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Ms. Supriya Shankra

Psychologist, Bangalore

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Smoking and Your Teeth

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Smoking increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer, but even before those potentially deadly diseases develop, regular smokers are more likely to begin losing their teeth. A new study from britain's university of birmingham and the german institute of human nutrition determined that men who smoke are 3.6 times more prone to lose their teeth than non-smokers, while among women smokers the risk is 2.5 times higher. The researchers based their conclusions on data gathered from 23, 376 participants in a long-term study in germany. Part of the problem is that smoking is a strong risk factor in promoting tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to tooth loss. The investigators noted that smoking can mask bleeding gums, a key symptom of gum disease, so that a smoker's gums may look healthier than they actually are. The good news is that quitting smoking can reverse the increased risk of tooth loss, although the researchers wrote that it could take more than 10 years for the risk to equal that of someone who never smoked.
Smoking and Your Teeth

Hello doctor, my problem is depression nd stress because of exams preparation nd my dad is not talk to me as friendly, I can't do anything doctor pls give you conclusion to my problems. Thank you doctor.

MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, Master of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and English Literature
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Hello doctor,  my problem is depression nd stress because of exams preparation nd my dad is not talk to me as friendl...
Hi , you are no way wrong, try to explain to your dad. Do not hesitate or fear. Ask your dad to talk to You, it is your dad right or wrong to be open and frank in these situation is very much important. Your dad will definitely understand. Feel free to contact me if you have difficulty in such situations. Take care. With regards,

I am 40 years male I am living tensed life. I cant sleep. My job has problems I cant concentrate. Hair loss is also issue on head. I am tired of life.

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
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I am 40 years male I am living tensed life. I cant sleep. My job has problems I cant concentrate. Hair loss is also i...
Dear, Tension means anxiety. Anxiety is fear about unknown happening or fear about future. Anxiety about things which we do not know or anxiety about things we are not experienced are common.. Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the ?fight-or-flight? response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. A little bit of stress, known as ?acute stress,? can be exciting?it keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or ?chronic stress,? can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them. I need to know, what are the causes with which you are stressed? Once you know the reason, you will be able to adjust with it with some tips and tricks. Please let me know the details. Take care.

I am experiencing guts sound for last one month, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, tiredness. sleepiness causing depression. Kindly help.

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I am experiencing guts sound for last one month, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, tiredness. sleepiness causing depression....
Hallo Mr. lybrate-useryou might have gastritis with secondary depression. First we need to rulout any obvious gastrointestinal problems which can be easily done by clinical examination or by USG. And accordingly we can manage it. Till then you can take antacids like pentaprazole or omeprazole. Sadtives for sleep difficulty like clonazepam or lorazepam.

I am suffering from social anxiety. Sometime I get anxious and afraid while talking to people. Please suggest how to treat this and suggest some good psychiatrist. Because of this I take lot of care while talking with someone. Is my condition curable? Why I am suffering from this?

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I am suffering from social anxiety. Sometime I get anxious and afraid while talking to people. Please suggest how to ...
Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, involves intense fear of certain social situations—especially situations that are unfamiliar or in which you feel you’ll be watched or judged by others. Underlying social anxiety disorder or social phobia is the fear of being scrutinized, judged, or embarrassed in public. You may be afraid that people will think badly of you or that you won’t measure up in comparison to others. And even though you probably realize that your fears of being judged are at least somewhat irrational and overblown, you still can’t help feeling anxious. While it may seem like there’s nothing you can do about the symptoms of social anxiety disorder or social phobia, in reality, there are many things that can help. It starts with understanding the problem. Yes it is completely curable with the help of psychiatrist and psychologist who will play the main role in managing your social phobia through techniques systematic desensitization and exposure. Seek help as soon as possible. We avoid what frightens us and are frightened by what we avoid. So start to actively put yourself in social situations. In fact, even doing this in your mind as well as for real will help show your unconscious mind that" this is normal. All the best.

I am going through emotional trauma and depression.

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Dear, clinical depression is usually treated with a combination of psychiatric medicines, psychotherapy, life style changes, meditation and exercise. I hope you are undergoing psychiatric treatment, otherwise, please approach a psychiatrist. For other four treatment methods, I will help you. Please post a private question to me with all the details. Take care.

I am suffering from panic disorder since 10 year & on 1st xet cr 25 & 12.5 n now from other doctor on zaptra 12.5 & I want to be healthy & leave from medicine. please suggest me what to do?

