Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Dr. Bashan

MBBS

Psychologist, Chennai

0 at clinic
Dr. Bashan MBBS Psychologist, Chennai
0 at clinic
Submit Feedback
Report Issue
Get Help
Feed
Services

Personal Statement

I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
More about Dr. Bashan
Dr. Bashan is an experienced Psychologist in Villivakkam, Chennai. Doctor is a qualified MBBS . Doctor is currently associated with Mohan Nursing Home in Villivakkam, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Bashan on Lybrate.com.

Lybrate.com has an excellent community of Psychologists in India. You will find Psychologists with more than 44 years of experience on Lybrate.com. 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.

Info

Education
MBBS - - -

Location

Book Clinic Appointment

Mohan Nursing Home

No-165, MTH Road, Villivakkam, ChennaiChennai Get Directions
...more

Mohan Nursing Home

No 165, Mth Road, Villivakkam,Landmark: Near Kalpana Hotel.Chennai Get Directions
0 at clinic
...more
View All

Consult Online

Text Consult
Send multiple messages/attachments
7 days validity
Consult Now

Services

View All Services

Submit Feedback

Submit a review for Dr. Bashan

Your feedback matters!
Write a Review

Feed

Nothing posted by this doctor yet. Here are some posts by similar doctors.

Why do I get the "final destination" feeling when the flight sit in takes off? Do movies really play a part in a person's mind psychologically?

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
Why do I get the "final destination" feeling when the flight sit in takes off? Do movies really play a part in a pers...
Dear Lybrate user. This is just fear factor. Movies are able to influence the psychological thought pattern of a person. But you must have noticed the intensity of the feeling comes down with each passing flight. Don't worry. This "final destination" feeling will calm down after some time. Take care.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am on 10 mg escitalopram for severe anxiety and 150 mg pregabalin. The escitalopram has worked very well on my depression but not on my anxiety. Can the dose of escitalopram be increased to 20 mg? Will that decrease my anxiety or is that only for severe depression? Also if increased to 20 mg, what is the minimum amount of time I have to hold at that dose for?

MD - Podiatrist
Psychiatrist, Lucknow
I am on 10 mg escitalopram for severe anxiety and 150 mg pregabalin. The escitalopram has worked very well on my depr...
If you will increase its dose you will definitely get improvement but you need proper treatment for your problem so consult a psychiatrist before changing the dose.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Now a days, I am not feeling good. I can't able to concentrate on my focus. What should I do to overcome this problem?

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, memory and mind power consists of understanding, storage and recollection of information you learn. Understanding depends on concentration. The more creative you are on doing tasks or reading, the more you understand. Storage and recollection depends on your understanding and how well you review what you have learned. Repetition and review of material learned and other tasks provides easy recollection. You can improve your concentration and total brain power with the help of green leafy vegetables, exercise, creative activities, number puzzles like sudoku etc. Hard work is the key to learning and recollection. I can provide you more tips. Take care.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Voice Disorders - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

D.H.L.S, B.A.S.L.P, M.A, B.Ed .SE . ( H.I )
Speech Therapist, Delhi
Voice Disorders - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

Voice results from the air that comes out of the lungs and passes through the vocal cords. The latter is also known as the voice box. Speech results from the vibration of the chords. Voice disorder might occur for various reasons such as tone, pitch, and volume of the if the voice. The roots of all problems boil down to the malfunctioning of the cords.

Voice disorder examples:

  1. Laryngitis: Laryngitis results from the swelling of the vocal cords. It can lead to a temporary halt of voice or a voice with hoarseness. It often occurs due to a viral attack in the respiratory tract. It can last from a few days to a few weeks. The treatment suggested for cases like these include resting the voice and intake of a lot of fluids. Some common causes that are responsible for laryngitis are GERD, chronic cough, and asthma.
  2. Vocal cord paralysis: Paralysis of the vocal cord can be temporary or permanent. The possible cause of this scenario can be from viral infection, cancer, surgical injury to the nerve etc. In the case of a paralysis of the vocal cord, a person might find difficulty in breathing, can result in weak voice etc. While this condition improves for many people with voice therapy and surgery, for some they permanently lose their ability to speak.
  3. Spasmodic dysphonia: The vocal cord spasm due to a problem with the nerve. This condition can lead to a quivery, hoarse, groaning or jerky voice. In this condition, a person might find it easy to speak at times and have difficulty in speaking later. Botulinum toxin and speech therapy help to improve this condition.

