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Dr. Sowmya Maiya  - Psychiatrist, Bangalore

Dr. Sowmya Maiya

MBBS, MRCPsych

Psychiatrist, Bangalore

21 Years Experience  ·  500 at clinic
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Dr. Sowmya Maiya MBBS, MRCPsych Psychiatrist, Bangalore
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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
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Dr. Sowmya Maiya is a popular Psychiatrist in JP Nagar, Bangalore. She has had many happy patients in her 21 years of journey as a Psychiatrist. She has done MBBS, MRCPsych . You can meet Dr. Sowmya Maiya personally at Rainbow Clinic& Diagnostic Laboratory in JP Nagar, Bangalore. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Sowmya Maiya on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - Bangalore University, - 1996
MRCPsych - Royal College of Psychiatrists London, - 2005
Languages spoken
English
Professional Memberships
Fellowship in Royal College Of Physicians
General Medical Council (GMC) UK

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M.Sc Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, P.G.Diploma in pachakarma, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Symptoms of clinical depression-

The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely between people. But as a general rule, if you are depressed, you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy.
The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.
There are many other symptoms of depression and you're unlikely to have every one listed below.

1) Psychological symptoms include:-
# continuous low mood or sadness
# feeling hopeless and helpless
# having low self-esteem
# feeling tearful
# feeling guilt-ridden
# feeling irritable and intolerant of others
# having no motivation or interest in things
# finding it difficult to make decisions
# not getting any enjoyment out of life
# feeling anxious or worried
# having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself

2) Physical symptoms include:
# moving or speaking more slowly than usual
# change in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)
# constipation
# unexplained aches and pains
# lack of energy or lack of interest in sex (loss of libido)
# changes to your menstrual cycle
# disturbed sleep (for example, finding it hard to fall asleep at night or waking up very early in the morning)

3) Social symptoms include:
# not doing well at work
# taking part in fewer social activities and avoiding contact with friends
# neglecting your hobbies and interests
# having difficulties in your home and family life

If you experience some of these symptoms for most of the day, every day for more than two weeks, you should seek help from your doctor.
See your doctor if you think you may be depressed

Depression can come on gradually, so it can be difficult to notice something is wrong. Many people continue to try to cope with their symptoms without realising they are ill. It can take a friend or family member to suggest something is wrong.

Doctors describe depression by how serious it is:

mild depression has some impact on your daily life
moderate depression has a significant impact on your daily life
severe depression makes it almost impossible to get through daily life – a few people with severe depression may have psychotic symptoms

Grief and depression-
It can be hard to distinguish between grief and depression. They share many of the same characteristics, but there are important differences between them.
Grief is an entirely natural response to a loss, while depression is an illness.

People who are grieving find their feelings of loss and sadness come and go, but they're still able to enjoy things and look forward to the future.
In contrast, people who are depressed have a constant feeling of sadness. They don't enjoy anything and find it hard to be positive about the future.

Other types of depression-
There are different types of depression, and some conditions where depression may be one of the symptoms. These include:

Postnatal depression-
Some women develop depression after having a baby. Postnatal depression is treated in similar ways to other forms of depression, with talking therapies and antidepressant medicines.

Bipolar disorder-
is also known as "manic depression". It's where there are spells of depression and excessively high mood (mania). The depression symptoms are similar to clinical depression, but the bouts of mania can include harmful behaviour such as gambling, going on spending sprees and having unsafe sex.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)-
Also known as "winter depression", SAD is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern usually related to winter.
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Dear mam, sir Actually I am threading some psychiatric problems. Although I was going under medicine between 1 to 10 April by counseling a psychiatrist. But I have stooped it bcoz I feel that there is no relief with that. I am in confusion that what is happening with Me or what is the problem to me. Although I have some tensions but not a lot. I have electro sleep problem also. I have the temperature of my body in night everyday high level. I job in field & married person. Pls suggest me that what should I do?

