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Now a day I am feeling so weak and feeling all-time sleepy but I sleep on time and for 10 hours daily. I cannot concentrate on my study also.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Now a day I am feeling so weak and feeling all-time sleepy but I sleep on time and for 10 hours daily.
I cannot conce...
Your sleep is a little on the excessive side. I suggest you meet with a counselor and even a physician to make sure that other matters may not be contributing to your problems. It sounds like that the feeling of weakness and sleepiness may be connected to a mild depression. In the meantime 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 are 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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I am 20 years old male. I occasionally drink and smoke since past 3 years. I used to have an active sex life. Also I used to masturbate daily. From a week I cannot get hard erections as I used to. So I tried watching porn to check whether I can get erections and got partially hard. Now I am worried. I quitted smoking a month back. Please guide me.

M.Sc - Honours in Counselling Psychology, Bachelors in Psychology
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am 20 years old male. I occasionally drink and smoke since past 3 years. I used to have an active sex life. Also I ...
Hello lybrate-user, there are many reason due to which you may be sexually inactive for sometime. It may be because of low energy level, or some illness, or may be some tensions etc. Give time for yourself, at least a week or so and work on any stress or anxiety that you are facing, diet, sleep, exercise, smoking habits to be revived. Inspite of all this if you are facing the same difficulty consult a expert or do contact us.
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I can't remember any studies and I am experiencing depression and I am always crying about it.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
I can't remember any studies and I am experiencing depression and I am always crying about it.
If you feel excessive sleep or tiredness/ head spinning or vertigo like feeling you have to make sure you have no anaemia or hypothyroidism by doing a blood CBC & TSH and inform me directly 10 Study Tips to Improve Your Learning Study Tip 1: Underlining Underlining is one of the simplest and best known study tips. It’s easy to highlight the most significant parts of what you’re reading. One key sentence per paragraph and a few important phrases here and there. You can only retain a certain amount so it’s best to retain the most important information. Study Tip 2: Make your own note and taking notes is one of the most widespread study skills out there. Essentially the aim of note-taking is to summarise lectures or articles in your own words so you can easily remember the ideas. Study Tip 3: Mind mapping A good Mind map can save you many hours of study and further consolidate your knowledge for your exams. Mind Maps are an extremely versatile tools. They can be used for brainstorming, outlining essays or study topics and for general exam preparation, ExamTime offers the ability to create Mind Maps quickly and easily which makes them the ideal tool when it comes to exams. Study Tip 4: Flash cards:- Using these are a particularly effective method of learning when trying to assimilate different facts, dates, formulas or vocabulary. Subjects such as History, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography or any language are made much easier if you incorporate Flashcards in to your study. Study Tip 5: Case Studies Sometimes it can be difficult to grasp the implications of some theories. This is where studying case studies can be a big help. Case studies can help you visualise a theory and place it in a more familiar and realistic context. This is especially useful in business or law subjects. Study Tip 6: Quizzes are an excellent way to review study notes in the weeks and days before an exam. Quizzes can show where your strengths and weaknesses are, so it allows you to focus your efforts more precisely. Moreover, if you share your Study Quiz with your classmates and test each other as much as possible you can discover even more details and areas you may have overlooked. So before any exam, make sure you create and share a bunch of different Quizzes with your Friends. Study Tip 7: Brainstorming This is another study technique that is ideal for studying with friends and/or classmates. Brainstorming is a great way to expand every possible idea out of any topic. Just get a bunch of friends together and shoot the breeze, there are no wrong answers when brainstorming – just talk and capture the ideas, you can review afterward. Study Tip 8: Mnemonic Rules Mnemonics are especially useful when memorising lists and sets. Mnemonics rules basically work by associating certain concepts with other concepts that are more familiar to us. There are many different ways to make mnemonics and these can be individual to the person. Study Tip 9: ORGANISE your study One of the most effective study skills is also one of the most often overlooked; this is organising your study. Creating a TIME TABLE gives you goals and a time in which to achieve them. Having a study timetable as you study is greatly motivational Study Tip 10: Drawing Many people find it easier to recall images rather than text that is why they are better able to memorise concepts if they associate them with pictures or drawings. If you find answer helpful please click on “helpful” tab for knowing my efforts are useful CONCENTRATION TIPS Here’s some tips to get into a state of deep concentration where work / or studies flow easily so that you can do well in examinations/ and or do your work well. 1) Cut Off the Noise Getting into a state of concentration can take at least fifteen minutes. If you are getting distracted every five, you can’t possibly focus entirely on your work. Request that people don’t interrupt you when working on a big project. If you are required to answer phones and drop-in’s immediately, schedule work when the office is less busy. 2) Structure Your Environment The place you work can have an impact on your ability to focus. Try to locate yourself so you are facing potential distractions such as doors, phones or windows. This way you can take a glance to assess sounds that would otherwise break your focus. 