Possible causes of voice disorders:

  1. Growth: Extra tissue formation on the vocal cords might stop the vocal cords to work properly leading to voice disorders. The growth can be treated with injection, medicine or surgery.
  2. Swelling and inflammation: Exposure to chemicals, vocal and alcohol abuse, surgery-related complications can lead to inflammation or swelling of the vocal cords resulting in voice-related problems.
  3. Hormone: Disorder of the male, female and thyroid hormone can lead to voice related disorders affecting speech.

Symptoms of voice disorders:

  1. The harshness of the voice
  2. Voice is breathy, weak and whispery
  3. The voice sounds like choppy or strained
  4. A quivering sound while speaking
  5. The voice sounds harsh or rough while speaking

Diagnosis of Voice related disorders:
Voice related disorders can be detected through a process known as Laryngoscopy. This helps a doctor to view the throat region and find out the possible culprit that may be causing the problem. Some other popular methods are stroboscopy, EMG and imaging tests such as MRI and X-Ray of the throat. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a speech-therapist.

3471 people found this helpful

Sir, I'm 19 years old young. My consultation is that I'm getting into the unconscious state. I am forgetting answer that I studied for exam. Often I blurt within me. My thoughts get distracted every seconds. Even I don't know whether this is a problem or not. Is there any solution?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Sir, I'm 19 years old young. My consultation is that I'm getting into the unconscious state. 
I am forgetting answer ...
Too much distraction is a problem and may be induced by stress which you may not be aware of. If you meet with a counselor it will help. In the meantime do the following regularly: 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 or coconut 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 you and the family go for counseling too.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am daily smoker. please tell me how to remove this habit. And which part are effected by smoking.

M.Sc - Psychological Counseling, B.A ( Hons) - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Hello lybrate-user, your lungs are the first to get most affected because of smoking and over all all parts of body are affected.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Hello sir. I am hesitating while speaking (haklana) and it is not my birth problem please help me get rid of it. Thanking you.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear Lybrate user. In many of the cases Stammering has two important reasons. Vocal chord misalignment or other problems are the primary reason. For this vocal chord complaint, you should consult an ENT specialist and get it corrected. Second reason is purely psychological. Stammer therapy can help you in psychological reasons. Take care.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am suffering from agoraphobia panic attack anxiety last 2 year I taking regularly allopathic medicine but not improve.

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Psychologist,
I am suffering from agoraphobia panic attack anxiety last 2 year I taking regularly allopathic medicine but not improve.
Allopathy medicines will only do symptomatic relief work but not re obe the cause of the illness. Panic and anxiety occurs when people feel unsafe and threatened in social situations thus refusing to socialise. Counselling can help you by slowly empowering you to integrate back I to the society as this is a basic need for humans. The counsellor will help you to work through the outdated thoughts and beliefs which create the panic attack and replace them with more helpful and updated thoughts and beliefs which will make you feel in control ant confident from within. A swot analysis will help you to discover your own personal strengths and limitations which you can use and sharpen to feel and behave more confidently. 2. Having a realistic picture of yourself and of people around you will help you calm down as well. 3. Doing deep breathing exercises and pranayams are very helpful for people with anxiety and panic. It will help you to remain calm and assess the situation more realistically. 4. Gradual exposure to the thratening situation under the guidance of the counsellor will help you to reduce anxiety and stress. 5. Exercise exercise exercise. This is most important for you to feel confident and good aboit yourself. Initially you can choose a lonely place but gradually you will need to exercise with fellow human beings because we can't thrive in isolation and can die of loneliness. 6. Healthy die which is low on sugars and processed foods is a must. High sugar, fats and processed foods are linked to anxiety and panic attacks as it elevates the blood sugar causing irritability and anxiety.
3 people found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Itz been a year I am suffering from depression coz I am in relation with a guy who every day cheating me over someone . I know what he is doing but not able to comeout from him coz i love him.Everday i get upset n cry whole day.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
This is not depression, it is disappointment. You cannot stay in a deceptive relationship on a daily basis because of love. It is in fact misplaced love. If he is doing this now, what guarantee do you have that he will not do so after marriage? By your acceptance of this situation and lack of confrontation you are only encouraging it more. Surely you must have some self-respect to stop this nonsense. A good relationship should bring out the best in you, but you are instead weeping over this unworthy chap and living in misery. At this rate he will think that he is god?s gift to women! Quit this man and find a more deserving, faithful, and honest man to love and live with for the rest of your life. And do it soon.
6 people found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I had started smoking just past few months may be 2 months and I usually smoke 2 to 3 cigarettes a day . All I just wanna know . That is there any risk related to health . Because I am feeling little bit pain in the middle of my chest . While exhaling extremely .the pain is felt just in the middle of the chest from where the ribs starts . I have stopped smoking now . But still I am afraid that there is something happening with me . Can anyone please tell me the right way to know . That is there any problem in me . And please suggest me some recovery method in exercises like jogging and workout so that I will confirmed in future that I am far away from risk of any health related problems.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
I had started smoking just past few months may be 2 months and I usually smoke 2 to 3 cigarettes a day . All I just w...
Dear lybrate-user, congratulations for quitting cigarettes. The earlier you decide to quit, the easier it is. Just as you did it now, start watching out for relapsing situations, like with smoking friends, parties, exam time, result time, loneliness etc. Whatever you are thinking about recovery method are good for your age. Before you overdo it, why don't you get x ray chest, ecg and pulmonary function test and post a question online to doctor all the best and congratulations once again.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am 19 years old, from last two years am not able to concentrate on my studies. Am become nervous at every situation. Then what is God I have to do?