Ph. D - Psychology, Professional Certified Coach
Psychologist, Ahmedabad
Dear mam, sir Actually I am threading some psychiatric problems. Although I was going under medicine between 1 to 10 ...
If you have a psychological or psychiatric problem, you need to take medicine for a longer period and also continue seeing a psychologist. It takes usually longer to see results. Along with medication you may also try following. These days chronic stress due to our life style and work demand feeling stressful, burnt out might lead of depression. Try following things to learn relaxation response which leads to better coping mechanism on a daily basis. To begin with doing guided progressive muscular relaxation before sleeping will help you relax. I would also suggest you to take a multiple small break to take 3 nice and deep breath while keeping your eyes closed. You could do this while sitting or standing or while even walking or climbing stairs (keep your eyes open in that case). When you take a nice and deep break there is actual physiological change in your body. Thus will help you to activate parasympathetic nervous system which promotes relaxation and helps you calm down and think more clearly. This will also actually improve your performance in your work. Along with this exercise is one of the best way to relive stress and stay fit. Engage in any kind of physical activity at least 4 times a week. This also helps in stress reduction. Along with this some relaxation exercises as well as engaging in joyful activities such as music, singing, dancing, reading, being in nature, gardening, talking with friends or anything which you enjoy will help reducing stress and rejuvenation of your mind and body. Have good routine for sleep and eating. Lot of research has now proven that sugar is very harmful for our health. Reduce sugar and refined white floor in your diet as much as you could. Along with this also increase consumption of raw vegetables in the form of salad in both the meals of your day. If you need help in exploring what works best for you and make this into your life style do let me know. As a trained wellness coach I could help you tailored your own holistic wellness program. Hope this helps wishing you very best.
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Is lamotrigine dispersible tablets is used for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder?

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Manny, Lamotrigine is NOT routinely used in the treatment of OCD. But if your doctor diagnosed your OCD as a symptom of mood disorder, he/she will prescribe lamotrigine. Talk to your doctor about it. In a bipolar mood disorder, OCD, Depression etc are common symptoms.
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I do desk jobs daily for at least 10-12 hours from home. My job is mainly related to freelance assignment solving. But for last few weeks, I'm facing serious headache problems. Even after 10 minutes staring to the monitor, I can't work any more. I feel disgusted and depressed. Can you help me?

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I do desk jobs daily for at least 10-12 hours from home. My job is mainly related to freelance assignment solving. Bu...
Hi, may be few lifestyle changes can help you. Sleep proper 7-8 hours, eat balanced diet and exercise one hour regularly. Consult a psychologist for same.
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I want to reduce my weight. I have asthma and I have thyroid. I am going through lot of mental tension and I am working in night shift. Please let me know the medicine.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I want to reduce my weight. I have asthma and I have thyroid. I am going through lot of mental tension and I am worki...
Recheck your thyroid levels. If they are low, you will require increased thyroxine supplementation. Having low thyroid hormones makes weight loss more challenging than usual. Being an asthmatic, heavy exercise is not recommended as it may trigger attacks. However if you are on regular medication and not getting attacks frequently, start some mild form of exercise. Also, modify your diet: increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, salads and reduce processed foods. Weight loss works best when you focus on diet and exercise. Try some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation and yoga; these will help to reduce your stress. Ensure you are getting adequate sleep at night. Spend time with family or friends and confide in those whom you are comfortable. Indulge in any activities or hobbies that you like.
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Sir, my mind always want to sex and saw sex videos how I can leave this. And I am not able concentrate on my studies and I have so much pimple due jerking of penis 2-3 times a week.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Sir, my mind always want to sex and saw sex videos how I can leave this. And I am not able concentrate on my studies ...
At your age the hormones are goading this drive and most of your mind and time will be occupied with this indulgence. You have to refrain from these habits and addiction by conscious effort.Masturbation is not really bad; it is the addiction to it that is bad. Not even the number of years is a problem but the frequency and compulsiveness to do it is to be considered for its ill-effects. At your age you may feel it difficult and it can become addictive if you have alone time, if you obsess about it, and if you are not into relationships. The problem with addiction to this is that you may go on to prefer masturbation to heterosexual contact, even when you are married. That obviously would be an insult to your wife and will lead to a lot of conflict. Heterosexual contact is very wholesome and the physiology is made exactly for penile and vaginal contact. You will instead enjoy a poor replica of this and not know or care for the difference. The second thing that can happen with addiction is that it will become compulsive and will have no boundaries or limits, since it can be done all by yourself, whenever, wherever, and however too. The big problem a lot of children get into is the guilt around this. A useful way to discharge the energy is to get into contact games, or exercises, or even hobbies to channelize it. Also you should not spend too much time alone, and you need to keep your mind occupied with other interesting things and a lot of socializing. Even if you are not interested in marriage, for whatever reasons, it will help you to get into a friendship with a girl and enjoy the relationship where there will be a lot of excitement when you fall in love. Right now your hormones may be very active and your physiological apparatus is primed and ready for sexual stimulation. But because of your age and even otherwise it is important to develop good control and not feed into your impulses. Keeping yourself occupied and living a healthy social life are the keys to manage your sexual drives.
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How to increase concentration power and understanding quick in subjects physically and mentally.

