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Dr. Jayanthini V  - Psychiatrist, Chennai

Dr. Jayanthini V

MD - Psychiatry

Psychiatrist, Chennai

35 Years Experience
Dr. Jayanthini V MD - Psychiatry Psychiatrist, Chennai
35 Years Experience
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Dr. Jayanthini V is a popular Psychiatrist in Nandanam, Chennai. She has been a successful Psychiatrist for the last 34 years. She is a qualified MD - Psychiatry. You can meet Dr. Jayanthini V personally at Dr Jayanthini V in Nandanam, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Jayanthini V on Lybrate.com.

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Hello sir, My name is hiren pithva and I am 18 years old. I study mechanical engineering and I am affecting a higher than low And my problem is I am a very angry when any talk with mand I am a heart pressure and heart attack student please cconder my application and solve it.

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
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My name is hiren pithva and I am 18 years old. I study mechanical engineering and I am affecting a higher ...
Dear lybrate-user, welcome to lybrate. Anger and aggression are emotions. Anger comes when you become irritated. Irritation happens when you don't like something, or when something is repeated. As anger is an emotion, it should be vent out. You should be able to throw anger out instead of controlling it. But more perfect will be, know the frustrating situations and stop being emotional. If practiced properly, you will not get irritated at those circumstances at all. Those techniques are much easier to understand. I suggest anger management therapy. Take care.
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Doctor I have some communication problem due to uncontrollable saliva generated in my mouth. So others can't hear my words clearly. And I can't speak some words also. How can control saliva?

Dentist, Ghaziabad
Speak slowly. Hold a clove or elaichi in it mouth initially and suckle on a toffee slowly you will be trained to limit is saliva. Also show a dentist to correct the underlying cause of access saliva.
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Why Having a Pet Improves Your Mental Health?

Ph.D - Child Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Why Having a Pet Improves Your Mental Health?

Pets can be amazing companions and help you cope with your life problems. There can be times when you might feel low and lack motivation to do anything; a pet can change that scenario and bring about a positive change in your life. They keep you engaged and help you take your mind off from various problems in your professional and personal life.

Here are few reasons why having a pet can significantly improve your mental health:

  1. Petting lowers stress levels: Petting your furry friends is a major stress buster. It has been observed that petting a dog or a cat releases the hormone called oxytocin, which is associated with lowered anxiety and stress levels. When you connect with your pet and engage yourself in grooming and petting, it naturally reduces your blood pressure and lowers the level of cortisol, thereby, producing a calming effect. 
  2. Pets reduce loneliness and isolation: Pets can constantly keep you company, if you don't like being lonely. Dogs and cats can make friends easily and due to their intuitive nature, they can sense it when you are feeling low. They refuse to leave you alone and provide your mental support. Pets also help you socialize especially if you take them out for a walk. They help you interact with other pets and their owners.
  3. Pets are great listeners and they keep you engaged: Pets can distract you from your problems and stressful situations, which plague your mind. You and your furry mate can spend a wonderful time playing games or by simply clicking pictures together. Pets are also good listeners and hence you can vent out your feeling without the fear of being judged. They help you heal and get over certain things which would otherwise be a lot more difficult to overcome.
  4. They love you unconditionally and keep you happy: Seeing your pet welcoming you after a hard day at work can instantly lift your mood and make you smile. They love you no matter what mistakes you made and keep you energized, positive and motivated. Caring for your pet and reciprocating their love can make you less self centered and more motivated towards your goals.

Related Tip: "Effects of Alcohol on Mental Health"

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My mother consumed S-Vocitica10 regularly for mental strength and mood suing, But it makes her drowsiness in daytime. Can I stop the medicine? If it can be stopped, what is the way? Is there any alternative medicine? If it will be stop now, an problem occurs in future?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
My mother consumed S-Vocitica10 regularly for mental strength and mood suing, But it makes her drowsiness in daytime....
Yes the best alternative is homoeopathic medicine... but don't stop the medicine right away... first consult and start homoeopathic medicine once she feels better then you may slowly tapper down the dose... If she does not have major issues.. then you may stop it.... But for best homoeopathic treatment you must consult with proper case details...
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Heel Pain

MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
Heel Pain

Generally occur in two major cause of heel pain -
Planter fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

If the pain is under heel bone its planter fasciitis due to inflammation of thick tissue, repetitive stresses and strain and microtear of planter fascia.

