Homeopathy – Medicine for the New Millennium – page 106

turns to his senses. Fearfully, he backs away from the edge and goes inside.
In the interview the patient may speak of a fear of heights with- out volunteering descriptions of such events as the above. This symptomatology seems to be so much a part of his personality that he does not consciously think of it until the impulses reach an alarming proportion. If, however, the homeopathic practi- tioner describes such a possible scenario to the patient, he will stare in disbelief and exclaim, ‘My God, yes! How did you know that? You must be some kind of genius!’ This statement is typ- ical of the kind of impulsive exclamations frequently made by Argentum nitricum patients.
In another example, the patient may be walking on the pavement when he is struck by the idea that perhaps a car will weave off the road and hit him. He begins to live the accident in his mind and becomes anxious and almost frantic. He sees the car com- ing toward him, and the fantasy seems to gain momentum. As the fantasy speeds up, so does the patient; he begins to walk fast- er and faster. As he begins to visualize the car losing control and hears the wheels screeching, he becomes hysterical and verges on breaking into a run. Suddenly he is, in his fantasy, struck by the car, and an image of his crushed and bloody body flashes in his mind. At that instant the fantasy ends with a start, and the pa- tient pauses. ‘What am I running for?’, he wonders, and resumes his walk at a normal pace. Thus, the keynote symptom arises – ‘Anxiety walking, which makes him walk faster.’
Often the patient may experience difficulties when crossing a street. He stands at a crossing until the light turns green and then begins to cross. At the same time a car is corning to a halt near the crossing. Suddenly, the patient thinks that the car is not go- ing to stop in time. He is just about ready to bolt into a run, visu- alizing the car running him down, when he returns to his senses, almost with a start. Then, realizing the car has already stopped, he crosses the street at a normal gait.
At other times he may have an identical fantasy concerning an- other pedestrian or perhaps a child crossing the street. For ex- ample, he may, while seated in a restaurant, observe through the window a child crossing the street. He imagines the child being