Emotional or psychological illnesses in children are on the rise. An increasing number of children are being diagnosed nowadays with anxiety problems, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism. Over 60 years ago, children suffered and often died from simple illnesses such as infections or even skin diseases. Today, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpressure-generatedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ illnesses affect children at the core of their being, from where they become chronic.
Today, children arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t growing up like children because of the constant pressure to excel in school, sports and extra-curricular activities. Add to this peer pressure and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking at a pressure-cooker environment. Only a handful of kids can cope with this load. Most don't. These are the ones that need our focus and attention. For children to blossom and grow, we need parents that are truly mature and responsible. It is frightening to have adults who would allow or encourage the use of anti-depressants for a depressed youngster, who may then remain on them for life. We want children to grow up as normally as possible.
Homeopathy is extremely useful for all types of psychological problems. It helps to restore children to their natural state of health, gently and capably. Homeopathy believes in individualised treatment wherein healing is targeted at the entire system, not just at a specific disorder or illness. It takes into account the individual nature and characteristics of each child and prescribes treatment accordingly. For instance, an oversensitive child who is prone to asthma-like symptoms and dependent on his or her mother for emotional support may be effectively treated with the homeopathic remedy, Silicea. A differently natured child with the same asthma-like symptoms will receive a completely different remedy.
Homeopathy lays the greatest emphasis on treating the source of various emotional problems. Emotional and psychological problems often appear at the deepest, most protected level. This is precisely where the overall healing process for our children must begin. The right homeopathic remedy produces a noticeable beneficial change. Homeopathy does not trick nature or its laws. It simply regulates the natural balance that may have been disturbed to restore children to their health, strength and potential, safely and effectively.
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 5 January 2010