Mental health

    The better we know ourselves, the better our lives will be.
    —Irvin D. Yalom


    Mental health is on everyone's lips.

    I would like to make an active contribution to this and show by my own example that alternative medicine – and above all homeopathy – can very well play an important role in the field of mental health.

    I myself was a child of mentally ill parents and grandparents, I know depression, borderline, schizophrenia, addictive behavior, suicidality and criminality.
    I have experienced emotional violence, know isolation and loneliness.
    I was a "young carer."
    And today – because of all this – I am a trauma expert by experience.

    In my homeopathic practice in Bosnia, I once said without thinking (and was mightily shocked by it afterwards): "I claim to have gone through war as well! Different from the people here, but the circumstances are comparable, because I also know absolute unpredictability, fear of death, hunger and loneliness."

    The stays in Bosnia were my catalyst and part of my healing journey, because it was only in the war-torn country that I realized, through my own testimony, that I myself suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. All the years before, I asked myself why I was always feeling bad at times, depressed, sad and sleepless.

    That I have not lost myself completely, I owe to homeopathy! I came to it at the age of 25 after a traffic accident, and was at first simply amazed to see how quickly I was physically better again. But what fascinated me even more was the fact that at the same time I also began to feel better psychologically – and I found both sleep and my laughter again.

    Today I am practicing homeopathy for decades and work as a homeopath and therapist myself, the homeopathic view on health and illness has become my life's orientation: Illness is a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances.

    And that is exactly why I would like to encourage, from personal experience, to take an alternative-medical holistic look at one's own history as another pillar on the path to recovery, in addition to medicine and psychiatry. I am convinced that when it comes to psychological issues, it is fundamental to understand and learn to appreciate the connections of one's own history, because: no one is born mentally ill.

    Based on my own history, the following areas emerge as major concerns in my practice (and do not exclude all others):

    – Neurology, brain development, developmental disorders and neurological diversity

    – Mental illness and trauma in the family – growing up with mentally ill parents

    – Children with behavioral problems and mentally ill adolescents

    – War in all its facets: intrafamilial, own war experiences, transgenerational war issues