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I am suffering from panic disorder since 10 year & on 1st xet cr 25 & 12.5 n now from other doctor on zaptra 12.5 & I...
Panic reaction is abnormal reaction to any normal condition. It all depends on your cognition 0r memory, attention, intelligence etc. So if your cognition is altered about any situation your mind will give signal for emergency situation and panic reaction starts. You must chalk out different stages of action for any given situation. So if plan a fails remain cool and start working on plan b.

I have a problem in my chest but I am smoking too much what can I do to avoid smoke full.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
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You have to quit cold turkey because the body and mind will torture you endlessly while attempting reduction in smoking. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lung with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged. But don’t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. I don’t know what other organs could be damaged but do go for a thorough medical check up to assess the effects of your abuse. Regarding improving your lungs, do a lot of aerobic exercise breathing through your nostrils only. Then there are a lot of deep breathing exercises in Yoga which you can learn too. Deep breathing cleanses your system and lungs and restores it to good health. Deep breathing uses the 80% of the lungs which are not normally used in normal breathing and even when exerting yourself. The greatest effect is in the lungs because this substance is processed through the respiratory system directly through the lung surface. When quitting, you must take one day at a time; though you must give up all smoking at once, and promptly. 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 gums and 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.

I m 46 years old and can not sleep without sleeping pills for time being I m taking restyl 1 mg still it is not effective. But I like to quit sleeping pills. Please guide me for this problem. Second part I am a smoker this also interested to quite. Waiting for earlier response thanks

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Hello, this is called insomnia, its due to stress, tention, high bp, or some we got habitate to this problem. Whenever you go to bed don't think alot. Just be calm. Read some books when on bed. Untill you sleep. Take a glass of milk. Do meditation early in the morning for internal peace.

Importance of Exercising

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Exercise is the number one anti-aging medicine, and the benefits are immense. For starters, it is a great anti-stressor. It also improves circulation, which in turn improves skin complexion.
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I have relationship problems. Actually my boyfriend want to separate from me. But due attachment and love I can't do this. I tried all the things to sort out this. But it doesn't work. From the very beginning my boyfriend loved me a lot till 1 year. But today he consider me a tension only. Due to this he insults me a lot. I had talked to him regarding this problem he said that I didn't know before that you are this type of girl. I said why you always insults me then he replies" you also did the same to me" If I question him again and again he start says that you always fights I don't want to talk to you. Then my self respect also get hurts. I miss my boyfriend's care and love which he had given me before. What should I do?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
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You should never want to be in a relationship where you are not wanted, period. Whatever the history of this relationship, if he says he wants a separation, then go for it. It may make you very uncomfortable in the beginning but you will get over it in time. I do not if there is any truth in his accusation that you fight too much and you insult him too. If it has any truth to it, you will need to look into that and work with a relationship counselor to change that. Usually, when a relationship has ben through a long duration, the real nature of the individual shows up over time. Now, that nature may not be very good too. Please do not pursue a relationship by force: why would you want to continue this friendship, if he ios not interested. This is predictably going to ruin both your lives. Just accept this reality and after the initial difficulties, you will overcome. Yes, you need to do all this to preserve your self-respect.

How to avoid smoking and its various effects on lungs. please help me out.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
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Smoking is ingesting the fumes of tobacco through the respiratory system and therefore the lungs are directly involved and are also damaged by tartar patches.You have certainly made a good decision and you can go about it in the following manner. The habit can be very difficult to halt because of the many conditions attached to smoking. 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. 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. All the damage you incurred earlier because of the smoking can be reverted back to normal in quick time.

I have a so much problem because of my exam,not being able to handle pressure so not feeling well. So help me.

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I have a so much problem because of my exam,not being able to handle pressure so not feeling well. So help me.
The best remedy i can recommend you is as follows Natural home remedy using cardamom seeds: 1. Crush 3-4 cardamom seeds to powder 2. Take ½ tsp of this cardamom powder 3. Add to 1 glass of water 4. Mix well 5. Sieve the mixture 6. Drink 1 glass every day Surely you will get results.

I am a 20 year old student. I have been suffering from depression for the last 8-10 months. I am unable to concentrate on my studies and lately I have started to lose focus on my career and my goals. I am demotivated, frustrated and starting to lose my self esteem. I was a very good student and I secured high marks during my board exams but now I don't feel like studying. I have started losing confidence. What should I do?

