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No.5/105, Defence Colony Road, St Thomas Mount. Landmark: Near Cantonment Kalyana Mandapam & Mutt Road, Chennai Chennai
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St Thomas Hospital is known for housing experienced Psychiatrists. Dr. M Peter Fernandez, a well-reputed Psychiatrist, practices in Chennai. Visit this medical health centre for Psychiatrists recommended by 56 patients.

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Attachment Disorder - Know More About It!

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Attachment Disorder - Know More About It!

While most children share a strong bond with their parents, especially the mother, some infants are unable to establish lasting relationships with their parents or caregivers. This is known as attachment disorder. It is a rare yet serious condition as it affects the child’s relationships at a later stage and also triggers delinquent behavior. Children, who have been abandoned, orphaned or are victims of abuse are the most vulnerable to this condition.

What causes attachment disorder?
The exact cause for attachment disorder is not yet understood. However, researchers have put together a number of viable hypotheses for this. One such hypothesis suggests that when needs of a child are ignored or when he begins to feel unwanted, the child begins to expect hostility, negativity and rejection. This is a learnt response and the child begins to feel that his needs are unwanted. With time, these responses make the child untrusting and he withdraws into himself to avoid social contact. This affects the development in the brain and causes attachment problems that affect the child’s personality and future relationships.

Risks associated with it
Some children are at a higher risk of attachment disorder than others. This includes

  1. Children living in orphanages or other such institutes
  2. Children whose caregivers are changed frequently
  3. Children who have had prolonged hospitalization
  4. Neglected children
  5. Children who have suffered from physical, sexual or verbal abuse
  6. Children living in extreme poverty
  7. Children born to parents with mental conditions or anger management problems
  8. Children born to a mother suffering from post partum depression

Symptoms
There are two types of attachment disorders; inhibited and disinhibited.

  1. Inhibited attachment disorder: Children suffering from inhibited attachment disorder are likely to be:
    • Detached
    • Withdrawn
    • Unresponsive to comforting ie. they shun all types of relationships and generally do not get along with their peers or caregivers.
  2. Disinhibited attachment disorder: On the other hand, children suffering from disinhibited attachment are likely to:
    • Seek attention
    • Display inappropriate behavior
    • Frequently break social boundaries
    • Be inappropriately familial and attached to selective figures.

Additionally, children suffering from either type of attachment disorder are manipulative, destructive, moody and lack compassion and remorse.
Effects of attachment disorder
If not managed properly in its early stages, this disorder can continue into adulthood. This leads to:

  1. Relationship problems with peers, friends and family members
  2. Low self esteem
  3. Depression
  4. Anger management
  5. Academic problems
  6. Unemployment
  7. They are also at a high risk for drug abuse and alcohol addiction

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I am 26 years old male having anxiety disorder which always keeps me nervous and restless for no reason. I have visited a psychiatrist but it keeps relapsing after off the medication. Please help.

Masters in Psychology, M.PHIL in Medical & Social Psychology, PhD - Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I am 26 years old male having anxiety disorder which always keeps me nervous and restless for no reason. I have visit...
Dear either YOU have nervous personality. Or you may be suffering from Anxiety disorder. You need to get thought management and practice Relaxation training to get relaxation response.
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I am 40 years, I have depression problem from last 17 days, I feel hopeless, I can not concentrate or don't feel happy, I lost interest in TV and songs, I fear about losing my near ones and worried about my future, I feel I am not capable and mentally weak compared to others, I do play sports for 1-1.30 hours daily, I am healthy, I feel good sometimes but most of the times sad and hopeless, I sleep for just 6 hours daily from last few days and gets up after every 1-2 hours and feel hopeless and again sleep after making lots of efforts, please help me with this problem and do yoga or meditation helps to cure this problem.

PhD - Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Clinical and Community Psychology, MA - Clinical Psychology, BA - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
I am 40 years, I have depression problem from last 17 days, I feel hopeless, I can not concentrate or don't feel happ...
Hello Lybrate user I can understand what you might be going through and how these symptoms are affecting your daily life. The above mentioned symptoms are indicative of depressive mood disorder along with anxiety and low confidence. Try consulting a clinical psychologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. You can also reach out to me through the Lybrate app. Try regular exercises and deep breathing exercises. Also share your thoughts and feelings with someone close. Engage in activities you like.
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I am 40 years, I am feeing very depressed kind of person in last 15 days. I don't like anything, I feel hopeless and worried about the future all the time and fear of losing my dear ones or worries that how will I face the life. I get breathing problems when I drink water I can hardly sleep for 6 hours in the night and I get up after every 1 or 2 hours. Please help me to diagnosis my problem and how to cure, I am healthy person and go to play badminton everyday and do exercise also, meditation or yoga will help me?

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Homeopath, Sindhudurg
I am 40 years, I am feeing very depressed kind of person in last 15 days. I don't like anything, I feel hopeless and ...
 If you eat lots of processed meat, fried food, refined cereals, candy, pastries, and high-fat dairy products, you're more likely to be anxious and depressed. have diet full of whole fiber-rich grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish . Meditation, Deep breathing,Eight hours of quality sleep every night, Yoga and homoeopathic treatment will help you overcome anxiety and stress...you can consult me online for homoeopathic treatment without side effects.
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Importance Of Mental Health

Post Graduate Diploma In Psychotherapy & Counseling, B.A (Psychology)
Psychologist, Thane
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.You must pay attention to your mental health.

