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Dr. Sakunthala Suresh Kumar.

Psychiatrist, Chennai

Dr. Sakunthala Suresh Kumar. Psychiatrist, Chennai
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Dr. Sakunthala Suresh Kumar. is a renowned Psychiatrist in Poonamallee, Chennai. You can visit her at K.J.Hospital-Research & Postgraduate Center in Poonamallee, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Sakunthala Suresh Kumar. on Lybrate.com.

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I have body pains over more than from a week and which I can not bear them now anymore.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I have body pains over more than from a week and which I can not bear them now anymore.
Hello, please check if you have fever. Now take alpha mp, 15 drops with water twice daily. Rhus tox 200, 5 drops once daily.
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Feeling very week, pain in chest during turning in sleeping, feeling little sick, little pain in whole body.Please tell.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Feeling very week, pain in chest during turning in sleeping, feeling little sick, little pain in whole body.Please tell.
Hello, you r exposed to viral fever, causing, pain in body, headache, nausea, cough, fever, fatigue. Your diet b easily digestible, on time. Drink, lukewarm water, tk, homoeo medicine. @ eupetorium perf 200-6 pills, thrice a day. @ bryonia alb 30-6 pills thrice. Tk rest.
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Can Depression Lead to Suicide?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Can Depression Lead to Suicide?

Depression is an illness, which has a direct impact on the brain. People feel that it’s just feeling down, but it is more than that. It is a serious illness caused by changes in brain chemistry. There are other factors also that contribute to the onset of depression, including

  1. Genetics

  2. Changes in hormone levels

  3. Stress

  4. Difficult life circumstances

Any of the above mentioned factors or combination can precipitate changes in brain chemistry and may lead to depression. Depression is a serious and a very common condition these days which may lead to suicide in extreme cases.

Signs of Depression:

  1. Loss of pleasure in virtually all activities

  2. Feeling of fatigue or lack of energy (Learn more to boost the energy level)

  3. Difficulty with concentration or memory

  4. An increase or decrease in appetite, with a corresponding change in weight

  5. Thoughts of suicide Depression & Suicide

A major cause of suicide is mental illness, very commonly depression. People feeling suicidal are overwhelmed by painful emotions and see death as the only way out, losing sight of the fact that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary state. Most people who succeed with living feel glad that they resist and are alive today. Suicidal thoughts may be fleeting or more frequent, passive or active. People who are in depress state often start preparing for death, such as giving away possessions or acquiring a gun and these are cause of great concern and should be taken very seriously.

How to judge if suicide is a possibility?

There may be some warning signs, though hard to predict, but can be an area of concern:

  1. Being depressed or signs of some mental disorders

  2. Talking about the loss of interest in living or not to be around

  3. Increased social isolation

  4. Mood swings very often

  5. Buying suicide materials

  6. Preoccupation with death

While anyone can become suicidal, there are certain risk factors that make suicide more likely:

  1. Previous suicide attempts

  2. Recent losses like loss of a relationship or job

  3. Cultural and religious beliefs supporting suicide

  4. Access to means of suicide

How to help a depressed person?

  • Let the person know if you've noticed a change in their behaviour.

  • Spend time talking with the person about their experiences and let them know that you're there to listen without being judgmental.

  • Suggest the person see a doctor or health professional and/or help them to make an appointment.

  • Offer to go with the person to the doctor or health professional.

  • Help the person to find information about depression and anxiety from a website or library.

  • Encourage the person to try to get enough sleep, exercise and eat healthy food.

  • Discourage the person from using alcohol or other drugs to feel better.

  • Encourage friends and family members to invite the person out and keep in touch, but don't pressure the person to participate in activities.

  • Encourage the person to face their fears with support from their doctor/psychologist.

Remember that your loved one's depression isn't anyone's fault. You can't fix the person's depression, but your support and understanding can help.

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I Can not speak properly I have a problem with my tongue when I speak I repeat my one word again and again plzz help.

