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Dr. G. Swaminath is an experienced Psychiatrist in Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore. You can visit him at Smruti Clinic in Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore. Book an appointment online with Dr. G. Swaminath and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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I am 20 years old I didn't slept for last 2 days, my exam is near and there ia too much stress going inside me, I don't want to eat any thing help me.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
I am 20 years old I didn't slept for last 2 days, my exam is near and there ia too much stress going inside me, I don...
10 Study Tips to Improve Your Learning Study Tip 1: Underlining Underlining is one of the simplest and best known study tips. It’s easy to highlight the most significant parts of what you’re reading. One key sentence per paragraph and a few important phrases here and there. You can only retain a certain amount so it’s best to retain the most important information. Study Tip 2: Make your own note and taking notes is one of the most widespread study skills out there. Essentially the aim of note-taking is to summarise lectures or articles in your own words so you can easily remember the ideas. Study Tip 3: Mind mapping A good Mind map can save you many hours of study and further consolidate your knowledge for your exams. Mind Maps are an extremely versatile tools. They can be used for brainstorming, outlining essays or study topics and for general exam preparation, ExamTime offers the ability to create Mind Maps quickly and easily which makes them the ideal tool when it comes to exams. Study Tip 4: Flash cards:- Using these are a particularly effective method of learning when trying to assimilate different facts, dates, formulas or vocabulary. Subjects such as History, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography or any language are made much easier if you incorporate Flashcards in to your study. Study Tip 5: Case Studies Sometimes it can be difficult to grasp the implications of some theories. This is where studying case studies can be a big help. Case studies can help you visualise a theory and place it in a more familiar and realistic context. This is especially useful in business or law subjects. Study Tip 6: Quizzes are an excellent way to review study notes in the weeks and days before an exam. Quizzes can show where your strengths and weaknesses are, so it allows you to focus your efforts more precisely. Moreover, if you share your Study Quiz with your classmates and test each other as much as possible you can discover even more details and areas you may have overlooked. So before any exam, make sure you create and share a bunch of different Quizzes with your Friends. Study Tip 7: Brainstorming This is another study technique that is ideal for studying with friends and/or classmates. Brainstorming is a great way to expand every possible idea out of any topic. Just get a bunch of friends together and shoot the breeze, there are no wrong answers when brainstorming – just talk and capture the ideas, you can review afterward. Study Tip 8: Mnemonic Rules Mnemonics are especially useful when memorising lists and sets. Mnemonics rules basically work by associating certain concepts with other concepts that are more familiar to us. There are many different ways to make mnemonics and these can be individual to the person. Study Tip 9: ORGANISE your study One of the most effective study skills is also one of the most often overlooked; this is organising your study. Creating a TIME TABLE gives you goals and a time in which to achieve them. Having a study timetable as you study is greatly motivational Study Tip 10: Drawing Many people find it easier to recall images rather than text that is why they are better able to memorise concepts if they associate them with pictures or drawings. If you find answer helpful please click on “helpful” tab for knowing my efforts are useful CONCENTRATION TIPS Here’s some tips to get into a state of deep concentration where work / or studies flow easily so that you can do well in examinations/ and or do your work well. 1) Cut Off the Noise Getting into a state of concentration can take at least fifteen minutes. If you are getting distracted every five, you can’t possibly focus entirely on your work. Request that people don’t interrupt you when working on a big project. If you are required to answer phones and drop-in’s immediately, schedule work when the office is less busy. 2) Structure Your Environment The place you work can have an impact on your ability to focus. Try to locate yourself so you are facing potential distractions such as doors, phones or windows. This way you can take a glance to assess sounds that would otherwise break your focus. 3) Clarify Objectives Know what your goal is clearly before you start. If you aren’t sure what the end result is, the confusion will make it impossible to focus. 4) Divide Blobs. If you have a large project that needs work, clearly identify a path that you will use to get started working on it. If the sequence of actions isn’t obvious, it will be difficult to concentrate. Taking a few minutes to plan not only your end result, but the order you will complete any steps, can save hours in wasted thinking. 5) Know the Rules Get clear on what the guidelines are for the task ahead. What level of quality do you need? What standards do you need to follow? What constraints are there? If the rules aren’t clear from the outset, you will slip out of concentration as you ponder them later. 6) Set a Deadline Deadlines have both advantages and disadvantages when trying to force concentration. A deadline can make it easier to forget the non-essential and speed up your working time. If you give yourself only an hour to design a logo, you will keep it simple and avoid fiddling with extravagant designs. Time limits have disadvantages when they cause you to worry about the time you have left instead of the task itself. 7) Break down Roadblocks Roadblocks occur whenever you hit a tricky problem in your work. This can happen when you run out of ideas or your focus wavers. Break down roadblocks by brainstorming or planning on a piece of paper. Writing out your thought processes can keep you focused even if you might become frustrated. 8) Isolate Yourself Become a hermit and stay away from other people if you want to get work done. Unless your work is based on other people they will only break your focus. Create a private space and refuse to talk to anyone until your work is finished. Put a sign on your door to steer away drop-ins and don’t answer your phone. 9) Healthy Body, Sharper Mind What you put into your body affects the way you concentrate. Nobody would expect peak performance if they showed up drunk to work. But if you allow yourself to get chronic sleep deprivation, overuse stimulants like caffeine or eat dense, fatty foods your concentration will suffer. Try to cut out one of your unhealthy habits for just thirty days to see if there is a difference in your energy levels. I’ve found even small steps can create dramatic changes in my ability to focus. 10) Be Patient Before I write an article, I often sit at my desk for a fifteen or twenty minutes before I put finger on the keyboard. During this time I feel a strong urge to leave or do something else. But I know that if I am patient, I’ll stumble upon an idea to write about and enter a state of flow. Without a little patience, you can’t take advantage of flow when it rushed through you. If you need strong concentration I recommend periods of 90-120 minutes. Any less than that and you will waste too much time getting started before the flow can continue. More than this is possible to sustain focus, but you will probably benefit from a quick break. These are the general guidelines for concentration, studying well or doing your job. Regards.
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I'm 21, I'm using smartphone every time very addicted to phone which causes lonely, frustrated, anger, depression, obesity, headache, moody, lees concentration in study etc. Help me how to avoid using smartphone, I'm really addicted to this net.

