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Dr. Shireen Stephen  - Psychologist, Bangalore

Dr. Shireen Stephen

Ph. D - Psychology, Master In Counselling Psychology, MPhil - Counselling Psy...

Psychologist, Bangalore

13 Years Experience  ·  800 at clinic
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Dr. Shireen Stephen is an experienced Psychologist in Indira Nagar, Bangalore. She has helped numerous patients in her 13 years of experience as a Psychologist. She studied and completed Ph. D - Psychology, Master In Counselling Psychology, MPhil - Counselling Psychology . She is currently associated with Yogaksema - Stress & Lifestyle Clinic in Indira Nagar, Bangalore. Book an appointment online with Dr. Shireen Stephen and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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Ph. D - Psychology - University of Madras, - 2013
Master In Counselling Psychology - Women's Christian College - 2004
MPhil - Counselling Psychology - Women's Christian College - 2005
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Brain Foods That Help You Concentrate

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Brain Foods That Help You Concentrate

Brain foods that help you concentrate

Ginseng, fish, berries, or caffeine?

Listen to the buzz about foods and dietary supplements, and you'll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus to enhance memory, attention span, and brain function.

But do they really work? there's no denying that as we age, our body ages right along with us. The good news is that you can improve your chances of maintaining a healthy brain if you add 'smart' foods and drinks to your diet.

Caffeine can make you more alert

There's no magic bullet to boost IQ or make you smarter -- but certain substances, like caffeine, can energize you and help you concentrate. Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications, caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up buzz though the effects are short-term. And more is often less: overdo it on caffeine and it can make you jittery and uncomfortable.

Sugar can enhance alertness

Sugar is your brain's preferred fuel source -- not table sugar, but glucose, which your body processes from the sugars and carbs you eat. That's why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking, and mental ability.

Have too much, though, and memory can be impaired -- along with the rest of you. Go easy on the sugar so it can enhance memory without packing on the pounds.

Eat breakfast to fuel your brain

Tempted to skip breakfast? studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat it tend to perform better than those who don't. Foods at the top of researchers' brain-fuel list include high-fiber whole grains, dairy, and fruits. Just don't overeat; researchers also found high-calorie breakfasts appear to hinder concentration.

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I am 21 years old boy. How to control my sex? Every time I think for sex and my pains every time hard. Please help me to control my sex.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
I am 21 years old boy. How to control my sex? Every time I think for sex and my pains every time hard. Please help me...
Dear, please stop worrying. The more you worry, the more will be problem. As you are a man, thinking about sex will make your penis hard. There is nothing wrong about it. Take care.
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I'm a plus two student. Iam very lazy to study. Didn't get concentration. What I do,

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear lybrate-user, welcome to lybrate. 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. If the task is boring, it is natural that that person will sleep or feel sleepy. 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.
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I am 21men. Can I take ginkoba tab. For my memory increasement. please sir help me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Secunderabad
Just like the body becomes stronger by exercising, our mind and it's various faculties like memory, intelligence and intellect develops if you stay in a healthy attitude and keep challenging your potential. Focus is the secret behind success. Try to develop interest in what ever you do. Do your work enthusiastically and keep learning new things!
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I had a episode of depression 2 times during last 10 years. Now ok .after long treatment with nexito 20/10 taken. What precautions should be taken to prevent depression.

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Psychologist, Vijayawada
I had a episode of depression 2 times during last 10 years.
Now ok .after long treatment with nexito 20/10 taken.
Wha...
It is not good to use psychiatry medicine for long time. Up to that you are not consulted psychologist. Better to consult. After discontinue medicine then depressive thoughts comes again. You need to take psychological counselling. Precautions prevent depression is do not be alone. Be share all your feelings with familymembers and friends. Be sociable. Be happy all the time. Do not think too much on any aspects. Take it easy. Practice yoga and meditation. Puja also helps very much. Walking, watching t v, going movies, attending spiritual meetings. Spend most of the time with your agemates. Be happy all the time. Do not think about past days. Feel always comfortable. Be happy. Ok best of luck.
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I am diagnosed sugar on 3/8/2016. My age is 43. I feel very low mentally. Since then I am taking boiled food. But not taking any medicine. Kindly guide me or recommend me medicine which has no side effects.

