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Dr. Gitanjali Sharma

Psychiatrist, Chennai

Dr. Gitanjali Sharma Psychiatrist, Chennai
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Dr. Gitanjali Sharma is a renowned Psychiatrist in Mylapore, Chennai. You can visit her at Dr.Gitanjali Sharma's Clinic in Mylapore, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Gitanjali Sharma on Lybrate.com.

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Hi doctor my brother is 31 year old married for 4.5 years. From last one day he is behaving very strange and not sleeping well. He has also developed such conditions previously .so diagnosed by some neurologist and this is the 4th time when the same situation arises. Same happened in 2003,2007,2010,2014 and now .all the time we have consulted with some good neurologist but this is happening repeatedly. Now he is in delhi so I need permanent solution for this problem. H e is very good at study was topper at school and clear jee get 2000 rank all India. Studied well in engineering and got placed in good PSU company and he also has a daughter of 3 years and good wife and a life without any tension or problems. Then what could be the reason for such situation.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Hi doctor my brother is 31 year old married for 4.5 years. From last one day he is behaving very strange and not slee...
Dear lybrate-user, Your brother may suffering from a Bipolar disorder or Recurrent major depressive disorder. These disorders affect anyone. It keeps coming back repeatedly, every 3 - 4 years in your brother's condition. Though it is self limiting, it is better to prevent these episodes with a mood stabiliser all through. Bipolar Disorder is like fits, epilepsy. It comes and goes. Still we need to give tablets every day. Unlike fits, bipolar disorder is a chemical illness, comes and goes slowly and the person loses only social consciousness. Most antiepilepsy drugs are used as mood stabilisers. Instead of the neurologist, take the help of a psychiatrist to prevent next episode when he is normal itself. Bipolar disorder can occur without any obvious or with very minor external problem because it is the brain chemical imbalance that causes it. It needs to be treated chemically.
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Reading Can Change Your Life!

BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Reading Can Change Your Life!
When was the last time you sat down and read a book from start to finish? Does your daily reading center around Facebook updates or the back of a cereal box? If you haven’t picked up a good book in a while you should! I just recently started reading again for fun and to my surprise there are quite a few benefits to daily reading.

1. Mental Stimulation

Just like we have to exercise the body, we also have to exercise the brain. Reading helps to keep the brain stimulated which can slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Doing puzzles and playing games like chess can be just as helpful as reading.

2. Relieve Stress

Reading is a huge stress reliever. A well-written book can sweep you away into another realm, which will allow your tensions to slip away so you can finally relax.

3. Gain Knowledge

Everything you read fills your head up with more knowledge. You never know what you might come in handy. The more you read the more knowledge you will have to tackle future challenges. The best part is no one can ever take knowledge away from you!

4. Memory and mood

I recently finished the book Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, and there was a lot to remember! Each chapter had new characters, towns, and events to follow. Reading will help improve your memory and every new memory you create forges new brain pathways, which strengthens existing ones. This will help assist your short-term memory and stabilize your mood.

5. Stay Focused

Every day we are pulled in a million different directions. The Internet certainly doesn’t help. I find myself working on schoolwork, checking my email, updating my Facebook, and listening to music all at the same time, while getting distracted by ads in my internet browser. Reading can help improve your focus and concentration. When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on what you are reading. Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work and see if you feel more focused throughout the day.

6. Writing

Having more exposure to well written books can improve your writing skills as well. In the same way we learn by watching others we can learn from reading a good book.

7. Free and Fun!

It’s free! Visit your local library or thrift store to find some good books to read. Libraries rotate their stock so you won’t run out of books to read. There are also many sites that will let you download free e-books. So there isn’t any reason not to start reading for fun!
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What kind of pill would be best for a severe stress, anxiety level and also help with depression?

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Psychologist,
What kind of pill would be best for a severe stress, anxiety level and also help with depression?
To manage severe stress and anxiety, it is best to learn how to manage it by knowing yourself and your environment better so that you know who/ what can help/not help you. This is known as swot analysis and a counsellor would be able to help you with this. Also you can benefit from replacing unhealthy and negative thinking with positive and optimistic thoughts which are helpful to manage anxiety and depression. A combination of medicine, counselling, exercises, diet, life style changes and good sleep is needed to help you reduce your anxiety and depression (if you have been diagnosed earlier by a professional) otherwise I would suggest that you don't label your self with such terms as it'll affect your confidence levels. Just telling yourself that you are going through a tough time in life and are feeling disappointed will reduce the emotional burden.
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Dr, tomorrow my daughter is having mains exam around 9.30 am ,can you suggest any diet for my child today and tomorrow morning, Thanks.