M.Sc - Psychological Counseling, B.A ( Hons) - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
I'm 21, I'm using smartphone every time very addicted to phone which causes lonely, frustrated, anger, depression, ob...
Hello, set an alarm on your phone for a particular time in the morning (e. G. 6 am) which says" start using cell phone" and another alarm at a perticular time in the night (e. G. 10 pm) which says" stop using cell-phone. After the night alrm rings immediately turn off your cell-phone. Hope this helps.
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I am a graduate student. I am suffering from kind of diversion condition. Could you please help me how to overcome this harassment situation so that I can live my life peacefully. I will be glad if I can get help as soon as possible. Thank you.

BHMS
Sexologist, Noida
I am a graduate student. I am suffering from kind of diversion condition. Could you please help me how to overcome th...
I would emphasise that I am not suggesting that homeopathy should be used as the only treatment in serious depressive illness where there are feelings of wanting to die or a risk of suicide, or in mental health problems such as bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia or severe postnatal depression.
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I always have pain in my body whenever I sit continuously for few hours. What should I do?

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
I always have pain in my body whenever I sit continuously for few hours. What should I do?
Hello, Body pain may be due to 1. fever 2. abrupt start or stop of exercise 3. Any other medical disease like Anaemia/ Hypoproteinemia/ Thyroid problem 4. Vit D deficiency 5. Multi mineral and vitamin Deficiency 6.Stress/ anxiety 7. Over exertion (physical and mental) follow advises given below: 1. Take adequate rest 2. Proper diet 3. Measure your temperature and tell me reading 4. Bathing may also reduce body pain 5. Avoid stress consult Physician for further management
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Dear, sir I am an student of 3rd yr. I am suffering a huge problem of anxiety, depression, uneasy feel, no concentration, nrevous, hnd shaking problem while writing. I am suffering frm clss 12th. I am tkng some allopathic medicine. But nw it is a big problem to reject those medicine. If I dnt take those medicine. I will feel the symptoms lots and more. Please. Suggest a homeopathic medicine or therapy to get rid from this. Then can I tke the homeopathic med Anacardium 200 for those symptoms? Please tell me. What to do.

