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Dr. Anand Prathap

Psychologist, Chennai

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Hi guy am basically a writer and I tried smoking marijuana. It gave me great feel and ambience for thinking and it stimulates my creativity. And I know it is harmful. And can I smoke another time? what kind of problem will I get in future if I take regularly.

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That is the effect of marijuana, exactly as you describe it. And that is also the catch in it: its pleasant effects and creative stimulus are enticing but so are the dangers. Not much is known about its entertainment value or benefits. There is a lot of hype by those who want to legitimize it and those who love it: there is a bias because of their selfish motives. The antagonists on the other hand willfully propagate the dangers, sometimes without substantiated reasons to dissuade its use. If you know it is harmful why would you want to play with it. The obsession and compulsive use is when you become addicted to the substance. Now we all spoke the same language: we can stop whenever we want, it is not addictive, it is fun after all, there are so many medical benefits etc. All meant to justify the consumption. There are so many other healthy ways to be creative or to stimulate the creativity in you; and there are so many ways to? open? your mind. Why choose the easy way out when it is a chemical way out? just for your information here? s what webmd has to say? no matter how it gets into your system, it affects almost every organ in your body, and your nervous system and immune system, too. When you smoke pot, your body absorbs thc right away. (if you eat a baked good or another item, it may take much longer for your body to absorb thc, because it has to break down in your stomach before it enters your bloodstream). You may notice changes in your body right after you smoke. The effects usually stop after 3 or 4 hours. Smoking pot can increase your heart rate by as much as two times for up to 3 hours. That? s why some people have a heart attack right after they use marijuana. It can increase bleeding, lower blood pressure, and affect your blood sugar, too. We don? t yet know if marijuana is linked to higher odds of getting lung cancer. But the process does irritate your lungs -- which is why regular pot smokers are more likely to have an ongoing cough and to have lung-related health problems like chest colds and lung infections. Other physical effects of marijuana include? dizziness? shallow breathing? red eyes and dilated pupils? dry mouth? increased appetite? slowed reaction time (if you drive after using marijuana, your risk of being in a car accident more than doubles.) if you? re a long-time user, you can have physical withdrawal symptoms -- like cravings, irritability, sleeplessness, and less appetite -- when you stop? it being a hallucinogen, it can lead to hallucinations and even a phenomenon called? cross hallucinations? i. E. For example, you can see sounds and hear colors! still want to use it? that choice is entirely yours.
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I am smoking weed for a while and my skin inside the shoulders I had rashes on the skin is there any symptoms for any disease. And caused by my habit of smoking weed.

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I am smoking weed for a while and my skin inside the shoulders I had rashes on the skin is there any symptoms for any...
It is the effect of weed and you stop. Best age to stop smoking is before 40, In fact do not start all Only by using strong will power and avoiding all situations where you feel like smoking, chewing tobacco or drinking or using drugs avoiding friends who smoke and diverting mind by reading or chewing a gum, like NICORETTE and taking a walk when you crave for a smoke can all help. You can chew Nicorette gum which is nicotine replacement. There are medicines available. Which can be prescribed if asked personally Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 60 lakh people worldwide every year. More than 50% of regular smokers would invariably die from tobacco-related illnesses which includes heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lung diseases. Best age to stop smoking is before 40 31st May is “World No Tobacco Day” Quitting smoking before the age of 40 is associated with larger decline in premature death than stopping it at a later date. Best age therefore to stop smoking is before 40. However, stopping smoking even after the age of 50 is still associated with lower risk of death as compared to those who continue to smoke. Even in smokers aged 80 years or more, quitting smoking appears to reduce some mortality.

I am suffering from addiction, of spasmodic proxyvon .and I am trying to get tilde of it, but the withdrawal symptoms is unbearable. Kindly suggest some remedy to stop, in any other ways? Also I am determined that I can do it from home therapy and not from any rehabilitation center. Please help. I am 38 years old.

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I am suffering from addiction, of spasmodic proxyvon .and I am trying to get tilde of it, but the withdrawal symptoms...
Hello! much as one would like to help you i'm afraid a deaddiction process cannot be initiated online. You'll have to visit a drug deaddiction unit in your city. The process is long and uncomfortable but well worth the effort. You'll need a lot of motivation and tenacity to adhere to the protocol.

