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Hello and thank you for visiting my Lybrate profile! I want to let you know that here at my office my staff and I will do our best to make you comfortable. I strongly believe in ethics; a......more
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What I have to do to get more concentration on my study & get more marks in examination. I lack concentration & I have to score more marks.

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Homoeopathic medicine-------------- bacoppa monneri (wilmar schwabe india) chew 2 tab twice daily---------------- bren-up (allen) drink 2 spoon 3 times daily----------------- bramhari pranayam daily for 15 minutes ---------------- report after 30 days-----------------
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The Mind & Body Connection - Understanding the Metaphysical Side!

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., Neuropsychology
Psychologist, Udaipur
The Mind & Body Connection - Understanding the Metaphysical Side!

People who have good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.

However, many things that happen in life can disrupt your emotional health and lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress, or anxiety. Good changes can be just as stressful as bad changes. These things include:

  1. Being laid off from your job
  2. Having a child leave or return home
  3. Dealing with the death of a loved one
  4. Getting divorced or married
  5. Suffering an illness or an injury
  6. Getting a job promotion
  7. Experiencing money problems
  8. Moving to a new home
  9. Having a baby

What is the mind-body link?

You may already be familiar with phrases which describe the mind-body connection in day-to-day life such as something being a “pain in the neck” - it generally symbolises 'burden over mind'.

When we talk about mind, people usually understand it as a collection of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, memories, past experiences and personality that make up a person’s internal world.

Mind vs Brain

In colloquial terms, the words mind and brain may be used interchangeably but, the two are in fact not the same. While the brain is a physical organ, the mind can be described a virtual entity present within each cell of our body and extended to minimum 2 inches outside the body. That is why mind controls the body as a collection of thoughts, emotions, imagination and memories. When compared to a computer, the brain acts as the hardware while the mind is the software within it.

Is it all in my head?

Experiencing happiness or sadness not only affects your frame but also affects your physical health. For example, indigestion is commonly triggered by stress and anxiety. On the other hand, physical ailments also affect an individual’s mental well-being. Do you know anyone who feels happy when they are sick? Thus, the mind and body share a deep, cyclic connection. To be physically healthy is it important to be psychologically healthy and vice versa.

Emotions manifest themselves on an individual’s body in a number of ways. This ranges from changes in internal body temperature and blood sugar levels to hormonal imbalances and altered brain chemistry. Happiness and joyous emotions have the ability to boost immunity, alleviate pain and relax muscles while sadness and anxiety can increase heart beats, tighten muscles and dilate blood vessels. Over time, it can also lower a person’s immunity and make them more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. Anxiety and depression can keep a person from eating nutritious food and exercising and hence lower his or her overall health. Poor emotional health could also encourage the use of stimulants such as alcohol and drugs that cause weight fluctuation, insomnia, tiredness, weakened gut health, sexual problems etc.

How do your thoughts and feelings affect your health?

Your brain produces substances that can improve your health. These substances include endorphins, which are natural painkillers, and gamma globulin, which strengthens your immune system.

Research shows that what your brain produces depends in part on your thoughts, feelings, and expectations. If you're sick but you have hope and a positive attitude and you believe that you'll get better, your brain is likely to produce chemicals that will boost your body's healing power.

Negative thoughts and emotions can keep your brain from producing some of the chemicals that help your body heal. But this doesn't mean you should blame yourself for getting sick or feeling down about a health problem. Some illnesses are beyond your control. But your thoughts and state of mind are resources you can use to get better.

The mind-body link and your health

Some of the body’s systems are more affected by the mind-body link more than others. You may recognise some listed below:

  1. Digestive System Changes: It is common to experience an upset stomach (e.g. nausea, diarrhoea, bloating or pain) during times of stress. There are lots of nerve connections between the brain and the gut. In fact, the gut is sometimes called the ‘Little Brain’ for this reason.
  2. Skin Conditions: People with skin conditions, including eczema or psoriasis, notice that during stressful periods their symptoms can become worse and respond less well to conventional treatments.
  3. Heart Symptoms: Changes in the way the heart works are common in stressful or exciting circumstances. For example, stress or excitement can cause the heart to beat faster and raise blood pressure. These normal changes in heart rate and blood pressure as a result of stress can be concerning for people with or without heart conditions.
  4. Fatigue: Fatigue can also be affected by how we think and feel. For example, boredom can lead to feeling fatigued and sleepy whereas an unexpected piece of good news could give you a burst of energy. Fatigue can also be present as part of mood problems such as depression and anxiety. People who experience health problems may struggle with fatigue which is a combination of physical and emotional factors.
  5. Thinking Styles: How you think - your ‘thinking style’ - can affect how you feel emotionally and physically. Some common thinking styles make it seem very likely that something bad is going to happen. This can make you feel worried, sad or upset even though the thought is not true.