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
Just take Brahmi 3X one dose (3 pills) daily for 15 days. Still if you have any query, please let me know. Take care :)
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I have allergy. During summer days my body is full of small pimples like in hole body specially on mouth so what shall I do I have taken a lot of medicines but no . Result or result only till taking medicine so . I am very tensed tell me . What shall I do.

PGDM In Cosmetology, Trichology & Weight Managmen, MD, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
I have allergy. During summer days my body is full of small pimples like in hole body specially on mouth so what shal...
Hello lybrate-user. Many experience allergic skin reactions coming up in summer just as joint pains are commonly aggravated in winter. You need not worry. Drink plenty of fluids like water, buttermilk, fresh fruits and fruit juices. Avoid a very hot water bath. Have bath twice a day. Do not apply oil on body. Eat healthy. Sleep well. Take a course in homeopathy to take care of the internal disturbances. Your immunity will improve and next summer will be great!
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My wife, 52, suffering from asthma since her younger age, but not constantly, between 3, 4 months only, and she also having allergy problems like itching, cough and cold body pain etc. Doctor Please assist me for a good health. Thanks.

MD PULMONARY, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
My wife, 52, suffering from asthma since her younger age, but not constantly, between 3, 4 months only, and she also ...
use asthma controller medication by inhalation with spacer.Avoid dust, smoke, pollution and pollens.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Know More About It!

MBBS, Structure of Intellect learning Specialist
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Know More About It!

PTSD is a neurological disorder which affects individuals after experiencing severe traumatic situations. The individuals find it difficult to cope with such situations and often have flashbacks of those moments of trauma. Stress, as a result of the trauma wrecks the normal nervous functioning of the individuals. PTSD can have the following symptoms:

Re experiencing:

  1. Flashbacks of the traumatic event
  2. Nightmares, which are repetitive and severely distressing
  3. Images from the traumatic event intruding during the day
  4. Reminders of the event provoking distress

Avoidance or rumination:

  1. Those suffering from PTSD avoid being reminded of the trauma, such as people, situations or circumstances associated with the event. They try to suppress memories associated with the event.
  2. Many others ruminate excessively and prevent themselves from coming to terms with it.

Hyper arousal or emotional numbing:

  1. Hyper vigilance for threat
  2. Exaggerated sterile response
  3. Irritability
  4. Difficulty concentrating
  5. Sleep problems
  6. Difficulty experiencing emotion
  7. Emotional detachment from others
  8. Giving up activities which mattered before the trauma
  9. Amnesia for salient aspects of the trauma

How to manage PTSD?