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 user. I can understand. From the question itself it is evident that how anxious and apprehensive you are about your child appearing in an examination. Examination is not a 5000 meter dash so that you take nutritious and energy rich food and go and run as fast as you could Brain building is a slowl process and it takes time to have intellect. Regarding the present case, let your child relax and provide her with lots of fruits and normal food. One day diet will not make any impact on her exams tomorrow. Take care.
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Hello Sir, now I have one problem now my body always pain but before no that problem coming only few months what I can do. My age 34 years old male I am working as a pipe fitter very hard working.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello Sir, now I have one problem now my body always pain but before no that problem coming only few months what I ca...
Hello, this might be because of weakness and overwork. So take alfalfa tonic with ginseng and five phos 6x, 5 tabs twice daily. Take care.
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MBBS (Gold Medalist, Hons), MS (Obst and Gynae- Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst and Gynae), Fellow- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (ACOG, USA), FIAOG
Gynaecologist, Kolkata
Today is World Tobacco day. You all know that tobacco causes cancer- cancers in almost all the organs of our body.
But what else? can it affect your sexual and reproductive life?
In female- it causes problems in menstruation, irregular periods and abnormal amount of bleeding. In addition, it causes difficulty in having baby- by interfering with normal hormone release.
Even if pregnancy occurs, the ending may not be happy one. It is responsible for repeated pregnancy loss (repeated miscarriages), ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus- that cannot survive, on the other hand it can endanger mother's life). It also causes abnormal bleeding in pregnancy by early separation of placenta (the flower) and thus endangering life of both mother and baby. It is also responsible for inadequate growth of baby inside the uterus. This can result in early delivery (premature baby), ow birth weight, permanent damage to baby's brain (mental retardation) and other organs, even death of the baby before or soon after birth. Tobacco also causes early rupture of membranes during pregnancy ("breaking of water") causing preterm delivery and infection.
As a result of hormonal deficiency caused by tobacco, there may be infertility and other hormonal problems like sexual dysfunction (dryness especially), discomfort in passing urine and bone pain (all due to hormone deficiency).
In older women it can cause prolapse (coming down of uterus outside).

In males- tobacco is responsible for low sperm count, low motility and abnormalities in sperms. The result is male infertility.
It can also cause hormonal problems in males leading to sexual dysfunction and bone loss.
It is responsible for erectile dysfunction and also premature ejaculation.

So, the decision is yours whether to choose tobacco or to choose life.
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How can I change my daily routine,which includes drinking alcohol with my dinner?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Most of our habits are conditioned to certain activities. If you change the activities, you could change the drinking also a little easier. So if you are in the habit of drinking before dinner or with dinner, then change your dinner timings, the company you have dinner with, the place you have dinner in (you can have it out), the kind of dinner you have etc. Once the conditioning is altered, the association is also affected. You will not have the same urge. Initially it may be difficult but with support from family and friends, it can be done. Once you do this for 21 continuous days, it becomes relatively easier. It takes 21 days of regular adherence to make or break a habit. You may also substitute your drink for soup, pepper water (rasam) buttermilk, juices, soda with lime etc. You need to be ingenious to work against the urge and the suggesting mind. More prescriptions can be found in my book on addictions. If you wish to have a copy, send Rs. 250/-.
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Hi doctor, i'm feeling generalised anxiety disorder from last two months I tried many medicine but nothing seems to be work. Please help me plsss.

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, you must be able to distinguish between mental disease and mental disorder. Your problem is a mental disorder. Not a mental disease. These mental disorders are usually treated with a combination of medicines and other means like awareness, meditation, psychotherapy techniques, life style changes etc. I think two or three counseling sessions and psycho therapy techniques should solve your problem. Let me know if you are willing to undergo counseling sessions and tailor made psycho therapy through mobile. Take care.
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My age is 24 male. I would like to grow or remembering capacity or IQ POWER. Whats should I do for that. Is their any medicine to take.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Hello lybrate-user, iq is an innate character of a person and nothing will increase it temporarily or permanently. But you can improve brain power by brain exercised like word game, chess or other means.
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When I studied my books or newspaper in my mind I analysed that every body hears me but I studied in my mind I don't speak a little word than how is it possible? I think because of long time of period I was listening songs in my hand free that's why I think its possible because high senses is it possible because high periods of listening songs in handfree I could be liking your thoughts beyond your mind? please tell me the right answer sir its really help full for me please Dr. Tell me i'm right or not?