Mind-Body Therapies

Below is a short list of some of the more common types of psychotherapy. Some therapy techniques have been scientifically tested on a large scale basis; while others are newer and often combined with more established psychotherapies.

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  2. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  3. Psychodynamic Therapy
  4. Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  5. Hypnotherapy

Using the mind-body link to help you manage your health

  • Learning how to relax can help your mind and body. You can try different things until you find one that works for you. For example: Listen to relaxing music.
  • Spend five minutes focusing on the rhythm of your breath.
  • Try using prayer or meditation to relax.
  • Imagine being in a peaceful scene, such as a beach or woodland. Notice what you can see, hear, touch, taste and smell.
  • Try not to rush around during the day. Leave plenty of time for your planned activities.
  • Talk to someone when you are feeling stressed, anxious or down you might not feel like doing anything.

Thankfully, like physical ailments, emotional ailments too can be treated.

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I want tell the about full body pain and this problem increasing day by day but not relief. Tell me solution of this problem.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
I want tell the about full body pain and this problem increasing day by day but not relief. Tell me solution of this ...
Please You seem to be weak Weight is only 42 kg Take Dates beet root apples kiwis cheeku jaggery green leafy vegetables regularly Take milk twice a day Take Tab fersoft Z 30 1 Tab osto cacium. 60 1..1 Cap cytoneck E R..10 1 Do some yoga and pranayam daily.
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I have difficulty and dealing with maths and numbers as a result I have to mug up making me ineffective and inefficient how can I deal with these.

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 , for every subject there are different methodologies to understand and learn. You also should take your skills and aptitude into consideration. Some are not good at math and some not at languages. You should know what your strength is and plan your carer accordingly. Take care.
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I smoke regularly. But not a chain smoker, I want to detoxify the whole body. Pls suggest me some method.

BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Dear lybrate user its really good that you want to quit smoking that is all your strong will power keep it up also can take homoeopathic medicines along with more vegetables and. Fruits also drink plenty of water and daily exercise.
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I am suffering from lack of concentration, mental disbalance. As a result some time I feel depressed, me. Tal anxiety. How can homeopathy medicine help me?

Ph. D - Psychology
Psychologist, Margao
I am suffering from lack of concentration, mental disbalance. As a result some time I feel depressed, me. Tal anxiety...
How to improve concentration Focus on the task at hand: If talking with someone: ask questions; if reading a book or a report: ask yourself how you would summarize what you just read to a friend or to your boss. In general, avoid and/or eliminate distractions. Tune out every­thing else. The harder the task, the more impor­tant it is to tune out dis­trac­tions. Do not try to double-task, this will increase your errors and divide your attention. Attention is limited. When you try to do several things at once, you necessarily have to divide your attention and thus concentrate less on each individual tasks. Use meditation. Several studies have shown that meditation can be a good brain training tool that affects especially attentional / concentration skills.
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I m 22 years old and I have a bad habit like smoking and drinking. I want to quit. please suggest me what to do?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
These are not good habits and you need to stop them immediately. Even if you do, we need to wait for three years without any episode, to make sure that you do not resort to these habits. The combination of alcohol and smoking is deadly for your health. I am so glad that you are seeking to get rid of these habits and that will play a major role in your recovery. You must stop them both, abruptly and immediately. If you think that you will find it very difficult, then admit yourself to a hospital and go for de-addiction: which normally lasts for about two weeks. Then follow that up with addiction counseling from a professional for at least three years to completely get rid of these habits. If this is also not enough, then admit yourself into a de-addiction center and stay there for at least 6 months and after that attend counseling with a professional. There are medicines that help with the smoking and drinking just to ease the initial craving. Ultimately, it is your will power and the support that you receive from the medical fraternity and your close and dear ones. You must also learn to substitute and deal with the oral need, a rigid value system, the script issue, and of course look at all the genetic factors to plan a strategy not to get into what is called ‘cross addictions’ i.e. another form of addiction that may appear alright but is in fact as bad as your primary addiction. The center or hospital and the counselor will advise and guide you on several measures and precautions you will need to take to stay with your resolve. I congratulate you on this fabulous decision that will benefit you and will have major bearing on many lives.
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I have three brothers in which one of my brother is suffering from disability and at present I am studying but I always depressed that if I couldn't be a good man than what will happen?

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I have three brothers in which one of my brother is suffering from disability and at present I am studying but I alwa...
Hello , don't get depress with the situation and concentrate on your future . Do meditation daily for half an hour and take Kali phos 6x , 5 tabs twice daily for 10 days then revert.
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One point at upper side of sternum pains a lot when I press it with a little force. Can you tell what is it and how can I get rid of it?