The following tips will help to come to terms with your traumatic episode and ease stress:

  1. If symptoms are mild, then observing the patient is preferred
  2. If symptoms are chronic, then trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) proves to be beneficial
  3. Alternative treatments include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  4. Comorbid symptoms such as depression, general anxiety and alcohol or substance abuse are secondary to PTSD. PTSD should be treated first and then the associated symptoms should be addressed.
  5. Mindfulness meditation (not a treatment option) helps in recognizing cognitive dissonances and affected thought patterns and aids in recognizing and overcoming their influence. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Psychiatrist.
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I am feeling very depressed in the mornings, i am bothering much about my past, could you please help me out?

M.Phil clinical Psychology, MS Psychotherapy and Counseling, PGDGC, MSc Psychology
Psychologist, Chennai
I am feeling very depressed in the mornings, i am bothering much about my past, could you please help me out?
Early morning depression are supposed to be more associated with physiological conditions where medicines can be of help. However your can try some life style changes such as trying to make your mornings brisk by involving in physical exercises such as morning walks. Morning walks outside the home can also be a source of meeting people and socilizing which can help you to divert your attention from the preoccupation with your past. Your of" here and now" method to focus on your present may also be helpful. However finding solution to the problems in the current which is associated with the past can also do wonders.
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What should I do if I know someone who appears to have all of the symptoms of a serious mental disorder?

Doctor of Naturopathy & Natural Medicines, DM - Clinical Haematology
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Agra
What should I do if I know someone who appears to have all of the symptoms of a serious mental disorder?
It depends what mental disorder the person is suffering from, sometimes a counseling by a psychiatrist is ok to bring the patient back to normal and sometimes special attention and various tests are required to know the exact situation of the disorder, in meanwhile you can start putting 2 drops of cow ghee in each nostril of the patient, everyday. Cow ghee is the best natural medicine for not just brain patients but for everyone, and it has no side effects or expiry dates. Cow ghee reaches such places in brains where allopathic & even homeopathic medicines fails to reach. for best result make sure the cow ghee is natural. The older the ghee the best it is.
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My child is diagnosed with adhd. He is 6 years old. Can this disease be cured completely. Doctor say that he did not get oxygen at the time of birth. But I don't agree with them. He is very hyper and speaks some words not sentences. Doctor is giving him atomoxetine hydrochloride-18mg, sizodon md 0.5 mg, coenzyme-10.(50mg. And carbamazepine.

MSC Human Development , Hypnotherapy , Special Educator , ms- counselling and physiotherapy, Applied psychology Hons
Psychologist, Faridabad
Your child can be improve by your love, affection and support. Find out his best qualities and give him space with those qualities. Yes you and your child's psychologist both together can make him to cope up in this world with his ossem qualities. Don't feel him that he is ill. Try to make him comfortable. If you want to take our any help you can contact us.
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My father aged 95 not in good state of mind. He keeps on speaking for hours. Talks of theft of his items etc. He talks about old friends who are no more. Sizodon is taking daily.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Anantapur
It appears he is suffering from dementia. Adjusting his sizodon dose and managing his dementia may improve his symptoms. His forgetfulness may be the reason for his talk about theft of his items. Though there may not be complete cure for dementia, the symptoms can be minimized.
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My son he is 13 year old had speaking disorder stammering how to solve this disorder.