Master of Physical Therapy MPT CARDIO, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Rajkot
When I studied my books or newspaper in my mind I analysed that every body hears me but I studied in my mind I don't ...
yes you are right dear. as things or thoughts you think more about, will be coming frequently, so if thoughts are coming then let them come. don't oppose it, do Everyday yogasanas and pranayama practice. and meditation is must for you. join Art of Living Happiness workshop as soon as possible. I assure you, you will be happier then ever, and all your answers will get back your self automatically.
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M 40 years female. From a couple of days I noticed that I am getting angry. I am not feeling happy always irritated and frustrated. On small things im getting annoyed. What can I do. I always stay in sad mood.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
If your symptoms of sad mood, irritability, getting annoyed easily and frustration have been persistent since 15 days or more, you might be experiencing a depressive phase. It is advisable that you consult a psychiatrist in that case. If this has been happening again and again this could be a relapsing type of depression which needs to be addressed seriously. Depression is a treatable disorder just like any other medical illness with medicines and counseling.
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I am epilepsy patient. this problem is always sleep disk please help me for diet tell me about my diet and all.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Agartala
No specific practical way of diet management. Confirm regular sleep and timely medication once drugs dosing is fixed.
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My uncle is alcoholic, he want to leave that, he is trying since from many days but he couldn't left. What he should do?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Your uncle has a good situation that he needs help and he also wants help. This is the best situation to give it up. Now it is difficult to do because he has become addicted to alcohol and has a lot to do. Under such circumstances it is best that you admit him into a de-addiction center and let him stay there for at least 6 months and after that attend counseling with a professional. There are medicines that help with the drinking just to ease the initial craving and to act as an antabuse i.e. he will have a serious reaction, if he consumes even a small quantity of alcohol or alcohol based substances. It has to be carefully monitored to see that he not only consumes the medication but is also avoiding alcohol. Ultimately, it is his will power and the support that he receives from the medical fraternity and his close and dear ones. He must also learn to substitute and deal with the oral need, a rigid value system, the script issue, and of course take a look at all the genetic factors to plan a strategy not to get into what is called ‘cross addictions’ i.e. another form of addiction that may appear alright but is in fact as bad as the primary addiction. The center or hospital and the counselor will advise and guide him on several measures and precautions he will need to take to stay with his resolve. Even after the rehabilitation he must attend AA meetings and continue this support for a long time. The family will also need to attend some sessions and go for Al-anon meetings for their co-dependency issues. He cannot be treated in isolation because the family has gotten used to his drinking and have made some unhealthy adaptations to somehow cope. The children will also have to attend meetings to work out their issues because of the father’s habit. In fact, they are all suffering from the Adult Children Of Alcoholics Syndrome (ACOAs), which in effect means that they are genetically predisposed to alcoholism or can have cross addiction problems and that they will have similar traits of the abusing alcoholic but in a milder form. There are special support groups for them all over the world. Should they touch or indulge in alcohol or any addictive substances or behaviors, they could also become full-fledged addicts themselves. He needs to make a serious plan with his wife and the children and whoever else’s support he can get and act on it fast.
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My friends has mental problems and he is a robbing things no mental therapy is working on him?

DNB (Psychiatry), DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
My friends  has mental problems and he is a robbing things no mental therapy is working on him?
Kleptomania is a impulse control disorder where a person robs, steals or shoplifts without any notion of using the stolen articles. There canbe many causes for such behaviour. If no therapy is working, better consult a psychiatrist for pharmacotherapy
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I want to quit smoking so I wanted to know the best medicine out there that will help me to quit smoking?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You will need to consult your doctor for a prescription and you can get the medicine which will help to ease the withdrawal and also the craving. When quitting, you must take one day at a time; though you must give up all smoking at once, and promptly. 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 gums and 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.
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I have a habit of smoking and I drink occasionally. I smoke 5-7 cigarettes a day. I want to quit smoking. What should I do?

MD - Psychiatry, Diploma in Psychological Medicine, MBBS
Sexologist, Mumbai
Nicotine pestile and chewing gum available. Try that and don't smoke. If it's not helping we can go for medication.
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I am depressed with my life. And I am confused what I will do after 12. What's a solution.

BAMS, MD Ayurveda
Sexologist, Lonavala
I am depressed with my life. And I am confused what I will do after 12. What's a solution.
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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My board exams are approaching for which I would like to get up early at 3 am and sleep at 11 am. Is it okay to do so? Will it affect my memory

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. Welcome to lybrate. A humn body needs seven hours of sleep in a day. You should not study without proper sleep pttrns. Take care.
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I am 28 year old and I feel acidity and body pain since last 3 months. What should i do?

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
I am 28 year old and I feel acidity and body pain since last 3 months. What should i do?
Homoeopathic treatment- bio combination no 25 -4 pills 3 times digestone syrup 2 spoonful 3 time. Helps relieve acute/chronic acidity with heart burn, flatulence, nausea, regurgitation of food and pain or pressure in stomach. For 8 days and revert back.
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I am in habit of biting my nails. I want to get rid of this habit but unable too. Kindly tell me some effective treatment.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am in habit of biting my nails. I want to get rid of this habit but unable too. Kindly tell me some effective treat...
There is something that is bothering you (like stress and boredom) and nail biting helps to calm you down. It is a fixation around an oral need and acts as the best way that you have found to deal with anxiety. Do look back into your childhood and see what type of anxiety you have not dealt with and that you had to resort to this adaptation to reduce the tension. Obviously, this will not sort out the problem and so you will continue this behavior even as a habit, for all and any troublesome situation. Once you learn how to deal with life?s pressures, you will not need this self-consoling pacifier. If necessary you could seek the help of a counselor and with his/her directions you could resolve this for good. There are some material means to make it difficult but they are cosmetic: you could wear gloves or mittens, and you could buy a liquid like ?Thum? or some equivalent like that to paint on your thumb twice a day. It will leave a harmless bitter taste to dissuade your biting that digit. Sometimes nail biters have other serious problems too like ADHD, separation anxiety or bed-wetting and so on. I advise, for a permanent solution, to work with a counselor. Studies show 60% of children and 45% of teenagers bite their nails.
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