3) Clarify Objectives Know what your goal is clearly before you start. If you aren’t sure what the end result is, the confusion will make it impossible to focus. 4) Divide Blobs. If you have a large project that needs work, clearly identify a path that you will use to get started working on it. If the sequence of actions isn’t obvious, it will be difficult to concentrate. Taking a few minutes to plan not only your end result, but the order you will complete any steps, can save hours in wasted thinking. 5) Know the Rules Get clear on what the guidelines are for the task ahead. What level of quality do you need? What standards do you need to follow? What constraints are there? If the rules aren’t clear from the outset, you will slip out of concentration as you ponder them later. 6) Set a Deadline Deadlines have both advantages and disadvantages when trying to force concentration. A deadline can make it easier to forget the non-essential and speed up your working time. If you give yourself only an hour to design a logo, you will keep it simple and avoid fiddling with extravagant designs. Time limits have disadvantages when they cause you to worry about the time you have left instead of the task itself. 7) Break down Roadblocks Roadblocks occur whenever you hit a tricky problem in your work. This can happen when you run out of ideas or your focus wavers. Break down roadblocks by brainstorming or planning on a piece of paper. Writing out your thought processes can keep you focused even if you might become frustrated. 8) Isolate Yourself Become a hermit and stay away from other people if you want to get work done. Unless your work is based on other people they will only break your focus. Create a private space and refuse to talk to anyone until your work is finished. Put a sign on your door to steer away drop-ins and don’t answer your phone. 9) Healthy Body, Sharper Mind What you put into your body affects the way you concentrate. Nobody would expect peak performance if they showed up drunk to work. But if you allow yourself to get chronic sleep deprivation, overuse stimulants like caffeine or eat dense, fatty foods your concentration will suffer. Try to cut out one of your unhealthy habits for just thirty days to see if there is a difference in your energy levels. I’ve found even small steps can create dramatic changes in my ability to focus. 10) Be Patient Before I write an article, I often sit at my desk for a fifteen or twenty minutes before I put finger on the keyboard. During this time I feel a strong urge to leave or do something else. But I know that if I am patient, I’ll stumble upon an idea to write about and enter a state of flow. Without a little patience, you can’t take advantage of flow when it rushed through you. If you need strong concentration I recommend periods of 90-120 minutes. Any less than that and you will waste too much time getting started before the flow can continue. More than this is possible to sustain focus, but you will probably benefit from a quick break. These are the general guidelines for concentration, studying well or doing your job. Regards.
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I have lots of exam stress. Tension. That affect on my health dark circle below eyes due over night study.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ahmednagar
I have lots of exam stress. Tension. That affect on my health dark circle below eyes due over night study.
Hello lybrate user frist off all you hav to reduce your stress just try to do meditation atleast 15 min in a day. Avoid overnight study utilize you r day time more for study. For dark circles use potato juice for local application let it dry and wash with water. Try to make you r schedule like you do not hav to study late nights it is important. Wish you good health and best luck for exam.
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So I had a break up I was in a relationship for more then 4 years and the reason was that I'm not stable mentally ,I tried my best to work things out but didn't work. I feel I am not sharp in head I need help where I be quick in things, so now I work a during the day for 9 hrs but even though I'm very tired I don't get sleep in the night and I'm going through a lot of stress and I don't know wat to do.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
So I had a break up I was in a relationship for more then 4 years and the reason was that I'm not stable mentally ,I ...
Hi, go, for meditation to reduce your stress, anxiety to keep your nerve calm to ease your problem. Go for a brisk walk in d morning to restore your blood circulation. Tk, plenty of water to eliminate toxins. Your diet b easily digestible on time. Tk homoeo medicins: @ ignatia30-6 pills, thrice a day. @ five phos 6x-4 tbs, thrice a day. Avoid, caffiene, nicotine, alcohol, junkfood. Tk care.
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Nowadays I am feeling very low and depressed. Things going on in my personal and professional life are bothering me more tgan they should. It feels like crying out loud. I am not able to handle past and when I try to stop mixing it with my present. I fail. Cant find a way out!