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 Nagarjun. Welcome to lybrate. If your concentration is less towards your studies, you should address your interest level and positive attitude level. Your concentration level will be higher when you are passionate and interested in your studies. Also search Google for "effective learning methods" and use some of those methods. Consult a psychologist online for counselling. Take care.
5 people found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

My wife is 50 years old lady. He shows every time in tense and think something every time. For that she is suffering for 4-5 months. What kind of treatment she required?

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
My wife is 50 years old lady. He shows every time in tense and think something every time. For that she is suffering ...
50 is an age where the body really starts slowing down. Your wife might be going through lot of hormonal changes. She might be noticing that her body is aging faster now. This might be difficult for her to accept. She needs to slow down as far as her household chores are concerned. People at home need to help her. Also talk to her and encourage her to share her feelings, her worries etc. Just listening to her will make her feel better. Encourage her to go for a general routine medical check up as well.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am suffering from lack of memorizing day by day now my age is 30 years please help me how can I cure.

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 Lybrate user, 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.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am basically from Madhya Pradesh yet residing at Indore. I have some psychology and addication of ciggrate from many year. I had also concerns some psycatrist earlier but its not works then I tried to made some willpower to move up from the my problem, but not resolve yet. Its lead depression,laziness and lack of mind at work,etc along with some sexologist issues which badly effects my personal and professional life. So kindly provide me the right person and doctor were I will share my problem freely and moreover provide me the right treatment for the my ilness. Best Regards

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, for these problems you need to consult a psychologist who will assess you with the help of some psychometric tools and diagnose you. I think your addiction problem is to be cured. Take care.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I was suffering from cold intolerance this summers. Now I feel little better. But I got my test done and found that my insulin levels are low and sugar is also low. Sugar = 74 and lnsulil 1.16.plz tell me what is this condition. I am also suffering from anxiety and I can't sleep at night. please help.

MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and English Literature
Psychologist, Coimbatore
I was suffering from cold intolerance this summers. Now I feel little better. But I got my test done and found that m...
Hi! This condition is hypoglycemia that is low glucose level. One shld consume lots of carbohydrate good as well as high fiver diet. Anxiety can be solved naturally once you bring back your sugar to normal range. If you still face anxiety problem then you can definitely contact me either through text chat or call me when you find difficulty to manage.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

My friend was previously diagnosed with anxiety disorder and now he is fine. But recently he confided in me that whenever he gets to know that something bad has happened to someone or anyone's dead or when he gets into a row with any of his loved one and feels guilty after that, he experiences a mild heart ache and says that he feels his left hand go numb, sometimes shortness of breath. Is it normal, I cannot really understand what he is feeling actually or what's going on inside him.

M.B.B.S, Post Graduate Diploma In Maternal & Child Health
Gynaecologist, Bokaro
My friend was previously diagnosed with anxiety disorder and now he is fine. But recently he confided in me that when...
I feel he should consult the physician who was treating him. This is not a very serious problem but if things blow out of proportion, which is a possibility then it will become a serious problem for him and those living with him. Apart from medicines, a very good intervention is learning yoga, pranayam and meditation. It will take time but will be very calming.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

My dear doctor, I'm underweight, age- 29, height-169 cm, weight- 48. Due to chronic anxiety, I can't gain my weight. My anxiety is whether I would get any health problem if I gain weight. Is chronic anxiety like a harmful disease which can bring many dangerous health issues to human body?

