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Anxiety Problems - How Can We Help Our Youngsters With It?

Masters in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Diploma in Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Anxiety Problems - How Can We Help Our Youngsters With It?

In today's fast-paced world, the number of cases of teenagers with serious mental health problems like anxiety disorders has quadrupled. An anxiety disorder affects the thinking, feelings as well as the behaviour of a young person. It's important to seek professional help if one sees any of the warning signs of anxiety disorder in a youngster. Most of the normal anxiety issues are short-lived and the feelings may last for a few hours. However, an anxiety problem becomes an anxiety disorder when anxious feelings are very intense, severe and last for weeks or months. They start interfering in a youngster's ability to socialise, learn and daily activities.

Let's talk specific-

Aviophobia: Fear of flying, also known as aviophobia, is an Anxiety Disorder classified as a situational Specific Phobia. The person with a fear of flying, heights has a continuing and excessive fear triggered by flying or the thought of flying or heights. Typically, flying is avoided or endured with intense anxiety, which may take the form of a panic attack.

Claustrophobia: Claustrophobia is a fear of being in an enclosed space. Thus, being trapped in a lift scare to those who have such phobia. Also, travelling through a tunnel or metro makes people anxious if you have claustrophobia. Sufferers can often feel distressed just with the thought of being in a bus, train or plane. Usually, any small, enclosed space would trigger a panic attack especially if you felt trapped.

The problem with this way of thinking is it spreads to other places. Subways, lifts, small rooms are the classic scenario but the person's intense fear is not restricted just to these places. The fear and the panic can be experienced in any place where the person perceives confinement, closeness or trapped feeling.

If an anxiety disorder in a youngster is ignored and left untreated, it can have long-term consequences on mental health and hamper development. The first step is to talk with the youngster and others who might be able to help like a general practitioner, school counsellor, family members or other parents. Identification of a teenage anxiety problem is difficult as youngsters are good at hiding their feelings and thoughts. They are able to mask those feelings with aggressive behaviour or withdrawal.

Young people might be diagnosed with more than one type of anxiety disorder. Social phobia or social anxiety disorder occurs when one develops an intense fear of being judged or embarrassed in public. Excessive worry about everyday situations is called generalised anxiety disorder. Panic disorder is repeated, unexpected panic attacks where one encounters panic in a situation where most people wouldn't be afraid. Excessive fear of being separated from home or a loved one is a separation anxiety disorder.

There are many things that one can do to support the youngster mentally and reduce the risk. Strong family support and relationships have shown to help protect youngsters from anxiety disorders. Seeking professional help early for the youngster is the best thing one can do when symptoms are seen or the youngster is experiencing severe anxious feelings which are interfering with his normal activities.

One must not ignore or dismiss youngster's fears. Encourage him gently to do things that make him anxious but do not push him to situations that he does not want to face. Also, praise him for doing things he's anxious about. Refer the youngster as brave and not anxious or shy. Set up a role model for him by managing your own stress and anxiety. Professional help for an anxiety disorder is vital for youngster's healthy development. Psychological treatment concentrates on strategies to help youngsters cope up with anxiety. Anti-depressants drugs are used to reduce the symptoms of anxiety disorders. One should also stop or reduce consumption of caffeine products such as coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks and chocolate.

Forensic Psychiatry - Everything You Want To Know!

Psychiatrist, Akola
Forensic Psychiatry - Everything You Want To Know!

Forensic psychiatry is generally identified as a specialized offshoot of psychiatry, dealing with the calculated treatment and evaluation of mentally disordered offenders in secure hospitals, prisons and in the community. This branch of psychiatry requires an in-depth understanding and thorough knowledge of the connection between legality and mental health. Patients are generally those with personality dysfunctions, mental illness, psychopathic disorders, organic brain damage, learning disability and other conditions such as histories of abuse and traumatic experiences as well as substance abuse and misuse.

Nature of the work-
The most important prerequisite of this branch of psychiatry is a secure and safe environment where the subjects are liable to legal restrictions. Evaluation and assessment may vary from highly secured hospitals and prisons to low secure units and community based services. Forensic psychiatrists must have a thorough knowledge of civil, criminal and case law because of their frequent dealings with criminal justice agencies and the courts. An important component of forensic psychiatry is risk assessment and evaluation. Forensic psychiatrists must be fluent and adept at handling patients during emergencies or routine situations. Moreover, they should be calm, composed and professional in their dealings especially with patients who display instability or violent and aggressive behavior.