(MRCPSYCH-UK), MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
You need to be assessed by a speech therapist first. After his inputs, for further management you need consultation from a psychiatrist.
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My wife age 25 years has a problem of recurrent depressive disorder, severe episode with psychotic symptoms. She has this problem since 2006. I want to know that this disease is hereditary. And is it curable or not. And what about the chances of re- episode in future.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
My wife age 25 years has a problem of recurrent depressive disorder, severe episode with psychotic symptoms. She has ...
Dear lybrate-user, As the name suggests, it is going to be recurrent. Since there are chances of re-episode, your psychiatrist must have prescribed some long term treatment for her. It will postpone the next episode, it will lessen the severity and also it will increase the normal period. We can not say whether it is heredity or not - but it runs in families. So please identify the disease at the earliest in your children and treat it promptly. About cure, I can not say anything. Doctors don't cure diabetes or BP or hypothyroid. They only care and keep the disease under control with long term medicines. Same with recurrent depressive disorder.
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I am forget something in a minute my memory is so weak what I do to remember and sharp our mind.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear lybrate user. I can understand. At your age, memory problems like amnesia, dementia etc are not possible. Don't worry. If you still insists that you have memory problems, we need to conduct memory test. Take care.
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Hello Dear Doctor, I am 25 years unmarried girl (additional info, my weight-62 kg, height 5.5 ft) I am suffering with thyroid problem since last one year. I am good looking but still I don't know why I always feel I am not looking good, always compare myself with others and feel jealous, nervousness, hesitation. Then automatically my body starts sweating which looks ugly and at the same time I feel like my body becoming heavy. Main issue is whenever I find someone better then me I starts to feel jealous which is not good for my health and future. Doctor please suggest me I really want rid from my this problem.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
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I am 25 years unmarried girl (additional info, my weight-62 kg, height 5.5 ft) I am suffering wit...
You are indeed unique and there is no one who is going to be like you, ever! You have a problem of self-acceptance, and if I may venture to say may be a rejection issue. This latter may have happened due to an actual rejection which you may have experienced very early in your life. The solution to this is a matter of genuine self-acceptance or self-love. I am not talking about narcissism: this is a genuine love of yourself. It is not based on your appearance alone. You must work on developing yourself in five areas: the physical fitness, emotional fitness, intellectual fitness, social fitness and spiritual fitness. I would also suggest you attend a good personality development program, a speech training course (I suggest the Toastmasters Club), a conversation and elocution course, and to do a personal grooming course too. Education is very good to boost self-confidence, and together with that if you develop socializing skills, you will make it big. Meet with a counselor and ask to be trained in handling emotions, and that will just take you places. Read a lot and meet lots of people, even if you feel too conscious: in time you will get out of this backwardness very well. Do physical fitness exercises regularly. Ultimately, if you believe in God, you will know that you are so precious to Him that no one else’s opinion or acceptance is as important as His. Your life will change phenomenally!
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My daughter is mr child she is 30 yrs her iq level is 80% from last few months she does not like to eat any type of food, she sits alone in a corner & keeps on crying. What shall I do?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Since she may not be in a position to communicate properly, take her for a full medical check up to rule out any other condition that may be causing this situation. If that is clear, then take her to a school for the differently enabled and meet with the doctor there who is qualified to communicate with her and find out what might be the reason for her change. You mention nothing about the mother, is she around? did something happen in the family recently that might have affected her so? her own awareness will not be of the best level. Normally, in such circumstances, the other house members are more alert to her developments and may know something that you are not aware about. Kindly make some inquiries to get more details. The feeling she displays may be right but the reason may be suspect and for that someone who knows her well will be able to throw some light.
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Avoid Alcoholism

MBBS
General Physician, Indore

How to avoid alcoholism

Alcoholism can easily sneak up on you if you aren't careful. When your social life revolves around going to bars or there's a keg party every weekend, it's hard to keep things under control. Changing your routine and making a serious plan to cut back on your consumption is a good way to start. If the time comes when you think you've crossed the line from casual drinking to alcohol abuse, it's time to seek outside help. If you follow a few simple steps, you can learn more about how to reign in your drinking habit before alcoholism becomes a reality.

