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Dr. Sunil Gupta - Psychiatrist, Chandigarh

Dr. Sunil Gupta

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MD Psychiatry, MBBS

Psychiatrist, Chandigarh

12 Years Experience  ·  500 - 700 at clinic  ·  ₹300 online
Dr. Sunil Gupta 95% (124 ratings) MD Psychiatry, MBBS Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
12 Years Experience  ·  500 - 700 at clinic  ·  ₹300 online
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Known to his patients as a very caring individual, Dr. Gupta is a distinguished Psychiatrist in Mohali. Currently, he is working as a Psychiatrist in Harmony hospital, Mohali. In his 12 distinguished years of practice, he has helped numerous patients. Dr. Gupta completed his graduation (MBBS) from Madras Medical College in Chennai in 2005. He completed his postgraduate Degree from Govt. Medical College, Amritsar in 2011 as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Psychiatry.

He has a rich past experience which includes a stint as a Senior Resident at PGIMER in Chandigarh. He also served as an Assistant Professor at NIMS Medical college & Hospital, as well as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Monilek Hospital and Sankalp Drug Dependence treatment centre, Tarn Taran. His areas of specialty are Mental health Disorders, Adolescent & child Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Neuro-Psychiatrist, Adult Psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist. He is currently a professional member of Indian Psychiatric Society and Indian association for Child and Adolescent mental health.

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Education
MD Psychiatry - Government Medical College, Amritsar - 2011
MBBS - Madras Medical College, Chennai - 2005
Past Experience
Senior Resident at PGIMER, Chandigarh
Assistant Professor at NIMS Medical College & Hospital
Consultant Psychiatrist at Monilek Hospital, Jaipur
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Consultant Psychiatrist at Sankalp Drug Depenedence Treatment Centre, Tarn Taran
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English
Hindi
Professional Memberships
Indian Psychiatric Society
Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Know The Process Of De-Addiction!

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
Know The Process Of De-Addiction!

Addiction is the absolute dependency on a particular substance or situation. Substance addiction includes a variety of substances apart from alcohol and drugs. Examples include porn, food, chocolate, nicotine, etc. Situation addiction includes gambling, shopping and sex among others. The problem in our society with addiction is it is treated like a choice than as a major problem faced by an individual. De-addiction is the process of ridding the individual of his dependence on certain substances or activities.

Process

  1. Rehabilitation psychology studies the process of de-addiction and helps addicts blend with the normal lifestyle. Rehab centers offer several forms of therapy to reduce substance usage.
  2. Group therapy is always the go to form of therapeutic technique to deal with cases of addiction owing to the common feeling among users that people who aren’t addicted and do not know what they’re going through. In those cases, it is rather important to have support from a group of people who are exactly where they are.
  3. Family therapy is also essential to make the individual know how their loved ones feel and also remind them of the unconditional support. Some rehab centers also use the horse therapy (focuses on interaction with horses which facilitates emotional and occupational development in patients) which is rather interesting to witness.
  4. In addition to therapy, rehab centers teach life skills and cooperation. Apart from all this, drugs are also prescribed to deal with addiction along with the weekly scheduled personal therapy sessions.

Although an unfamiliar concept in India, halfway homes are the next step after the rehab. The individuals learn different skills and ways to manage themselves outside the house while still continuing their therapy. This is done to make sure one doesn’t relapse right after the rehabilitation has been completed. Most rehabs also suggest support group meetings. Even otherwise support groups are extremely effective in the de-addiction process. ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ and ‘Narcotics Anonymous’ are two of the most widely managed support groups around the world.

Addiction is an immense issue which has spiraled out of control in today’s times. However, it is necessary to understand it isn’t the question of the individual’s morality. The removal of labels and stigma is essential in the entire process. Support from loved ones is an extremely important step towards de-addiction, right after the acceptance that one is addicted. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a psychiatrist.

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9 Causes Of Mood Swings!

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
9 Causes Of Mood Swings!

Mood swings are defined as sudden and abrupt changes in mood. These mood swings can sometimes help promote problem solving abilities, but a stronger form of these can be associated to a more complex disorder namely, bipolar disorder that is characterised by the cyclical shift from manic to depressive and vice versa.