If the pain found at the back side of heel that's Achilles tendonitis its attached your calf muscle or heel bone. It happens due to continuous running, sports injury physical activity and may also contribute to risk of RA

Common causes are -

Pain,
Swelling,
Repetitive injury,
Tight calf muscle,
Limited range of movement,
Improper footwear,

Five helpful tips for heel Pain.

Do stretching exercise of calf muscle,
Ice pack therapy,
Avoid prolonged standing,
Proper footwear,
Physiotherapy,

I am Male age 72 pune based suffering from chronic insomnia from last 25 years the day I left alcohol. Sleeps comes only after 2 a. M after having taken homeopathy and allopathy medicines. Also depression, anxiety, fear, tensions.

Bachelor of Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist, Noida
I am Male age 72 pune based suffering from chronic insomnia from last 25 years the day I left alcohol. Sleeps comes o...
You should try yoga. And have a walk after dinner. Take milk at night. And go sleep after that. Don't engage your self in any work becoz your not getting d sleep. Just switch off d lites and listen slow music of memory. It will definitely help u. Even will take some time but you will succeed. All d best.
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Dear sir, I am working in a bank. Since last month I am having a pain poking pinching like in my heart .Its comes and goes off that I feel anxiety little bit depression. Is some heart problem is there or something else. For last 8 years I am facing from asthma problem also. I used to rotahaler three times in a day. I have a high cholesterol and tryglochride is around 400. What to do sir please suggest.

MD, Fellowship in Intergrative Medicine, MBBS
Integrated Medicine Specialist, Kochi
Dear sir, I am working in a bank. Since last month I am having a pain poking pinching like in my heart .Its comes and...
Hello From the details given and from the nature of pain described it is more unlikely to be a cardiac. Pain. But given the high cholesterol and Triglycerides you have a risk factor for getting cardiac issues .So take a baseline ECG. Nothing to worry. Please change your food habits Stop all dairy products stop animal products unless it is grass fed meat and organic. Go on a plant based diet if you want to stop your cholesterol medications eat a high fiber diet sleep for 8 hrs do daily exercise what is the stress issues you have .Is it at work or home I am a lifestyle and wellness physician based overseas. If you want specific advise take a consult. Remember You cannot fix your health without fixing your diet.
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Hi my I am 36 years old I have forgetfulness problem I will forget in 5 minutes. I do not know what to do. For my memory. Kindly help me to increase memory power.

BHMS
Homeopath, Gandhinagar
Hello, first of all do mediitation to incrase memory along with that kali phos 6x (homoeopathic medicine) take 4morning 4 night after 1hr of meal.
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Sir I have problem of abnormal thinking. repetition of unnecessary thoughts in my mind which I do not want to think. Again and again unnecessary thoughts arises in my mind and I get depressed. Always in my to harm myself but I do not want to harm myself. I think my brain is divided into two parts in one part good things and in another part only bad and abnormal thoughts. Please help sir.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Sir I have problem of abnormal thinking. repetition of unnecessary thoughts in my mind which I do not want to think. ...
This is obsessive thinking and you need psychiatric treatment. First try these depression control steps. Natural Depression Treatments Being depressed can make you feel helpless. But Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there's a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behaviour – your physical work, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking -- are all natural depression treatments .these tips can help you feel better -- starting right now. 1. Get in a routine. If you’re depressed, you need a routine depression can strip away the structure from your life. One day melts into the next. Setting a gentle daily schedule can help you get back on track. 2. When you're depressed, you may feel like you can't accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. To push back, set daily goals for yourself. "Start very small,” "Make your goal something that you can succeed at, like doing the dishes every other day. As you start to feel better, you can add more challenging daily goals. 3. Exercise- It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It may also have long-term benefits for people. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons to get a benefit. Just walking a few times a week can help. 4. Eat healthy. There is no magic / special; diet that corrects depression. It's a good idea to watch what you eat, though. If depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of your eating will help you feel better. Although nothing is definitive, there’s evidence that foods with omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish) and folic acid (such as spinach) could help ease depression. 5. Get enough sleep. Depression can make it hard to get enough sleep and can make depression worse. What can you do? Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom -- no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep improves. 6. Take on responsibilities. When you’re depressed, you may want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at home and at work. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can work as a natural depression treatment. They ground you and give you a sense of accomplishment. If you're not up to full-time school or work, that’s fine. Think about part-time. If that seems like too much, consider volunteer work. 7. Challenge negative thoughts. In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is mental -- changing how you think. When you're depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions. You might feel like no one likes you, but is there real evidence for that? You might feel like the most worthless person on the planet, but is that really likely? It takes practice, but in time you can beat back those negative thoughts before they get out of control. 8. Check with your doctor before using supplements. "There's promising evidence for certain supplements for depression, Those include fish oil, folic acid. Always check with your doctor before starting any supplement, especially if you’re already taking medications 9. Do something new. When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different. Go to a museum. Pick up a used book and read it on a park bench. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Take a language class. "When we challenge ourselves to do something different, there are chemical changes in the brain, "Trying something new alters the levels of [the brain chemical] dopamine, which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, and learning. 10. Try to have fun. If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? "That's just a symptom of depression, You have to keep trying anyway. As strange as it might sound, you have to work at having fun. Plan things you used to enjoy, even if they feel like a chore. Keep going to the movies. Keep going out with friends for dinner. When you're depressed, you can lose the knack for enjoying life, you have to relearn how to do it. In time, fun things really will feel fun again.
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All About Forensic Psychiatry