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
Dear, sir
I am an student of 3rd yr. I am suffering a huge problem of anxiety, depression, uneasy feel, no concentrat...
My sincere request would be, take medicines only after consulting a doctor. Self medication can be harmful. In your case, it appears to me that you are stuying under pressure. Please try to udnerstand that if you are pursuing any study/job because of either parental or peer pressure, and if you find it difficult and/or boring, it will be difficult for you to complete it and it you will experience lot of stress. You appear to be unsure of yourself and probably have performance anxiety. You need to understand your own skills, do not compare your results with anyone else. Compare your own previous performance, and try to improve it. Write down your strong points on a paper and read them every now and then. Do not take negativiity from others. Have faith in yourself. Please understand that presently there are a number of fields available for pursuing different fields of studies. Kindly chose a field that interests you and what you are good at. You may also consult a counsellor who will help you in getting rid of these problems with systematic therapy. Medicines will only give you temporary relief from your symptoms. You need to treat the root cause. All the best.
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I lost my brother in an accident last year since that time im depressed a lot please suggest me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I lost my brother in an accident last year since that time im depressed a lot please suggest me.
Hello, take Natrum mur 200 ch , 3 drops , single dose. Kali phos 6X , 5 tabs twice daily. Revert after 15 days.
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Hello I have a doubt regarding my health and I fear a lot nowadays. I have a problem of psyzhophrenia and this problem has ruined my life since the last 3 years I think too highly of myself and this has created family problems between me and my parents I expect everything from them and am not able to give them anything in return I guess I am narcissist. I get too much frustrated and angry when I don't get what I want and that too immediately and then I am not able to calm myself down. I have been sent to two rehabs becoz of my anger and I fear that the next time I go I won't return home. I have been given medications since last 2 years but recently I have experienced more side effects with medicine and I think that I am better if I don't take it the medications included risperidone, quetiapine,lithium and I stopped taking that bcoz my situation got worse I started over sweating, over thirsty, my anger got worse and I didn't feel better I just want to be alright within a few months and don't want to end my future and career just before it starts because I'm just 16 years old. Please help me with this problem docs please.

Ph.D - Psychology, M.Phil - Psychology
Psychologist,
Hello I have a doubt regarding my health and I fear a lot nowadays. I have a problem of psyzhophrenia and this proble...
MEDICINES ARE TO BE TAKEN REGULARLY TILL DOCTOR STOPS AS THEY ONLY CAN CONTROL YOUR SYMPTOMS. IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY WITH ALLOPATHIC , TRY VISITING NEAREST PATANJALI KENDRA FOR MEDICINES WITHOUT SIDE-EFFECTS. YOU MUST PRACTICE ALONGSIDE ALL THAT IS TAUGHT DAILY ON ASTHA CHANNEL 5.00 TO 7.30 AM. VERY VERY EFFECTIVE . YOU WILL GET MIRACULOUS RESULTS FOR FREE AND WITHOUT ADVERSE EFFECTS OF ALLOPATHIC MEDICINES AND WILL GAIN GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, INCREASE IN YOUR STAMINA, GOOD CONCENTRATION, IMPROVED MEMORY, ETC. IT IS EXCELLENT TO DRIVE DEPRESSION , NEGATIVE THINKING OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM. NOT NECESSARY, YOU HAVE TO BE PRESENT IN FRONT OF YOUR TV AT 5 AM. BEGIN BY SWITCHING ON YOUR TV JUST WHATEVER TIME YOU GET UP AND START PRACTICING AS BEING TAUGHT. GRADUALLY WHEN YOU REGULATE YOUR SLEEPING TIME, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET UP NEXT MORNING AT 5 AND WILL BE ABLE TO DO COMPLETE WORKOUT. I REPEAT, PLEASE DONOT STOP MEDICINES. YOU MUST CONTINUE WITH THEM. ANY PROBLEM RELATED TO MEDICINE- PLEASE TELL YOUR DOCTOR. IT DOES TAKE TIME TO FIX THE REQUIRED DOSE WHICH IS DIFFERENT FOR EACH PATIENT. IF YOU FOLLOW PATANJALI.. DEFINITELY CURE IS POSSIBLE. BUT, YOU HAVE TO STICK TO ALL ADVICE TILL YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE ALL TREATED FULLY AND THE DOCTOR TELLS YOU TO STOP. BEST OF LUCK!
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Pedophilia - Are You Aware Of These Facts?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Pedophilia - Are You Aware Of These Facts?

