A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words...
In Homoeopathy we are trained to rely mostly on verbal communication to understand our cases.
But this can really limit our case understanding in some patients who just cannot express easily in words.
One of the most common question in new students is "How to analyse cases when a patient does not talk much"
Well to be frank when I started I was extremely frustrated in such cases.
But over the years I have learned the beauty of exploring a patient's expression through other ways. Today I have realised that every patient expresses in his or her own language. And providing them the opportunity to express in their own way can effectively bridge this gap in case taking.
In this video I have described one such case where the patient is a little boy of 8 who did not speak for the entire time while his mother narrated the problem. It was only towards the very end that he managed to speak for about a minute!
But this was one of the most critical minute of the entire case.
Because he described a picture he drew for me.
This picture was his way of expressing his inner state.
It helped me confirm the final remedy for me.
Pictures are one of the most common way of nonverbal communication in children. However I have used abstract artwork, doodles, colours, music and many other resources in a variety of creative ways when the verbal communication is inadequate.
This is most effective when the patient is not a trained artist and it is a spontaneous expression of his state.
In fact these expressions can sometimes be even more effective than what you get from a loquacious patient after an hour.
The key to case analysis is then all about knowing the remedy picture at that stage of expression.
This is the beauty of expanding our materia medica of remedies to match that expression.
That's what this video blog is all about...
Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think…
What do you do when patients do not talk in your clinic?