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
All About Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic psychiatry is generally identified as a specialized offshoot of psychiatry, dealing with the calculated treatment and evaluation of mentally disordered offenders in secure hospitals, prisons and in the community. This branch of psychiatry requires an indepth understanding and thorough knowledge of the connection between legality and mental health. 

Patients of Forensic Psychiatry, generally are affected with personality dysfunctions, mental illness, psychopathic disorders, organic brain damage, learning disability and other conditions, such as histories of abuse and traumatic experiences as well as substance abuse and misuse.

Nature of the work
The most important prerequisite of this branch of psychiatry is a secure and safe environment where the subjects are liable to legal restrictions. Evaluation and assessment may vary from highly secured hospitals and prisons to low secure units and community based services. Forensic psychiatrists must have a thorough knowledge of civil, criminal and case law because of their frequent dealings with criminal justice agencies and the courts. 

An important component of Forensic Psychiatry is risk assessment and evaluation. Forensic psychiatrists must be fluent and adept at handling patients during emergencies or routine situations. Moreover, they should be calm, composed and professional in their dealings, especially with patients who display instability or violent and aggressive behavior.

The probation service, the prison service and the courts generally rely on forensic psychiatrists for expert advice, precisely because of their familiarity with preparing reports for mental health review tribunals and criminal justice agencies.

Imperatives: 

  1. Quintessentially, the obligatory role of a forensic psychiatrist requires:
  2. Ability to treat others with understanding and respect
  3. Ability to work flexibly
  4. Emotional resilience along with the ability to empathize with patients
  5. Anticipation and an inherent initiative to work in challenging situations
  6. Good communication skills
  7. A scientific and analytic approach and assessment
  8. Good leadership qualities
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I'm suffering from very high depression. Should I take any medicine? Some time also headache and chest pain.

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
I'm suffering from very high depression.
Should I take any medicine?
Some time also headache and chest pain.
Dear Kanhaiya, Welcome to lybrate. Clinical depression or depressive disorder is a neurochemical disorder. Clinical depression is usually treated with a combination of psychiatric medicines, psychotherapy, life style changes, meditation and exercise. I hope you are undergoing psychiatric treatment, otherwise, please approach a psychiatrist. Once you make the necessary amendments in your life with the help of the above said therapies and life style changes, learn how to manage the depressive episodes without medicines and learn to relax, the medicines can be weaned off over a period of one year. Please consult a psychologist online or in person for advise counseling and therapy. Take care.
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Dr. I have a problem of thought broad casting I don't know it because of my bad immune system or what but im suffering it around last 2 years and it really so bad to feel it nd I don't know where it comes to me but the problem is what ever I said to my mind it already disclosed to every body nd it's really true sir I not mad sir nd im really bad suffer to do my job so please gave some suggestions to my favour.

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
Dr. I have a problem of thought broad casting I don't know it because of my bad immune system or what but im sufferin...
Dear user. Thought broadcasting is the belief that others can hear or are aware of an individual's thoughts. This differs from telepathy in that the thoughts being broadcast are thought to be available to anybody. Thought broadcasting is considered a positive symptom of schizophrenia. I suggest a comprehensive approach with psychiatric medicines and CBT. Take care.
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i have a panic disorder since 2010.i think of unseen n untold fear of dying or going mad n become easily angered n irritated.i panic n become restless n feel that i m becoming breathless.i m taking paroxetine controlled release tablets n etizolam tablets,will these medicines cure me eventually,please help?

