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Dr. B.S.Gajalakshmi

Psychologist, Chennai

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Dr. B.S.Gajalakshmi is a renowned Psychologist in Nungambakkam, Chennai. You can consult Dr. B.S.Gajalakshmi at BRS Hospital in Nungambakkam, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. B.S.Gajalakshmi on has an excellent community of Psychologists in India. You will find Psychologists with more than 41 years of experience on You can find Psychologists online in Chennai and from across India. View the profile of medical specialists and their reviews from other patients to make an informed decision.


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Depression What You Need to Know About It

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
Depression What You Need to Know About It

What is Depression?: It is a state of mind when a person feels very low, loses interest in routine daily activities, feels hopeless and helpless. Many times the person starts thinking about suicide. It is a very dangerous state and needs immediate intervention from Mental Health Professionals.

Assessment of Depression: Anyone feeling very sad cannot be called as a "depressed" person. To confirm the depression, the person needs to undergo assessment tests by either a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist. A "Depression Test" is carried out to see the exact intensity of depression.

Symptoms of Depression:

Feeling very sad all the time, continuously for more than 15 days: Feeling very sad continuously for a period of 15 days or more confirms depression. But just feeling sad sometimes is not depression.

  1. Crying for no specific reason: A depressed person may cry without any specific reason or provocation. The internal feeling of sadness is so intense, that the person cries without a good reason.
  2. Feeling worthless and hopeless: A depressed person has very low self esteem. The person thinks that he/she is useless, has no value and respect in the society. A depressed person feels hopeless. He/she thinks that 'this is the end of the world' and things cannot improve. The person does not have any hopes about future and may start thinking about committing suicide or may attempt suicide.
  3. Loss of interest in life: The person loses interest in life. Does not feel like taking part in any activities which she/he were interested in doing earlier. There is nothing to look forward to, in their life.
  4. Ignoring personal hygiene: The person is so disinterested in life that she/he becomes careless about personal hygiene. They may not take bath for days together, may not even change their clothes or comb their hair or brush their teeth and are least bothered about the general cleanliness.
  5. Sleep disorders: The depressed person may sleep all the time or may not be able to sleep at all, which affects their overall health.
  6. Eating disorders: The person with depressive symptoms may stop eating or eat very little or in some cases eat a lot.
  7. Lack of sexual desire: The person may lose interest in sex and stop interacting with the sexual partner or start avoiding them.
  8. Feeling like a loser all the time, not wanting to fight back: The person has no self confidence and hence loses all the faith in his/her own abilities. Does not believe that he/she can face difficult situations and also can fight back.
  9. Becoming antisocial: The person avoids meeting other people and does not interact with people at home.

Causes of Depression:

There are various factors, which may cause depression:

  1. Family history: A person who has a family history of depression is more likely to have depression. If any of the parents or grandparents were diagnosed with depression then the person is more susceptible to depression.
  2. Trauma: If a person has gone through a 'life changing' experience, it can cause depression. Situations, such as a sudden death of a loved one or in case of witnessing devastating natural disasters like earthquake or tsunami or a war survivor, someone who has experienced terrorist attack or when someone has suffered sexual or physical abuse etc. may cause depression.
  3. Health issues: If a person is having terminal illness, that can cause depression as the person has to endure lot of pain and has no hopes about recovery.
  4. Relationship problems: If a person is dissatisfied with his/her close relationships like relation with the spouse, parents, siblings or offsprings, then the person may feel like a failure and feels worthless, unwanted or betrayed.
  5. Financial issues: A person having any financial issue like not able to get a job or loss of job, incurring heavy losses in business or unable to earn enough money to satisfy the basic needs etc. might get depressed.
  6. Failures in life: Failure to pass an examination, failure to achieve targets/goals, failure in love affair etc.may result in depression.
  7. Treatment for Depression: Depression may fall in the category of mild, moderate and severe. But it is very important that the person gets assessed for the severity of depression.
  8. Assessment by a Psychiatrist/Psychologist/Counsellor: A person needs to be assessed by either a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist or a Counsellor, to understand the intensity of depression. These Mental Health Professionals may assess a person by talking to him/her and if required by applying certain 'Depression Assessment' tests.
  9. Medication and Counselling: In case of moderate to severe depression, a Psychiatrist will prescribe certain medication. Along with the medicines, counselling sessions work very well. In case of mild depression, only counselling also can be helpful.
  10. Depression is Treatable: If you come across someone with depressive symptoms, kindly advise them to seek help from a Counsellor, Psychologist or a Psychiatrist.
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I'm 18 years old, male. Since past 1 week im suffering from severe cough. Due to this my voice has changed I can not even talk properly. Suggest me some tips to overcome my dry cough.

MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Voice change can be harmonal too. No worries. Get rid of your cold and cough. Try some ayurvedic remedy which has no side affects. Kas-madhu" is one popular remedy, good for lungs and allergies. Try this, if still problem prevails visit ent.
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What is the caste why parents were strong on it. How to convey them more than that only love can make life happy and healthy relationship?

Masters of Philosphy, Master of Science, Bachelor of Sciences
Psychologist, Kolkata
Hello lybrate-user caste and creed are created by society. Nothing to worry about it. If you love your partner genuinely and he too loves you genuinely, then don't think too much, go ahead.
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I am into cannabis addiction. please tell me how to stop it and how to control on masturbation.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
That is the effect of marijuana 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. 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!!! If you are finding it very difficult to give it up on your own then admit yourself in a rehabilitation center and go through the 12 steps to recovery. After that attend NA meetings and keep yourself forever. You will need to alter your lifestyle, change your friends, your haunts, your habits, etc. You must learn to have fun in clean ways. You must exercise regularly, eat well and sleep well. Emotionally you must be able to handle your feelings by expressing them appropriately. A counselor will teach you about emotions and how to handle them. Masturbation is not really bad; it is the addiction to it that is bad. Not even the number of years is a problem but the frequency and compulsiveness to do it is to be considered for its ill-effects. At your age you may feel it difficult and it can become addictive if you have alone time, if you obsess about it, and if you are not into relationships. The problem with addiction to this is that you may go on to prefer masturbation to heterosexual contact, even when you are married. That obviously would be an insult to your wife and will lead to a lot of conflict. Heterosexual contact is very wholesome and the physiology is made exactly for penile and vaginal contact. You will instead enjoy a poor replica of this and not know or care for the difference. The second thing that can happen with addiction is that it will become compulsive and will have no boundaries or limits, since it can be done all by yourself, whenever, wherever, and however too. The big problem a lot of children get into is the guilt around this. A useful way to discharge the energy is to get into contact games, or exercises, or even hobbies to channelize it. Also you should not spend too much time alone, and you need to keep your mind occupied with other interesting things and a lot of socializing. Even if you are not interested in marriage, for whatever reasons, it will help you to get into a friendship with a girl and enjoy the relationship where there will be a lot of excitement when you fall in love. Right now your hormones may be very active and your physiological apparatus is primed and ready for sexual stimulation. But because of your age and even otherwise it is important to develop good control and not feed into your impulses. Keeping yourself occupied and living a healthy social life are the keys to manage your sexual drives.
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For last about 5 years I am suffering from Anxiety attacks, Phobia & stress. I am 50 year men. Daily I am consuming Nexito Forte & triptomer 10 mg. This has caused considerable weight gain & loneliness In the life. I want to leave those medicines gradually . Looking for advice for the same.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You can suffer adverse reactions. Please talk to your doctor about the side effects you are having and seek his guidance on some alternatives. In the meantime please consult with a counselor for methods of coping with your problems. Your phobia and anxiety are causing the loneliness. There is a lot of fear associated with your life and that has to be dealt with pronto. You will avoid people because you are suspicious of them. Do some Yoga meditation, and lots of exercise. A large and strong heart, obtained by good exercise, will respond to fear and stress more calmly i.E. It will pump blood more efficiently and with less beats it will supply oxygenated blood to wherever it is required. Make an effort to meet people by attending workshops, seminars, conferences, talks, discussions, meetings, and gatherings that expose you to other people in the guise of certain topical issues. Join social groups and clubs too. Fix a time schedule and follow a tight sequence of activities. For some neurological exercises you may contact me. I do not expect you to rush with these suggestions but to stagger it out in a developmental fashion. Your life will certainly improve and, if you stabilize the situation, there are many possibilities.