Pedophilia is an unnatural or abnormal attraction towards children of either or both sexes, usually aged thirteen years or younger. A pedophile's attraction towards adults varies. They fantasize and/or act on their fantasies with children who have not reached puberty. Pedophilia is one of the most common paraphilia (abnormal sexual desires). The DSM i. E. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders has included pedophilia as a mental disorder.

Here are a few facts about the disorder:

1. Pedophilic disorder is when pedophiles approach children to sexually gratify themselves or if desires towards children make them feel guilty and anxious and so, they alienate themselves from the society and are unable to achieve their personal goals.

2. One very important fact that one must keep in mind is that not all pedophiles molest children and not all child molesters are pedophiles. When one desires children, they are pedophilic. But only when they act on their desires, and sexually assault children, they are child molesters.

3. Since most pedophiles do not come forward or admit to having sexual desires towards children, most of the studies have been conducted on the pedophilic child molesters. However, the number of pedophiles is vast considering that there are about 4 million websites in business catering to child pornography.

4. Opening up and seeking help from a psychologist or psychiatrist might help them in curbing and managing these desires and prevent them from acting on them and committing sexual offenses. In rare cases, pedophiles are also prescribed medications to lower their sex drive.

5. Male pedophiles are far more common than female ones.

6. Most of the child sex offenders are family and relatives.

7. Psychologists believe that children who are lonely and aloof, and feel neglected are at a higher risk of being sexually abused. The type of activities differs in each case, while some just undress and look at a child, others force the child to take part and perform oral sex and/or touch the genitals or more.

8. In most countries, it is mandatory to report a pedophile to the authorities even when there is no risk, which is why most pedophiles do not come forward and admit having this disorder. They refrain from seeking help.

However, there is a prevention project Dunkelfeld in Germany that provides free of cost services to people who are attracted to children, but are dedicated to not to act on their desires and molest children. This program maintains its members' confidentiality. Such programs are essential for a healthy society. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Psychiatrist.

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I am very depressed for my career. I am not taking interest in meal and any entertainment activity.

MD, MBBS
General Physician, Noida
I am very depressed for my career. I am not taking interest in meal and any entertainment activity.
Why it so? You seem to suffer from depression. Depression are 3 types ; 1. Reactive depression: occurring in response to some loss, failures or poor marks or poor performance in any field like not having any GF or BF while others colleagues have. Hope- Hope not fulfilled---Hopelessness or despair---------------------Not overcome or coped----------------Depression It may be corrected by convincing and counseling, boosting confidence, improving abilities and skills. 2. Neurotic depression: It occurs more in adults due to job related and family problems while the person is in stress and problems, hopes are gone and coping mechanisms and stress management have failed making a state of helplessness. The person is depressed with disturbed routines and poor performance at work-place further exaggerating problems and depression. But he is aware of his illness and the state of all affairs of family and work place, hence, so much worried and anxious as well. Sometimes it may also occur in teenagers. Though it can be treated by psychotherapy and counseling but most often the person requires drug treatment with SSRI's plus Benzodiazepines for short time, say 2-3 months. 3. Psychotic depression: There is a genetic predisposition and a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters dopamine, nor-epinephrine and serotonin in brain neuro-circuits between brainstem, cortex and limbic system. Patient is depressed with sad mood, thoughts of worthlessness, disturbed and over-looked routines, disturbed sleep, eating and performance. Patient is unaware to his illness and so not much worried but his family members are much worried about him. Treatment with antidepressant drugs with or without anti-psychotics is must. No cunseling or psychotherapy without drugs, works.
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Dr. I don't understand what hell happens with me. I trust people so easily and forget myself and at last they just thinks of themselves. Dr. please tell me how to deal with all this how to become selfish. I don't want to loose myself anymore.