Advanced Skills in Counselling, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, DCS, Hypnotherapist
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I am a 20 year old student. I have been suffering from depression for the last 8-10 months. I am unable to concentrat...
It is natural to be anxious when you are writing an importantexam so that you do well but excess anxiety can be counterproductive and hinder your learning and revision. If you are suffering from depression, then you will need to take psychiatric treatment and undergo psychological counselling as well to manage depression. Cognitive behaviour therapy is excellent for controlling rumination and negative thinking, anger management and any emotional disturbance. 1. You need to understand the source of your emotional upheaval and learn to either manage with it or cope with it so that you can concentrate on your studies. 3. Exercising regularly within your capacity is very important so that natural neuro are released in the brain and you will feel relax and calmer and more confident and motivated to do many things. You can run, walk, gym, dance, whatever you can and want to do. 4. Avoid all kind od processed and refined foods and replace with fresh fruit and vegetables for your nutrition. You need more of lean proteins, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin b12 and vitamin d3 for optimal brain functioning and emotional wellbeing. 5. Sleeping well for 6-8 hours every night is important for the brain to recoup from daily stress and body from physical stress. Please do bhramri and anulom vilom pranayama to help you sleep well every evening for 10 min each. Please give your exams only that much importance that is due to it because life is more than these exams and not everything in your life depends on them.

I have problem of concentration. Please help.

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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. Take care.

I lost my friend last year in accident. From then I feel very depressed. Please help.

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
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I lost my friend last year in accident. From then I feel very depressed. Please help.
Dear lybrate user. I can understand. Loosing someone near and dear cause grief and grief related depression stays for some days or weeks. Don't worry. If you still insist that you have memory problems, we need to conduct a memory test. Take care.

I am taking peri cr. 25 for the last 6 months I feel better in the morning but by evening I start feeling giddy and anxiety. Ambulax m doesn't help. I am retired. But I exercise daily get good sleep. Noon and night. I don't contemplate on any issue. My children are well settled. What I can't stand is argument or long discussions. Which my wife has the habit. I take 2 drinks daily and feel better. My head is generally heavy. Otherwise I have no money problem. Have own house and cars. At times I want to break out and go uphill on my own and be by myself.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
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I am taking peri cr. 25 for the last 6 months I feel better in the morning but by evening I start feeling giddy and a...
Hi, simple breathing exercises and yoga meditation can be used to calm tour anxiety at night. Don't run away from your anxiety accept and embrace it. Anxiety settles after sometime, learn to interpret it in non harmful ways. You can consult a psychologist for it. All the best and yes you can go uphill all by yourself and enjoy the change.

Actually I am addicted of smoking. I usually smoke 5-7 cigarette a day since last 5 years. And now I want to quite smoking So does necotax nicotine gum really help in quite smoking or is there any other solution of quiting smoking Plez help me out of this. Thank you.

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
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Dear, Tobacco is addictive. Cigarette also contains 4000+ carcinogenic chemicals other than nicotine. The best method is to leave it and continue with your will power. There are other methods like Nicotine Replacement therapy and pharmacotherapy combined. But still you will need will power. You may consult a physician or deaddiction therapist or a rehabilitation facility for further advise. Take care.

I always think negivate talk at the time of exams specially at my result time so what can I do so I always think positive talks only.

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You lack self-confidence, which can make you believe that anything you do is not good enough and will never meet your own standards. The catch in it is that you will always set some very high standards and so naturally you will never meet it to your satisfaction and therefore you can become very discouraged. I recommend that you meet with a counselor to moderate your levels of expectations or at least check it out with that person to see how close to normal it really is and, if necessary bring it to the standard level. Do a personality development course, join a gym and build your physical self-image, and build up your confidence by participating in many competitions of various kinds. Learn to accept failure, and discover your real worth and where exactly your strengths lie. The best is to set realistic targets but take baby steps to achieve little milestones and gradually progress to the best you can. Then you will know your true levels and, if you want to go beyond that, you are clear where more work and improvement has to be done and focused up on.

I am 62 and having mild depression all the years more accurately Dyspepsia since the age of 26. Taking antidepressants since 1979 presently taking cipralex 10 mg and Mirtaz 15 but not of much help unless I engage myself in some office job. What to do?

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I am 62 and having mild depression all the years more accurately Dyspepsia since the age of 26. Taking antidepressant...
I am sure you may not have done this: work with a counselor too. S/he will guide you to work on several other related issues to help you walk through life and handle every day routines very effectively. It is not enough to rely only on medication. In fact, this is the only condition were you are required to literally do the opposite of what you feel like doing. Depression makes you want to withdraw, lie down, sleep, become lethargic, slow down, make you too lazy to even think etc. So when I suggested doing the opposite, you will need to fight this disease. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, and wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, eat more of proteins and vegetables, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch a lot of sitcoms on TV or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least 30 minutes but not in the scotching heat. Whatever happens please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three things lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings too. You need to do whatever is feasible for your age by consulting a doctor. Even so, the pace may be more suitable for your constitution.
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