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Dr. Shankar

Psychiatrist, Bangalore

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Dr. Shankar Psychiatrist, Bangalore
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Hello and thank you for visiting my Lybrate profile! I want to let you know that here at my office my staff and I will do our best to make you comfortable. I strongly believe in ethics; a......more
Hello and thank you for visiting my Lybrate profile! I want to let you know that here at my office my staff and I will do our best to make you comfortable. I strongly believe in ethics; as a health provider being ethical is not just a remembered value, but a strongly observed one.
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Dr. Shankar is a popular Psychiatrist in Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore. You can meet Dr. Shankar personally at Wellbeeing in Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore. Book an appointment online with Dr. Shankar and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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I've been taking cymbalta for 8yrs for depression & chronic pain. I started having terrible sweating, short term memory loss, severe depression, worsening pain, & so many other side effects it would take an hour to write them all down! my Dr. Started slowly trying to get my dosage down from 90mgs, & after getting down from 60mgs to 30mgs, my side effects became unbareable. I forged on & now i'm on my 2nd day of taking just 5mgs of lexapro, after going 3 days w/out taking cymbalta. I'm curious if anyone has successfully conquered this transition, & how long it took to feel somewhat normal? i'm aware it doesn't happen overnight, & i'm not asking for rainbows & butterflies-but the way I feel now is not good! along w/the other stated side effects, i'm so lethargic & my brain is acting as if I turned the switch to off. i desperately need your advice.?

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I've been taking cymbalta for 8yrs for depression & chronic pain. I started having terrible sweating, short term memo...
I can empathise with you. Your description is so elaborate that I could feel it. Though I don't know about the medication but your symptoms do look like coming from a long period of unaddressed stress and anxiety. You could take up counselling which can additionally help you to cope and manage with the chronic pain. Have you tried any of the alternative healing techniques for depression and pain management? you can also look into your exercising routine, food and lifestyle, all which play a role in these issues. Please contact me if you have any questions.

I am suffering from depression from last 18 years and my psychotherapist prescribed me Tab depran Fort 20mg. Is there any alternate medicine or therapy to switch over the medicine. Pl. Help me.

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I am suffering from depression from last 18 years and my psychotherapist prescribed me Tab depran Fort 20mg. Is there...
Dear, please understand, depressive disorder is a neuro chemical disorder. Therefore even allopathic medicines don't properly work. The best combination treatment is allopathic medicines and psychotherapy. Please follow the prescribed methods strictly. I assure you, you will not get any further relief from any alternative medicine systems. Please don't waste your time and money. Take care.

Please suggest brain games and yogas which can be helpful to increase intelligence level, to increase our thinking and understanding ability ,to make our brain works fast, to process any input fast and to dealt with mental illness.