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I am 22 years old women . I don't know why my hair is falling so much and my skin quality is drastically changed and I am feeling depressed .I always try to keep myself happy and cool. And I always try to eat good and healthy foods but I don't know what is happening with me. I want to know how I can cure my unknown depression?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I am 22 years old women . I don't know why my hair is falling so much and my skin quality is drastically changed and ...
Get your thyroid hormones and other blood tests done to rule out medical causes for this hairball and skin quality change. Consult a psychiatrist for the needful and get relived.
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I am 30 year old female, after delivery I started to feel hyperventilation all of sudden and other symptoms like dizziness, not able to concentrate, chest tightness, sometimes if I get late to office or for any urgent work I get anxious and butterfly sensation in stomach. Currently I am on antianxiety medication- Zosert. Could you please suggest me how to get rid of this. Thank you for your help.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
I am 30 year old female, after delivery I started to feel hyperventilation all of sudden and other symptoms like dizz...
Hi there, I am very glad for your question. I appreciate that you got the courage to have your question answered on a public forum. Thought challenging in cognitive behavioral therapy Thought challenging—also known as cognitive restructuring—is a process in which you challenge the negative thinking patterns that contribute to your anxiety, replacing them with more positive, realistic thoughts. This involves three steps: Identifying your negative thoughts. With anxiety disorders, situations are perceived as more dangerous than they really are. To someone with a germ phobia, for example, shaking another person’s hand can seem life threatening. Although you may easily see that this is an irrational fear, identifying your own irrational, scary thoughts can be very difficult. One strategy is to ask yourself what you were thinking when you started feeling anxious. Your therapist will help you with this step. Challenging your negative thoughts. In the second step, your therapist will teach you how to evaluate your anxiety-provoking thoughts. This involves questioning the evidence for your frightening thoughts, analyzing unhelpful beliefs, and testing out the reality of negative predictions. Strategies for challenging negative thoughts include conducting experiments, weighing the pros and cons of worrying or avoiding the thing you fear, and determining the realistic chances that what you’re anxious about will actually happen. Replacing negative thoughts with realistic thoughts. Once you’ve identified the irrational predictions and negative distortions in your anxious thoughts, you can replace them with new thoughts that are more accurate and positive. Your therapist may also help you come up with realistic, calming statements you can say to yourself when you’re facing or anticipating a situation that normally sends your anxiety levels soaring. As you explore your anxiety disorder in therapy, you may also want to experiment with complementary therapies designed to bring your overall stress levels down and help you achieve emotional balance. Exercise – Exercise is a natural stress buster and anxiety reliever. Research shows that as little as 30 minutes of exercise three to five times a week can provide significant anxiety relief. To achieve the maximum benefit, aim for at least an hour of aerobic exercise on most days. Relaxation techniques – When practiced regularly, relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, and visualization can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being. Biofeedback – Using sensors that measure specific physiological functions—such as heart rate, breathing, and muscle tension—biofeedback teaches you to recognize the body’s anxiety response and learn how to control them using relaxation techniques. I hope this helps. I wish you a very quick and speedy recovery.
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How can I reduce I reduce my gas trouble and I used to smoke cigarettes how can I quit them. And how can I reduce my weight I am 75 right now. Reply me.