Hello doctor. Since 4 years I am suffering from depression and on medication now. Currently I am on veniz xr 75 mg. I will do job in a bank as a cashier. Since before a week I started feeling emptiness again and from morning only it feels like less energy still feels to sleep and not willing to do anything and my body is also aching little bit feeling worse again but also m trying to manage now. Please help me doctor how to overcome this.

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Hello doctor. Since 4 years I am suffering from depression and on medication now. Currently I am on veniz xr 75 mg. I...
You must go and meet with a counselor immediately along with the medication and you must cooperate to your utmost with both therapies. Please visit these professionals along with your parents. In the meantime please do the following sincerely because you could resolve the problem better with good cooperation: Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber, nuts, avocado, exercise regularly, eat dark chocolate, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. I suggest you do the opposite of what this depression makes you feel like doing (actually, not doing): you will need to fight this condition. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, 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, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch 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 scorching 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, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings. Don’t wait for others to help. Use your own motivation, which might be at its lowest, but persevere and win this battle. Above all to be really happy, you need to live in love and for love. Learn all about emotions and how to handle them and that will get you out of the depression rather easily and quickly. A counselor is there only to facilitate you, all the hard word must come from you, and your cooperation with that person is very critical for your success. Be positive every day and learn to be contented with what you have. Do some left brain exercises: it is the happy brain. Here are a few suggestions: 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. Whatever happens please cooperate with the therapy and do not discontinue until the condition is completely resolved.
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My 3 years old son is becoming more more stubborn n short tempered even without any reason. please don't blame us to fulfill his every wish bcoz we never did it. If we find his wishes r genuine n fare thn only we say YES. please guide me I also have become short tempered. Need anger management ideas.

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Behavioural therapy. Reinforcement of positive behaviour by giving reward to positive behaviour and withdrawing reward at the time of negative behaviour if it is severe then he may need medication.
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Closer proximity to green space reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
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I feel trapped in the opposite gender. I am born a male, in my mind I identify myself and always think of myself as a female. I wish to consult LGBT friendly doctors and need advice cause It is making me feel depressed. Please help.

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I feel trapped in the opposite gender. I am born a male, in my mind I identify myself and always think of myself as a...
The following thing if you adapt it will be helpful Natural home remedy using cashew nuts and milk: 1. Crush some cashew nuts to powder 2. Take 1 tsp of cashew nut powder 3. Add 1 cup of warm milk 4. Mix well 5. Drink every day Surely you will get results.
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I am a sports person with thin body I have problem while bending my knees. With a popping sound coming out of it.

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I am a sports person with thin body I have problem while bending my knees.
With a popping sound coming out of it.
Quadriceps exercises- lie straight, make a towel role and put it under the knee, press the keen against the role, hold it for 20 secs. Repeat 20 times twice a day. This will help relieve some pain.
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Hi, I M pursuing my masters.I am a drop out in 11th but have scored distinction in 10th board n 12th.But I still have that guilt n always find my family feeling ashamed of me for this.M in depression since last 7yrs,I don't speak much,always frown face,unfriendly, like to be alone n sleep a lot.I haven't concentrated on any work I have taken up since then.

(MRCPSYCH-UK), MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
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You could be suffering from Persistant Depressive disorder. You will definitely improve with medications and counseling. Kindly consult a psychaitrist for a resolution of your problems.

My father suffering from brain stroke paralysis of left side (dt. 27.12. 2014). Leg some how working and he can walk but hand remain non- functional. He is complaining of pain when any movement of hand. He also can't put more pressure in the hand. He also develop a fear psychosis and got irritated and lose temper. What to do please anybody 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
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Dear , your father is irritated abd behaving like a psychoses patient mainly because of depression and worry which came forth due to the stroke and other ailments. You could talk to your neurologist about this. Please post a private question to me with all the details. I think he needs counseling. I am happy to help you. Take care.

Hello Doctor, give me some tips to reduce stress?

