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Dr. Poorna Chandrika

Psychiatrist, Chennai

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Dr. Poorna Chandrika Psychiatrist, Chennai
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Dr. Poorna Chandrika is an experienced Psychiatrist in T.Nagar, Chennai. She is currently practising at Bharathiraja Superspeciality Hospital & Research Centre in T.Nagar, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Poorna Chandrika on Lybrate.com.

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I am a chain smoker and I want to stop smoking. Because it is effecting me. Please help me.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You have to quit cold turkey because the body and mind will torture you endlessly while attempting a reduction in smoking. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lung with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged on. But don’t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. I don’t know what other organs could be damaged but do go for a thorough medical check-up to assess the effects of your abuse. Regarding improving your lungs, do a lot of aerobic exercise breathing through your nostrils only. Then there are a lot of deep breathing exercises in Yoga which you can learn too. Deep breathing cleanses your system and lungs and restores it to good health. Deep breathing uses the 80% of the lungs which are not normally used in normal breathing and even when exerting yourself. The greatest effect is in the lungs because this substance is processed through the respiratory system directly through the lung surface. 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 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 heartbeat 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 chew 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. You could also join twitter2quit program and enjoy its success to give up smoking.
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I am in a relationship which want to end up but I am not able to do so as he says m the badnaam krduga I am very depressed my able to study and lost all interest in those things which I feel to do I am alone dis tym not able share anything wid anyone as dis is my fault I feel to end my life.

BDS, Certification in hypnotherapy, Certification in N.L.P, Certification in Gene and behavior, Psychology at Work
Psychologist, Gurgaon
I am in a relationship which want to end up but I am not able to do so as he says m the badnaam krduga I am very depr...
Some initial courage is needed, when one has to end any sort of black-mailing. Facing the ill -effect is better than continuous blackmailing, which is like slow poison. You explain it to him that you wish to end it on a happy note. If he is more keen on exploitation tell him, it will also be him and his family, who will have there pride at stake as well. Lastly life never stops, you will eventually find another way. At this time and age, one should not consider it as a fault, despite the social conditioning. Remember you have done nothing wrong, you have a right to say yes and no whenever you want and your family will be more troubled if you carry on with this forceful relationship
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I have smoking habit how can leave that please tell me.

MD-Psychiatry, MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Certificate in Forensic Psychology
Psychiatrist,
Hello, smoking is one of the easiest & one of the most difficult habits to break because 1. Quitting cigarettes does not cause any immediate harm 2. Cigarettes are so easily available that one does succumbs into temptation of smoking just 1 more before stopping altogether. Regarding your question, easy way is decide a quit date 1 week from now & reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke to half from today. Secondly, you can purchase nicotex/quitsure park & suck type nicotine chewing gums to take care of your cigarette craving & substitute them for cigarettes. For smoking & related query, do as I suggested. Afterwards get back to me after 1 week for next plan of action. Good luck.
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I have a lot of tension regarding my studies. What should I do, i'm just 18?

PhD (Psychology), MSc Psychology, MS
Psychologist,
Dear , tension means stress and anxiety. You are worried about your studies. Please understand, worrying cannot pass you any exams. If you want to study well and pass exams, you have to study systematically and learn as much as possible. I suggest you to search for' effective learning tips' and follow them. Learn effectively to learn well. If you need any more of my help in this matter, don't hesitate to contact me. Take care.
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Tips for being "Friends with your ex"

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Tips for being "Friends with your ex"

- Give yourself time after the breakup. Don't rush into being friends with your ex. There might be negative feelings left from your relationship and that doesn't build a good foundation for a friendship. Only start seeing each other as friends if you know there are no bad feelings left.

- Don't be pushy. If your ex is clear about not wanting a friendship, respect their space.

- Know your motives. Why do you want to be friends with this person? is it because you are trying to woo them back into your life as a partner or because you genuinely treasure them as friends?

- Take one step at a time. To fit into your ex's life as a friend after having been in an intimate relationship is challenging. So start off gently. Start by calling each other on birthdays, sending emails, text messages etc. Call off meeting each other until you think the awkward phase has passed.

