I received a lovely testimonial yesterday and I have included this below.
Some of my patients ask me about my “magic pills” and whether I can help them with a certain problem. I will always answer yes because with homeopathy I treat the totality of symptoms and the person holistically. There really is no magic involved. It is my patients’ bodies responding to the chosen remedy, gently nudging it back into balance and good health. They might think it’s magic because of the transformation they go through but there really is a lot of science and philosophy behind the prescribing which took me four years to learn and as a homeopath I am continually learning and expanding my knowledge. Below is the testimonial.
“I visited Tracey after experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. I was constantly crying and experienced a couple of panic attacks. Having gone through a breakdown before, I was worried I was going in the same direction but didn’t want to go back to using anti-depressants as they tend to mask the problem and the side effects can be unpleasant. I was slightly skeptical but desperate to feel more myself again. Tracey spent a long time during the consultation and was very easy to open up to and discuss matters. Within a day or two of taking the prescribed remedy (just 3 pillules) I was feeling like I was coping better. Since then I have had a follow up with the same remedy prescribed. Colleagues at work have noticed I’m much more confident at work and I had a comment recently asking if I’d done something different as I looked amazing. I feel emotionally and physically so much better and am even sleeping better. Thank you Tracey”
Yes, it’s “Movember” the month when men grow moustaches to raise money for the Movember Foundation.
We are all aware of how serious ‘man ‘flu’ can be and how a little cold can turn a big strong man to give in to his cold. It’s funny how ‘man ‘flu’ seems to have become a little bit of a standing joke amongst both sexes, but on a more serious note, if men suspect something is wrong they will generally keep this to themselves, not even sharing their health concerns with their partners.
Men are traditionally seen as strong, taking care of things and for some, they see illness as a weakness. They put their families, work life, careers and finances first but sometimes this can be to the detriment of their health. They ignore things that they should get checked out or at least give attention to, some have a tendency to bottle things up, especially worries, which in turn can lead to stress, anxiety, depression or even sickness, disease and in severe cases even suicide.
It is well documented that men are more likely to ignore a health problem when it occurs and according to the Movember Foundation, the state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience longer-term health issues than women and die on average six years earlier. They state that poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute – shocking statistics.
If you are worried about the health of the man in your life or you are a man and are worried about something please visit your GP or alternatively if you are experiencing anything I can help with please contact me even if for a free 15 minute consultation. http://traceycampbellhomeopath.com/?page_id=28.
Good luck to all the men who are growing a moustache raising money for this great cause.
So here is this little bundle of joy that you’ve waited 9 months for so why then don’t you feel quite as happy as you feel you should.
It is perfectly normal to feel weepy and even sad for a few hours or days after giving birth and this is known as the baby blues. After all, it is a big lifestyle change especially if it is your first baby. The realization dawns on you that life will never be the same again, yes everyone said that when they found out you were expecting, but it still doesn’t prepare you that you now have a little person relying on you for their every need. It takes time to adjust to the new routine with sleepless nights and a constant round of changing nappies, feeding and waking.
New mums can feel anxious, tired and even lonely and isolated if they don’t have a good support group to help. It is hardly surprising therefore that 1 in 10 new mothers will suffer from PND and it affects everyone differently with varying symptoms coming on gradually and lasting from 1-3 months and in some cases longer if help isn’t received. The following are symptoms that can be experienced:-
a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
problems concentrating and making decisions
loss of appetite or an increased appetite (comfort eating)
feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic (you “can’t be bothered”)
feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-blame
difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in his or her company
frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby; these can be scary, but they’re very rarely acted upon
thinking about suicide and self harm.
If you feel you might be suffering from PND it is important that you get help either by discussing your feelings with your partner, midwife, health visitor, homeopath or GP. Thankfully, PND is now no longer a taboo subject and it is a recognised illness, especially since famous people have also shared their stories it . There are also many support groups available such as National Child Trust or PANDAS Foundation to name just a few. Please don’t suffer in silence and reach out to someone.
If you feel you may be suffering from PND or know someone who is and would like a free 15 minute consultation please contact me.
Today’s teenagers are under more pressure than ever before and sadly as a result more and more are experiencing anxiety and depression.
Teenage years are a time of transition and change and as a result some teenagers can doubt themselves and wonder where they fit in. There is the constant exposure to social media showing pictures of how they should look, what they should weigh and what they should wear, add that to the pressure of taking exams it is hardly surprising that today’s teenagers may end up anxious, depressed and a little bit lost.