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 Anamika, Stammering is "speaking with sudden involuntary pauses and a tendency to repeat the initial letters of words" or "say something with difficulty, repeating the initial letters of words and with sudden involuntary pauses". Stammering could be due to two reasons. One. Vocal chord misalignment. Two. Psychological performance anxiety. First of all you should consult an ENT Specialist and evaluate your vocal chords. If there is problem, ENT specialist will be able to correct it. If there is no problem with your vocal chords, You should consult a psychologist for stammer therapy. Take care.
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I am 38 years old. Since last 2 3 months feeling depressed. It is severe in the morning. Do not feeling like going out or talking to anyone. Though I am doing all the required tasks not feeling happing just dragging myself to do all the chores. Please tell me if it is normal or I should visit a doctor.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, CE (New York)
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Hi. The symptoms you mentioned are quite suggestive of depression. Please understand that its an illness and you must take treatment for it otherwise it will become chronic. You cant treat depression yourself by trying to feel happy. So please take medical help as soon as possible.
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How good and safe is Rekool-L and Libotryp taking daily at nite for anxiety & depression problem. And it's adverse effects.Please tell.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
How good and safe is Rekool-L and Libotryp taking daily at nite for anxiety & depression problem. And it's adverse ef...
Medications for anxiety and depression are completely safe if taken under the guidance and supervision of a psychiatrist. Medications may need to be titrated and changed according to age, tolerability and level of response reached from time to time. Side effects though many may not occur in every person, hence they are to managed individually for every patient. Consult your treating psychiatrist if you feel like facing any side effects.
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My problem is how to overcome after heart brake? how to stop thinking process? because it affect on my mind, mental stability also how should I stop frustration? how I make my mind strong?

Diploma in Family Medicine, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
Sexologist, Pune
My problem is how to overcome after heart brake? how to stop thinking process? because it affect on my mind, mental s...
Instead of moping around get yourself busy. Go for long trip, or dig out an old hobby or find your old novels. Avoid company of the common friends especially if they are likely to talk about the same episode or jeer at you. Best is to take up a gym membership or target an event like a 10 km run or a game of tennis. Remember change is a part of life.
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Being a Strict Parent Can be Harmful for Your Kids - 7 Reasons Prove it

L L. B..,, M.Sc psychy,, N L P, P.G.D.G.C, M.S psychotherapy,, M.A child care, M A, clinical psy, M.A,social psychiatry,, M.Phil., psychology., Ph.D .,psychology
Psychologist, Vijayawada
Being a Strict Parent Can be Harmful for Your Kids - 7 Reasons Prove it

You might think, as a parent, that if you behave strictly then your child will become well-behaved. But research and studies have shown that the opposite happens. Strict parenting leads to children who behave worse than others and they suffer from low self-esteem.

Some other reasons why being strict is harmful:

  1. Never learning self-regulation: Responsibility and self-discipline have to be learned by the children themselves. When you put harsh limits on them, they never learn self-regulation. If they think the limits don’t sound too harsh, they will learn to accept them. But the limits placed on them should never be controlling. If this happens, children see themselves as being controlled and no one enjoys being controlled.
  2. Instilling fear: If you are being authoritarian (parenting in which there are high demands and low sympathy) instead of empathetic, then your children will become scared of you. You are instilling the power of fear in them. This triggers a vicious chain of events. When you yell, they will yell as well.
  3. Anger and depression: Authoritarian parenting often leads to children believing a part of them is unacceptable. They feel that their parents would not understand. It makes them susceptible to anger management issues and depression.
  4. Blindly obeying those in power: Children raised up in strict households start thinking power is always right. They learn to obey blindly. This makes them vulnerable to peer pressure. They also never learn to take responsibility for their actions.
  5. Rebelling: Children tend to be angrier and become rebellious when they have strict parents. The need to break free and not conform to the non-empathetic limits that forces them to act out. They might even nurture thoughts about leaving home and running away.
  6. Lying: Strict parenting creates excellent liars. Children learn to lie when they are in trouble. They think lies will placate their parents and they can get away with anything.
  7. Damage to parent-child relationship: If you are strict and you don’t change your authoritarian ways, then it damages your relationship with your children. Natural empathy is lacking in strict parents. You don’t understand your child, and your child doesn’t feel like sharing their lives with you. It creates a divide between the parent and child. Children never quite get over this as they grow older. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.
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