What causes mood swings?
There are several things that can trigger mood swings starting from your brain chemistry to substance abuse. The most common cause of moods swings can be-

  1. Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (NTs) in the brain (ex. Serotonin is majorly responsible for change in moods, changes in emotional state and sleep)
  2. Anabolic steroid abuse
  3. Borderline personality Disorder
  4. Autism or other pervasive developmental disorders
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Premenstrual Syndrome
  7. Schizophrenia
  8. Major depression
  9. Post traumatic stress disorder

How to deal with mood swings?
Mood swings can make life difficult for yourself and those around you as well. It is advisable to keep your mood swings under control in order to get along with your life normally.

  1. Try to remain positive: May be you have had a string of heartbreaks off late or failed interviews, but do not let that define a trend in your life. This can lead to depression and make you upset. Keep your mind open to other possibilities and never lose hope. Hope is something that keeps one going; it gives someone a purpose in life.
  2. Balance your life: Learn to maintain a balance between work and leisure. Don’t make your life all about work, take small breaks to do what you like (perhaps read a book, or play an instrument).
  3. Accept the grey in your life:  “Life is like a box of chocolates”. You will never know what comes your way. It is never just black and white. Learn to accept that life can go a little downhill sometimes, but don’t be too alarmed by that. Enjoy the best and always keep yourself prepared for the worse.
  4. Learn to laugh:  Enjoy and appreciate the little things around you. It might surprise you, if you consciously look around with an open mind, you will see the miniscule things that may make you laugh. Maybe that neighbour you find annoying is actually a fun guy to be with or that aunty who is always badgering you with questions is actually concerned about you. And most of all learn how to laugh at yourself! People have made a career over doing that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You are more fun than you expected to be. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!
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Sir main bhut depression main rahti hu pta nahi sir main bhut kush rahne ki kosis karti hu but mujhese rha nahi jata main bhut irritated bhi hoti ja rahi hu abhi 2 July ki meri sadi thi mera tension ki wajah se kahi mann nahi lagta 1.30 saal pehle bhi maine depresion ki dvai li hai maine or ab phir se depression hai mujhe sir mujhe sach main bhut baar aisa mann karta hai ki main mar jau but sir mere husband mujhe bhut pyar karte hai or vo mujhe lekar thodi chinta karte hai sir agar apke pass koi solution hai to btao sir.

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
Hi, I can understand what you must be going through. Depression is a treatable condition and you know it well as you had been treated earlier. The right thing to do will be to re start treatment without any further delay as you are having suicidal thoughts as well. Since this is your second episode, the medicines will continue for a longer period in order to reduce the chances of recurrence. In addition, you can also consider seeking cognitive behavioural therapy sessions which will help you change the negative thoughts pattern and behaviour and help you cope up with stress in a better way. Best wishes.
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Causes And Effects Of Attachment Disorder!

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
Causes And Effects Of Attachment Disorder!

While most children share a strong bond with their parents, especially the mother, some infants are unable to establish lasting relationships with their parents or caregivers. This is known as attachment disorder. It is a rare yet serious condition as it affects the child’s relationships at a later stage and also triggers delinquent behavior. Children, who have been abandoned, orphaned or are victims of abuse are the most vulnerable to this condition.

What causes attachment disorder?
The exact cause for attachment disorder is not yet understood. However, researchers have put together a number of viable hypotheses for this. One such hypothesis suggests that when needs of a child are ignored or when he begins to feel unwanted, the child begins to expect hostility, negativity and rejection. This is a learnt response and the child begins to feel that his needs are unwanted. With time, these responses make the child untrusting and he withdraws into himself to avoid social contact. This affects the development in the brain and causes attachment problems that affect the child’s personality and future relationships.

Risks associated with it
Some children are at a higher risk of attachment disorder than others. This includes

  1. Children living in orphanages or other such institutes
  2. Children whose caregivers are changed frequently
  3. Children who have had prolonged hospitalization
  4. Neglected children
  5. Children who have suffered from physical, sexual or verbal abuse
  6. Children living in extreme poverty
  7. Children born to parents with mental conditions or anger management problems
  8. Children born to a mother suffering from post partum depression

Symptoms
There are two types of attachment disorders; inhibited and disinhibited.

  1. Inhibited attachment disorder: Children suffering from inhibited attachment disorder are likely to be:
    • Detached
    • Withdrawn
    • Unresponsive to comforting ie. they shun all types of relationships and generally do not get along with their peers or caregivers.
  2. Disinhibited attachment disorder: On the other hand, children suffering from disinhibited attachment are likely to:
    • Seek attention
    • Display inappropriate behavior
    • Frequently break social boundaries
    • Be inappropriately familial and attached to selective figures.