Signs of anxiety and depression can go unnoticed, especially as all teenagers go through growing pains and moodiness but some of the signs to look out for are:-
Sadness and frequent crying
Changes in eating and sleeping habits
Self loathing about their appearance
Loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed
Withdrawal from friends and family
Restlessness and agitation
If you are worried about your teenage son or daughter and would like to talk to me for a free 15 minute consultation to see how homeopathy may be able to help them please contact me.
Homeopathy is a gentle, non-toxic, chemical free and safe form of medicine.
“Now if there’s a smile on my face It’s only there trying to fool the public”
The lyrics of the song Tears of a Clown seem to sum up how some people dealing with anxiety and depression learn to conceal their feelings from loved ones, friends and work colleagues.
On the outside it might appear that they are coping and doing every day things normally but underneath the brave face they are suffering. Their symptoms can range from low self-esteem, panic attacks, high anxiety and insomnia to name just a few. Behind that smile they can often be feeling ashamed and worthless.
Many comedians hide behind a persona and mask, for example, Ruby Wax, Stephen Fry and David Walliams who all have a history of depression.
Hiding our true feelings everyday takes its toll and eventually compounds the pressure and the longer it continues the harder it can be to recover.
If you recognise any of the above, homeopathy may be able to help you. Using homeopathy I work with you to heal from within using a gentle, non-toxic, chemical free and safe form of medicine. Please feel free to contact me. I offer a free 15 minute consultation to anyone who might be interested in finding out whether homeopathy can help them.
This week is World Mental Health Week, and I am going to be writing a daily blog about the different types of depression and how they can affect any one of us at any time in our life.
A few years ago, Matthew Johnston, a writer and illustrator produced, for the World Health Organisation, a video called I had a Black Dog to show the signs and effects of depression. It was designed to encourage people with depression to seek out help and support.
It was in fact Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe his bouts of depression. As Matthew rightly says The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel and there are many varying breeds. It can cast it’s shadow over any one of us at any time. We should always be aware that everyone we meet is fighting a battle of some sort.
Homeopathy is a gentle, non-toxic, chemical free and safe form of medicine. Please feel free to contact me to see if I may be able to help you if you are experiencing any of the above feelings.
I am seeing more people in my practice who are living with stress and anxiety. Anyone who has anxiety will know only too well how debilitating this can be and how it can eat into all areas of their life.
There are different types of anxiety and one is quite normal, for example to feel nervous before taking an exam or driving test, but then there is another kind which is more than a feeling of nervousness or unease about doing something. It can over time, manifest itself and can have a crippling affect on lives, leading to not wanting to do things, and in severe cases not even wanting to leave the house and do the things that were once enjoyed. The anxiety grows even more and can lead to further symptoms such as high blood pressure and palpitations.
People experiencing anxiety begin to think there is something wrong with them, which of course isn’t the case at all. Unfortunately these thoughts then leave people feeling even more anxious and self-conscious and the anxiety becomes a vicious circle.
If you recognise any of the above symptoms and would like to overcome your anxiety please contact me and we can discuss your individual symptoms to see how I may be able to help you. I also offer consultations via Skype if you do not live nearby or live overseas.
Someone recently asked me to recommend a remedy to help them with confidence when riding their horse. They very kindly took the time to write the following testimonial:-
“I consulted with Tracey recently regarding my confidence issues when riding my horse. She recommended a homeopathic remedy for me to take. It is actually one I had taken years ago and had forgotten about and I remembered how it had helped me then. Again this remedy has really helped and while I don’t take it all the time, I take it when we are facing a new situation which might be challenging. Its nice to know that I have a bit of back up when I need it.”
Mrs J H, Lingfield, Surrey.
Homeopathy can help on so many different levels, from first aid, for example using Arnica for bruising and also in situations where we find we experience anticipatory anxiety ahead of taking an exam, riding a dressage test, a driving test or even getting on a flight. For this particular case I prescribed Arg Nit which is a well know remedy for anticipatory anxiety.
Some anxieties can of course run deeper than that and are more deep routed and if you would like to see how if I can help you please contact me for a free no obligation chat.
If you suffer from IBS then you will be familiar with the symptoms that can sometimes make your life a misery. The symptoms and causes differ from person to person, but range from abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. Some IBS sufferers report that their symptoms are usually worse during periods of stress.
As a homeopath when I treat IBS, I discuss everything with you; when your IBS symptoms are worse, if anything makes them better and together we look at triggers, diet, lifestyle or things that have happened to you in the past and any history of taking anti-biotics.
I then work on your case to find a remedy based on you as a person and your IBS symptoms. By taking this approach and trying to find the root cause it is my aim to help improve your IBS symptoms.
If you would like to find out more or to have a chat to see how I may be able to help you with any IBS symptoms you may be experiencing then please feel free to contact me for a free no obligation chat.