Panic Attacks After Watching Horror Movie
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Isabella was nine years old when I first met her, a lovely young girl with long, blonde hair. She had been suffering from intense anxiety attacks as well as generalized anxiety ever since watching a Freddie Krueger horror movie three months earlier. The mother was concerned about this long-lasting reaction.
At this point Isabella was unable to go into the basement alone, although it was finished. She was afraid of the dark and unable to sleep alone at night because she feared that her family would get murdered.
She did not have any of those fears prior to watching the movie. The first remedy I prescribed, Stramonium, was ineffective, so I had the mother come back and asked her much more detailed questions about the pregnancy and other history. This revealed the following:
Trauma During Pregnancy
When the mother was five months pregnant she was eating lunch in large a restaurant with a friend when suddenly the doors flew open, and a gang stormed in, armed with machine guns.
Like a Mafia operation they dispersed into the kitchen, bathrooms and dining room, fired salvos of bullets into the ceiling and commanded all patrons to lie down on the floor.
Then they robbed every single person, except for the mother and her friend. Throughout the ordeal the mother was lying terrified on the floor holding her belly.
Aconite - a good Remedy for Ailments after Frights
Of course this was a tremendous shock for the mother. Naturally, just seeing horror movies may affect a young child significantly, but Isabella’s reaction was very long lasting.
I cannot prove this of course, but the mother and I both felt that perhaps her intense shock during the pregnancy may have predisposed Isabella to react more intensely to frightful events later in life.
I subsequently gave Aconite, one of several homeopathic remedy frequently used for after-effects of intense fright, which helped to completely resolve her fears in a short time.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH, Classical and Modern Homeopathy
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Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH is a homeopath with a special interest in developmental and behavioural concerns. Cases are all from her practice. Names have been changed, they were published with permission and are intended for education only. They are not intended as medical advise. Homeopathy supports individuals rather than treat diseases or conditions per se.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
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