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Dr. Kavitha

Psychiatrist, Chennai

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Dr. Kavitha is a trusted Psychiatrist in Vanagaram, Chennai. Doctor is currently practising at Manashasthra Hospital in Vanagaram, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Kavitha on Lybrate.com.

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I didn't got romance and i lost my self confidence.Suggest some way to come out ?

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You spend quality time with your partner. Do some regular exercise, take plenty of fluid. Add fruit in your diet

Hello sir, At the time of speaking i feel shie in public and other place also. What should i do for that?

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Hello sir, At the time of speaking i feel  shie in public and other place also. What should i do for that?
You have to overcome this phobia by regular practice and speaking in front of friends and boldly going with public.

I actually think soo much about the past or present or future situations eagerly so depressed thinking about the future situation before it going to happen in previous I think of it nd get stressed so help me.

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I actually think soo much about the past or present or future situations eagerly so depressed thinking about the futu...
Dear lybrate-user, welcome to lybrate. The duty of your mind is to think. You cannot control your mind's thinking. Once you just leave your mind without diversion, it always end up in negative territory. But certainly you can divert your thinking. You can make your mind to be always positive by engaging in creative activities, hobbies, games and passionate towards whatever you do. Thereby you can reduce your stress and tension also. Once you can do this, loss of proper sleep and stress also can be made normal. Take care.

Diagnosed Bipolar disorder, presently on Ventab DXT 50 1 tablet at bed time since last one month. Today morning felt nervousness and breathlessness, took Zapiz. 5. Otherwise, I feel energetic, happy and self contained now a days.

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Diagnosed Bipolar disorder, presently on Ventab DXT 50 1 tablet at bed time since last one month. Today morning felt ...
My advice to you will be to not to focus or analyse too much on your feeling s all the time. That is the trap bipolar & depression people fall into. Everyone has ups & downs in emotions every single day. Do not consider yourself as a bipolar patient. Set of emotional state oe repeated typed of thoughts vaguelyare grouped as a particular problemproblem for therapeutic convince. But if you are focused on it, trying hard to get over it, you may find yourself in a perpetuating conflict. Let life flow. As it has, and as it has to.

Why i am getting tension at the age of 38. I seems its too early.

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Why i am getting tension at the age of 38. I seems its too early.
There is no age limit for tension: you can get it at any time in your life. If your constitution is not primed for tension, and if the pressure is beyond your means, you will experience stress. So you need to build your resistance and coping skills to manage the routine pressures. Apart from that you should not add to the pressures that life throws at you. Your best bet is to keep yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually fit all the time. You need to find out what is causing pressure right now in your life and what coping skills are lacking in you to manage it. Then you can meet with counselor to sort it out.

I am twenty two year boy. I am suffering from panic disorder since long and I can not find way to come out. Please help.

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I am twenty two year boy. I am suffering from panic disorder since long and I can not find way to come out. Please help.
When you say since long, I presume it must be from late teens. That is when most disturbances reveal themselves. It may indicate that there may be some contributors from childhood. So it is better for you to visit a counselor with your parents and they can throw some light into your developmental years to help reach a diagnosis. The other thing is that you should now stop trying to work this out on your own because it will cause you quite a lot of discomfort and disturbance, and you will be wasting valuable time in the process. What you need to do is visit a counselor immediately and work out the emotional baggage that is bothering you to cause this anxiety, especially fear. Fear is the key for resolving the panic, successfully. These attacks can become more frequent and more forceful. There could be a lot of guilt that needs to be worked out. Panic attacks are curable but you need to comply, and with the complete cooperation that the treatment requires. Forewarned you should be forearmed. If the counselor thinks that you need medication, so be it. In the meantime get your body fit: it plays a very important role in order to harbor a fit mind. So exercise regularly, go for Yoga and meditation to train the brain, sleep well and eat healthily.

I have fever; headache; body pain; weakness in my body; ear pain.what should i do? please advice

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I have fever; headache; body pain; weakness in my body; ear pain.what should i do? please advice
Before starting any treatment you require to have micro exam of ear. Also if nothing abnormal it may be Neuralgia or reffered pain of toothache or tonsillitis or any infective leasion in throat. Also sinus problem can give rise to ear ache....take pain killer

Hii . My father is suffering from bipolar disorder from 2 years. Please recommend best possible treatment.