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
You seem to be going through depression, feeling low all the time, not able to get over thoughts, decreased sleep appetite are some of the symptoms. You definitely need help from professional. So kindly seek consultation asap. Medicines as well as counselling will help you.
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Sir/madam I have an issue of waking on while sleeping and memory problem lacking of confident so please suggest me the cure of it.

M.B.S.(HOMEO), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Visakhapatnam
Sleepwalking. Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. It is much more common in children than adults and is more likely to occur if a person is sleep deprived. Relaxation techniques, mental imagery, and anticipatory awakenings are the preferred treatment options for long-term treatment of people with a sleepwalking disorder. Anticipatory awakenings consist of waking the child or person approximately 15-20 minutes before the usual time of a sleepwalking episode, and then keeping him or her awake through the time during which the episodes usually occur. Relaxation and mental imagery techniques are most effective when done with the help of an experienced behavioral therapist or hypnotist.
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I'm in a depression that I'm being single. How to come out of this depression. What are its effects to my health.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I'm in a depression that I'm being single. How to come out of this depression. What are its effects to my health.
Hello, try to do meditation at least for 20 minutes daily. Take kali phos 30 ch, 5 drops once daily. If your bp is normal then take ginseng 1x, 1 tab once daily after meals. Revert me after 15 days.
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I am addicted to marijuana since last 7 years. From last 1 month I have stopped taking it. Bt my efficiency is hurt n I am finding mental blockage. I am having anxiety issue. Pls help me in this regard, life seems mess to me.

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am addicted to marijuana since last 7 years. From last 1 month I have stopped taking it. Bt my efficiency is hurt n...
Dear lybrate user, I appreciate your efforts to get rid of marijuana. I guess you are able to do it for last 1 month because of your strong will power. Please continue that. At the same time, understand that your body has got used to this substance. Even if you have stopped taking it now, there are some residues in your body, which you need to flush out. This is know as" detoxification" of your body. You will need to take some medicines to detoxify your body. For last 7 years your body has got used to marijuana. So when you suddenly, stop taking it, the body is going to react. You might experience trembling, lack of sleep and intense craving etc. It will be difficult for you to have mind control on these bodily changes or demands. These are known as" withdrawal symptoms" you need to take some medicines to keep your withdrawal symptoms in control. Hence, please consult a doctor at the earliest. The doctor will prescribe these medicines. Once your detoxification is over and you are on medicines to take care of your withdrawal symptoms, then you please start your counselling sessions. There has to be a reason why you started experimenting with marijuana. It appears that your present life is in a mess. To provide you with emotional support and to help you with improving your relationships and move ahead in life, counsellor will be of great help. Please consult a counsellor after consulting a doctor. Take care.
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A boy had got a female character he want it to changed by hormone replacement it can be cured.

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
A boy had got a female character he want it to changed by hormone replacement it can be cured.
Dear lybrate user. I can understand. Sex reassignment surgery from female to male includes a variety of surgical procedures for transgender men that alter female anatomical traits to provide male anatomical figure and other features. Hormonal therapy alone cannot work here. Do talk to your doctor. Take care
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I am studying b. Com I am studying by siting aside. Now I had a neck pain. What is to do? Please answer me!

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Mumbai
Hi lybrate-user it is to do with the postion in which you r sitting constanly flexion of neck while studying try to avoid that use hot water bag therapy get up after every hr or so have good amt of water salads and proper amt of food.
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My 18 years boy is suffering from mood disorder and emotional disorder sometimes and also 10% learning disability but he is smart for looking and other times he is very quite. In the time of moodout he willnot obey parents and very angry to his 9 years old sister. What is his problem i saw many doctors but do not identify anything. MRA scan take last month (i saw a neurologist) but according to the scan doctor said no problems. He prescribe piracetam 800. Doctor please tell me can cure my boy ?what is his problem? Which is the best treatment?in future he can forward normal life? Iam an indian help me

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
From the given details, it is very clear that your son is mood disorder and irritability because he is going through a developmental period called adolescence. During this period, naturally, mood swings, anger, aggression, indecisiveness, conflicts are normal. Simple behavioral therapy techniques should be suitable and he will be cured. Please post a private query for me with all the possible details you can post. Be intuitive, non-judgmental. I will help you with the problem. God bless you.
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My voice is very unclear and low. I need to repeat my words many times while speak. When I call unknown person he responds "hello madam" I experience very stickiness inside throat and my nose becomes air tight.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
Please Wake up early go for morning walk in greenery daily Do yogasanas and pranayam daily Pranayam will help you a lot Take Special Chyawanprash by Patanjali regularly 1 tsf twice a day Tab mentat by Himalaya 2 at nt.
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Hello, I am facing these below problems, Vaginal Dryness or Infections Painful Intercourse Anxiety Waking Up in Middle of Night Hot Flashes Recurring UTIs Stopping of Menses Incontinence Sagging Skin and Breasts Arthritis or Achy Joints Weak Bones and Muscle. Please help.