Additionally, children suffering from either type of attachment disorder are manipulative, destructive, moody and lack compassion and remorse.
Effects of attachment disorder
If not managed properly in its early stages, this disorder can continue into adulthood. This leads to:

  1. Relationship problems with peers, friends and family members
  2. Low self esteem
  3. Depression
  4. Anger management
  5. Academic problems
  6. Unemployment
  7. They are also at a high risk for drug abuse and alcohol addiction . If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Psychiatrist.
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Hello sir, I am 19 years old female. From last 5-6 months I have been having excessive mood swings, for one moment I feel like I am the happiest person alive and for another moment I am the sides person in the whole world. Also there are times, when I just hate each and every human being. Then I don't to talk to anyone. All I want to do is sleep despite sleeping for 12 hours at stretch. Most of the time I feel worthless. It seems nobody cares whether I am dead or alive. I don't feel connected to anyone. And from about last 15 days I don't feel like eating anything otherwise I never skipped a meal. I don't know what to do. Please help me out! Sorry for such a long question.

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
Hello sir, I am 19 years old female. From last 5-6 months I have been having excessive mood swings, for one moment I ...
Dear Ms. lybrate-user, I can understand what you must be going through. Frequent mood swings, feeling worth less, loss of appetite, lethargy, sleepiness are all symptoms suggestive of underlying psychological conflicts. You should consult a psychiatrist and get yourself evaluated for underlying depression. Depression is a treatable condition. Treatment with medications and psychotherapy will help you get better. Best wishes.
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I have a habit of prolonging every event. Get depressed easily and fear of almost new task and get terrified easily if someone shouts at me. There is fear all the time that some wring going to happen.

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
I have a habit of prolonging every event. Get depressed easily and fear of almost new task and get terrified easily i...
Dear Ms. lybrate-user, I went through your query and can understand what you must be going through. The symptoms that you have mentioned are suggestive of underlying anxiety disorder. You should consider seeking a psychiatric consultation and getting yourself evaluated completely. Anxiety disorders respond well to treatment with medications and psychotherapy. Earlier the treatment is started better is the response. I do hope that you recover at the earliest. Best wishes.
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I am depressed. I feel everything around myself is dirty. I have a phobia of cleanliness. I wash my hands several time. I feel sad. every time when someone came to my house, I clean my floor. Please help me.

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
I am depressed. I feel everything around myself is dirty. I have a phobia of cleanliness. I wash my hands several tim...
Dear lybrate-user, From what you have mentioned, it seems that you are suffering from symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD causes symptoms of repeated thoughts, in your case regarding contamination. It could also be doubts. Due to these thoughts, compulsive repeated behaviour results, in your case repeated cleaning and hand washing. In case of doubts, it could be repeated checking behaviour. OCD is a treatable condition. Medications and psychotherapy in form of exposure and response prevention will help you recover from all the symptoms. Please consult a psychiatrist and get yourself evaluated. Accordingly treatment can be initiated. I do hope that you recover completely. Best wishes.
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I overthink a lot. this has reduced my weight. Bcoz of over thinking, I get depressed many times. There is a lot of negativity in my me. It is affecting my health and many relations. I am not able to ignore the things which is not good for me. Lots of unnecessary thoughts are there in my mind.

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
I overthink a lot. this has reduced my weight. Bcoz of over thinking, I get depressed many times. There is a lot of n...
Dear Ms. lybrate-user, I can understand what you must be going through. Overthinking, negative thoughts are suggesting of underlying depressive and anxiety disorder. You should consult a psychiatrist and get yourself evaluated completely. Depression and anxiety disorders respond well to treatment. Medications and psychotherapy will help you recover. In addition, start exercising daily. Start writing diary daily in order to vent out your feelings and emotions. I do hope that you recover completely. Best wishes.
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Hello doctor! It's been couple of years I got in depression and undergone doctor and after 6 months of medication and treatment I got fine and doctor told me that I am absolutely fine and stop the medicines as there is no need. And yeah I am absolutely fine but I got addicted to medicine maybe. I gradually reduced it from 2 to 1/4th dose daily but I am unable to completely stop it. If I don't take it, I feel vomit, irritation in head, feel so low that I can't even walk, difficult to recall things in my mind, memory issue and don't feel good too. What should I do. My husband is also upset with this thing and saying me to stop it as it will lead to bad side effects in future while pregnancy ,liver etc. Please help me by telling what's the problem, is this the addiction symptoms or what? .And also let me know the side effects of these type of medicines for myself and for future pregnancy and on baby too?