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Wow, that are a lot of things you want to benefit from in one shot. I can suggest a few things for your intelligence and you can search for some others in your spare time. Daily exercise of at least half an hour is a must. Even if you go to a gym, ask for aerobic and/or callisthenic exercises with whatever else you are doing. A healthy body harbors a healthy mind. With regard to memory, it is very important that your brain and body is ideally rested to be able to recall whatever is required, rather comfortably. Puzzles pose problems to the brain that help it to use new pathways and neurons, which give the brain considerable exercise. It taxes the left brain to use logic to solve the myriad possibilities which other activities do not stimulate. Crosswords are excellent for vocabulary learning and use. Jigsaws and Rubik cube stimulate different permutations to finally settle on the most likely one. Picture completion and anagrams help approach problem-solving from several angles. Do Sudoku, and memory co-relation activities and skills. Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber (whole grains, fruits and vegetables), nuts, avocado, eat dark chocolate, consume less of fat and use olive oil instead, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. You need to check out if you are stronger visual or auditory. The visual is a better mode than the auditory. However, if you combine the two modes, you will get the best concentration. Have a special place of learning, which should be well lit, with soft painted walls, well-ventilated, with no distractions. When you get bored, study by writing. If you repeat learning, at least, five to seven times, you will apparently remember for a longer time. Sit comfortably but do not slouch. The reading material should be of a fairly large print. Study at small intervals of about 40 minutes and then take a break or change the subject. Short-term memory is a faculty of the left brain, and long-term memory is a feature of the right brain. When people are stressed, they tend to favor the right brain and abandon the left brain, where short-term memory resides. So, it is really very simple: deal with the stress and activate left brain functions. Here are a few suggestions to activate left brain function: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do callisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. There is a new exercise called Super Brain Yoga, which is done by holding the right earlobe with your left thumb and index finger, and the left earlobe with your right hand’s thumb and index finger. In this position, you must squat down and rise up and do this for five minutes every day. There is some memory enhancing techniques and study methods that your teacher will be able to guide you with. If your home life is full of distractions and stress, it is likely to affect your memory, adversely. In that case, I suggest that the family goes for counseling too. The following foods do help too: Blueberries, walnuts, turmeric, Spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, acorn squash, green tea, oily fish, boiled egg, turkey, apples, oatmeal, leafy greens, lentils, pumpkin seeds, avocado, cinnamon, thyme, sunflower seeds, and red wine. Avoid sugar and junk food. You may also include these noted foods that are good for your brain health: Brain-Friendly Foods MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. But the MIND approach “specifically includes foods and nutrients that medical literature and data show to be good for the brain, such as berries,” says Martha Clare Morris, ScD, director of nutrition and nutritional epidemiology at Rush University Medical Center. You eat things from these 10 food groups: • Green leafy vegetables (like spinach and salad greens): At least six servings a week • Other vegetables: At least one a day • Nuts: Five servings a week • Berries: Two or more servings a week • Beans: At least three servings a week • Whole grains: Three or more servings a day • Fish: Once a week • Poultry (like chicken or turkey): Two times a week • Olive oil: Use it as your main cooking oil. • Wine: One glass a day You avoid: • Red meat: Less than four servings a week • Butter and margarine: Less than a tablespoon daily • Cheese: Less than one serving a week • Pastries and sweets: Less than five servings a week • Fried or fast food: Less than one serving a week

So I suffer from anxiety but I find the most symptom that's making it worse is the derealsation I constantly feel like in a dream state and spaced out why does this happen?

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So I suffer from anxiety but I find the most symptom that's making it worse is the derealsation I constantly feel lik...
Hi lybrate-user, anxiety is often an overwhelming condition, and when the mind is overwhelmed it can do some very unusual things. One of these is known as depersonalization, which is a symptom of anxiety that often fuels more anxiety and more depersonalization. Depersonalization is when your mind feels divorced from your own sense of self. It's when you are essentially overly self-aware to the point of feeling as though you're not in your own body. It's a consciousness that makes it feel like you're floating outside of yourself and that your actions are not your own. Depersonalization is a common symptom of panic disorder, and may occur with other anxiety disorders as well. The most likely reason that depersonalization occurs is as a coping mechanism for your brain. Your brain can get extremely stressed by your emotions. It's not just your thoughts and symptoms - it's the physical brain itself. The link between your consciousness and your thoughts is physical and mental. So most likely, the brain creates depersonalization disorder as a way of experiencing less stress. It's likely that it's shutting down certain parts of the brain and disconnecting yourself from the emotions so that it doesn't experience as much tension, despite the fact that depersonalization often creates its own anxiety. Another possible cause is simply because anxiety can lead to hyperawareness. Generally this occurs with physical issues. For example, some people feel they have a swollen tongue during an anxiety attack, but the tongue isn't actually swollen. Instead, the mind has over-focused on the feelings of the tongue, causing it to start to feel unnatural and" larger. It's possible that a similar issue is happening with consciousness, where the mind focuses so much on the way you process information that it becomes over-processed and starts to feel unreal. Finally, during anxiety attacks, neurotransmitters are often firing at a rapid rate. It's possible that these neurotransmitters are activating or de-activating parts of your mind that create this dissociative state. Ince depersonalization occurs as a result of intense anxiety, the best thing you can do is try to decrease the intensity and keep yourself from experiencing further anxiety. Keep the following in mind: be okay with depersonalization depersonalization can be very frightening, but it's not dangerous. If you start to feel it occurring, don't try to fight it. Just wait it out. Fighting it won't solve anything, and may even make your anxiety worse. You can remind yourself that depersonalization may be a scary event, but it has no short or long term consequences once it's over. Breathe efficiently depersonalization occurs at the height of anxiety attacks, and one of the issues that tends to make anxiety attacks severe is hyperventilation, which reduces blood flow to the brain and causes symptoms that may result in intense stress. Slow down your breathing dramatically. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 2, breathe out for 7. Any time you feel like a panic attack may be coming, breathe slower to prevent some of the worst symptoms. Distractions for reality those with depersonalization are usually aware they're in a dreamlike state. They tend to keep everything to themselves, resulting in them withdrawing into more and more of an over-conscious and dreamlike state. Give someone a call or talk to those around you. It can be hard to admit that you have this anxiety/depersonalization problem, but the problem does not get any easier if you try to keep everything to yourself and stay inside of your own head. Go jogging jogging is a natural cure for anxiety, and also a wake up call to reality. Running can be hard when you have anxiety since rapid heartbeat tends to lead to further panic attacks, so walking is an acceptable but less effective alternative. Walking and jogging involve so many different senses that it's hard for your mind to zone out from reality. Depersonalization is not dangerous, so the key is to learn ways to reduce the extent of your panic attacks and your anxiety. No matter what, you'll still need to address your overall anxiety levels so that you decrease the likelihood of experiencing depersonalization. Consult a psychologist for its management.