Homeopath, Faridabad
How can I reduce I reduce my gas trouble and I used to smoke cigarettes how can I quit them. And how can I reduce my ...
If you want to quit smoking then take the below treatment:- .Daphne indica 1x, 2 tabs twice daily. For gastric trouble take Gastrobin , 15 drops with water twice daily after meals. For weight loss take Phytollacca berry tabs, 3 tabs twice daily with warm water before meals.
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I am feeling so stressed feeling of suicide and all doc can any one say me remedies plz.

Psychologist, Mumbai
I am feeling so stressed feeling of suicide and all doc can any one say me remedies plz.
HI lybrate-user The great weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. You should ask youself what you can do about the sources of your stress, think through the pros and cons and take action where you can. Try to keep a positive and realistic attitude. If your stressful situation might be controllable, the best coping strategy is to treat the situation as a challenge and focus on ways to control it, but if your situation is uncontrollable, try to change your goal. Share your feelings with your family. Try to see the beautiful part of your life, believe in yourself you can handle each and every situation of your life in a positive way, live a happy and healthy life. Thanks.
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Hi sir/mam mjhe suicidal thought aa rhe h what should i do ? mere hands m bhi shivering ho rhi h please advice

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Hi sir/mam
mjhe suicidal thought aa rhe h what should i do ? mere hands m bhi shivering ho rhi h please advice
Suicidal thoughts can be due to anxiety, depression, or any other psychiatric problems. Better get evaluated and get treated, all the best.
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My father is 88 and recently got a parlaying stroke. He lost his speech otherwise he is fine. Does he need speech therapy or physiotheraphy to help him get talking. Please advise.

BS in Speech Language & Hearing Sciences
Speech Therapist, Navi Mumbai
Kindly start with speech therapy and physiotherapy with a nearest center.The recovery is best within six months.Hence do not waste time,get on with it
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My 14 year teen age daughter behaviour: she becomes very aggressive and non obedient very frequently. Does not want to study skips tuition classes and does not listen .at times becomes abusive and disrespectful. Can you suggest what to do.

General Physician, Durg
Teen age time is hormonal changes time so change behavior is normal, please be friendly with your daughter and try to do understand her emotions. Don't angry with her. Sit and talk to her all subjects all problem's physical and mental give don't pressure. Slowly slowly time will be gone hormones total charges your daughter will be normal. Give syp brain tone (heil German) 2tsf three times a day.
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I am being totally negative. I have many negative thoughts coming bin my mind and nightmares. I am afraid of death n could not live a peaceful n Happy life with all these kind of negative thoughts.

Msc - Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am being totally negative. I have many negative thoughts coming bin my mind and nightmares. I am afraid of death n ...
Dear Lybrate user, I can understand how negative thinking can disrupt many aspects of daily life. There are many ways to challenge negative thinking. Changing negative thoughts to positive thoughts takes time. One technique you can try is: Start with small steps and celebrate repeated small moments of positive feelings. This works better than looking forward to positive big life changes. There are many more techniques that are used in counselling in this regard. Please consult for further information. Good Luck.
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I am 31 years old been suffering from severe panic attacks which makes me loose control over myself, my body shivers and I yell n scream at times. For the last 10 years, this has also made me loose weight over the years. What do you recommend.

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am 31 years old been suffering from severe panic attacks which makes me loose control over myself, my body shivers ...
Please consult a psychiatrist and a counsellor, you need medication as well as therapy. All the best.
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Which is the best system for hypertension- alopathy, ayurveda, homeopathy or any other?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Patna
Low salt and low fat diet, and regular alopathic medication. Alopathic medications are scientifically tested, doses are well calibrated, accepted world wide and certainly effective.
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I am 33 and I am having frequent headache and stress of my business and my memory is also very low now I forget all the things very quickly please recommend that should I do.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
I am 33 and I am having frequent headache and stress of my business and my memory is also very low now I forget all t...
Having frequent headaches and impaired memory problems are sign of burnout and stress. This commonly results in tension type of headaches and cognitive dysfunctions. Learn relaxation responses. Start with practising relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation, breathing exercises etc. For a definite solution and quicker relief you may consult a psychiatrist personally, online if you prefer. You may contact me online for any further queries and treatment.
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I'm male my age is 19 years. I am watching adult videos all the time. I want to stop but I can not. What should I do now?

MBA (Healthcare), MRCPsych UK, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
I'm male my age is 19 years. I am watching adult videos all the time. I want to stop but I can not. What should I do ...
Spend time thinking about the benefits and harms. Deaddiction measures would help. No medicines for this problem.
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He is a boy by birth, but his traits are like girls, he is facing bipolar disorder also. His girlfriend has left him, he is going through some mental problems, we did consult psychiatrist on that basis but it seems like only strangling can now help him. He is not able to sleep as of nightmares of that girl. He is serving himself with pills to be stress free. Now we are searching for some good doctors who can help us.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear , your friend is bi-polar according to you and is now depressed. You should consult a psychiatrist near to your home town because he will need follow up medical care. Please consult a psychiatrist near your home town. Take care.
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