MD(EH)/AM/Accupressure
Acupressurist, Chandigarh
My dear doctor, I'm underweight, age- 29, height-169 cm, weight- 48. Due to chronic anxiety, I can't gain my weight. ...
Dear Lybrate user, You should take banana and mango shake daily. Soaked black raisions daily morning you should take for increase of weight. Try to keep yourself busy all the time. Almonds. Soak 10 raw almonds overnight in water to soften, then peel off the skins. Put almonds in blender with 1 cup warm milk, a pinch of ginger, and a pinch of nutmeg. Drink at night to help you relax before going to bed.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I want to consult with a psychologist. I am in a relationship since 4 year. Now she is studied in another college. But nowadays she is in relationship with another guy assumed as brother. You know today's brother-sister relationship. If I asked about these things she blame me. I meet her after one year and some intimate moment spend there. After leaving that place she didn't call me since one month. I really loves her. I always care about her. I want a start up for my own company. And my semester is also going on. I can't concentrate on my business. I am always frustrated when her thoughts arises in my mind. 24 hours something going in my mind. I am in a complicated relationship that I can't leave her. I never hopeless in my life except her matter. I can't decide what to do in this situation. Please help me in this situation. What will be the perfect decision for me in this situation?

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I want to consult with a psychologist. I am in a relationship since 4 year. Now she is studied in another college. Bu...
Hi lybrate-user, you are in your growing period. It is common to have relationships and also have heart breaks, confusion etc. Firstly, until and unless you have some evidence there is no point doubting here and getting disturbed. If you have and she accepts it you can mend you relationship and give her another chance if you want. Thirdly, if she does not accept and you have evidence and she behaves cold and not loving, its better to leave the relationship move on. Helplessness is only perceived we always have the power to make us feel good or bad and if relationships is not helping us grow its not worth having. Long distance will create further doubt. You can also leave things as it is, take a break, and leave everything on fate. Till that time study, focus on your career, that is of utmost importance it will help you throughout your life.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

BHMS, MD-Homeopathy, PGPC - Preventive Cardiology
Homeopath, Delhi
Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Addiction not only includes physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but also includes virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate, etc. In other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction).

Causes: There is a link between the repeated uses of an addictive substance and how the human brain experience pleasure, its use has a nice reward, leading to further and more frequent use. The addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or some drug actually causes physical changes in some nerve cells in the brain. After a while, the user of the potentially addictive substance does not get the same pleasure and has to increase the dose, as his/her body's tolerance to it increases. Eventually, the user no longer experiences pleasure from the substance and takes it simply to prevent withdrawal symptoms taking the substance just makes them feel normal. When tolerance increases, the risk of addiction is much greater.

Signs and Symptoms: A person starts to show symptoms when a person takes the substance, such as nicotine , alcohol etc. and has given a serious attempt to stop, but is unable to do so because of the withdrawal symptoms. The body of an addict will go in withdrawal state when once the level of the substance abused is below a certain level. When a person goes in withdrawal state it will show signs, such as craving, bouts of moodiness, bad temper, poor focus, extreme temperament, poor focus, continuous feeling of depression, emptiness, frustration, anger, bitterness and resentment. Apart from these the addict will also display symptoms such as increased appetite, insomnia, constipation,and diarrhea. Withdrawal caused by some substances can also trigger signs like violence, seizures, hallucination, sweating and trembling, etc. However, the addiction continues despite health problem awareness. An addicted person commonly feels they need their drug in order to deal with their problems.

Investigation of Addiction: Blood test is advised to determine whether the substance is still in the blood (whether the substance has been taken recently). DSM criteria for substance dependence that is a patient diagnosed with substance dependence (an addiction) must meet criteria laid out in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association.

What you can do?: Acknowledge the problem and consult for help from an expert. Family members must be supportive in creating a congenial environment for the addicted person.

Role of Homeopathy in Management of Addiction: The first step for the addicted person is to acknowledge that there is a substance dependency problem (addiction problem). The next step is to get help. In most of the world there are several support groups and professional services available. Treatment options for addiction depend on several factors, including what type of substance it is and how it affects the patients. Typically, treatment includes a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs, counselling (psychotherapy), self-help groups, pairing with individual sponsors, and medication.

Talking of medication, Homoeopathy definitely has a major role to play in the de-addiction journey of a 'patient'. Over the years it has been seen that homeopathy has produced tremendous results in such cases. People have approached for quitting alcohol, smoking, drugs, etc. and majority of them have been wonderfully helped by Homoeopathy. Those who haven't achieved desirable results have either lacked willingness or conviction on their own part, or have had a non-congenial and non-co-operative environment at home and work place. For any de-addiction plan to be successful for a patient these 2 factors are the most important. A willing person with a co-operative and supportive environment is much more receptive and responsive to the medical treatment.