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, P.G.Dip.in Guidance &Counselling, B.A., Psychology, Dip.in Pharmacy
Psychologist, Theni
I am diagnosed sugar on 3/8/2016. My age is 43. I feel very low mentally. Since then I am taking boiled food. But not...
India is the capital for diabetes mellitus (sugar) in the world. So no need to be shocked or worried about it. It is only a metabilic disorder. If you understand it in a scientific way and modify your lifestyle accordingly, it is no more a problem. The disease can not be cured. But can be kept under control and escape from its ill effects by obeying the following 3 mantras; 1. Proer diet 2. Brisk walking everyday for 50 minutes at a stretch 3. Taking tablets prescribed by a qualified doctor and fllow-up periodically. When compared to the ill effects of uncontrolled blood sugar for a prolonged period, the side-effects of antidiabetic drugs are very very negligible. Moreover, the recent antidiabetic medicines are safer than the older ones. Get an appointment of a diabetologist immediately.
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Hello, I am having a weak memory power. Whatever I study I forget. Pls suggest me.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
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.
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My girlfriend feels guilty being intimate with her ex, she exposed her body to him, they didn't had sex but they were intimate. How to let her guilt go away.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
My girlfriend feels guilty being intimate with her ex, she exposed her body to him, they didn't had sex but they were...
Talk with her and make her feel secured, you should not remind her of it and console her by saying that is okay. Gradually she will be over it.
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I have pain in my shoulder neck hands and sometimes heart too what is this please help me to realize my stress about my problem.

MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Rajsamand
I have pain in my shoulder neck hands and sometimes heart too what is this please help me to realize my stress about ...
It may be because of impinging nerve at cervical level. But it's need proper assessment so consult nearer physiotherapist doctor. And also consult physician. To rule out the heart problems.
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I have anxiety problem. Tension, worrying about parents, getting fear without reason mostly in night. I had tablet paxidep 12.5. 2years that time I was fine. From last 2 months I stopped the tablet. Again started anxiety. What I do. Is there any solution. Is home medicine is effective for anxiety problem?