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
Hello doctor!
It's been couple of years I got in depression and undergone doctor and after 6 months of medication and...
Dear Ms. lybrate-user, I went through your query in detail and can understand what you must be going through. It's definitely very frustrating when we are not able to quit any medicine even after we feel that we are fine. You haven't mentioned the name of the medicines that you are taking and this makes it explaining exactly what you are going through a bit difficult. For depression, most doctors use a combination of an anti depressant and a benzodiazepine sedative. The right course of action is to taper and stop benzodiazepine after a few weeks and continue the anti depressants for few months. Benzodiazepines can be addictive. If they are not tapered and stopped in few weeks, there are chances that we become dependent on that and develop withdrawal symptoms when we stop it. This is the most probable cause in your case. The other scenario where it is the antidepressant which you are still taking means that you haven't completely recovered from depression/anxiety and will need further treatment depending on actual clinical condition. Benzodiazepines definitely cause adverse effects in pregnancy and we try to avoid it completely in pregnant patients. The best way forward will be to seek a psychiatric consultation and start treatment in order to quit the medicines. A substitute could be started and tapered off gradually. I do hope that answers your query. Best wishes.
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Depression in Women - Show You Care, Be Aware!

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mohali
Depression in Women - Show You Care, Be Aware!

Mood swings bother you and everyone around you!

Everyone experiences disappointment or sadness in life. When the "down" times last a long time or interfere with your ability to function, you may be suffering from a common medical illness called depression. According to research, women experience twice the rate of depression as men, regardless of race or ethnic background. An estimated 1 in 8 women will face major depression in their lifetimes. Despite high prevalence rates people are reluctant to acknowledge clinical depression as a disorder that should be evaluated and treated.

Researchers suspect that, rather than a single cause, many factors unique to women's lives play a role in developing depression. These factors include - genetic and biological, reproductive, hormonal, abuse and oppression, interpersonal and certain psychological and personality characteristics. However, the stages in a woman's life can also subject her to depression- menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Given below are some of the signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing related to your life stage.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder - This affects around 3-8% of the women. In this behavioral changes are observed in women 5 days prior to the commencement of their menstrual cycle. The common symptoms are:

  1. Lack of interest in common activities, such as hobbies

  2. Moderate to severe feelings of tension or anxiety with low energy

  3. Mood Swings, such as feeling overly sensitive

  4. Moderate to severe feelings of hopelessness or depression, feeling overwhelmed

  5. Physical symptoms, such as weight gain, joint or muscle pain, or a headache

  6. Changes in sleeping patterns, such as sleeping too much or too little

  7. Changes in eating habits or food cravings

  8. Problems focusing or concentrating

  9. Unusual irritability or anger

Management:  Be calm and relaxed. Keep a check and monitor your cycle and emotional outbursts. If you notice some continuity it's important that you consult a specialist. Ignoring the issues can have an effect on your relationships. Be open and talk to your family and your partner about the same.

Pregnancy and Post Partum Mood Disorders- Pregnancy is a stage in which a woman's body is going through a number of hormonal changes. These changes can have a major effect on the mood and can increase the risk of developing depression. Even post pregnancy the risk doesn't end. The following are a list of symptoms. Be informed if you are pregnant or have just delivered a child.

  1. Lifestyle or work changes resulting in relationship problems

  2. Episodes of depression and irritability

  3. Feeling of lack of social support and lost feeling

  4. Mixed feelings about being pregnant

  5. Feeling that pregnancy has pulled you down

Please note that a woman can feel depressed during pregnancy and the feeling can become worse post child birth. It affects 10-25% of women in India. It's important to understand that it's not just you but your body that is going through change. Hormonal fluctuations, psychological pressure and social support all attribute to the same. Be open and consult specialists. Also, talk to your family and your spouse.

Peri Menopause and Menopause Depression- Risk of depression may increase during the transition to menopause, a stage called Peri menopause, when hormone levels may fluctuate erratically. Depression risk also may rise during early menopause or after menopause - both times when estrogen levels are significantly reduced.

Women need to aware that they are vulnerable to develop depression and need professional help to avoid it from causing personal and functional impairment.

Be informed and consult a Psychiatrist if you are experiencing any of the above.

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