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Hii . My father is suffering from bipolar disorder from 2 years. Please recommend best possible treatment.
Without wasting time do take the person to a doctor and to a counselor for diagnosis and treatment immediately. You must make sure that the person cooperates because many times they do not believe that there is something wrong and would love to quit the medication. Complying with all the medical prescriptions and working in tandem with a counselor for a long time and learning coping skills and techniques to handle the daily challenges the person will face is very important. There are certain adaptations that will suit him during the elation phase and there are certain behaviors that are required during the depressed phases. In the meantime, he can do certain things that will give him benefits anyway. Emotional therapy will alleviate a lot of the problems faced in this condition because it is a mood disorder. He needs to particularly look at his levels of anger both for its reasonableness and to express it in an appropriate manner. I suspect that much of this anger may have origins in early childhood that he may never be aware of it now. Let him talk to his parents and explore that angle. This information will help the counselor too. Also, he will need to check whether there is any genetic factor involved. He must exercise regularly, eat healthily and sleep normally too. If his motivation and cooperation are good much can be achieved. He must have a time-structured schedule filled with interesting and reasonable activities and it must be monitored for compliance and delivery. The reason I say this is that many times he will be inclined to have grandiose notions and confidently believe that he can do without the medication. This will set him back many months in the treatment and delay and sabotage the recovery: forewarned he is forearmed. If this combination of medication with therapy is maintained for at least three years without any episodes or breakdowns, it is possible to taper the medication in consonance with the doctor. Bipolar is characterized by two extreme poles i.e. feeling very high (mania) and suddenly feeling very low (depression). You can ask the doctor for the symptoms he noticed in him for a personal understanding.

I am a male of 47 years and suffering from serious emotional eating disorders. At times, I just walk down the stairs leaving my work to find something to eat and take an aimless stroll. Am I going to depression? I am having serious differences with my children as I try to steer them clear of the hardship of lives. They think that I am over reactive, hotlar type and thus do not have any respect for me.

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I am a male of 47 years and suffering from serious emotional eating disorders. At times, I just walk down the stairs ...
First, let me address your emotional eating disorder. You need to identify the emotion that is behind the excessive eating: are you sad, angry, afraid or happy that you tend to want to eat every time? when you have done that it is as simple as addressing the feeling that feeds into the over-eating and you will cease to have a problem. This can be done with a counselor, ideally. Many of us over-eat when emotionally distraught. You are already over-weight and for some people weight gain is a side effect of the medication. Apart from that it is likely that your metabolism might have reduced considerably making you susceptible to gain weight even with small quantities of food. If you still want to eat (i mean healthy food of course), you can consume more, if you did some noteworthy exercise, after getting approval from your doctor. Exercise boosts your metabolic rate. Foods also boost metabolism: egg whites, lean meat, water, chili peppers, coffee, green tea, milk, whole grains, and lentils. Cucumber is a zero calorie food and takes long to digest and much metabolism too. If you have it before each meal and any amount too, it will curb the amount of consumption. Even so, the addictive aspect of eating involves the obsession and compulsion i. E. Your mind will be always thinking about food and then it will feed into a compulsion to consume something. So, if you occupy yourself, (not busy) then the mind will not think too much on food and therefore it will negate the compulsion. Now all these measures will have a positive effect on your bp. Regarding gaining the respect of your children, it is true that people who are losing control over their own habits, like in an addiction type of circumstance, tend to be too protective and restrictive towards their children. You need to trust your children by giving them more freedom. You can trust your children more by giving them the right values in childhood and then you can relax because it acts like a vaccination. Your role as a parent is to offer them good role models and to give them useful information to help them handle life. If they mess up, it is still okay, but the great advantage you have is to know that you had told them and now it is their responsibility, not yours.

Hi, I am currently taking the following tablets for OCD, depression and anxiety: Flovovamine 100 mg - 1 tablet morning Betacap tr 40 - 1 tablet morning Buperon XL 150 MG - 1 tablet morning Lonazep 2 mg - 1 tablet night I do not have any OCD, anxiety or depression symptoms but I feel like my muscle is stiff in the leg and I feel like shaking my leg always to the extent it pains. I have this prob for more than a month. I had a similar issue earlier sometime before. Could you pls suggest if I can take Ecitane (Trihexyphenidyl) 2 mg - 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet in the night along with the above tablets to reduce muscle stiffness and excessive shaking of leg? Note: I am under regular medication since 2011.

