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Dr. Lavanya Rajesh Kumar

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I am 22 years old mail habitual of smoking 1-3 cigarette a day from last 5 years. I want to quit it. Kindly confirm will it create any problem after quitting or will it be okay?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You will be very thankful fr having quit this bad habit and there will be no problems but a lot of good health and happiness. Initially it will be difficult but please persevere. When quitting, you must take one day at a time. 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 chewing gum or 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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What Really Causes Personality Disorders?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
What Really Causes Personality Disorders?

What really causes personality disorders?

Personality disorders (pd) are anomalies in behavioral patterns of an individual that are characterized by impairments in personal and interpersonal functioning. These are maladaptive psychological conditions that can be mild or intense and can affect a person's relations with others. These are not triggered by the external factors but are inherent abnormalities of behavior and conduct.

The human psyche is a vast and complex field of study which is so diverse that no two cases of psychological dysfunction are the exact same. Personality disorders are of numerous types, each having a different set of causes and traits.

Broadly speaking, they can be classified into three extensive 'clusters' or categories.

Cluster a includes odd or eccentric disorders like paranoid pd,

Cluster b includes dramatic or erratic disorders such as antisocial pd, and

Cluster c includes fearful and anxious disorders like avoidant pd.

Personality disorders are caused by a wide range of factors which impact each individual in a different manner. The most basic and common causes of pd are as follows:

  •   sexual abuse
  •   physical abuse
  •   emotional abuse
  •   verbal abuse

In most cases, abuse occurs during childhood and the pd takes manifestation in the teenage and adult years. A combination of multiple factors gives rise to complicated disorders which have more acute symptoms. Accidents and trauma can also give rise to personality disorders later in life.

Counseling and psychological therapy are used to tackle the problem and alleviate symptoms. Each case requires a different kind of approach and sometimes intake of medication is also deemed necessary. Diagnosis is always subjective and takes into account various aspects of the patient's life.


Related Tip: Did You Know PANIC is One of the 5 ANXIETY Disorders?

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Hi, I am 31 years loosing confidence in handwriting during write to anything I am thinking how it will make for e.g when I am going to write 'a' I think how can I draw it. Every time I am tries to make letter or number in air it results to pain in my hand. My writing was not good before 4 months but I was able to write anything with confidently now it is getting very poorer. Everytime I am thinking about it. Kindly reply on my mail asap.

L L. B..,, M.Sc psychy,, N L P, P.G.D.G.C, M.S psychotherapy,, M.A child care, M A, clinical psy, M.A,social psychiatry,, M.Phil., psychology., Ph.D .,psychology
Psychologist, Vijayawada
Every personality is different from person to person. Hand writings also different from person to person. There is no good hand writing and bad writing. Everything is specific signature. In this stage very difficult to improve your hand writing. I think you are internally suffering from any other disturbances. Better to analyse your internal frustrated thoughts. Better to share with others. Better to friendly with others. Do not be alone. Do not think I loss confidence. Confidence comes based on our activities. Better to do activities with confident. Then it improves your confidence. If not possible better to consult psychologist to analyse your internal feelings and problems. Best of luck.
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I started taking pexep 20 mg for social anxiety for 1 month den increased dose to 30mg for 20 days and now started with 40 mg for social anxiety I m not getting good result no improvement in social anxiety please help.

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 Haresh, Welcome to lybrate. Social Anxiety disorder treatment consists of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, life style changes, relaxation therapy and meditation. Once you learn how to manage your anxiety yourself with the help of the above treatment methods, You will be cured. The process is a bit lengthy and could take any period between one year to 2 years according to the depth of the anxiety problem and the circumstances at which the patient lives. Keep the period of treatment in mind, prepare yourself to take up the treatment and consult a psychologist online or in person. Take care.
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I am 41 years old female suffering bouts of anger very often recently, please guide me how to control my negative thoughts, most of the time I am very much upset and feeling sad always. How to overcome from this. I want to do suicide but I have responsibilities, also know that subside is not the solution of my problem, but I am unable to avoid these thoughts everyday. please give me solution for this.

BDS, Certification in hypnotherapy, Certification in N.L.P, Certification in Gene and behavior, Psychology at Work
Psychologist, Gurgaon
Hi, you are feeling sad because you are struggling to be happy all the time. And don't try to control anything including your negative thoughts or anger, controlling means wrestling and there are two set of thoughts fighting with each other. We tend to get stuck. If one particular thing is not giving the desired outcome repetition of that again and again will also never give you success, you should try some other option, rigidity cause a set thought pattern with same result. And lastly since you did not come to this world by your own will, you should not be considering going back on your own.
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Hello . I had some acne problem for the last few years .I consulted a dermatologist and completed the course he provided and it had been cured completely . But as this present season arrives I've noticed it kinda pops out . I get some reddish acne sort of on my cheeks which I am presently noticing the arrival of few .while I cleanse that portion one two even kind of pains . I am really tensed because if it continues it will look bad . Please help me with the best solution please . I have been using cetaphil cleansing lotion for all skin types as prescribed by my consultant .