I am 31years old. I am fully drinker. I can not stopping this attitude. So please any homeopathy treatment is there. So kindly give me treatment mam.

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You should control yourself only its your strong will powder which will help you try to improve your life style n diet do excercise medotation you can take 2 tsp of virgin coconut oil two times a day acupressure on ear will help you lot learn it.

What is the time limit for taking venlafaxine xr75. Is it may be discontinued suddenly what is the consequence of taking it for longtime.

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What is the time limit for taking  venlafaxine xr75. Is it may be discontinued suddenly what is the consequence of ta...
Hello you must consult the doctor who first started you on the medication. Depending on your medical condition the dosage can be tapered or weaned off if possible.

I have loss memory problem. I can't remember anything although any person name. What can I do for this?

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I have loss memory problem. I can't remember anything although any person name. What can I do for this?
7 Lifestyle-Based Ways to Improve Your Memory Eat Right. The foods you eat ? and don't eat ? play a crucial role in your memory. ... Exercise. ... Stop Multitasking. ... Get a Good Night's Sleep. ... Play Brain Games. ... Master a New Skill. ... Try Mnemonic Devices. Ask privately for more help

I have an adopted daughter who is now 24. She has lost several years at various points of her education and is now in 4th year law. Her behavior is extremely aggressive, abusive and has had drug issues in the past. Still loves partying in excess. Can't be trusted to carry out any responsibilities at home. Both my wife and I are totally stressed but my wife is resistant to taking help but I would love some advice.

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I have an adopted daughter who is now 24. She has lost several years at various points of her education and is now in...
If she was an abandoned child and then you adopted her, she may have issues of rejection and is now dealing with that in the various ways you have described. Ideally, to deal with this situation both of you parents must be on the same page. Any disagreement between the parents will only disturb her more. Her adoption counselors will be of tremendous help in knowing how to deal with her. Whatever you do, she should never feel rejected. You must confront her behavior and never label her in any way. She must always experience love and there should never be even a shadow of doubt about this. She is old now and an adult, so whatever you want to do with her needs her approval. So do work with her rather than against her. She will continue to be difficult but you have to be patient. If she has a drug problem, kindly take her for addiction counseling and na meetings. If the aggressive behavior is too much you will need to take her to a counselor and if that person advises her to be medicated, you may have to consider that too. You certainly need help and do not rely on your own amateur methods under these serious conditions. Professionals are always there to help.

I always try to get rid from my stress but seeing the ppl in difficulties directly influences myself to get attached to their helping concern. I am even trying to ignore but still my interior roars up and let's not take them as such. So how can I minimise my stress?

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I always try to get rid from my stress but seeing the ppl in difficulties directly influences myself to get attached ...
It's good to help others. However an inability to stop yourself from going over the shelf shows your inner compulsions to help people so as to minimise your stress and anxiety, rather than just helping people. Learn the" relaxation response" so as to deal with anxiety whenever you face it. Try some relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises. Eat healthy and have a refreshing sleep daily. In case you still find difficult to deal with the stress consult a psychiatrist.

I am a divorced woman again in a relationship and now that guy is not paying attention I m lost and used to cry every day don't want to live attempted multiple times odd things now want a peace of mind.what can i do for this?

