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5 Ways to Reduce Depression

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
5 Ways to Reduce Depression

For human beings, the body is considered the temple, one that they strive to keep fit and in shape. In fact, the plethora of ailments, which people complain of suffering from, almost always deal with their physical health. In this over engagement to restore the physical health, the well being of the mental health is never considered. However truth remains that the health of the mind is equally if not more important and must be given its share of priority. With the growing age and times, depression has emerged as a gnawing problem, one that is plaguing individuals indiscriminately and one that must be eradicated as soon as possible. 

Some of the ways to combat this fatal ailment are: 

  1. Exercises: Everyday a bit of exercise not only keeps the body fit and healthy, but also goes a long way in easing and calming the mind. You need not indulge in strenuous exercises, but must make it a conscientious habit to work out a bit daily.
  2. Talk to people: Though depression makes one inexorably quiet and silent, the first thing that is prescribed as a remedial measure is talk to people. Engaging in conversations with people, telling them what exactly is troubling you are proven ways to combat depression.
  3. Meditate: There is no better way to treat mental ailment than meditating.  When you suffer from depression, your body undergoes severe conflict. Meditating not only calms the mind, but also soothes away the worries.
  4. Develop a support system: Depression is almost always followed by an unfathomable sense of loneliness. Talking to others does help, but at the same time try to develop a support system. Find an individual, be it parents, relatives or friends and confide in him or her. Not sharing what you are going through is never a solution and only exacerbates the fatality of the situation.
  5. Change the daily routine: Monotony is never exciting and it is only time, before the humdrum of life gets to you. Changing the daily routine and incorporating something new and exciting go a long way in recuperating you from the mental dullness and fatigue. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.
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In day time I want to but when I sleep we wake up in few seconds in depressed moods why it is so.

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, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
In day time I want to but when I sleep we wake up in few seconds in depressed moods why it is so.
Dear lybrate-user. Day time sleeping is always a bad habit fr young people because on waking up your body feel tired and mood depressed. Avoid day time sleep. You having enough energy to use it in other areas. Take care.
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Why Ayurveda Is Important For Mental Health?

BAMS, DyP,CCYP, MS (Shalya)-inrl, Diploma in Hospital Administration, JR- MS(Ay)- Shalya
Ayurveda, Varanasi
Why Ayurveda Is Important For Mental Health?

According to an Ayurvedic study of mental health, ‘rajas’, ‘satwa’ and ‘tama’ are essential qualities of one’s mind. ‘Satwa’ is essential for knowledge and reasoning, ‘Rajas’ initiates thoughts, whereas ‘Tama’ renders a soothing effect and serves to control overactive ‘satwa’ and ‘rajas’. However, equilibrium among these three is necessary for a healthy mind. A disruption in this balance results in anxiety, anger and even mental disorder. Environmental toxins, stress and information overload take a toll on one’s brain functioning on a daily basis. Along with exercises and a balanced diet, these few herbs can be used for restoring mental balance, thereby promoting mental wellbeing.

  1. Mulungu Bark- Mulungu calms your nerves, thus improving your mood and sleep. It even enhances brain function, helping to reduce anxiety.

  2. Bacopa- Also known as Brahmi, bacopa boosts memory and cognitive abilities. It also aids in lowering the production of stress hormone ‘cortisol’. It sustains the physical health of the brain cells, protecting the brain against ageing.

  3. Rhodiola Rosea- This medicinal herb consists of two powerful compounds called ‘Salidroside’ and ‘Rosin’. Salidroside is a strong antioxidant while Rosin shields against neurotoxicity (toxicity in the nervous system due to the exposure to artificial or natural toxins) by curbing inflammation of the neural cells. This enhances a better mental performance, reducing anxiety, stress and fatigue.

  4. Ziziphus Jujuba- Day-to-day chores over a long period of time can get extremely tiring and affect your physical as well as mental faculties. Ziziphus Jujuba encourages good sleep at night, thus restoring your mental health.

  5. Passiflora Incarnata (passion flower)- This herb acts as a natural sedative; thereby relieving anxiety, which is a primary reason for interrupted sleep.

  6. Scutellaria lateriflora (skullcap)– The anti-oxidant properties of this plant help deal with and alleviate stress levels, in the process, improving your mood and inducing sound sleep. It also helps treat inflammation of the brain. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Dementia Patient In The Family - What Should You Do To Help?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Dementia Patient In The Family - What Should You Do To Help?