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Panic Attacks: Its Causative, Signs And Symptoms

Transpersonal Regression Therapy, Integrated HYpnotherapy & Clinical Hypnotherapy, BA - Economics
Psychologist, Mumbai
Panic Attacks: Its Causative, Signs And Symptoms

Panic attacks can debilitate a person greatly. The panic or anxiety attacks can be extremely powerful and intense, whereby a person starts hallucinating. The level of hallucination can vary depending on the severity of the attack. Such people often hallucinate about something bad or catastrophic striking them.  They lose self-composure. In extreme cases, they cut themselves off from the outside world and recoil into their safe zone (Agoraphobia).

Panic attacks, should, by no means, be confused with depression. These attacks can be essentially divided into three phases; the start phase, it then reaches the pinnacle or the zenith, before sliding down (fades away). The duration of a panic attack can vary from long to very long periods. The whole experience can leave a person depressed, traumatized and drained out (physically and emotionally). A timely medical assistance can prove to be extremely fruitful.

Panic attacks- its causative, signs and symptoms

 A panic attack, can, indeed, come out of the blue (unexpectedly). Extreme emotional turmoil or anxiety can trigger such an attack. An over-excited nervous system might turn out to be the wrecker in chief, throwing life in jeopardy. A person might be unprepared to deal with such a situation. Though extremely difficult, the best thing would be to try and relax. The attack is just an extreme state of mind, an abstract feeling that can never come true. It will pass off soon. Panicking will only pile onto your agony. Identifying the associated symptoms can prove to be effective. 

Some of the important symptoms associated with pain attacks include:

  • A feeling of breathlessness, suffocation and dizziness.
  • The palms appear to be sweaty.
  • A person may complain of uneasiness or chest pain
  • Increased palpitations are quite common during panic attacks.
  • A person might experience severe chills or heat flushes. 
  • Twitching and trembling of the muscles are often observed during the attacks.
  • An intense fear of death or going insane grips the person completely.
  • Hands, legs, arms begin to tingle.
  • During anxiety attacks, a person loses the reasoning ability.

Few short-term behavioural therapies can be of great help. Meditation, yoga and certain breathing practices can effectively ward off physical and mental fatigue. CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a popular technique used to deal with panic attacks. This technique primarily emphasizes on the present conditions and factors resulting in panic and ways to minimize or completely eliminate the attacks.

Schizophrenia - Can Hallucinations Be A Sign Of It?

MD - Psychiatry, Diploma in Psychological Medicine-DPM, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Post Graduate Diploma in Sexology, Certificate Course in Sex Therapy and Counselling
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Schizophrenia -  Can Hallucinations Be A Sign Of It?

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder in which a person’s mood, knowledge, thought and several other characteristics gets disturbed. We can notice most of the adults and old people with few symptoms of schizophrenia, which are most commonly left unidentified. The exact cause of schizophrenia is not yet known. The person feels that they are being constantly watched, they feel the presence of someone or something, which is not actually there. They are always suspicious and think that other people are gossiping and thinking about them.

Possible causes of Schizophrenia
Though the exact cause of schizophrenia is not known there are few factors, which contribute to the cause of schizophrenia.

  1. Genetic factors: People with a family history of schizophrenia are at higher risk of getting schizophrenia.
  2. Environmental factors: Environmental factors include excessive stress during pregnancy or later stages of life. Several other factors during pregnancy and childhood are responsible for causing schizophrenia. These factors are:

    1. Decreased oxygen level during delivery due to premature birth or prolonged labour
    2. Parental loss or separation in early stages of life
    3. Parental exposure to virus or during infancy
    4. Childhood physical or sexual abuse
    5. Abnormal brain structures and brain chemistry

Sings and symptoms of schizophrenia

  1. Hallucination: To see, feel or hear anything that really does not exist is known as hallucination.
  2. Delusion: A thought or belief of a person, which is either false or impossible in reality is known as delusion.
  3. Thought and speech disturbances: The thought process and speech of a schizophrenic will be disorganized, due to which he or she  will fumble or is distracted as they are unable to align their thoughts.
  4. Difficulty in concentrating: It is difficult for people suffering from schizophrenia to concentrate on the task at hand.
  5. Erratic behaviour: People suffering from schizophrenia tend to behave erratically, either they will be too jumpy or will be perfectly still for hours at a stretch. Most people belief that those who are suffering from schizophrenia are often violent in nature, which actually is not the case.

Treatment for schizophrenia
Schizophrenia can be treated, if identified at an early stage. It is best advised to consult a psychiatrist the moment you spot the symptoms. Anti psychotic drugs, self help behaviour change, counselling and rehabilitation are few treatment modalities available for schizophrenia.

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Does Increase in dosage causes increase in visual and auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Usually increase in dosage leads to reduced hallucinations, you need to mention the name of the drug. All the best
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I have depression from last 6 months. Please tell me medicine. Now I am taking etifix 0.5. But I am not satisfied with this medicine. I am also taking addiction medicine. Please tell me both problem medicine.

Diploma in Psychological Medicine, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Ludhiana
I have depression from last 6 months. Please tell me medicine. Now I am taking etifix 0.5. But I am not satisfied wit...
Hello lybrate-user, you said you are suffering from depression. But you have to be evaluated by psychiatrist for that. Etifix is used for anxiety symptoms only so it won't cure your depression. You said you are taking additiction medicine, you need to clarify which medicine you are taking. Consult psychiatrist nearby. Thank you for your question.
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Is severe depression of teen age curable. Can it be recur after cure. What are the method adopted for treatment. Medication or counselling.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Is severe depression of teen age curable. Can it be recur after cure. What are the method adopted for treatment. Medi...
It is very much curable, depending on the severity it has to be treated with a combination of medications and counselling. It may or may not recur, that cannot be predicted. All the best.
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