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I have anxiety problem. Tension, worrying about parents, getting fear without reason mostly in night. I had tablet pa...
Hi you need to continue the medication and complete the course. Do mindful breathing exercise: The primary goal of mindful breathing is simply a calm, nonjudging awareness, allowing thoughts and feelings to come and go without getting caught up in them.  Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed and your spine reasonably straight. Bring your attention to your breathing. Imagine that you have a balloon in your tummy. Every time you breathe in, the balloon inflates. Each time you breathe out, the balloon deflates. Notice the sensations in your abdomen as the balloon inflates and deflates. Your abdomen rising with the in-breath, and falling with the out-breath. Thoughts will come into your mind, and that’s okay, because that’s just what the human mind does. Simply notice those thoughts, then bring your attention back to your breathing.  Likewise, you can notice sounds, physical feelings, and emotions, and again, just bring your attention back to your breathing. You don’t have to follow those thoughts or feelings, don’t judge yourself for having them, or analyse them in any way. It’s okay for the thoughts to be there. Just notice those thoughts, and let them drift on by, bringing your attention back to your breathing. Whenever you notice that your attention has drifted off and is becoming caught up in thoughts or feelings, simply note that the attention has drifted, and then gently bring the attention back to your breathing. It's okay and natural for thoughts to enter into your awareness, and for your attention to follow them. No matter how many times this happens, just keep bringing your attention back to your breathing. Consult me for guidance and counseling.
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My boyfriend he doesn't get ready to meet. We meet after 15 or 20, 25 days once. The problem is that I wanna meet him and see him and spent time with him but he don't understand whenever I say about this matter he starts ignoring me or he tease me irritate me or he start laughing for no reason. He is in civil engineering 1st year diploma he is very caring he loves me a lot he talked to me whole day whenever I messaged him He gives me time. I don't talk or chat to people I chat only with him like i'm addicted to him ones In a day I have to talk to him. It is needed for me. But he gets angry very fast and seeing his anger I feel scared and like crying. He goes and meet his friends daily. and whenever I say he says to me that my mom is not allowing my dad and all. He thinks a lot for future. I know he cares for family he don't wanna spoil his family name and all he respect his parents. But my problem is that he should meet me na I wanna spend time I automatically smile my mood becomes totally fine when I talk to him. Almost 4 years are going to complete for our relation. He is very strict and he is very ziddi types. He don't force me for physical relation only he hug, kiss and smooch that's it. How can I make him realize my feeling that's I wanna him to meet me be with me ones in a week. Thanks.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear Lybrate user. I can understand. You should understand your boyfriend first. You are just 18. The more you get emotionally involved in relationship, the more you are going to be disturbed in all other activities. Keep your self emotionally away from him. He is he and he has his own personality. If he is unable to understand your emotions now, no problem, we will correct him after the course. Take care.
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Feeling so depressed from the last few months. And I couldn't focus on my studies. I don't even talk to anyone. What should I do ?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Feeling so depressed from the last few months. And I couldn't focus on my studies. I don't even talk to anyone. What ...
Depressed feeling is common to occur in everyone life. Please talk about it to people who are close to you. Sharing will make you come out of it. But if it is still not going den please talk to related field people. You can surely live nicely and enjoy like others. You might not need medicines. Self confidence will help you.
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My father is nearly 58 years old. Awaiting to getting retired in this month and. Also be saw thinking about money always and he hated all of us at home and getting angry also he is very depressed. He is not worrying about the health. Instead of him if we take care of the health he took that too mistaken in a wrong way. He is unbelievable to anyone by nature. But each activities are now is very rude angry so pls tell me the positive ways to solve this problem to live happy.

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
My father is nearly 58 years old. Awaiting to getting retired in this month and. Also be saw thinking about money alw...
Retirement is big change in anyone's life. One has to plan for the retirement, in the sense that, along with financial planning, one needs to think in advance how to spend time constructively after retirement. Your father might be worried about something and is appears a that he is not happy. He may not be hating you, but he is taking out his anger and frustration on you. Probably his expectations are not met and that might be putting him under stress. Please talk to your father, about what are his worries, what does he plan to do after retirement. Retirement might be giving him a sense of losing control, assure him of your support. Assure him that, now slowly, he can pass on his responsibilities to you and/or your siblings if any. Encourage him to plan his daily routine after retirement. Encourage him to take up a hobby if possible, encourage him to meet his friends, do some social service. Check with him, if he wants to do some other job from home/online, help him in exploring different possibilities. See if he is worried about his health, encourage him to go for walk/yoga. But don't treat him like a child. He needs to take care of himself. If he is neglecting his health then that is because of low self esteem and general sad feelings. Please try to talk to him about his worries and anxieties and tell him you love him and care for his wellbeing. It appears that he has been cheated earlier in life by other people and hence has developed suspicious nature. Please talk to him about this and assure him that you are his family and will not cheat him. Take care.
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I am a men but my voice like as women. I need tips for clear my voice .Please tell.