Dementia severely affects a person’s normal activities, and the role of the family in helping the patient to manage the condition is crucial. A person diagnosed with dementia would invariably experience a wide array of emotions which may include denial, loneliness, frustration, anger and extreme depression. So, if any of your family member is suffering from dementia, here are some of the ways by which you can take care of the affected individual.

Know more about the disease your loved one is suffering from:
When your loved one is suffering from dementia, it is your responsibility as a caregiver to know more about the disease and the symptoms. Dementia is a progressive biological brain disorder which progresses at a fast pace. Moreover, dementia is known for causing behavioral changes, alteration in personality and mood swings.

  1. Set a positive mood: When you are communicating, your attitude towards the affected individual should be conveyed effectively through your actions and not just words. You should attempt to establish a positive mood by speaking with the patient respectfully. Your physical touch, facial expressions, and tone of voice play a commendable role in showing your feelings towards the person.
  2. Convey your message clearly: While interacting with a person who has dementia, you should use simple words and sentences in a reassuring tone. Your manner should be straightforward and comforting. You should never raise your voice even when the person is not able to understand what you are saying. You should repeat the same thing using the same words until the patient understands. It is also a good practice to use names of places and persons instead of referring to them through pronouns.
  3. Answer with heart: You should be very patient to receive the reply from the sick person. In case the affected individual is struggling to find an answer, it is always good to suggest some words. You should also be watchful of any non-verbal cues as well as body language and respond appropriately. You should always strive to listen to the feelings that lie beyond the words.
  4. Attend to your own health: Even though you may find this to be a no-brainer, research indicates that caregivers are more prone to be affected by Alzheimer ’s disease, depression, and other illnesses particularly when they don't receive adequate support from the family. When you are the caregiver, make sure that you receive sufficient amount of sleep and proper nutrition and most importantly, exercise and socializing. When you are exhausted or socially isolated, you are at a risk of becoming physically ill and depressed. The sooner you seek aid, the longer you can lead a happy life.

Any disease can upset the routine of the entire family. But with proper awareness and positive attitude, any challenge can be handled in the best possible manner.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I am suffering from stressed problem because of which I can not do focus on my studies or any other activities how can I decrease my stress pls tell me.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Hyderabad
I am suffering from stressed problem because of which I can not do focus on my studies or any other activities how ca...
*. Develop positive attitude and find a solution to the problem causing you stress. *. Don't keep doubting yourself. *. Keep busy with your work and studies; maintain your schedule *. Avoid fast food and eat healthy food. *regular vigorous physical exercise is very important. With improved blood circulation, toxins will be eliminated from your body. You will become very energetic and your mind will become fresh as well as positive. *exercise has a positive effect. It makes you feel better. It fights the stress by creating natural and constructive outlet for releasing negative thoughts and emotions such as anger. *exercise boosts the production of feel good hormones or endorphins. *. Maintain healthy habits and have adequate sleep
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Chronic Stress and Anxiety

PG Diploma In Clinical Training, Psychology, MA - Psychology, BA - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Chronic Stress and Anxiety

The healing power of self-care in a world of chronic stress and anxiety.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~lao tzu

There are a lot of things to be anxious about these days. We live in a complex and stressful world and anxiety is very common, affecting upwards of 20 percent of the population. Some experience manageable levels; for others anxiety and chronic stress can be debilitating and self-destructing.
Truth is, we have good reasons to be stressed out. We work too much; we don’t take enough time off; we’re constantly plugged in and “on” yet are more disconnected than ever before; many of us struggle financially; our healthcare, education, and political systems don’t support us. We truly face many challenges and struggles every day.
So how do we help ourselves ride the inevitable storms that come our way? How do we handle daily ups and downs without getting swept up by emotions and reactions?
We’ve always understood that we need to make our health and well-being a priority. Replenish first and replenish often.
But we have to take care of ourselves on a physical, emotional and mental level. Body, mind, and soul.
In a world of anxiety and chronic stress, self-care matters.