Part one of three:
Reducing the amount you drink


1

Keep alcohol out of your house. It's a lot easier for alcohol to become a daily, insidious habit if you always keep it within reach. If your liquor cabinet is always stocked, you can easily be tempted. If there is a half-drunk bottle of wine or a six pack is chilling in the fridge, it's going to be tough to avoid drinking. The first step to avoiding alcoholism is to keep it out of your house when it's not serving an immediate social purpose. If you don't want to stop drinking but just cut back to a healthy amount, not surrounding yourself with it is a good place to start. Stock your kitchen with other tasty drinks you can substitute for alcohol when you want something comforting to drink. Tea, sparkling water, lemonade, root beer, and soda are better for you than alcohol.
If you have a party and there's a lot of leftover alcohol, give it away to friends. If no one wants it, pour it down the drain. Don't get trapped into thinking you have to finish it because you don't want it to go to waste.



2

Don't drink when you're feeling bad. Drinking when you're bored, lonely, stressed, sad, or feeling any other negative emotion can lead to a dependency on alcohol. Since alcohol is a depressant, it can actually make things even worse. Try drinking only on social occasions, when everyone's having a good time and there's a reason to celebrate. Don't fall into the trap of making every day a day to celebrate. Make sure you save drinking for truly special occasions when someone has something worthy of celebration.


3

Slow down your sipping. If you tend to guzzle your drinks, you'll be more likely to drink too much on any given evening. Slow yourself down by sipping your drinks slowly, taking more time to finish each drink. You can help this by ordering your drinks straight, so the taste of sweet mixers doesn't mask the alcohol and make you think you aren't drinking any. You should also drink a glass of water or a soft drink for every alcoholic drink you consume. Drinking water will help fill you up and keep you hydrated. You will be less likely to guzzle drinks if you are properly hydrated and feel fuller. Do not engage in beer drinking contests or any activity that involves chugging excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.



4

Stop going to bars as often. Since the purpose of bars is to sell drinks, you're automatically going to feel pressured to buy one. The low lights, the smell of alcohol mixed with perfume and cologne, and the sexy vibe everyone's exuding present an atmosphere that may be hard to resist. Since the whole environment is geared towards drinking, it's best to avoid bars altogether when you're trying to cut back.
If you're invited to a social function that takes place at a bar, like happy hour with your boss and coworkers, try ordering a club soda or another nonalcoholic drink. If the place has a food menu, order yourself a treat so you'll still feel like you're indulging. When you do go to bars, choose places that have more going on than just drinking. Go to a place with pool tables or bocce ball, for example, so the focus isn't solely on how much alcohol you can keep down. You may find it easier to drink less when there are distractions.


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Do activities that don't involve drinking. People spend a lot of time in bars when they could be doing something more active. Suggest alternatives to your group of friends next time you have a get-together. You could play a pick-up sport, go for a walk or bike ride, go to a movie or play, or go to a music show or art opening. Choose a venue that doesn't sell alcohol or an activity that isn't conducive to drinking. This will not only make you cut back on your drinking, it will make you healthier overall by getting you more active.


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Hang out with people who don't drink. Some people are going to insist on drinking, even when you invite them to activities outside the bar. They'll brown bag it at the movie theater or pack a flask to bring on your hike. If you're seriously trying to avoid alcohol, make plans with other people who are in the same boat. That way you won't be faced with the presence of alcohol every time you want to have a little fun. This may mean cutting people out of your life if it becomes a problem. If you really like the person that drinks all the time, learn to say no instead when they are around. Just because he is drinking doesn't mean you have to. Maybe they will pick up on your attempts to cut back and do the same.


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Take up exercising. Exercising is a great way to help yourself kick an alcohol habit. Drinking makes a lot of people feel slow and sluggish, and it can also lead to bloating and weight gain. If you make it a goal to be physically fit, you'll soon get frustrated with alcohol's effect on your progress. Try signing up for a 5k or joining a community soccer or basketball team. You'll soon find yourself passing on alcohol the night before you need to be at your physical best. Along with exercise, make sure you're eating well, getting sleep, and generally taking care of yourself so you'll be less prone to drinking.