Acupressurist, Chandigarh
Dear lybrate user, Applying of herbal treatments such as sage, lavender, tea tree oil and chamomile. These herbs have anti-pruritic and soothing properties which can relieve severe itch. These can also make the skin smoother upon application. Salt water application. This can be done several times in a day to alleviate itchiness. The salt contained in the solution attracts the water contained in the bumps, thus relieving swelling. Herbal medicines containing camphor and menthol can also be applied to the infected area. Camphor and mint have antibiotic properties. Proper hygiene. Daily bathing and cleansing can prevent as well as treat the painful red bumps on the skin.
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I am suffering from a bit tension because of which I am not able to understand what to do so how to release tension or stress?

Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, there are few yoga poses which helps in calming your mind and relieves stress, but first learn these under a qualified yoga-teacher as many poses are prohibited in certain diseases or medical conditions! exercises: practice shavasana or corpse pose as it looks like a dead body. If practiced correctly and with full efforts, can relax every body part, relaxing not only the body but also the mind: spread the legs one to two feet apart, the toes are turned outwards, the heels facing each other, a comfortable distance apart. Bring the arms a little away from the body, palms turned upward. Relax the neck and allow it to turn to the side if it is more comfortable. Close the eyes and focus the attention on the body, breathing normally. Begin focusing each body part and relaxing it, then moving on. Keep the mind focused on relaxation, the breath should be normal. Relax the whole body. (the mind and body are deeply connected. If the mind is occupied by thoughts and worries then the shavasana will be unsuccessful. Therefore one has to acquire the stability of the mind along with the stability of the body.) anuloma involves inhaling through both nostrils together and exhaling each breath alternately between the left and right nostrils. The thumb of the right hand is used to manipulate the right nostril, while the pinky and ring finger are used to control the left nostril. There are many other poses of yoga like balasan, setu bandha sarvangasan, uttanasan, garudasan, savasana, triconasana, viprita karani, marjaryasana, dhyana, bhujangasana, anulom-vilum, pranayam, etc.
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Hi. My daughter is suffering from stammering. She has stammering in few letters. Kindly help her to recover from this problem.

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Advanced diploma in counselling psychology
Psychologist, Mumbai
Hi. Please take her to any counsellor, to rule out if there are underlying fears, or is she scared of any one, or confidence issue, or may be any deep routed cause. Along with it also consult speech therapist. (it would have been good if you would have mentioned the age of your daughter).
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I am 49 yrs. Facing erectile dysfunction from September 2015. Is it normal for me? I do smoke & have a drinking habit. Blood pressure ,sugar normal.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Hello lybrate user. With age there is decrease in erection and this is the normal course of any body function. But in your case you have regular alcohol drinking and smoking habit which are responsible for decreasing erection. So the first thing for you to have better erection is quitting both. It may be difficult to quit substance without medications as it may cause withdrawal symptoms, so you may need an initial help of medications. Along with this accepting a healthy lifestyle with 30 mins of daily exercise and healthy food choices with regular sleep wake pattern may help you to further decrease your problems. Get in touch for further help.
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I have a question for this person who is 54 years old and taking opium from long time now say 5-6 years. It all started when he used to feel low working all day at work. He tried opium when somebody referred it to him and felt energetic to work afterwards whole day. He is consuming it regularly. Sometimes even twice a day. One at around 11noon (sometimes) and another one at 4'o clock (regularly. Quantity he is taking is a pea sized everytime. Now that he wants to get rid of it he is unable to do it as the moment he stops consuming he gets loose motion or something. Mostly related to stomach things, not anywhere else. What he should do now? any tips, courses or medicines he can try one more thing he's an alcoholic too. Four 60ml drinks everyday. He is not planning to leave drinking anytime soon but opium yes, it's an addiction now which he wants to get rid of now. Please guide. Thanks in advance to the whole doctor community.

