease.
The limits and pitfalls of illness
Self-observation indeed has limits and conceals pitfalls. There are certain particular sectors of the pathology where self-observation is systematically distorted ; this is the case with neuroses, psychoses and certain depressions.
The symptoms are the symbolic expression of a psychic conflict finding its roots in the infantile history of the subject and constituting compromises between desire and defense . The symptom is presented in place of a repressed unconscious conflict. Homeopathy will not be able to rely directly on the proposed symptoms because it is something else that is in question. In general, in these cases, we will only obtain:
- Little or no improvement
- A displacement of the symptom
- Or an aggravation in fact of psychic origin (metaphorical role of the drug)
To help the hysteria or the phobic , it is useless to look in a medical matter or a repertory for the drug of the paralysis or the fear of the pins… On the other hand, it is partially effective to take the drug (s) of the global field , drug (s) for usual emotional functioning .
Likewise, in obsessive neurosis; it will be necessary to identify carefully in the symptoms, those which correspond to the somato-psychic way of reacting and those which belong to a psychic elaboration of unconscious origin. These are not directly curable by the homeopathic method.
When there is an organized and structured delirium (paranoia, hypochondriac delirium), it is impossible to apply the similarity rule . In schizophrenia, in subjects with a fragmented or simply fragile or cracked ego; the symptoms flee or multiply in front of a semiological approach by excess of subjectivity and anguish. There too, the search for a similar drug is impossible . If we treat ourselves for an affection other than psychosis, we will rely, as in neuroses, on symptoms corresponding to our overall somato-psychic reaction mode.
As for manic-depressive illness , it completely escapes all homeopathic therapeutic possibilities due to the lack of reactivity of the subject in crisis to homeopathic medicines. The discrete forms of these conditions, or low noise delusions, will be treated with discernment . The same goes for borderline states where symptoms can be imaginatively projected onto the body.
In reactive depressions (for example, following psychological shocks), homeopathic therapy can be effective by improving tolerance to stress and allowing the sick person to fall back on a better balance. But it can also be an underlying neurotic structure which decompensates or a lack of reactivity of the patient which is a limit to our action.
Remember that melancholic depression is a clinical form of manic-depressive illness and therefore escapes homeopathic therapy.
The psychosomatic field:
Psychosomatic illness is first of all a somatic illness , that is to say that the organic symptom (peptic ulcer, eczema, hypertension, etc.) is always present; it replaces the anguish of the neurotic subject. These people have a psychic functioning of the operative type with poverty of the imagination . The homeopathic method is simply applied without restriction by carefully researching the lesion-like drug with its modalities and the chronic reactive drug. In addition, we will establish a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship capable of lasting, essential to obtain healing.
We can say that the possibilities of homeopathy to treat emotional disorders, even neurotic subjects, are not negligible, because many drugs contain emotional reactions in their pathogenesis. If we want effective homeopathic efficiency, we must carefully value the symptoms of the disease by identifying the somato-psychic response of the organism.
It is with these precautions that we will be able to better understand the possibilities of homeopathy in:
- Anxious lands
- Depressive states in adults
- Insomnia in adults and children
- School behavior disorders
- Headaches and migraines