- Don't discuss sexual or romantic topics in the beginning. If you're dating someone or have a crush on someone, don't discuss it with your ex. You can be honest with them about your love life but spare them the details.

- Share your new relationship status with a good friend. It's always good to let a trusted friend in on how you're dealing with a new friendship.

- Avoid flirting or a physical relationship with your ex. This can be dangerous because before you know it, you might end up in a situation which leaves you both confused and unhappy. Remind yourself of all the reasons that led to the breakup.

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To get much energy for work both physically and mentally, how to be motivated to be energised and rejuvenated in one's life.

BHMS
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Of course, take care of your diet and rest. Think of doing regular breathing exercises and meditation. Work with your thought and emotions which are unproductive and blocks you from being enthusiastic and energetic. Check if you a re properly aligned with your life plan. Because you are at your best when you are totally aligned with your life plan.
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I am 29 years old and next month will be 30 years. My face is getting dull day by day coz of having lots of tension in my personal and professional life. What to do?

M.B.B.S., F.I.C.A. (USA), P.G.D.I.H, F.C.G.P., D.C.A.H
Psychiatrist, Vadodara
I am 29 years old and next month will be 30 years. My face is getting dull day by day coz of having lots of tension i...
Meet a life coach and mentor, this is all stress and worries of life. May be issues of love/future marriage, you may be having insecurities and fear. Just relax. Ask yourself what bothers you? have a positive self-talk, and learn what are those things you don't like. You need to accept your self and move on. You need to take care of your lifestyle and learn to be happy. If you cant do it yourself, meet a life coach/ stress management super-specialist like me. Once you open your heart out, you will feel free and begin to fly in life. I assure you that I can manage this and help u. You may consult me as well.
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I am a 39 year old male. I have never had sex. In d past I was used to smoke marijuana and consume alcohol too. It has been an year since I hv been a teetotaller. At the age of 28, I had got the opportunity to hv sec but could not as the moment I was ready my erection went off. At age age of 36 again I got the opportunity twice but then the same happened. Now I am into a stable relationship. I want sex now. Its not that I do not get erection or its a case of erectile dysfunction. Also on getting second opportunity to hv sex I consumed a pill vigora for stable erection but that did not work. Suggest what could be d possible cause. What precaution should I take to make it happen. Thanx n regards,

BDS, Certification in hypnotherapy, Certification in N.L.P, Certification in Gene and behavior, Psychology at Work
Psychologist, Gurgaon
I am a 39 year old male. I have never had sex. In d past I was used to smoke marijuana and consume alcohol too. It ha...
The center of sex is in the mind and not in the organs. The fear of outcome in any action hampers it. So the performance pressure, you are putting on yourself is causing the current problem just go with a mind-set of having good time and not as if you are going for a competitive exam, where you should outscore others! also don't fear of losing her. Just relax.
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My thougtgs are going harsh day by day My mind is thinking to suicide? How these thoughts are coming?

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are angry with someone or something. Try to understand what is happening to you and what are the reasons. Learn to express your feelings, without hurting others. Do not suppress your feelings. Talk to someone you trust - may be your parents, relatives, teachers or friends. Suicide is not an option. You are very young. With proper guidance, planning and commitment you can have very good future. Please seek professional help if required.
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I have burning sensation at back both sides. Sometimes its just mild and sometimes its high. I used to smoke but frm last 4 months I stopped smoking. Is it something related to quitting. Also I feel it more when I have acidity and it generally feel less when I drink water.