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
One point at upper side of sternum pains a lot when I press it with a little force. Can you tell what is it and how c...
1.Take crocin 500mg one tablet sos after food upto a maximum of 3 tablets daily 2.Apply volini gel twice daily 3.Give warm compress locally 4. Take rest 5.Consult doctor,if no relief
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Dear sir I have some little panic attack. And I want to know what is the best way to stay always healthy and stress free. And fight to fear.

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Dear sir I have some little panic attack. And I want to know what is the best way to stay always healthy and stress f...
Dear lybrate-user the best way to stay healthy, happy & relaxed is follow a proper routine i. E;-disciplined & healthy life style, relaxed mornings, some light exercise for 1-hour, take lots of fluids, avoid bed during day time, balanced diet, no intoxication, socializing, avoid t. V. Laptop/computer, mobile phones an hour before bed time, hope this wd have given you a broad outline regarding your query, wishing you all the best!
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Hi Will smoking affect any of our body parts except lungs I mean the reproductive system or sense organs etc

(MRCPSYCH-UK), MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
Yes. Smoking kills sperms and can make one impotent or infertile. Ejaculatory failures are also know to be a side effect of smoking. Smoking also dulls our hearing and sight
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From the past few days my body is paining whenever I try to run my body starts paining and I can not run for even 1minute. My weight is 75kgs and my height is 174cm.

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
From the past few days my body is paining whenever I try to run my body starts paining and I can not run for even 1mi...
I advice you Proper diet and, recommend you to take Tablet Daily(Nutrilite) after personal consultation this supplement has shown wonderful result Daily is a multivitamin and multimineral tablet completely natural, provides 13 essential vitamins & 11 minerals Also contains organically grown exclusive NUTRILITE plant concentrate which provide additional advantage of phytonutrients Consult me for further management
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I, currently have a problem in fluent speaking due to the development of hard and bubbly emergent rashes (sort of huddles like) on the throat surface, inside. The touch exactly feels like the inner surface of a corroded metal pipe. It turns out to be like I feel etching, dryness and lack of control and coordination while speaking. It makes me put a lot of effort to initiate the words of sentences for to be fluent. So please do let me know some instant corrective measures regarding this. Thank you.

Master of Surgery, Post Graduate Diploma in ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Thane
I, currently have a problem in fluent speaking due to the development of hard and bubbly emergent rashes (sort of hud...
Please do a salt water gargle. Take one glass of Luke warm Salt water gargle, add a half spoon of salt and half spoon of honey to it and gargle using this solution, 4 times a day. Also take Tab. Crocin 500 mg, 2-3 times a day, as needed, if you have pain. If problem is not solved in 3 days, Please consult immediately.
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I am working in my own shop and I smoke daily 9-10 cigarettes and I want to quiet smoking asap.

MD - General Medicine
General Physician, Delhi
You should take nicotine chewable gums or tablets when ever you need to smoke. Over few weeks you will be able to quit smoking.
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I am angry because of my job agent, he says that I am aggressive by nature just to cover his fault. I am angry now, don't know what to do cause he holds my 1 months salary,

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I will suggest you to stay calm and follow the basic principles in business and you will be definitely be rewarded for your work.
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Hello Dr. I don't know maybe I have some problems with me because I am now a changed man. Before I was like a normal person who talks to everyone with normally. But now im usually getting tantrum to talk with person. Specially with my girlfriend. I do not know why is dis happening. 2 months before everything ws perfect wid me. But now im becoming a rude guy to her. Help me Dr. Tell me how cn I get rid of dis.

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
Hello Dr. I don't know maybe I have some problems with me because I am now a changed man. Before I was like a normal ...
Dear Lybrate user, Anger and aggression are emotions. Anger comes when you become irritated. Irritation happens when you don't like something, or when something is repeated. As anger is an emotion, it should be vent out. You should be able to throw anger out instead of controlling it. But more perfect will be, know the frustrating situations and stop being emotional. If practiced properly, you will not get irritated at those circumstances at all. Those techniques are much easier to understand. Take care.
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I'm 25 years old I am affected with obsessive compulsion disorder since 10 to 15 years I even use sedative tablets prescribed by physician but no improvement please help me.

MD, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a psychiatric illness and needs to be handled by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Sedatives are not for this problem hence your problem is still persisting. We could help you if you have ocd.
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Hi, I am suffering from body pain during body pain what can I do doctor my pain is very high thank you.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Hi, I am suffering from body pain during body pain what can I do doctor my pain is very high thank you.
For pain take tablet paracetamol 650 mg and Eat nutritious food and have adequate fluid intake and take physical rest
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