Let’s first define self-care.
Self-care is an active and conscious choice to engage in activities that nourish us and help us maintain an optimal level of overall health. It basically means making healthy lifestyle choices and implementing stress management strategies.
Self care is not a new concept. We’ve known for a long time that eating well, exercising, maintaining good sleep habits, and eliminating smoking and drinking are all critical in maintaining good health.
What’s new is the holistic approach to self-care that goes beyond taking care of your physical well being. It’s looking at mental health, emotional health, social engagement, spiritual wellbeing, and of course physical care as a basis for it all.
That is the kind of holistic approach we all need to take when thinking about effective and all encompassing self-care.
But we don’t have to completely overhaul our lifestyle in one day, not even one year, to make a substantial difference. Remember, a journey of thousand miles starts with a single step.
We just have to take that one step forward right now.
Can you adopt one healthy habit today? Or perhaps, you can eliminate one unhealthy habit from now on? can you give yourself a gift of a single healthy activity you can commit to doing on a daily or weekly basis?
You have to find your own path.

Your self-care plan may look completely different from mine. It might mean spending more time in nature, taking up running, or ending a toxic relationship. It may mean quarterly juicing, getting a monthly massage, or knitting. It may be developing a new hobby or quitting smoking.
The beautiful thing is that you are in charge. You and only you know what’s most nourishing for you right now, and what you need to be doing to feel better, feel healthy, and feel balanced. You get to decide how to nurture and care for yourself best!
Don’t put off self-care for later. Later will never come. We have to make time now for what’s important, and self-care needs to be your priority. You are worth it!

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Since 2 years I was in relation ship she broke up with me now a days I don't give 100%in any work what should I do to overcome from 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, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Since 2 years I was in relation ship she broke up with me now a days I don't give 100%in any work what should I do to...
Dear Lybrate user. I can understand. Loosing someone dear and near causes grief. Grief leads to disappointment. Grief related disappointment manifests symptoms as in the case of depression. But disappointment symptoms are far shorter in duration than depression. These symptoms will vanish in some days or weeks. Don’t worry. Physical exercise, outdoor games, entertainment, hobbies etc could help you divert your attention. I suggest cognitive therapy. Take care.
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I'm 34 year female. Bp of both side are up and stress in my mind. And head moves and I take domstal tab. Also. please advice me.

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
I'm 34 year female. Bp of both side are up and stress in my mind. And head moves and I take domstal tab. Also. please...
1. Do regular aerobic exercise like brisk walk for 30 minutes every day 2. Reduce your weight if overweight 3. Reduce salt intake 4. Drink plenty of water 5. Take bland diet, avoid spicy, oily, junk saturated fat and cholesterol rich diet. Take plenty of green leafy vegetables, fruits, 6. Avoid stress, anxiety, physical and mental exertion 7. Do yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercise 8. Monitor your bp regularly and consult physician for treatment.
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I am suffering from stammering since 8 years I want cure for this problem Now I am 21 year old.

MASLP, Bachelor of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology (B.A.S.L.P), DHLS
Audiologist, Pune
Dear lybrate-user stammering or stuttering needs speech evaluation by speech language pathologist further they will guide you on various techniques to overcome your stammering. Regular speech therapy follow ups will definitely help you in managing your stammering. Let me know if it helps. Thanks.
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Unnecessarily I reduce my weight by taking anxiety to avoid heart diseases even though I'm underweight and so my semen is discharged and I'm feeling very very very weak. If you tell me the danger of anxiety to human health, I'll bring my mind under my control to get rid of anxiety permanently. I know certain amount of anxiety will help one to get any work done perfectly for example exam. But my problem is when I get a chronic anxiety about health aspect and put more pressure on my mind, my weight is reduced and semen is discharged from my penis and in the consequence, I'm getting extremely weak and my weight reduced. And so my mind forces me to take anxiety in order to keep my weight low. So pls tell me the dangers of anxiety to human health.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Unnecessarily I reduce my weight by taking anxiety to avoid heart diseases even though I'm underweight and so my seme...
You are under treatment for panic disorder and I do not understand your claim that you take this anxiety as if you choose to have anxiety. Technically that it true, but when it becomes chronic, you will seem to have no choice and the panic will just seem to appear from nowhere. And I do not understand how the semen discharges when you loose weight or when you are anxious. You are obviously not handling stress well. You seem to have a nervous disposition, perhaps developed from your past. If you can identify that source you may be able to work it out in therapy. Perhaps the home life was too restrictive or strict, or you were reprimanded at some time rather severely, or you did not develop adequate defense mechanisms to cope with stress, etc. You are reacting with fear and converting this into a psychosomatic reaction instead of dealing with it. Don’t panic though because if you cooperate a counselor can be of much help to resolve this. In the meantime you must do certain things to build your constitution, both physically 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. The earlier you tackle this, the easier it is going to be.
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