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I am a divorced woman again in a relationship and now that guy is not paying attention I m lost and used to cry every...
Dear, I can understand your condition. I may not be able to provide you any advises unless I know you and your conditions well. Frustration from relationship issues are normal and depression out of those issues are also common. Attempting suicide is cowardice. I suggest you to consult a psychologist,Take care.

Hi my age is 20 and I am a college student. About a month ago I had severe panic attack during my flu and had to be rushed to the hospital. I was having shortness of breath with fever and other flu symptoms. We thought that it was an asthma attack or I was having some problem in my lungs since I was a regular smoker. However after few days all my reports were normal and I was released from the hospital. After a week I had the same thing and again I thought that I would just die. I was again rushed to the hospitals and this time they gave me shots of antibiotics and deriphyllin with some antacids. However after a few days when again my reports were normal I was suggested a psychiatrist and he diagnosed that I was suffering from anxiety disorder. I did not have any type of anxiety or panic before in my life so I refused to take the meds and decided that I will fight this on my own. One thing I observed that after eating full stomach I wud get severe episodes of panic or anxiety. Then I came back home and I was not better at all so I did a bit of my own research and found that when histamine increases in your body you can get anxiety attacks so I bought a cetrizine pill from the nearby drug store and ate it, I was feeling a hell lot of better the other day! so I told this to my doc and he prescribed me cetrizine for another 15 days. I also had blocked or stuffy nose so I was given levocitrazin hydrochloride and I had a weird tightness in my throat for which I was given some kind of gastric medicine. Those pills worked like magic all my anxiety gone I was feeling way better and started going out again. A mistake I did maybe that I started smoking again but very less like one cigarette when my friends were with me. I again caught cold without any fever and my anxiety was back. The cetrizine pills stopped working I am again having itchy skin however sneezing and itchy eyes are not happening and again my stomach is creating hell lot of acid and days and nights have become like hell for me. I can not eat because I get too much anxious or panicked after eating and my BP is too low. nausea DIZZINESS lightheadedness STUFFY NOSE AND CHOKING THROAT WITH ANXIETY AND SKIN ITCHING have become my day to day symptoms. I am not having fever. I am afraid to go out I do not have enough energy even to get my life straight. I am in a very bad place. I have given an allergy test whose reports are still to come. I also have ITCHY SCALP and sweat makes me itch more. I really need some advice. I do not even know which doctor to go to. I just want this misery to end.

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Hi my age is 20 and I am a college student. About a month ago I had severe panic attack during my flu and had to be r...
Hi To overcome your anxiety, relax your mind. Don't think negatively. You have a negative assumption that after eating you will have panic attacks. Change your thinking. Think positively and give positive affirmations to yourself. Learn relaxation techniques and practice daily. Deep breathing will also help you. Develop good hobbies and engage yourself. Join yoga or pranayama classes. This gives you relief.

My girlfriend did breakup with me And now am suffering from stress What should I do.

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My girlfriend did breakup with me And now am suffering from stress What should I do.
You are going through grief, which is normal after loss of a loved one. Time is the healer for the emotional and behavioral changes, however if your depression is severe enough to affect you in a significant manner, kindly consult a psychiatrist for short term antidepressant medication, depending on the complaints.

Hello doctor My questions are: Watching porn is bad? Or what are the methods through which we can reduce watching porn videos?

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Watching porn is bad?
Or what are the methods through which we can reduce watching por...
Dear lybrate user, Watching porn will excite to do some thing unusual , say ,you may start practicing masturbation,causing Erectile dysfunction ,premature ejaculation in future ,making your married life ,troublesome. many important things may b diverted due to watching porn,loosing concentration to your works,assignd . So, watching porn b avoided Take,care.

I am short tempered. How to deal with it?

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Anger is like a sea tide. It rapidly rises & rapidly falls too. So, one of the simplest ways of anger management is squeezing soft balls. You can simply purchase 2 soft balls available at toy stores & keep them in your purse. Whenever you feel angry, just take them out & start rhythmically squeezing them till your temper goes down. Hope this helps.

I am 22 year old. I am having problem with my concentration power. I am loosing it very forcely. Please give me some remedy.