The commonest attacking area for any addictive substance is the Central Nervous System (CNS). The substance inhibits the release of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for carrying nerve impulses. Once these neurotransmitters are inhibited in their normal functioning, a person develops delayed nervous responses and irregular nerve impulses leading to addiction. It is a vicious circle. So, as the centre of attack is the CNS, a medical system that boosts and strengthens the CNS would automatically prove beneficial in such dreadful cases. Homoeopathy is that very medical science! The homoeopathic medicines are absorbed through the nerve root endings of the tongue and directly hit the CNS. There are some very powerful Homoeopathic medicines, which have the ability to shake up the CNS and work in a normal manner as it is used to be. These Homoeopathic medicines, thus have the ability to develop control and also the power to abstain from the substance in later stages of the treatment.

But the first and foremost attempt is made to manage the withdrawal symptoms. It is the fear of the withdrawal symptoms only that a patient may lose conviction and confidence in him and give in to the indulgence once again. This is where the role of family and friends also comes in. when the struggle of 1 man becomes fight for the whole team; chances are very high of coming out victorious. There are brilliant medicines in Homoeopathic science, which can help the person in managing and fighting with the withdrawal symptoms with ease. Medicines like Nux vomica, Kali phos., Arsenic Album, Coffea cruda, Aconite, Gelsemium, Argentum nitricum, Ipecac, Acid sulphurosum, Caladium, Daphna indica, Quercus, etc. have proved to be extremely effective in helping a person wean off completely of the addictive substances.

Mind the Mind: Over the past two issues, we took up the burning problem of addiction as a mental illness, explored its, nature and probable causes that go into the making of an addict. The current issue is aimed at spreading awareness about the available evidence based psychological treatments for de-addiction.

  1. Psychotherapy: Also called as 'talk therapy', is aimed at helping the patient to understand the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour so that the maladaptive ones can be replaced with more adaptive and productive processes. Interventions in terms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Behaviour Therapy are efficient in the treatment of addiction behaviour.
  2. Craving control: Use of certain medicines and behavioural techniques can help a person deal with the intense feelings of craving when it seems too much to bear. It gives a sense of greater control to the person over the substance, which in turn motivates him/her to stay away from using the substance. Many people report that they tend to continue the abuse the substance since they are unable to handle the period of intense craving, which can come all of a sudden.
  3. Relapse prevention: Arguably it is the most important component of de-addiction program. Leaving the substance is not that hard, but staying away from it is the most difficult part as reported by many patients with addiction. To ensure that the person stays clean and healthy without the substance, they are taught some techniques like asking for help whenever they feel the need to do the substance or staying away from potentially, dangerous situations, like going to party where alcohol is available. With therapy, the individual gains more confidence in his/her own abilities rather than depending on the substance for facing life situations. In addition to this, they also start enjoying their life without the substance. Both the patient and his/her family play an important part in this process hence they are educated about it and are advised regarding appropriate ways of ensuring sobriety for the patient.
  4. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): It is a self-hellp group in which ex-alcoholics come together and share their experiences, for instance how they got into drinking, how it affected their life and now how they are maintaining their sobriety. These are mostly weekly sessions and have been found to be very effective in supporting the recovery of alcoholics to stay motivated and be clean without the use of alcohol. Similar to AA, there is NA (Narcotics Anonymous for drug addicts) and Al-Anon (for the family members and friends of problem drinkers).
  5. Yoga and exercise: A healthy daily routine with yoga or regular exercise promotes feelings of general well-being and ensures healthy mind and body. It detoxifies the body faster and even helps in recovering from the damage caused due to excessive substance use.
  6. Social skill training: An important aspect for being away from drugs/alcohol is the ability to say NO to such offers from others. Assertive behaviour, healthy communication pattern and good problem solving ability are skills that are taught to assist the person to stay healthy without feeling the need to take the substance.

One of the simplest, yet very powerful principles of staying healthy is 'ONE DAY AT A TIME'! Instead of making any long-term plans for staying sober, which might seem over-whelming and extremely difficult, just plan for that very day and DECIDE to be clean without the substance.

4265 people found this helpful

I and my husband are very much depressed due to family problems. I cant see my husband in that condition. What should I do?

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
From my side. I will suggest you to do yoga and meditation daily. It will help you to feel relief for some stressful situations and energize you. And if that also does not work. Then consult a good skilled homoeopath for it. Because mentally disturbed patients are best treated with homoeopathic medications.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback
View All Feed