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I think. As you r on medication since 2011 for ocd wid relieving symptoms. Symptoms you mentioned might be part of restless leg syndrome. Which can be because of medications ,anxiety. And other causes. Usually benzodiazepine like clonazepam is used which you r already taking. Yes in addition to this you can try trihexyphendyl or levodopa carbamamazapine. For your symptoms. U can also avoid caffeine. Maintain sleep hygiene. Leg massage can also help.

I lost my close friend last month and since then I am very lonely and unhappy and keep alone within me. Please help me.

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I lost my close friend last month and since then I am very lonely and unhappy and keep alone within me. Please help me.
Lybrate user it's feeling of emptiness that's is common after loss of loved ones. But one needs to look at other aspects of life too.

Sir I am a regular smoker. But I want to stop smoking. Without medicine I can't stop it. Please suggest me a medicine. Thank you.

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Hi there ~ start your stop smoking plan with start s = set a quit date. Choose a date within the next two weeks, so you have enough time to prepare without losing your motivation to quit. If you mainly smoke at work, quit on the weekend, so you have a few days to adjust to the change. T = tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit. Let your friends and family in on your plan to quit smoking and tell them you need their support and encouragement to stop. Look for a quit buddy who wants to stop smoking as well. You can help each other get through the rough times. A = anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting. Most people who begin smoking again do so within the first three months. You can help yourself make it through by preparing ahead for common challenges, such as nicotine withdrawal and cigarette cravings. R = remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work. Throw away all of your cigarettes (no emergency pack!), lighters, ashtrays, and matches. Wash your clothes and freshen up anything that smells like smoke. Shampoo your car, clean your drapes and carpet, and steam your furniture. T = talk to your doctor about getting help to quit. Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with withdrawal and suggest other alternatives. If you can't see a doctor, you can get many products over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store, including the nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum. I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day.

I am diabetic type 2. I am in problem of Parkinson since 5 years. Please advise.

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Consult an endocrinologist and a neurologist for your problems. Tell them to act in tandem to resolve your concerns.

I am 17 year old and having a bad headache and body pain from 4 months what should I do ?Please help anf I am suffering from depression also please help.

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I am 17 year old and having a bad headache and body pain from 4 months what should I do ?Please help anf I am sufferi...
Dear lybrate user, your headache and body pain might be because of a number of reasons like, lack of sleep, stress, lack of proper food, vitamin deficiencies etc. You need to consult a doctor, who will check you physically and only then will be able to diagnose the real cause of your discomfort. It is advisable to visit your doctor first and follow his/her advise. Later on once you start feeling better physically, then again check with yourself, if you still feel depressed or sad then you may consult a counsellor, who will help you to get rid of your negative thoughts. Take care.

I am 32 years old. I am facing obsessive compulsion disorder. I am having three types of problem they are 1. I am getting two thoughts at a time like while crossing road my mind gets puzzled and not able to take decision to cross the road 2. I am getting obsessive. Thoughts and fear of useless thoughts for example I will die with headache. 3. I am not satisfied with my work. There is repetitive questions arises in my mind. These all things makes me irritated, anxiety, and I fail to enjoy my day to day life. Please doctor help me.

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Frankly speaking you need to take proper counseling for this problem as its not so simple. Please consult a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Your problem can be treated with proper counseling. Please don't hesitate and get help. A professional will be able to help you find the root cause of your anxieties which are causing these symptoms. And please do not self diagnose. Not necessary you have ocd. Many people go through such a phase.

Effects of Excessive Use of Social Networking on Mental Health

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Social networking refers to a multitude of websites that let the people from across the globe to get in touch with each other and interact through photos, videos discussions or audio. To name a few, Facebook tops the list by having over 1.2 billion active users monthly from across the world, followed by Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn.

As per the latest statistics, around 42% of populace online at one time, is using social networking sites either on their laptops or mobiles. Majority of this population is below 30 years of age, whereas the figure is changing for internet users aged 65 years and above. People use these sites to stay in touch with family and friends, to share things, express their views on matters and to find out what's happening in the other corner of the world.

But this usage can have many negative effects on the mental health and well-being of users both children and adults.

1. It is addictive: It has been analyzed that these social networking sites are often addictive with people using them daily or even several times during a day. They log in to these sites for many reasons like to overcome boredom, distraction, to check their likes and comments which are usually a positive support after posting a status or information.