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Dear, you must be able to understand concentration, attention span, recollection and distraction. If you are able to watch a movie for two hours continuously, if you are able to play a game for an hour, then you do not have any concentration problems. You can't be attentive towards your studies because you are not interested in it. You are able to watch movie and play game because you are interested in it. Human cannot be attentive towards anything for more than 10 minutes. Then you should study in such a way that your attention is continued and make the subjects are interesting to you. Effective learning techniques should help you. Recollection depends on anxiety, stress and other physical and circumstantial factors. Distractions while studying are plentiful. You should be able to overcome distractions or avoid distractions. Please understand the above. Change your study style and attitude accordingly. Please post a private question to me and I will help you with" effective learning" techniques. Please quit smoking. Take care.

Hello My best friend has got something very wrong He is boy by gender but gets the feeling of a girl from inside. Wat shall be done to stop this all?

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Hello My best friend has got something very wrong
He is boy by gender but gets the feeling of a girl from inside. Wat...
Dear lybrate user. Your friends matter may not be serious at all. You should ask him to consult a psychologist for proper investigation. If the feeling is too much, he should be provided treatment. Take care.

I m 72 years male, weight 75 kgs, hight 5.7" suffering from writers cramp/trimmer/parkinson, After accident in 1980 my right is not working properly, can not write, can not buttons, can not hold anything etc. Kindly advise for remedy for ever. Tku.

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I m 72 years male, weight 75 kgs, hight 5.7" suffering from writers cramp/trimmer/parkinson, After accident in 1980 m...
Dear sir I feel happy regarding you are health conscious which in turn youngsters doesn't have. Regarding you are parkinsons acgording to ayurveda it's sarvanga vata and for it follow below things 1) combination of ashwagandha choorna 50 grams+ kapikacchu choorna 30 grams with milk daily twice before food for 1month it will improve your tremors. There after revert me back I will suggest some medications.

Sir I am addicted of smoking. So please advise me to quit smoking. Soon please tell me soon. I am waiting.

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When quitting, you must take one day at a time. If you look too far ahead you will get discouraged and will give up. If you sit and count the number of days you have given up, that will also focus too much on achievement. You must focus on the here and now, on that day to be precise. After all quitting is not that easy due to many factors. So even if you fail one day, you must try and try again. Very few people succeed in their first attempt. Your persistence will eventually pay off. The urge to discontinue is hampered by many factors but the worst of them is the conditioning. In fact these conditions can exist all through the day unlike other addictions. But your desire to want to stop is the most important factor. It is important to find out about the ill-effects of smoking to have a reason that alarms you about continuing in the habit. The information is really scary but true and you must remind yourself about this every day. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heart beat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. So you must avoid it like the plague: it is just very bad medicine for you. In fact it is highly toxic too. You will need to stop smoking or consuming any tobacco related items with immediate effect. You should start vigorous exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga), and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need. You may also take hard candy or chewing gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine chewing gum or nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces, substantially. You may also join Smokers Anonymous in your city where the support is really extraordinary for like-minded people who are also in the same situation. Keep yourself occupied or engaged with interesting activities during the times when it is most tempting. Keep the company of non-smokers for some time i.e. at least for the first 21 days. Above all announce it to everyone that you have quit smoking. Here?s a piece of very good advice: even if you accidentally/willfully take a cigarette, it is not the end of the world ? you can start the cessation all over again. You must persevere with the best support until you defeat this addiction. Counseling is very useful in the initial stages and when temptations are at their highest.

My daughter is 4 years now, she didn't take good food/diet, we have to forced her to take it. After crying/angrying lot she take some. Feel tiered soonly when playing or some walking. PLease suggest as this age is growing age. If some supplement required pls suggest best one.

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My daughter is 4 years now, she didn't take good food/diet, we have to forced her to take it. After crying/angrying l...
Hello most of the children behaves in same way. So do not get panik. Your anxiety is but obvious. For worms bandy plus suspension for hunger syrup jerakarishtha syrup arvindasav both 10 ml twice a day.

I lost somebody close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to my self all the time. Please help me.

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I lost somebody close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to my self all the time. Please...
You are going through grief, which is normal after loss of a loved one. Time is the healer for the emotional and behavioral changes, however if your depression is severe enough to affect you in a significant manner, kindly consult a psychiatrist for short term antidepressant medication, depending on the complaints.
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