UTILITY OF HOMOEOPATHY IN MANAGEMENT OF BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS AND ITS CAUSES IN CHILDHOOD

Behavioral disorders in children are caused by biology, environment, or a combination of the two. Examples of biological factors are genetics, chemical imbalance in the body. And damage to the central nervous system, such as a head injury. Many environmental factors also can affect mental health, including exposure to violence, extreme stress, and the loss of an important person.

“Normal” behavior typically fits in with social and developemental expectations, “bad” behavior defies them. Normal children are healthy, happy and well adjusted. This adjustment is developed by providing basic emotional needs along with physical and physiological needs for theier mental well being. Every child should have tender loving care and sense of security about protection from parent and family members; they should have opportunity for development of independence, trust, confidence and self respect. These needs required to be satisfied to ensure optimum behavioral development. Behaviour problem can be defined as an abnormality of emotion, behavior or relationship that is sufficiently severe and persistent to handicap the child in his or her social or personal functioning or to cause distress to the child, his or her parents or to the community.

No single cause can ever produce behavior problem. It is a multiplicity of causative factors which is responsible for its manifestation. Causes can be found in the home, school and in the child’s immediate environment. Another factor that can cause emotional and behavioral difficulties is the child’s internal state itself.

Homoeopathic medicines are effective in managing the behavior disorders resulting from past misconduct injury any physical or mental, organic disease and environmental reasons. Homoeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homoeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homoeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing the case and analyze accordingly, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, underlying pathology, possible positive factors etc. A miasmatic tendency is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The focus is not on curing the disease but to cuire the person who is sick, to restore the health.

The common behavioral disorder found in the study were nocturnal enuresis, anxiety disorders, ADHD, stammering, conduct disorders, mental retardation, grinding of teeth, depression, post traumatic stress disorders, phobia. The most common cause leading to behavioral disorder was found to be the environmental cause. The homoeopathic medicines together with the counseling of the child to shape desire behavior were found to be effective in treating the behavioral problem in children in most of the cases.

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