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Recognize withdrawal symptoms. If you cut back significantly on your alcohol consumption, you may start to experience some withdrawal symptoms. There are both physical and mental withdrawal symptoms that you might experience. Withdrawal causes trembling hands, irritability, shaky and tired feelings, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration, and bad dreams. If you were a heavy drinker, you may experience some additional symptoms, such as sweating, nausea, headache, lack of appetite, vomiting, and palpitations.
 

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I have stuttering problem while speaking. I am trying for bpo companies, they are saying you have good English even though because of stuttering they are backing while selecting and moreover I'm saying post me into non voice section but my talks are desperate. For proper communication please guide me what steps I need to follow. When I start speaking unknowingly my chest part starts jolting, increases my heart beat and my mind goes off with tense and I will go out of track from what I supposed to speak. From kindergarten I'm suffering from stammering. Please guide me what kind of remedies I need to follow to talk like a normal person.

MASLP, Bachelor of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology (B.A.S.L.P), DHLS
Audiologist, Pune
I have stuttering problem while speaking. I am trying for bpo companies, they are saying you have good English even t...
Hello 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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Dear Dr, I am 73 years young but getting older due to depression caused by my son 30 yrs but drug addict since 7 years and till now i have spent most of my savings in his rehab expenditure , Now i think i should expell him from my responsibility , but am afraid once he is out of rehab he may become a criminal , THis is the cause of my constant worry and my family( Wife ) depression. Please help me with practical solution

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You will need to stick by your son because he has a disease of horrible consequences. Something went wrong somewhere in his life and while it is easy to blame him, he needs all your help and support. There is a good rehabilitation center in Bangalore who will keep him for however long it takes to cure him. The financial expenditure is very reasonable. This is the best under the circumstances. It is true that he could resort to crime, and worse still he may cause you grievous harm, if he is not fully cured. He obviously does not have his own resources, so he needs your support. If you are agreeable, kindly contact me for the center details.
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Dear Sir, Now days I am getting angry very soon and I am also in depression. Please suggest to me how can I overcome on this..

BHMS
Homeopath,
Dear Sir,
Now days I am getting angry very soon and I am also in depression. Please suggest to me how can I overcome ...
Dear lybrate user, try biochemic kali phos 6x tablets to get rid of your depression. Take 4 tablets, thrice daily, with a cup of lukewarm water.
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I'm married. I have to go out of my place for a month. Is there any solution to keep myself without sex, as I can't stay single day without sex with my wife. Plus reply.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I'm married. I have to go out of my place for a month. Is there any solution to keep myself without sex, as I can't s...
I don't know to pity your wife or to be joyful for her. It is really wonderful to hear this because many young men are not having that much sex in their lives; and their women are frustrated. But in your case there is nothing you need to explore as a substitute in place of your wife: you may develop an attraction to the alternative inadvertently. In fact abstinence for a month will invigorate your desire and bring a craving to be back with a renewed gusto. You both will really enjoy that. Anyway, in all these matters some self-control is certainly necessary exercise.
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I can't remember what I studied. So what should to remember what have I studied. Help me!

Ph. D - Psychology
Psychologist, Margao
How to improve memory Pay attention and concentrate! Relate to the information you are learning. The more personal the information becomes, the easier it is to remember it. Ask yourself how it makes you feel. Ask yourself where else you have heard this. Ask yourself whether there is something in your personal life related to this piece of information. Repeat the information: Come back to it more than one time. This has been found in tons of studies: repeated information is easier to recall. Spaced retrieval (a method with which a person is cued to recall a piece of information at different intervals) is one of the rare methods that show some results with Alzheimer’s patients. Elaborate on the information: think about it. Things that are concrete and have a clear meaning are easier to remember than abstract and vague ones. Trying to attach meaning to the information you are trying to memorize will make it easier to recall later. Your brain will have more cues to look for. For instance, try to picture the information in your head. Pictures are much easier to memorize than words. To remember figures and percentages it is much easier to picture these in a graph for instance. Relate the information to something you know already.
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I am loosing my memory very faster. I don't know why? Help me to know about my problem.