DNB, DPM, MBBS
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Hello Doctor, give me some tips to reduce stress?
The term stress is both an advantage and a disadvantage. It is advantageous because it is all-embracing and allows a synthesis of many aspects of life's experiences; it is disadvantageous because its referents are diverse. Pharmacological approaches to stress management- it should be started after proper evaluation. Stress-management training-- it is important to highlight five skills that form the core of almost all stress-management programs: self-observation, cognitive restructuring, relaxation training, time management, and problem solving. This training can be done on individual basis and also online. If any further details are required let me know.

I want to quit smoking.Please suggest me

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
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When quitting, you must take one day at a time. 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 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.

I want my mind sharp, so what should I do?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
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I suspect that the adolescent issues with regard to hormones may be affecting your ability to concentrate. When the hormones play up, it lasts for a period of close to two years and during that time you could be influenced by three signs directly impacted by the chemical: you will tend to become aggressive and rebellious, you will become sexually active, and you will have acne and pimple problems. The hormonal imbalances may not only impact your memory because of the chemical but also bring some distractions that come with it. But you may work on the following even if the hormones kick in: 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 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.

Hi Doctors I have the habit of drinking alcohol everyday , now I am going to take hair fall tablets for sometime . Is it OK if I drink and take tablets. Will it affect my medication .

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist
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Hi Doctors I have the habit of drinking alcohol everyday , now I am going to take hair fall tablets for sometime . Is...
Dear Naveen, Unless i know what is the chemical name and dose of your hair fall drug, i can not answer your question. There are many drugs which interact with alcohol - sometimes increasing its effect,sometimes decreasing its effect. However Naveen, why don't you stop drinking for the sake of your hair now. Think, decide and stop. Take help if necessary - medical help is there to control withdrawal symptoms, to reduce craving for alcohol, even making you to hate alcohol.

How to control hypertention by home remedies ?

PhD (Psychology), MSc Psychology, MS
Psychologist
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Dear, Hypertension is termed as silent killer on the long run. Exercise, reducing salt intake, quitting smoking and drinking, avoiding stress, reducing weight, controlling diet and inclusion of more fruits and vegetable can help. Take care.

Last time I lost my love and and I am depressed or mentally unfit so I can't any work and study please help me.

BAMS, MD Ayurveda
Ayurveda
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Last time I lost my love and and I am depressed or mentally unfit so I can't any work and study please help me.
You can go for following remedy it will help you 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 Causes: • Anxiety • Tension • Mental stress • Drug addiction • Deficiency of vitamin B complex This is very helpful.
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Always fear of losing job and financial crunch, not able to sleep. Please advise.

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
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Dear , thanks for sharing your problem. You have symptoms of anxiety. This may be according to present situation or it may be part of your personality. Anxiety is a disabling psychiatric condition that may cause significant distress and sufferings. I advise you to seek professional help of a psychiatrist.
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Hello I am a student but my but my memory learning ablity is very weak so please advice me

B.H.M.S., Senior Homeopath Consultant
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Please take anacardium -3x / 4 tabs twice a day for one month. Revert back after one month with feedback.

I am 44 years old. For the last 5 to 6 years, my ability to concentrate and remember have reduced significantly. My long term and short term memory has significantly reduced. I have no other health problems.

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, at your age, memory problems like amnesia are not common. Many young people are having problems with memory. These problems are either they are too busy or due to anxiety and stress. Busy people use organizers or employ a personal assistant because they can't remember every task. You need to understand this. If you still say, you are having memory problems, we need to check your memory using memory test. If you want more of my help in this regard, please contact me. Take care.

How to enhance the capacity of brain power for means of memorizing any things related to study?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
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I am not at all surprised by your plight. But there is a god reason for it and that itself is good news.I suspect that the adolescent issues with regard to hormones may be affecting your ability to concentrate and remember. When the hormones play up, it lasts for a period of close to two years and during that time you could be influenced by three signs directly impacted by the chemical: you will tend to become aggressive and rebellious, you will become sexually active, and you will have acne and pimple problems. The hormonal imbalances may not only impact your memory because of the chemical but also bring some distractions that come with it. But you may work on the following even if the hormones kick in: 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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