Advanced Aesthetics
Ayurveda, Gulbarga
Hello, 
 I am facing these below problems,
Vaginal Dryness or Infections
Painful Intercourse
Anxiety
Waking Up in Mid...
The symptoms of menopause include: ? Inhibition of menstrual phase of the reproductive cycle. ? Vaginal dryness. ? Loss of hair on the head and sometimes, spur of hairs on face. ? Mood swings. ? Hot flashes or night sweating. ? Abnormal weight gain. The symptoms of menopause can be highly distressing and may be alleviated by consuming a balanced and proper diet. Some of the foods that must be included in the diet of women undergoing menopause are melons, bananas, salmon, cabbage, cucumber, seaweeds, pumpkin, and apricots. There are also some foods that should be avoided or consumed in restricted quantities during this period. The foods that must be limited in the diet of menopausal women are: ? Potatoes must be restricted in diet. ? The amount of intake of caffeine must be limited and as such, the consumption of coffee, tea, and colas must be checked. Green tea can be a substitute for coffee. ? Refined foods must also be restricted in the diet. The most common refined food used in the households is refined oil like sunflower oil. It is recommended that you substitute these oils with unprocessed oils like wheat germ oil, virgin olive oil and flax oil. ? Women undergoing menopause must also cut back on their consumption of spicy foods. These foods may cause an inflammation of the lower part of the reproductive tubes, thereby aggravating the symptoms of menopause. ? Chocolates must also be restricted in the diet of women during menopause. ? Women in this phase of their lives are also advised to cut down on the intake of raw bran as this may inhibit calcium absorption leading to a weakening of the skeletal system. ? It is also recommended that you restrict the consumption of saturated fats like cheese and butter. ? Limit your intake of alcohol. ? Women must also limit their intake of salt as excessive consumption of salt may cause increases in blood pressure, palpitation, and other heart ailments.
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I am in depression from a long time nearly from 5 years. Day by day I am problem is getting worsened. I am full of negativeness .i just like to be alone. L lack words while speaking. I have habit of pre thinking about everything that I am going to do. It has effected my life so much that I always want to be alone. I fear about my family when I wiil not have any job what will be condition. I keep myself busy in mobile. This has worsened my thinking power. I am getting addicted to chat tp girls only. Filled of sexual thoughts about every single girl I talk. I know I am doing wrong bt unable to control myself .As while seeing any girl I get sexually attracted. I started masturbating since I was 15 year old. I do nearly everyday even I dream a lot. There is no day that I dotn dream any bad dreams .Also have habit of nail biting, lips biting, biting inner part of cheeks. Im gud in study but these thing have effected my mind a lot. Please help me. I have gone to any dctr because of having not enough money. What to do.

MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and English Literature
Psychologist, Coimbatore
I am in depression from a long time nearly from 5 years. Day by day I am problem is getting worsened. I am full of ne...
Hi lybrate-user, It is good that you wanted to be good, and is aware of what is bad and what is wrong. Depression is not a problem, depends what is the underlying cause of your problem. I wanted to know full detail about your problem from when you started feeling depressed. Are you studying or working, Are you married or unmarried, do you have brothers or sisters. Is your family affectionate to you or not. Have you experienced anything bad when young. Look do not worry about money. I wanted to help you solve your problem and our profession is confidential, so try to share about your problem through private questions, or visit in-clinic, or book appointment so that I can solve your problem as soon as possible. Regarding money, I can give you package, which will suit you financially, but before that fix or visit in-clinic that is my online consultation. For now, I wanted you to relax, Stop worrying about bad thoughts that troubles you. Keep yourself engaged with any work of your interest. Ignore bad dreams, ignore when you get wrong thoughts that you get when you see any girl, just skip by seeing something else. I will help you by giving you some health tips, about how to carry out, this is not a serious issue. Do not worry, be strong and confident. We will help you solve your problem.
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I have been having high sexual urges every time and have not been able to concentrate or focus on anything else for the last 3 or 4 months. Its very disturbing as I have been imagining sexual images of myself with different people which even includes my family members. I don't understand what's wrong with me. Please help.