The probation service, the prison service, and the courts generally rely on forensic psychiatrists for expert advice, precisely because of their familiarity with preparing reports for mental health review tribunals and criminal justice agencies.


  • Quintessentially, the obligatory role of a forensic psychiatrist requires:
  • Ability to treat others with understanding and respect
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Emotional resilience along with the ability to empathize with patients
  • Anticipation and an inherent initiative to work in challenging situations
  • Good communication skills
  • A scientific and analytic approach and assessment
  • Good leadership qualities

Trust Problems - How To Get Over It?

MSc in Applied Psychology, MSc Health Psychology, PGCTC, PGC (Family Therapy)
Psychologist, Mumbai
Trust Problems - How To Get Over It?

Trust issues can destroy any relationship. Trust deficiency creates a feeling of insecurity and makes a person ponder over his partner’s faithfulness, genuineness, and truthfulness. As a matter of fact, trust is essential for any relationship, be it a romantic, friendly or business relationship. Here is a list of 5 ways by which you can sort out the trust issues and save your relationship from getting ruined:

  1. Figure out the root cause: Trust issues can arise from a lot of factors. There are people who have a natural tendency to distrust people for no particular reason. This can arise from a variety of reasons such as the way a person is nurtured, defence mechanism, confidence and so on. Make sure you know the reasons for which you are distrusting your partner. Identifying the root cause helps to sort it out quickly.
  2. Keep an open communication channel: The majority of the trust issues arise from lack of communication. It is therefore very important to have a very open communication channel with your partner. Keeping a doubt to yourself do not do any good for your relationship. A matter which might be causing you distress needs to be clarified and get over with. Apart from clearing doubts and mistrusts, good communication strengthens the bond with your partner.
  3. Gain trust: You partner will only place trust in you, if you do the same. In order to achieve this, take the lead. Trust your partner wholeheartedly devoid of doubts. Once this happens, your partner will feel a lot more at ease and would be willing to trust you. The key to achieving this is to make sure that you do not place any doubt on your partner to start with. While this might sound a little difficult to start with, the results are fruitful.
  4. Do not be spooky: At times we become overly curious about our partner's activity and doubt them for all the wrong reasons. While a critical analysis of a particular behaviour of your partner might make you suspicious, to gain trust it is essential that you do not judge your partner more often. Most things or activities are done by your partner are aimed with good intentions. It makes sense to appreciate those rather than becoming too judgmental about it.
  5. Do not compare your life with others: Many times trust issues arise out of nowhere. One tries to imagine problems that he or she might have heard or seen with their close ones. Try to appreciate your life with all the good and bad in it. Comparing your life with your friend’s one can unnecessarily crop trust issues in your life.

I am sai and my age is 25 years male, I am doing job in hyderabad. I am unable to concentrate on my career and my work always diverting. I am doing self batting and addicted to watching porn. How can I get out out of this. Self batting 10 times in a week is danger in future?

MBBS, PG-Diploma In Clinical Pathology
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Do regular exercise, mediation and yoga. Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. You can read some spiritual or motivational books. You can consult me on private chat for further help.

Hi, I Want to come out from alcohol addiction. From last few year I taking 180-200 ml alcohol regularly and now I am not able to recover from this. Please help.

BSc (Life Science), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), NDDY(Naturopathy and Yoga), Punjabi University.
Homeopath, Mohali
Dear Lybrate User, Congratulations that you have taken the first step. It is the most difficult to come out of denial mode. You need to take counselling including your diet, life style changes and if required medicine also. For many patients have tried deaddiction regime of brahmakumaris with good results. You may also do that. All the best.

Bipolar Disorder - Know Types Of It!

MBBS, M.D. Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Jaipur
Bipolar Disorder - Know Types Of It!

We all have mood swings, but not all mood swings have the same intensity. People who have extreme mood swings ranging from depression to manic highs are said to be suffering from bipolar disorder. These extreme moods are known as episodes and usually last for a few days or even a few weeks at a time. A person suffering from bipolar disorder could have an episode several times a year. This is a very common psychological problem and can affect both children and adults. Though it cannot be cured, this disease can be managed with medication.

There are no known causes for bipolar disorder but genetics may play an important role in triggering this disorder. Hence, if a parent or sibling suffers from this condition, you have a risk of developing it as well. An imbalance in the neurotransmitters in the brain may also play a part in the development of this condition. Stress or traumatic events like the loss of a loved one can also increase your risk of suffering from this condition.
Given that mood swings affect almost each one of us, bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose. Some of the things to look out for are:

  1. Change in self-esteem
  2. Unusual talkativeness or quietness
  3. Being increasingly prone to distractions
  4. Decreased need for sleep
  5. Agitation
  6. Recklessness in terms of spending decisions, relationships etc

It must be kept in mind that a person must display at least 4 of the above symptoms simultaneously to be diagnosed as bipolar. Also, none of these symptoms should be a result or side effect of any kind of medication, drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants.