Psychiatrist, Delhi
Opioid dependence is currently seen as a biopsychosocial disorder in which multiple factors interact to influence initiation of use, continued use, and relapse after periods of abstinence. Those factors? pharmacological, social, environmental, personality, psychopathology, genetic, and familial? are the same ones that must be considered when looking at abuse and dependence on other categories of drugs. Opioid withdrawal a. Either of the following: (1) cessation of (or reduction in) opioid use that has been heavy and prolonged (several weeks or longer) (2) administration of an opioid antagonist after a period of opioid use. B. Three (or more) of the following, developing within minutes to several days after criterion a: (1) dysphoric mood (2) nausea or vomiting (3) muscle aches (4) lacrimation or rhinorrhea (5) pupillary dilation, piloerection, or sweating (6) diarrhea (7) yawning (8) fever (9) insomnia treatment detoxification there are now three medications approved for use in the treatment of opioid withdrawal. Narcotics anonymous (na) is a self-help group of abstinent drug abusers modeled on the 12-step principles of alcoholics anonymous (aa). Behavioral interventions psychotherapies are treatment methods. First pt should be examined by psychiatrist and after routine test. Then treatment begins. Family members should be educated about the disorder. If you want more details. Let me know. Kindly help the guy to come out of this problem.
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I am 16 yr old and I am always in the dreams of my girl friend. I cannot study. What should I 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
That situation is normal and almost all people like you will go through such a situation. The best option is accept it and don't force it away. Instead, improve your attitude towards study and career. Slowly you will find time to think about your girl friend and time to study. Take care.
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My friend quit smoking after a long period, after how long he will be complete NON SMOKER & what should be the diet to clear the tar in his body. He is of my age only & same physical structure.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bangalore
how long will it take to be a Non smoker depends on the individual. if he has better will power, he will quit faster. to remove tar and purify the lungs - start having aloe Vera juice on the morning everyday. there are specific medicines available in Ayurveda to help quit smoking and to detoxify the lungs. consult if you need more info regarding that
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Sab kuch thik hone k baad bhi mujhe hamesha kuch boora hone ka darr lga rehta hai. Jaise chalte hooye accident hone ka. Safar krte hooye gadi takrane ka etc etc.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Hello, aap ek tarah ki anxiety se safar kar rahe hai, jisme kuch unhoni hone ka dar laga rehta hai, per pata nahi hota kya. Fear of death. Remember to take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get your mind off of you anxieties and stresses. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, watch tv, play on the computer or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. This will distract you from your current worries. A lot of times, our worrying can make the problem even worse. All the worrying in the world will not change anything. All you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and when something does happen, take it in stride. If you still have trouble managing your anxiety of the future, then talking to a counselor or clergyman can be of great help. There are ways to help manage your fear and all it takes is some effort to find those answers. Aap psychiatrist se consult kare.
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My relative having B Pharma degree around 34 years old initially joined service around two years have following problem: He is not doing job and making big excuses for the same he is fond of eating and putting good dresses Remains away from society Normally Good habits Helps in household works if like Now a days he is going away from home in rlatives home.

(MRCPSYCH-UK), MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
What about his wife. Children. Marriage. Marriage is a strong motivator for working. Psychotherapy will definitely work. Take him to a psychiatrist or a trained psychotherapist
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My question is Every Time I want to study more but when I take the book in the hand I am not able to study.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are into your late adolescence and during this time there will be a lot of distractions caused by the hormonal imbalances. That will last exactly for two years and then it will stabilize. When that is done, concentration will improve. Natural concentration is when the mind can hold a thought for a long time, when thoughts are under our own control. Without concentration the mind goes here, there and everywhere, jumping like a monkey from branch to branch, idea to idea. When there is a natural concentration, we can control our mind and there is peace. This one-pointed concentration on a thought, holding it for as long as we like, gradually collects strength in the mind and in the self. A strong mind is a mind that is peaceful, stable, satisfied and can remain in the deeper meaning of a thought. There is no waste caused by over-thinking, or the high speed of thought: These are the two greatest diseases of the mind these days, which is why there is so much stress and mental breakdown. At your age and otherwise also you can have distractions easily and the mind will tend to be occupied with things that interest it. It is possible that your academic pursuits may not hold your attention much. If you have done an aptitude test and career guidance counseling you will be able to know whether the chosen disciplines are what suits your natural skills and talents. You can follow these simple rules: Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber, nuts, avocado, exercise regularly, eat dark chocolate, do Yoga meditation exercises (in fact Yoga has some good exercises for focus and concentration like looking at your thumb and at candle light), 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. Afternoons are a bad time to do study by reading. 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. In a calm disposition concentration is much better and you will be able to study better. You may need to make notes and reduce the quantity of material to be studied and that will make it easier. Today the syllabus is very heavy and so it is difficult but you must find ways of giving more important topics more of your time and attention and that way you will prioritize your effort.
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Hi, my daughter is studying in std tenth. What should she do to increase her concentration?