2. It makes us do unfair comparisons: Various posts on social media at times make people compare their lives with others. And it is said, the grass is always greener on the other side, it makes you feel low thinking how idealized are the lives of people connected to you.

3. Social media makes us restless: Many people start feeling restless when they are unable to access their social media accounts.

4. Cyberbullying: Social media increases cyberbullying specifically in adolescents.

5. Increased use of Alcohol: Social media glamorizes the use of drugs and alcohol since the teenagers often view the pictures of people using it and out of peer pressure would like to try them.

6. Social media increases unhappiness: Enthusiastic users feel that social media fluctuates their moods also leaving them dissatisfied in their lives.

7. FOMO: It might also lead to FOMO, fear of missing out. Pinterest might give you a feeling that you are not creative or talented, Twitter and Facebook might make you feel that you are not smart and are not enjoying your life enough.

Excess of social networking might also lead to problems like anxiety, feeling of imperfection, may induce a feeling of being miserable or in some cases might even cripple the basic need for social interaction. It has been known to create a digital landscape has exerts an unnecessary and increased pressure on the generation today and the general population has to a larger extent.
Effects of Excessive Use of Social Networking on Mental Health

I am 17 girl I took trazonil as sleeping pill since 2 months and now I get to knew actually its an antidepressant and I am a lot addicted to it if any day I try avoiding it I feel very nervous and weird and it come like a shock instantly and then its like I throw everything go out and cry alot I do not know whats going on with me how long it ll take to recover?

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I am 17 girl I took trazonil as sleeping pill since 2 months and now I get to knew actually its an antidepressant and...
You need to consult the doctor who prescribed this medication and with his help, you may be able to gradually withdraw the medication. You should also meet with a counselor and discuss your sleep problem and find some natural alternatives. Some are suggested below: In your case particularly, do not sleep during the day; don’t even lie down. Go for regular exercise (breathing through your nostrils only) at a fixed time (at about 6 am) every day, whether you sleep or not. You must develop this habit of sleeping by 10 pm latest every night and wake up at a uniform time by 6 am every morning, even if you do not get sleep. If you do not get sleep, just lie down and if you have a bed lamp (or you could get one) lie down and read something light but not exciting. Your eyes will tire and you will fall asleep. If you like you may also put on light and soft music with the sleep function on. Depending on whether you are a visual or auditory person, you may watch TV in a lying down position until you feel sleepy. Have a warm bath before going to bed (for some people a cold bath at night seems to induce sleep! If you are one of them, please do so). Place the head side of your bed in a North-South position. The room must be as dark as possible and there should be no electronic items that give off even a light LED glow. There must be ample ventilation in the room. Avoid strong odors, except lavender, on your body or in the room, or on your sheets and clothes. There should not be any live plants in your bedroom. Sleep with the lightest of clothes or without any clothing. When lying down to sleep, lie down on your left ear as much as possible. Do not sleep directly under an overhead fan. You must eat a good breakfast, a fairly light lunch, and an early dinner, which should be a very light meal. Whatever you eat in the other meals, have only a pure carbohydrate meal at night with any vegetables, and preferably before 8 pm. Do not drink much liquids after or near about dinner time. When lying down to sleep you may use the 4-7-8 breathing pattern of sleep inducement i.e. Breathe in for four counts through your nostril only, hold for 7 counts, and exhale with a whoosh sound, through your mouth only, for 8 counts. Repeat this four times in the morning and just before you sleep at night. If you know Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT (check this out either on YouTube or Google), then please practice this too for sleep induction. Self-hypnosis and slow relaxation techniques, at night will be tremendously useful. Acupuncture or acupressure will both be very useful too. Pray last thing at night before you sleep.

I got a depression treatment before 3 to 4 years back, now I hav short term memory, easy to frgot thing, person, name, place, etc. What wil b my solution?

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I got a depression treatment before 3 to 4 years back, now I hav short term memory, easy to frgot thing, person, name...
Dear welcome to lybrate. At your age, memory problems like amnesia, dementia or alzheimer's are not common. Many young people do complain having problems with memory. These problems are due to 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. Take care.

I have exams after a week. So I can't remember studied thinks in my mind, please tell me how to remember for exams?

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Hi take following medicine memorine (wheezal) 10 drops in 1/4th cup of water, drink twice a day for 1mth and revert back for further treatment plan.
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