MC: POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
Pierre: Please explain to me what is happening.
Please describe the feeling of being like in prison?
Describe the feeling of having no freedom?
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Acne is particularly severe on his upper back with pimples covering the whole area.
I have to admit that up to a few years ago skin conditions were always a challenge for me. For some reason I just was not getting good results. I even turned people with skin problems down. I don’t know why it was so because as you can see cases are always taken the same way. I just kept a small trickle of people and then my results started to change, something cleared in my head and now I have the same results as with any other cases. I still like autoimmune cases more; perhaps it is their complexity that appeals to me. I once heard Isaac Bergman say that a simple piece of music can be harder to play than a difficult one. This is very much the way it was for me with these cases.
I present this case as an eye opener for some people to understand a depressive state. Many people will wonder at first, “Why can’t this woman function? She does not seem to have any material needs. What is she complaining about? Can’t you get a hold of yourself?” But that’s precisely the point. It is not possible. Too often the emotional level is brushed under the carpet, totally disregarded and that is very sad.
During these cases there is often a time when everything seems perfectly rational. Here one can say, “Well, she had a baby a couple of months ago, she feels tired that is normal and she will get used to the change of lifestyle of changing diapers instead of going to the theater.” This is what I meant in my earlier comment. People can say that, of course, but that is an unaware statement. The depression is making her feel like there is nothing positive going on. She wants to get out of the house, she wants to enjoy her baby but she can’t. Homeopathically, we must dig deeper to understand.
This reminds me of a story. Years ago, I was invited to a presentation by a famous alternative-practice MD at the 92nd Street YMCA. During the Q & A portion of his talk a frail lady got up to ask a question about depression, in effect, “What can one do to get rid of it?” Given that the MD was a psychiatrist, I thought we were in for good answer. His answer was “Well, you should get up early and go for a jog to kick up some endorphins in your body.” As soon as he said that I could see this poor lady melt on the inside. I knew that to her just getting out of bed is an effort.” He went on to explain that she also should take St John’s wort. Again, one could see in her facial expression that she had been taking this herb. This mechanical approach may help at times but it is not an individualized solution especially in deeper, depression cases.
She feels “confined”. Part of the feeling may be justified because of the small apartment. At the same time, of course, the door is open but she feels she can’t go through it. This is the clincher. There is no doubt she has depression. And, the sensation of confinement is the meeting point of PEM,
During the first month she had a urinary tract infection (UTI). She called me about it, I recommended to go see a doctor and to wait and see for a couple of days. I also asked her to buy some unsweetened cranberry juice to help it along. The UTI cleared up within the allotted time frame of 2 days. There was not much to be concerned about because she already was feeling sensibly better so we knew the remedy was accurate and that the UTI was just a “clearing up” of the area.
Her central feeling of being like in a prison has been replaced with a healthy feeling of pleasure and joy with her child.
Although she is well, I recommended continuing the remedy to cement the improvements a little more and make sure there is no relapse.
Some of these cases show rather quick improvement. I do want to caution against too much optimism. Homeopathy is great but in this case she came after being depressed for a couple of months. The condition itself had not had a chance to go very deep into the constitution.
She has allergies and she takes medication. It never fails to amaze me that even after such wonderful results people still go to what they are used to; in this case medication, but it did not help so she came back.
There are several cases in the this book where I give the same remedy for a totally different ailment. Mollie’s case is one of them (see case). The best remedy, which we call the simillimum, should “work” for any ailment in one person. In this case, the alleviation of her allergies with the same remedy I used for her depression is a good example of that.