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, 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. You may contact psychologist or neurologist for memory test and further investigation. Take care.
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Hi Doctor. I am not able to clear up my confusion and figure out the aim of my life and passion. I have work experience of 10 years but I am mediocre when it comes to putting efforts. I am distracted by many things around and I spend too much time on thinking within myself.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
It appears likely that you may be in the wrong profession or career. If you are not showing the interest in a particular job and not growing either, then it is quite suggestive of your being in a field that does not match your aptitude. You must meet with a career guidance counselor and do the tests for aptitude and career guidance and determine what you are actually made for. These counselors may not be willing to do a test at this late time in your life but do request them and they will if you put sufficient pressure. When this has been done you can see with the counselor’s help how to incorporate your aptitude with the current job that you are doing and make a suitable ‘adjustment’ so that various lose strings can be drawn together and a suitable job opening with your present qualification can be accommodated. Introspection is good if you are focused on a particular idea for development. If not, it will serve no purpose other than extending your problems to overwhelming levels.
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I am 30 years old male, working hard to survive a happy life with family but not achieving expected results, and can not be able to settle my life permanently in a peaceful manner, for the reason I am getting depression in life and for the reason I feel lathery in life and not getting any interest in life. Becoz of my failure with unsatisfied results. What should I do and how shall I achieve my goal. To survive happily with family members.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I am 30 years old male, working hard to survive a happy life with family but not achieving expected results, and can ...
Dear Lybrate user. The problem you have described is the story of every other person in 20s and 30s today. The world around us has drastically changed since the industrial revolution and more so after the technology boom in 21st century. Today there is no limits to earn but also a huge competition to face. We have created a virtual reality of targets around ourselves and we live every moment to fulfill them. We create goals for every day, every week, every month, every year and justify them by thinking that we want our future secure and happy. But when we achieve the goal we instead of enjoying it and living our present, set another goal to achieve. This is how we forget to live in our present and get stressed out. Simply bringing Stress Management Techniques to your everyday life in form of a good 30 minutes aerobic exercise everyday (swimming, morning walk, jogging, skipping as per your choice), a fixed sleep wake schedule with night sleep time not later than 11 in night, healthy and timely diet, and keeping some time everyday exclusively to talk and enjoy with your loved ones. Along with this I would suggest Relaxation exercises and mindfulness therapy to you. What you have described are some symptoms of depression and so my suggestion would be to have a detailed interview with a psychiatrist to have a good intervention i.e. If medications are required. Hoping for your best. Take care.
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My wife is35 year old she is in depression and living angy rarely happy, she querling me and her children every day. How she became normal she is narrow minded too.

Homoeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
My wife is35 year old she is in depression and living angy rarely happy, she querling me and her children every day. ...
She requires to be understood We need to know as to what makes her irritable What has lead to depressive phase If all is understood then we can treat her and get her out from her current situation with her constitutional homoeopathic medicines
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Can't remember after studying for 4 to 5 hrs daily still get less marks in exam. please give some thought of recovery.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Take homoeopathic medicine for increasing memory - Anacardium 200/ once daily. Management: -Meditate for at least 15 to 30 minutes each day physically changes your brain, making you less anxious, and more rational and empathetic. -Besides increasing your physical strength and flexibility, yoga changes your brain. Research suggests that in addition to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, yoga protects the brain from shrinking with age. -Exercise daily as it would can help offset the cognitive decline brought on by aging and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. -Get enough sleep. On average, adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep each night. When you aren’t getting enough sleep, it affects your brain’s ability to do this, and your memory suffers. -Spend time with people whose company you enjoy, and who make you feel like the best version of you. -laughter can improve short-term memory in older adults. -Cutting down on your use of technology (i.e. sitting in front of your computer, phone, or tablet) for even 30 minutes can improve your brain health and help you think more deeply.
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