B.Sc(Hons) Mumbai Univ., ND, MD - Alternate Medicine, Aroma Therap., Bach Flower Rem, Mental Health Cert.
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Dr. I don't understand what hell happens with me. I trust people so easily and forget myself and at last they just th...
Hi I will prescribe some harmless but effective flower remedy available in homoeopathy shops. Try to buy original medicines. Mix 3 drops of pine + 3 drops of mimulus + 3 drops of red chestnut. Mix these with 100 ml water and drink it every night.
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I haven't been able to sleep for long hours and I have a heavy mind stress. I can tried to many ways to decrease my mind stress. But finally all are failed. So that How to cool my mind And how to change mood of my mind? Please help me.

PHD Psychology, MSC Clinical Psychology, BSC Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I haven't been able to sleep for long hours and I have a heavy mind stress. I can tried to many ways to decrease my m...
You should try some relaxation technique like shavaasan, yognidra or jpmr. Bhastrika and bhramari pranayam will also help you to getting out stress.
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I am 28 year old male. I found that from few month I have got heaviness in my mind. I could not considered long time so I am not reading books more than 10 or 15 minutes continuously. What should I do?

BSc
Ayurveda, Ujjain
Change food habites avoid too oily end ghee prepretions fast end junk food habites. Take simple veg food with green vegitabales salad milk end milk products dry fruites fruites. You take 1 to2 spoon Tej Ras syrup after lunch end dinner.
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I am 28 year old professionally a software engineer I feel that I procrastinate things ,become confuse with spellings while writing. Finds difficulty in continuously speaking and prompt answering. Rate of thought generations seems slow to me as I compared myself with few other people. My attentions wanders from recent tasks and so I take more time for doing things. Overall it reduces my performance at my work place and I have been asked for performance improvement previously at my work place .How I should control and reduce it to improve my performance . Also I want to improve the way of doing things I closely observed successful people from IITS and NITS , and I want to change my living style as like them. Can study of NLP (Neural linguistic programming ) help me ?Please help. I Want to achieve my dreams.

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate user, it is excellent to have a dream and it is wonderful to make sincere efforts to achieve the dream. It is also very important to have rational expectations, so that the goal is achievable. Hence, don't look at iitians and nitians. Focus on your dream and understand what skills will be required to achieve that dream, make a systematic plan, have a detailed schedule for each month/week/day and try to do things as per the schedule. Remember that what you do today is going to affect your future. So you will have to make conscious efforts to get rid of your habit of procasination. You probably are under stress and have fatigue. Try to take healthy diet, lots of water, do some exercise, and try to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep every day. Stop comparing yourself with others. Every person in this person is unique. There will always be many people who will be better than you and there will be many people who are not as good as yourself. So stop comparing. Always compare your current performance with your previous performance. Try to improve on that, learn new skills. Nlp would be helpful. You may also talk to a counsellor. Take care.
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1. How to get over depression or any tragedy moment i.e best friends left, breakups, some close one passes etc. 2. If it comes to mind each n every second, wat is the solution to this to get over? 3. Do all these have any relation to health n mind n heart related problems ?

PGDMCH, MBA( CHA) , MBBS
General Physician, Gurgaon
1. How to get over depression or any tragedy moment i.e best friends left, breakups, some close one passes etc.
2. If...
Dear lybrateuser, tragedies come in everyone's life and all of us have to face them. Learn to accept facts of life. To overcome depression do not isolate yourself. Keep on having interactions with friends, family members or well wishers. Have a hobby, do some work which gives you pleasure.
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I get lots of negative thoughts how can I rid of that more over m very confused personality I chk my locks 10-12 tym nd still I feel its not locked wat shloud I do? Hlp me.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
I get lots of negative thoughts how can I rid of that more over m very confused personality I chk my locks 10-12 tym ...
Repetitive checking behaviours can be a part of obsessive compulsive disorder. I would suggest you to consult a psychiatrist personally with complete details of your problem and then consider any treatment if necessary.
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I am suffering from depression last 2 months but what happens why happened Don't know n forget things.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I am suffering from depression last 2 months but what happens why happened Don't know n forget things.
Hi lybrate-user, sometimes there is no external reason for depression its due to neuro-chemical imbalance in brain. You should consult a psychiatrist for medication, if you tell me your symptoms in detail I would be able to screen the severity of your depression. Have more fruits in your diet- banana's, more green leafy vegetables and dry fruits, if non veg- have fish. Try to exercise daily for 30 minutes.
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I am getting fear while driving bike. It's sweating due to fear. Can you suggest some therapy for this problem.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
I am getting fear while driving bike. It's sweating due to fear. Can you suggest some therapy for this problem.
you can control fear by changing mind set and doing meditation and yoga. You can try nonmedical methods like AWARE- it is an acronym standing for: A: Accept the anxiety. Don't try to fight it. W: Watch the anxiety. Just watch it and when you notice it, scale your level of fear and start to breathe longer on the out-breath. A: Stands for 'Act normally'. ... R: Repeat the above steps in your mind if necessary. E: Expect the best.
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Hallucinations - 5 Signs of it