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
Breathe deeply and exhale on a hisssssssing sound. Repeat 10 times. Proper breathing is the foundation for a healthy voice AND control over nervous energy that can make the voice quiver. Say “Mm-mmm (as in yummy) Mmm-hmm (like yes) ” Repeat 5 times. This develops mask resonance, which creates a clean and vibrant sound by creating a clean approximation of the cords and a resonance that will sound great and project easily. Say “Mm-mmm. Mmm-hmm.” up and down your vocal range, from low to middle to high and back again, 10 times. Kindly get your serum testesterone levels done and revert.
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Worked in Dubai for 9 years and now back to india but working in low salary and on top of that handling lots of humiliation and work burden. Cant adjust in this situation and in house also too much money pressure to handle and give answer to all about salary matter. Kindly help to maintain my balance in mind and also too much confuse to what to do and what not do in solving all this issue. Cant sleep and indulge in too much thinking.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You have probably lived a fairly good life and given your family some luxuries while you worked in Dubai for 9 years! They would have gotten used to that and are feeling the pinch now because money is not flowing as much. At work the same thing is probably happening. You might have had some dignity and respect in your job in Dubai but that will never be the same here. You will have to make everyone understand your financial crunch and get their cooperation. At work you will have to do likewise: accept the situation and learn to enjoy the same. If this is not possible, you may have to return to the Gulf. One other option for you to consider is to enter into the many networking businesses, if you have the investment capital. Now you have to choose very carefully. I know of a few that can become your primary source of income or even supplementary source, by working in your spare time. If interested, get in touch with me. Most people who return prematurely from a foreign jaunt do so because of some idea of starting a business. If you have not done that, then this is your best alternative.
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Mam I am 19 years old girl and I am studying in b.com .i want to ask you that I am getting too much lazy and too much sleepy .per day around 15- 19 hours of a day I use to sleep .all these are very much effect to my study .plz give me a solution of this problem and give me effective deit plan so that I can concentrate on my study.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Mam I am 19 years old girl and I am studying in b.com .i want to ask you that I am getting too much lazy and too much...
It is possible that you are undergoing a spurt in the growth hormone and male sex hormone. The former will make you feel a lot of exhaustion and sleepiness. You are going through the final phase of adolescence and this sleepiness you talk about are expected. During this time there will be a spurt in the production of the male sex hormone, testosterone, which has a duration of two years. Due to this chemical alone there are three identified features that present itself over which you will have poor control: you will be sexually active, aggressive and rebellious, and you will have acne and pimple problems. Then if you have unresolved childhood issues, they will compound the situation and fuel uncontrolled behavior. Please remember that you may not be aware of all this. Exercise will channelize a lot of your energy and help you to deal with the situation better. Meditation will also help. Make sure you get good sleep, a minimum of 8 hours and do not exceed 9 hours. Talk to a counselor, if there are unresolved childhood issues. For concentration do some of these recommendations very faithfully: 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.
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I am addicted to alcohol. I will drink daily minimum 9 to 10 pegs. Due to this habit I'm getting shivering if I didn't drink so kindly help me.

BHMS
Homeopath,
Hello lybrate-user! have you joined the alcoholics anonymous (aa) group? a group support therapy such as which the aa offers will greatly help reduce your dependence on alcohol. The fact that you are shivering when you don't drink is a withdrawal symptom because your mind and body want to consume alcohol at that moment! a support group therapy, rehabilitation and counselling will definitely help you overcome the dependency on alcohol.
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My brother have depression he is 24 and he don't know about that that he is in depression coz my parents dnt tell him my bro always talk nonsense like I want to earn money in color or arab and he always want to talk to my parents 3-4 hr and tell all the plans if my parents show him that this not true he started shouting on parents and say give me color rs otherwise I will commit suicide but after some hour he came and say I dnt know what was happen to me why I say this much to you but after some again he started there are also so many activities he do which not tolerateable but my parents try to convince my bro like h 5 years child them we consult a doc then doc said he is in a depression we give also but my parents told him that med is good for your health tell some lie but no + result my parents have headache when h talk to my bro always in a day he wants to talk all tym at night also what should we do.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
My brother have depression he is 24 and he don't know about that that he is in depression coz my parents dnt tell him...
Dear lybrate-user, Sorry to hear about your brothe'sr and parent's sufferings. This what happens to many families that have a person living with a mood disorder. Your brother is young and he has the whole future in his hand. Let not the mood disorder spoil it. Please know that mood disorders are treatable. The treatment may be long term mood stabilizers, antidepressants, tranquilizers, psychotherapy or a combination of all these at different times. Please have hope and continue to treat him as advised by your psychiatrist. You will be doing good not only for your brother but for the whole family including yourself. Positive results, take time because many tablets don't reach brain immediately. It takes 2-3 weeks. Doctors usually give a low dose in the beginning and then only increase the dose. The same doctor will help you out with the dose and different type of tablets at different time. Even if your brother refuses to go to doctor, you or your parents can go to him and discuss your brother's mood swings.
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C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Mental health: What's normal, what's not