There are four main types of bipolar disorder.

  1. Bipolar I: In such cases, the person has at least one episode of elevated moods and associated abnormal behaviour in his or her life. This may be preceded or followed by depressive episodes.
  2. Bipolar II: In these cases, the person must have suffered from at least one depressive episode. It is very similar to bipolar I except that in bipolar II the highs never reach the manic stage.
  3. Rapid Cycling: Some people can have 4 or more manic and depressive episodes a year. In such cases, they are said to be rapid cycling. This condition affects 10-20% of bipolar cases.
  4. Mixed Bipolar: Usually, bipolar patients show mood swings that alternate between manic and depressive moods. However, sometimes a person may experience both elation and depression simultaneously or in rapid succession of each other. These cases are known as mixed bipolar.

Once diagnosed, bipolar disorder can be managed with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. In some cases, electroconvulsive therapy may also be needed.

I am suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. I had been taking alprazolam up to 3gm/day. Now there is withdrawal symptoms whenever I stop alprazolam. Resulting in relapses. Loss of memory recent &past .decline of cognitive function what should be done.

Psychiatrist, Bangalore
I am suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. I had been taking alprazolam up to 3gm/day. Now there is withdrawal sy...
Dear Ravi, i am sure, no doctor has prescribed 3 gm/day alprazolam. Since you became dependent on it, you went on increasing the dose without doctor's advice. Withdrawal symptoms also are part of alprazolam dependence. Please get out of this dependence by M.E.T. motivational enhancement therapy and other long acting drugs or antidepressant. It may take about 12 weeks for you to tolerate the withdrawal. It is better for you to take treatment now itself. Once memory loss (dementia) sets in, it is difficult to reverse.
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Dear doctor, Please tell me some of the ways or diet that can help my brain to be in most active state while studying as I feel sleepy.

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Bhubaneswar
Dear lybrate-user, health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity as defined by the world health organization (who) in 1948. You can use your mental & physical health up to optimum level only when you are healthy. To achieve health my 22 years of experience always tells me …… just listen to your health’s demands…. just stop to manipulate yours health’s demands…. don’t torture your health…… don’t adopt the things that people says this is good for health…. You must take your regular diet 3-4 hours interval. Don't skip your breakfast within 30 minutes rising from bed. Drink when you are thirsty. Just take a sleep when you are sleepy. Don't try to manipulate your health's demand. You must get result with in a few days. Don't forget to convey the same massage to your near one that I told you. It is your duty & responsibility to get and keep you healthy & productive and your near & dear one also.

I have my boyfriend and earlier he used to love me from. Now 5-7 days he start ignoring me he start hating me the reason is according to him that I don't involve in his business but I do ask then he replied it's none of your business. I get irritated that time what should I do. If I ask then I am bad if me not than also me worst girl. I am stressed n depressed these days don't know what should I do not able to eat properly not able to handle out these things. I am trying to solve it out from my side but he don't want I do not know y he is lingering these things. I want to die because when he behaves like this I feel very much low.

Advanced Aesthetics
Ayurveda, Gulbarga
best is leave and give time to your love life .. many things in life and time to go out with family or friends and start to going 2gym and don't sit alone . what he want u give that person now he don't want to you... you also ignore is best... and life came 1time and don't think about die...of you have any problem share with your family...they help you to coming out of your stress
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Hi, I am a 27 year old girl. My father is a memory loss patient after a fatal accident 3 years ago. I am staying with him and trying my best to make his life easy. I feel in the process the stress and the pain of seeing my father's health issue, I have been feeling depressed. What can I do to make my mental health stable to take care of him?

Homeopath, Chandigarh
Hi, I am a 27 year old girl. My father is a memory loss patient after a fatal accident 3 years ago. I am staying with...
You need to take out some time for yourself and relax. You may choose from activities like swimming, going out for a morning walk, etc doing something positive which makes you happy. Yoga classes can also help you. Practicing some kind of meditation daily for 20-30 minutes can greatly relieve the stress. Meanwhile, you may also request a friend/relative to share your responsibility, of taking care of your father, for few hours in a day/week.
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