BHARAT JYOTI, MRACGP, INCEPTOR, MD-PhD, MD - Psychiatry, FIPS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
You can continue the same medication or change over to Escitalopram 10mg nocte and Clonatril ).5mg BD prn basis. You will settled down. You can practice CBT./Yoga and Meditation/Exercise/ Pranayama if you wish to stop medication Alternatively . Some of the Ayurveda medicines will be helpful like Brahmi and Mentat to control emotions and fear and Aswamedha caps twice a day.
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I am in relationship with a guy since 10 years. We both loves each other and getting married soon. But he is very aggressive . He abuse me and blocks me when he feels. But I can't do anything as I am badly addicted to him. First I want to get out this addiction because it makes me suffer and pls tell me how can I stop him for being so aggresive and abusive. Please tell.

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. I can understand. Addicion happens when you find any pleasure from this person. If you don't find any pleasure, addiction is not possible. What is the pleasure you are getting from this person? please let me know. Secondly, once the condition is so bad, you should come out of the relationship, for sure. Do not try to change his behavior. Instead, you try to change. I suggest online counseling and cognitive therapy to you. Take care.
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Hii. I am 25 year old girl. I was in a relation. The guy who loved me alot. I cannot imagine my life without him. We have also physical relation. But now he hot married with another girl. Due to this I feel very depress. What should I do. Will my future husband know about my past?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Hii. I am 25 year old girl. I was in a relation. The guy who loved me alot. I cannot imagine my life without him. We ...
So, he is essentially gone out of your life. Now, your options are to move on and do not look back. If you feel too guilty and need to share this with your future husband, tell him before you marry him but after he has sufficient love for you. If you think he cannot handle it, then do not share it with him. He can only know that you have lost your virginity and in that context, you can reveal that you have been in a relationship before keeping the above considerations in view. Today, most people are in relationships and it seems quite acceptable if the person is broad minded. But the timing of your​ revelation is critical.
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Hi Doctor, Am a drinking person, past 4 years am regularly drinking evry two days once. Now I want stop the habit. Please advice me.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Only strong will power, determination, attending AA meetings and diverting mind when tempted will help you stop alcohol Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers. When you drink alcohol, cancer-causing chemicals are formed. Alcohol also affects hormone levels and makes cells even more likely to be damaged by smoking. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer. No type of alcohol is better or worse than another, it is the alcohol itself that leads to the damage, regardless of whether it is in wine, beer or spirits. And drinking and smoking together are even worse for you. Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer. But on the whole, scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others. Every year, alcohol causes 4% of cancers .Tips to cut down on alcohol. There are lots of simple ways to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink. It can help to work out if there are particular times or situations when you tend to have a drink, whether that’s a bad day at work or a weekly pub quiz tradition, and plan what you’ll say and do differently next time. Have more alcohol-free days a week. For liver health it’s best to have at least 2 days off alcohol in a row each week. Try agreeing on certain days with your partner or a friend and help each other and stick to it. If you are planning to drink alcohol, decide on a limit in advance and make sure you don’t go over it. Swap every other alcoholic drink for a soft one – starting with your first drink. Try shandy instead of a pint of beer, or swap some wine for soda and have a spritzer. Don’t stock up on beer, wine or spirits at home. Finish one drink before pouring another, because topping up drinks makes it harder to keep track of how much you’ve had and when you planned to stop. Avoid buying drinks in rounds, that way you don’t have to keep pace with anyone. Tell a friend or partner that you’re cutting down on alcohol, they can support you – or even join you.
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I am having severe pain on my right calf and the pain continues to go right up to my buttocks, please give me some remedy ?