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
I have burning sensation at back both sides. Sometimes its just mild and sometimes its high. I used to smoke but frm ...
Hello, you can take homoeopathic medicines 1. Carbo veg 30 (4 drops in little water) thrice a day for a week. 2. Robinia q (5 drops in little water) thrice a day for a week and update. Keep a gap of 15 - 20 minutes in both the medicines. Drink lot of water. Include fruits, raw vegetables and fresh vegetable juices in your diet. Avoid fried and spicy food. Tea/coffee should not be taken in excess. Meals should be taken regularly and on time. If overweight, loose weight. Avoid stress and it should be avoided by doing yoga and exercise.
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Hi I wanna know 1 thing and that is I hv been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and when I am facing this disease then I also had lose touch with reality but few months ago I have contacted to the doctor with whom my diagnosis has been gone and he has told me that you are now normal. Infact now I can clearly distinguish between what is real and what is not real so now I wanna know 1 thing and that is .as I hv mentioned about my health condition so as per that I wanna know that when I was suffered from this disease then at time I was psycho or not and is there any chance of schizophrenia or bipolar to be get again recur or not.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Hi I wanna know 1 thing and that is I hv been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and when I ...
Bipolar disorder is an episodic disorder, if you had manic symptoms of bipolar, you may have lost insight and behaved irrationally. Else, in acute psychosis (symptoms similar to schizophrenia), the same would have happened. Surely there are chances of recurrence. Review with psychiatrist regularly. Hope he explained relapse cues, so that you can consult early in case symptoms recur.
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What is a difference between a counsellor , psychiatrist and psychologist. I have been depressed since childhood. For depression whom should I consult?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
What is a difference between a counsellor , psychiatrist and psychologist. I have been depressed since childhood. For...
Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who evaluates and treats the problems of mind. Basic mbbs is required after which they complete either 2 years diploma in psychiatry (dpm) or 3 years masters md in psychological medicine. They treat by psychotherapy (layman word = counselling) and medications. Psychologist is one who acquires either ba/ ma or bsc/msc in psychology, this is done in normal colleges without much patient exposure. If they pursue further and do m. Phil/ phd in clinical psychologist, they are trained in handling patients, ie evaluation, assessment and therapy. They are recognised by the rci (rehabilitation council of india) and are given registration number similar to doctors have mci registration number. But there are many who do m. Phil/ phd, not in clinical psychology, but other branches of psychology and practise assessment and therapy, which is not valid and amounts to quackery. Counsellors are those who require minimum 10 th standard qualification and do diploma in counselling, there are alsoe universities which give msc, counselling psychology degrees, but these are not recognised as valid degrees for assessment. They do small time counselling in courts, schools, industries, and other establishments to address day to day problems. It s always wise to get an opinion of psychiatrist, as depression you are suffering from can be due to hypothyroidism, anemia and many common medical reasons, and the severity needs to be ascertained. If the psychiatrist feels you need cbt or some other for of psychotherapy, which he cannot allot time for, he aay refer you to a clinical psychologist.
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I remain depressed whole day. When I have to go job interview and exam. My heartbeat being very fast. So I remain unemployed now. I have also panic anxiety. Give a quick solution.

MSW, Certificate in Clinical Psychopharmacology , Certificate in Treatment Planning and Progress Notation, Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Psychologist, Jaipur
I remain depressed whole day. When I have to go job interview and exam. My heartbeat being very fast. So I remain une...
Hello, I understand your anxiety. However, you should try saying affirmative proclaimations such as: I have tge skill to be good at tge job interview, I am special and unique, I will try my best to prove my skills to the one who interviews me, my interviewer isn't greater than god, I have god with me. Believe in yourself. Close your eyes and say these things. I am sure you will start feeling the confidence.
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I really fear lot to take interviews or express my self during meetings. Please advise.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I really fear lot to take interviews or express my self during meetings. Please advise.
You are suffering from poor self-confidence and poor self-image. There is abnormal fear and it could do with some contribution from your upbringing. Perhaps you experienced strict parenting; or you were intimidated by dire consequences for failure; perhaps you were brought up believing that you were not as good as others; perhaps you were forced to show undue regard for elders and felt inferior around them, etc. You must immediately seek help from a counselor. In the meantime you must do certain things to build your constitution physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Mental stability can be achieved by learning a few skills in handling emotions in an appropriate manner. Stress management skills, which have a lot to do with expressing emotions, will need to be a major part of your recovery program. Emotionally you need the help of a counselor and that will help you tremendously to move from anxiety to normal fear. Please persevere and cooperate through all the support you need and you will come through successfully. Develop your body’s health by physical fitness through exercise, good rest (sleep), and a proper diet. Any way what you need to focus on is to do vigorous exercise of the aerobic kind for the heart’s fitness; meditation for the brain’s fitness; sleep for a well rested mind and body; a sound spiritual well being for good confidence and stability; and a diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Vigorous exercise, especially of the callisthenic kind, will make your heart, which is a muscle, grow larger; and then your heart will need to beat less often and you will respond to the anxiety with a calmer disposition. If your mind, constitution, and your emotions are in check and fit, you will never be disturbed again. You need to attend personality development courses, personal grooming courses, conversational skills courses, and definitely a good education will empower you to boost self-confidence and by default self-image. Learn never to compare yourself with others: you are unique and there is only one of your kind, ever. If you let that sink in and appreciate who you are truly, you will go places. By the way a little fear during interviews and meetings helps you prepare better but do not let it intimidate you.
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How can we control the urge of smoking.