Understanding what's considered normal mental health can be tricky. See how feelings, thoughts and behaviors determine mental health and how to recognize if you or a loved one needs help.

What's the difference between mental health and mental illness? Sometimes the answer is clear, but often the distinction between mental health and mental illness isn't so obvious. For example, if you're afraid of giving a speech in public, does it mean you have a mental health condition or a run-of-the-mill case of nerves? Or, when does shyness become a case of social phobia?

Here's help understanding how mental health conditions are identified.

Why is it so tough to tell what's normal?

It's often difficult to distinguish normal mental health from mental illness because there's no easy test to show if something's wrong. Also, primary mental health conditions can be mimicked by physical disorders. Mental health conditions are judged not to be due to a physical disorder and are diagnosed and treated based on signs and symptoms, as well as on how much the condition affects your daily life. Signs and symptoms can affect your:

Behavior. Obsessive hand-washing or drinking too much alcohol might be signs of a mental health condition.
Feelings. Sometimes a mental health condition is characterized by a deep or ongoing sadness, euphoria or anger.
Thinking. Delusions ? fixed beliefs that are not changeable in light of conflicting evidence ? or thoughts of suicide might be symptoms of a mental health condition.
What is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a guide published by the American Psychiatric Association that explains the signs and symptoms of several hundred mental health conditions.

Mental health providers use the DSM to diagnose everything from anorexia to voyeurism and, if necessary, determine appropriate treatment. Health insurance companies also use the DSM to determine coverage and benefits and to reimburse mental health providers.
How do mental health providers diagnose mental health conditions?

To determine if you have a mental health condition, a mental health provider will work with you and your loved ones to assess:

Your symptoms. Your mental health provider will ask about your symptoms, when they began and how they've affected your life. How you perceive your thoughts and behaviors and how much your signs and symptoms affect your daily activities can help determine what's normal for you. For instance, you might realize that you aren't coping well or that you don't want to do the things you used to enjoy. You might feel sad, hopeless or discouraged. If your sadness has a specific cause, such as divorce, your feelings could be a normal, temporary reaction. However, if you have symptoms that are severe or don't go away, you could have depression. You might also need to have a physical exam to rule out any underlying health conditions.
Others' perceptions. Your perceptions alone might not give you an accurate picture of your behavior, thoughts or ability to function. Other people in your life can help you understand whether your behavior is normal or healthy. For example, if you have bipolar disorder, you might think your mood swings are just part of the normal ups and downs of life. Your thoughts and actions, however, might appear abnormal to others or cause problems at work, in relationships or in other areas of your life.
When is an evaluation or treatment needed?

Each mental health condition has its own set of signs and symptoms. In general, however, professional help may be warranted if you or a loved one experiences:

Marked change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns
Inability to cope with problems or daily activities
Strange or grandiose ideas
Excessive anxiety
Prolonged depression or apathy
Thinking or talking about suicide
Substance abuse
Extreme mood swings or excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior
Many people who have mental health conditions consider their signs and symptoms a normal part of life or avoid treatment out of shame or fear. If you're concerned about your mental health or a loved one's mental health, don't hesitate to seek advice.

Consult your family doctor, make an appointment with a counselor or psychologist, or encourage your loved one to seek help. With appropriate support, you can identify mental health conditions and explore treatment options, such as medications or counseling.

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1) The description of the diseases should be complete in all respects, including any tests done and any medicines already taking. Just saying I have diabetes since 10 years and taking Metformin cannot help a discerning doctor a scientific advice.
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