Master of Physical Therapy MPT CARDIO, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Rajkot
CONSULT PHYSIOTHERAPIST. TAKE TENS OR IFT OR TRACTION MODALITY AS WE CAN SUSPECT DIABETIC NEUROPATHY OR MAY HAVE SYMPTOM ASSOCIATED WITH COMPRESSION OF SCIATIC NERVE.
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Smoking is bad for health but one person 20 time's smoke what is the effect on person.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Very serious and dangerous affects will be there even if there are no signs of it now. Take a look at these effects and then take a call in the direction of quitting it altogether. Summary: (Source:Center for Disease Control and Prevention) • Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five deaths. • More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States during its history. • Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths in men and women.1,2 More women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer. • About 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking. • Cigarette smoking increases risk for death from all causes in men and women. • Smoking is estimated to increase the risk— o For coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times o For stroke by 2 to 4 times o Of men developing lung cancer by 25 times • Of women developing lung cancer by 25.7 times • Smoking causes diminished overall health, increased absenteeism from work, and increased health care utilization and cost. • Smoking causes stroke and coronary heart disease. • Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day can have early signs of cardiovascular disease. • Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower. This makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up. Clots can also form. • Blockages caused by smoking can also reduce blood flow to your legs and skin. • Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. • Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. • If you have asthma, tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or make an attack worse. • Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers. Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body: • Bladder • Blood (acute myeloid leukemia) • Cervix • Colon and rectum (colorectal) • Esophagus • Kidney and ureter • Larynx • Liver • Oropharynx (includes parts of the throat, tongue, soft palate, and the tonsils) • Pancreas • Stomach • Trachea, bronchus, and lung • Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant and can affect her baby's health before and after birth. Smoking increases risks for: o Preterm (early) delivery o Stillbirth (death of the baby before birth) o Low birth weight o Sudden infant death syndrome (known as SIDS or crib death) o Ectopic pregnancy o Orofacial clefts in infants • Smoking can also affect men's sperm, which can reduce fertility and also increase risks for birth defects and miscarriage. • Smoking can affect bone health. o Women past childbearing years who smoke have weaker bones than women who never smoked, and are at greater risk for broken bones. • Smoking affects the health of your teeth and gums and can cause tooth loss. • Smoking can increase your risk for cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens that makes it hard for you to see) and age-related macular degeneration (damage to a small spot near the center of the retina, the part of the eye needed for central vision). • Smoking is a cause of type 2 diabetes mellitus and can make it harder to control. The risk of developing diabetes is 30–40% higher for active smokers than nonsmokers. • Smoking causes general adverse effects on the body, including inflammation and decreased immune function. • Smoking is a cause of rheumatoid arthritis.
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Hello im 26 female im mentally stress lot and sometimes I do not know what im doing next day someone says only I realise that time im not speaking with anyone im so confused I need help.

BHMS, DCAH
Psychologist, Vadodara
Hello im 26 female im mentally stress lot and sometimes I do not know what im doing next day someone says only I real...
Hello lybrate-user, whenever there is stress, person may get confused, it happens. Ofcourse take out time for yourself, and meet a psychotherapist, but also try something at home, as in tryand writ down your thoughts, try and live in present- don't keep running in future, even in your mind. Just be 100% wherever you are. Your state shows that your just running, going wherever life takes you, just take a pause, look at yourself, give 5-10 minutesto yourself through meditation.
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Personality Disorder

MBA (HR), D.Sc, MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Pune
Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder

Dependent personality disorder (dpd) is one of a cluster of disorders defined by symptoms of anxiety and fear. The specific, identifying symptoms include:

  • being emotionally dependent on others; feeling they can’t take care of themselves
  • investing a lot of time and effort in trying to please significant people
  • displaying clingy, passive and needy behavior
  • avoiding disagreements for fear of losing approval and support
  • experiencing separation anxiety and intense fear of abandonment
  • finding it hard to be alone
  • putting the needs of others before their own
  • tolerating mistreatment and abuse for fear of disapproval and abandonment
  • being crushed, and feeling helpless, when relationships end – and forming new relationships as soon as possible
  • being unable to make even the simplest decision without the input and reassurance of others
  • rarely taking the initiative
  • avoiding personal responsibility
  • avoiding responsible jobs and careers that require independent, autonomous functioning
  • being over-sensitivity to criticism
  • feeling negative and pessimistic; expecting to disappoint and fail
  • having low self esteem and lacking confidence, including a belief that they are unable to care for themselves.
  • The cause of disorder is still unclear, and probably includes both a genetic and environmental component. Some researchers have speculated that it could be linked to an authoritarian or overprotective parenting style – which acts as a trigger for a genetic predisposition.

Treatment is usually initially sought for some other problem or concern – such as feeling overwhelmed – so that they can’t cope with life. Also, sufferers will often have a mood disorder so they seek help for depression or anxiety at first.

The normal treatment for this particular disorder is counselling or psychotherapy. However, the emphasis is short term therapy so the person doesn’t form a dependency – and then look to the counsellor to take care of them. Prognosis with support is generally good.

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