PhD (Psychology), MSc Psychology, MS
Psychologist,
Dear, Tobacco is addictive. Cigarette also contains 4000+ carcinogenic chemicals other than nicotine. The best method is to leave it and continue with your will power. There are other methods like Nicotine Replacement therapy and pharmacotherapy combined. If you?re ready to stop smoking and willing to get the support you need, you can recover from nicotine addiction and abuse abuse?no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel. The first step in treating nicotine addiction is accepting that you have a problem. Confronting an addiction and accepting responsibility for your actions isn?t easy. But it?s a necessary step on the road to treatment and recovery. You should then consult a psychiatrist / psychologist who fill follow this treatment. 1. Detoxification using medicines. 2. Behavior modification with the help of therapies. 3. Counseling. 4. Medication to sustain and 5. Long term support. These given steps are essential for any addict to get effectively rid of smoking. Therefore, you need to stick to the treatment plan and cooperate with your psychiatrist / psychologist. Take care.
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Iam 21 years old I have anxiety problem. I face immense fear if I get into any fight or sort of any troublesome situation initially my heart beats so fast and later my legs would shake and difficulty in taking breadth. Sometimes I get depressed for no reason. I don't know whether its neurological or psychological problem, can you please tell me what does it related to and is there any treatment for this problem?

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Psychologist,
Iam  21 years old I have anxiety problem. I face immense fear if I get into any fight or sort of any troublesome situ...
You are going through anxiety and panic attacks. If it's not taken a deep root within your system then you can benefit from counselling. It will teach you ways to respond in which you remain in control of yourself and different and safer ways to show your displeasure to others. But if the problem is deep seated and chronic, you can need psychiatric treatment additionally. But you must start exercises and yoga daily basis, with pranayam and meditation.
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I have been taking clonazepam 1 mg in the morning and .5 mg in the afternoon for a while now for anxiety. For a while now I have been so focused on my breathing to the extent where I get blurred and not able to focus. I have taken numerous test every thing is normal and also meds which did not do to well. Is it my mind playing tricks on me or anxiety. I spoke to a psychiatrist to no avail she told me continue taking the clonazepam. Can you advise please.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
I have been taking clonazepam 1 mg in the morning and .5 mg in the afternoon for a while now for anxiety. For a while...
Dear lybrate-user, your anxiety itself springs from the mind through many neurochemicals. That is why clonazepam was prescribed to you. It looks that your breathing problem, blurred feeling and inability to focus are all anxiety symptoms which are not yet relieved. Please continue clonazepam and consult the psychiatrist again to find out other medical causes of anxiety, like thyroid functioning too much, in the heart one valve has come down while pushing the blood to another chamber. If anything is found apart from your mind it will be treated. Even if it from your mind, more treatment like relaxation and other talk therapy will be added.
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My daughter is 20 years old .she is stammering from last 12 years. She can sing without stammering but while talking she stammers. Is there any medicine .or exercise. Or anybody can suggest good Dr. Pls help.

D.H.l.S.,BASLP, B.ED. S.E.
Speech Therapist, Delhi
Advice:- speech and language assessment 100% stammering should be o.k. only 15 and one months Not medicines only single treatment speech therapy
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I am addicted to cough syrup like cortex and tosses and other codeine phosphates syrup. I need to stop that pls suggest a remedy or advice how can I stop it.

MA In Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Pune
I am addicted to cough syrup like cortex and tosses and other codeine phosphates syrup. I need to stop that pls sugge...
Hi Initially when you consumed you must have fun now it becomes habbit and as you must know it is not good for your mental as well as physical health. If you are willing you can stop without taking any kind of medicine.
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