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, Concentration is actually attention span. The maximum attention span is of an adult is 10 minutes. Attention span increases with dynamic, entertaining and active circumstances. I request you to look for éffective learning techniques' . Memory power depends mainly on three aspects. Understanding, storage and recollection. To understand what you are studying, you must be able to be attentive or concentrate. Concentration is possible when you are interested in that subject. Creative way of learning can help you concentrate and understand easily. When you are able to understand and concentrate, it is stored within your brain. If you read more and more it will be store in long term memory. Third part is retrieval. Whenever you want to retrieve what you learned and stored, your brain gets the request, searches the database and retrieves the information for you. The retrieval may prove to be difficult if you are anxious, stressed, worried or tired physically or mentally. Retrieval is more easy when you are relaxed and healthy. Brain needs nutrients to keep itself sharp. Fruits, vegetables and dry fruits provide much needed nutrients for your brain. Include at least one fruit in your daily diet. Physical exercises, entertainment, hobbies, relaxation, memory games like sudoku etc help keep your memory sharp and active. Take care.
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Ways to Deal With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Ways to Deal With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder that causes anxiety. It is also called as anxiety disorder. The main characteristics of this disorder are uncontrollable, unpleasant thoughts, which are continuing. OCD causes the mind to get stuck on a specific thought or inclination. For instance, you may repeat a task forty times to ensure that it has been done properly. You will not be able to get it out of your mind. OCD is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior patterns.

Some obsessive thoughts include:

  1. The fear of being defiled by germs or soil and also of contaminating others.
  2. The fear of losing control and hurting yourself or others.
  3. Having sexual or brutal thoughts on the mind.
  4. Extreme focus and devotion to religion and religious activities.
  5. A sense of fear of losing or not having things you need.
  6. Having the assumption that everything would go fine.
  7. The person will become very superstitious.

Some compulsive behavior patterns include:

  1. Inordinate double checking on things like locks, apparatuses and switches.
  2. Over and over monitoring of friends and family to ensure they're safe.
  3. Counting in the head, mumbling nonsense words without meaning.
  4. Devoting a lot of time for washing and cleaning.
  5. Praying without reason and taking part in religious ceremonies.
  6. Accumulating junk material.

Here are some common ways to deal with OCD:

  1. Regular exercise: Exercise is the best natural remedy to prevent anxiety, which leads to OCD. Exercise checks your OCD  symptoms. It makes your nerves stronger and hence you can focus your mind out of obsessive thoughts by yourself, when they arrive. Get at least thirty minutes of exercise regularly.
  2. Connect with friends and family: Social isolation is one of the common early symptoms of OCD. Social isolation can lead to OCD as well. Therefore, you must always stay connected to your friends and family so that you never get lonely and anti-social. Share everything with family.
  3. Sleep sufficiently: Lack of sleep or troubled sleep may lead to anxiety disorders. You need to sleep enough to be away from obsessive thoughts.
  4. Perform relaxation techniques: Simple practices like yoga, meditation, pranayama  help you grow spiritually, relax your mind and keeps OCD away from you.
  5. Tackle your fears: Instead of avoiding fearful thoughts, let them flow and tackle them face to face. This will help you overcome the fear. Adopt measures so that you can focus on other things and ignore the obsessive thoughts. Distract yourself away from the obsession.

OCD is a harmful disorder, and you should take all measures possible to keep away from it.

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He just listen but utter no words. In school also he has one or two friends. His mother had high hopes on him and if it goes like this he may fail in 12th std. Some friends suggested to ask extra time in public exam after getting Doctor's certificate. But we are afraid that he will be shown as mentally disabled in future certificates. Pl. Guide us what to do in his case.

Masters in Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology
Psychologist, Chandigarh
Sir from the information provided it is understood that child is in 12th grade and having problems in coping in studies. But as a parent I hope you have got the child evaluated for intellectual ability by a Clinical psychologist to know the IQ of child. This will help you know where the child is having problem and then work on those areas. Some child have good intellectual ability but have Learning Disability wherein problem is in reading, writing or maths. Hence an assessment is important before any thing else is decided.
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Sir my friend stammers in front of others. But at home he speaks fluently. When he talks with other his heartbeat increases, he becomes anxious and he stammers. Suggest ways to overcome.

MASLP, Bachelor of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology (B.A.S.L.P), DHLS
Audiologist, Pune
Stammering or stuttering needs speech evaluation by speech language pathologist where we asses your stammering and further as a part of treatment we give you guidance on how you can manage your stuttering. Send me your audio sample so that I help future on speech therapy. Let me know if it helps. Thanks.
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