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Hallucinations - 5 Signs of it

Serious mental disorders and side effects to varied medicines may cause hallucinations in many individuals. Psychosis and Schizophrenia are the most commonly known causes that may cause this condition. Hallucinations are sensations and feelings that may appear as real to the patient, convincing him or her of the occurrence of things that are not really happening in reality. Hearing voices, seeing people, and experiencing things that no one else can, are some of the ways in which hallucinations work.

Let us find out the varied signs and symptoms of this condition.

  1. Hearing Voices: One of the most common signs of hallucinations includes hearing voices. You may hear voices from people who cannot be seen or heard by other people around you. In such cases, you may have the distinct feeling of hearing these voices from within or from a source outside your own mind and body. In many cases, you may feel like these voices are trying to talk to you or give you a certain message. Ringing of the ears on a persistent basis may also be experienced in such cases.

  2. Visual Hallucinations: These hallucinations will make the patient see things. In such cases, the patient may be witness to a scene that cannot be seen by anyone else – a scene that may not be happening in reality. In visual hallucinations, the patient may also see people that other people in the room or the area cannot see. The patient may also see objects and other creatures like insects crawling across his or her hand, and may react with fear or anxiety, when in reality, no such scene may be happening. These kind of hallucinations also cause occipital seizures where the patient will see spots, shapes and rings of brightly coloured lights that may be coming towards him or her, or even encircle him or her.

  3. Feeling Things: These kinds of hallucinations will make the patient feel things that may not really be happening. For example, these hallucinations will make the patient feel hot during winters or feel a blast of air even when there has been none.

  4. Taste Hallucinations: In these hallucinations, the patient may get a salty taste from sweet food, or vice versa. These hallucinations make the patient imagine that he or she tastes a certain flavor when in reality, this may not be true. These are also called gustatory hallucination.

  5. Olfactory Hallucinations: These hallucinations have to do with odd smells that the patient may get a whiff of. In these hallucinations, the patient imagines certain smells like burning, or other odours. Patients may also feel that their own bodies are letting out certain odours which may not be the actual case.  

Delusion vs. Hallucination

A delusion is a false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everybody else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary. The belief is not one ordinarily accepted by other members of the person's culture or subculture (e.g., it is not an article of religious faith).

A hallucination occurs when environmental, emotional, or physical factors such as stress, medication, extreme fatigue, or mental illness cause the mechanism within the brain that helps to distinguish conscious perceptions from internal, memory-based perceptions to misfire. As a result, hallucinations occur during periods of consciousness. They can appear in the form of visions, voices or sounds, tactile feelings (known as haptic hallucinations), smells, or tastes.

Delusions are a common symptom of several mood and personality-related mental illnesses, including schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, shared psychotic disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder. They are also the major feature of delusional disorder. Individuals with delusional disorder suffer from long-term, complex delusions that fall into one of six categories: persecutory, grandiose, jealousy, erotomanic, somatic, or mixed.

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I am a bipolar disorder patient Suffering for past 30 years Now facing the worst period What can I do? Let me commit suicide?

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
I am a bipolar disorder patient
Suffering for past 30 years
Now facing the worst period What can I do? Let me commit ...
Dear Farook, Suicidal ideas are common symptom of bipolar illness. You have had similar ideas earlier also. It happens in depressive phase of bipolar illness. That phase goes away with or without treatment after few days. It is just a passing cloud. It is due to biochemical changes in your brain. It can be treated well with mood stabilisers for long term. Lithium carbonate is a good drug in proper blood level of 0.8-1.2 mE/l. There are other effective mood stabilisers also. In the meanwhile, inform your family and friends about your suffering so that they can detect early the relapse of depression in you and take appropriate care.They make take a psychiatric consultation also.
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