Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety

pediatric-anxietyAlthough Fountainhead Clinic has closed, Brooke McNeal, N.D. is still in private practice helping children who suffer from emotional and behavioral disorders through homeopathic care.  Please visit her new website for more information BrookeMcNealND.com.

As in adults, anxiety in kids is a fight or flight response to a perceived threat that can take on many forms. It can be pervasive in nature or related to a specific event. In children this is most generally described as fear. An anxious child may cling to parents, have any number of irrational fears, or be worrisome. Anxiety becomes especially difficult in teen-aged years when social pressures and stronger identification as an individual are prevalent. It can be frustrating and heartbreaking for parents as they attempt to help their anxious kids, often to no avail.


How do you treat anxiety in kids naturally?

Anxiety can be difficult to treat in children, particularly when anxiety is related to health or visiting the doctor. At Fountainhead we take extra care with anxious kids to ensure they feel more at ease with the doctor. We take the time to truly understand how they are experiencing anxiety and assess for environmental factors. Doing so allows us to accurately prescribe individualized homeopathic medicine, which we have found to be the fastest and most effective method to achieve lasting improvement.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself, leading to sustainable improvement in overall health. This improvement is achieved with little to no side effects, and when prescribed properly, occurs quickly, giving rapid relief of symptoms. At Fountainhead clinic we feel very strongly that homeopathy is the most effective treatment and the most vital step to our success in helping someone achieve perfect health.

Do you use any other treatments?

Occasionally there are “obstacles to cure” that must be dealt with for homeopathic treatment to be its most effective. These may include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or stressful social relationships. Our doctors routinely assess for the many factors contributing to disruption of mental and physical health, and remove obstacles when possible, in order to continue the healing process. Supportive therapies are therefore identified and prescribed on a strictly individual basis.

How do you manage my child’s current medications?

We are happy to work with your psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician regarding current medications. For more information about medication management click here.


Patient Story

Brandon (name changed) came to see Dr. Brooke for anxiety. He had experienced the first death of a family member about a year prior to coming in and it seemed to have affected him greatly. He had become greatly concerned about death, even more so when a family member became sick. Brandon had always been a sensitive kid, often showing concern for others above and beyond his peers, so his parents initially thought that his anxiety was just an extension of this. They had hoped that it would pass in time, but it seemed to only be worsening. He had become increasingly clingy, which seemed odd for a 10-year-old. The only thing that seemed to bring him relief was a strong embrace or vigorous rubbing. He tended to get worse anxiety around the time the sun would go down, and had developed a new fear of ghosts.

It was pretty clear that the best remedy for Brandon was Phosphorus. Dr. Brooke prescribed 30C once a day. At his first follow-up Brandon told Dr. Brooke that he felt like life was easier and that he didn’t feel so nervous anymore. His dad shared that he felt like he had seen some improvement, and that Brandon was definitely less clingy, but that he still didn’t seem like his old self. We decided to continue taking the remedy at the same potency. Brandon continued similarly, showing moderate improvement, for the next several visits. At his 4th follow-up, Brandon said he was starting to be more nervous again and was disappointed because he had been feeling better. At this point, Dr. Brooke, Brandon, and his father decided it would be best to increase the remedy. As of his most recent follow-up Brandon is continuing to improve and feels like his life is easier again.

 

 

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