PG Diploma in Clinical Research, Diploma in Acupuncture, MBBS, College Of Physicians & Surgeons
General Physician, Mumbai
I have been having high sexual urges every time and have not been able to concentrate or focus on anything else for t...
Sexual urge at your age is common. To come out of it do not remain alone, be occupied in good company, goodbooks. Avoid pornography literature's& movies. Be positive. Try to be busy with your carrier. All the best. Councelling sos.
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I am getting anger when my mother in law scold me indirectly so I express these reaction on my babies n my husband I can't control my anger n the same time I can't express this anger on in my mother in law what should I do.

BHMS
Homeopath,
Soo you know your getting angry with someone. And this is not a good thing you also know it. Soo if you know your doing the wrong thing you have knowledge about that, soo if you know this you can correct urself also. U have to talk to your mother-in-law about this. Sometime this kind of thing make an impact on someone's mind. If not work try to avoid that situation. Meditation is needed. And also you need some proper homeopathic treatment for this. U can go to a counsellor for counseling. Bt dnt take psychiatric drugs. Soo for further quaries and treatment you can contact me through Lybrate.
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How To Deal With Schizophrenia?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
How To Deal With Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a complex disorder that includes delusions, loss of personality, confusion, aggression, social withdrawal and mystic behavior. People suffering from schizophrenia may apparently hear voices or tend to feel that others are controlling their minds, their thoughts or plotting against them.

Schizophrenia can be hereditary. But the condition cannot be predicted except in the case of strong family history. Also, while prediction of Schizophrenia is difficult, its prevention is no easy. It cannot be prevented except where it occurs due to drug abuse like cannabis. Also, prevention can only be talked about in first episode cases and the best way to prevent is to take medicines properly.

Three ways to keep Schizophrenia at bay:

1. Socializing and meeting people - Socializing helps you build up a high self-esteem, lowers stress and keeps you busy and distracted. It is important to connect with friends to avoid isolation.

2. Exercise and DietExercise and intake of high nutrition diet are important to take care of your body. Fish oil has omega 3 fatty acids that can prevent psychotic disorders from getting worse. Consumption of these types of foods can prove to be beneficial in preventing the disorder.

3. Timely consultation - Consulting a psychiatrist if you have any symptoms, like suspicious feelings or unusual thoughts is an essential step to regulate the condition before it fully develops.

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4 Ways To Deal With Mood Swings!

MBBS, DPM (Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Thrissur
4 Ways To Deal With Mood Swings!

What are mood swings?
Mood swings are defined as sudden and abrupt changes in mood. These mood swings can sometimes help promote problem solving abilities, but a stronger form of these can be associated to a more complex disorder namely, bipolar disorder that is characterised by the cyclical shift from manic to depressive and vice versa.

What causes mood swings?
There are several things that can trigger mood swings starting from your brain chemistry to substance abuse. The most common cause of moods swings can be-

  1. Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (NTs) in the brain (ex. Serotonin is majorly responsible for change in moods, changes in emotional state and sleep)
  2. Anabolic steroid abuse
  3. Borderline personality Disorder
  4. Autism or other pervasive developmental disorders
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Premenstrual Syndrome
  7. Schizophrenia
  8. Major depression
  9. Post traumatic stress disorder

How to deal with mood swings?
Mood swings can make life difficult for yourself and those around you as well. It is advisable to keep your mood swings under control in order to get along with your life normally.

  1. Try to remain positive: May be you have had a string of heartbreaks off late or failed interviews, but do not let that define a trend in your life. This can lead to depression and make you upset. Keep your mind open to other possibilities and never lose hope. Hope is something that keeps one going; it gives someone a purpose in life.
  2. Balance your life: Learn to maintain a balance between work and leisure. Don’t make your life all about work, take small breaks to do what you like (perhaps read a book, or play an instrument).
  3. Accept the grey in your life:  “Life is like a box of chocolates”. You will never know what comes your way. It is never just black and white. Learn to accept that life can go a little downhill sometimes, but don’t be too alarmed by that. Enjoy the best and always keep yourself prepared for the worse.
  4. Learn to laugh:  Enjoy and appreciate the little things around you. It might surprise you, if you consciously look around with an open mind, you will see the miniscule things that may make you laugh. Maybe that neighbour you find annoying is actually a fun guy to be with or that aunty who is always badgering you with questions is actually concerned about you. And most of all learn how to laugh at yourself! People have made a career over doing that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You are more fun than you expected to be. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Psychiatrist.
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