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Dr. Sangita Santhosham

Psychologist, Chennai

Dr. Sangita Santhosham Psychologist, Chennai
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I am 26 years old. I am very slim. My weight is around 48 kg. I have tried many things to gain my weight but I was helpless. I smoke a lot and I have tried quitting smoking but I can't. So can I have any godd suggestion to gain my weight while I continue to smoke ?

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Smoking (nicotine) reduces hunger. If you stop smoking, you will feel hungry and eat more. Apart from eating well, stopping smoking has more health benefits. So try to stop smoking. If you need help to stop, please come on text or audio counselling.
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Hello sir/madam, I have been suffering from anorexia since a month and still there is no improvement even I tried to eat and not being in depression. But my condition is getting more and more worse therefore I need your help. Now I'm afraid of eating something thinking of its side effect due to anorexia. I need your advice to help me to cure this illness. It will be very kind of you. Thank you from the core of my heart.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Hi, I can understand your concern. You can get healthy on your own, it does work. You just have to want it. And really fight for it. And of course when your trying to recover on your own, its not as easy. When your at hospital and have proffessional help. Its easier. You have a meal plan, you have people watching you, making sure you eat. Do not exercise. They make sure you gain weight. They help you recover. While your trying to recover on your own, the most important thing is that you have support. That is very important. Its almost impossible, if you have no one you can talk to, no one who will be there beside you when things are hard. Or someone to remind you thatrecovery is worth it. Someone to make you smile. Whether thats your mum, best friend, boyfriend. Etc etc (but I do not know, when your sick its so easy to lose contact with people. And if you have lost contact. Its just to take contact with people again, and let them know your trying to recover and hope that they can help you, support you.) recovery is not easy, its a mental battle everyday. And facing your body is not easy while in recovery. Ok. The best thing to do is start off small. 3 meals a day, and then add on snacks. So you have 5-6 meals a day. That is the best thing. Its good for the metabolism anyway. Its just healthy to eat 5-6 meals a day. And when your eating 5-6 meals a day aim for 2500-3000 calories. Thats what you need to gain weight. But start off with roughly 1000-1200 calories, and then raise it. Really, calories should not be counted. But when your making a meal plan, then I guess you should know how mcuh your eating. Find foods that you like. It makes eating easier. So. I guess thats up to you to decide what you like and want to eat. But I suggest to eat full fat foods. It makes gaining weight easier. And that is what is needed in recovery. Do not forget that my best tips in recovery, are to hide the mirrors. Trust me, it does not help. Just have a small one so you can do your make up, brush your teeth, see your face. But hide the llong mirrors. Get rid of the scale. The number on the scale does not define you. Ok. So if your recoverying on your own. Yeah, it might be good to see if your gaining weight or losing weight, but decide a day. Like monday morning, once a week you check. And thats it. Hide the scale. And do not step on it unless its monday morning. You have to be tough with yourself. You have to be your own guard. And do not listen to the voice in your head. There will be bad days. Days when you just want to give up because you feel fat, or eveyrthing is hard. And thats normal, thats part of recovery. Thats the hard times. Thats when you need to be 10 times stronger, and just eat anyway. I also suggest to make food dates - i. E. Plan to have brunch with a friend, or go for lunch with someone. Go to dinner, or invite someone for dinner. Go out for frozen yoghurt etc etc. In the end you need to challenge yourself, and it also makes sure that you eat. It makes it easier if your with someone when your eating. You should consult a professional. You can consult with me for counselin and therapy regarding this. All the best.
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Is there any way so I can stop smoking I really want yo stop this but nit able to stop please help me.

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
1. Start your stop smoking plan with ‘ S T A R T’ S- Set a date for quitting smoking. Choose a date within next two weeks, so that you have enough Time to prepare without losing your motivation to quit T- Tell your family, friends and co workers that you want to quit so that they can give support and encouragement nA-Anticipate and plan for the challenge you will face while quitting like crave for cigarettes and Nicotine withdrawal symptoms R- Remove Cigarettes, lighter, Ash tray,, matches etc from home, car or work place T- Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit and to deal with Nicotine withdrawal symptoms 2.Distract yourself to keep your mind off smoking like concentrate on some work, watching TV, playing games, reading books/magazines, listen to music, cross word puzzle or playing online games etc 3. Remind yourself why you want to quit. Focus on your reasons for quitting like health benefits, improved appearance, financial effect and enhancement of self esteem 4. Get out of tempting situations like someone smoking close by 5. Reward yourself- reinforce your victories whenever you triumph over a craving. Give yourself a reward to keep yourself motivated 6. Find an oral substitute like Mint, Nicotine Lozenges, Nicotine patch, chewing gums etc 7. Keep your hands busy like squeezing balls, handling pencils, paper clips to satisfy the need for tactile stimulation 8. Brush your teeth-The just brushed clean feeling can motivate you to get rid of craving 9. Slowly drink a large cold glass of water to help the craving pass and keep you hydrated. It also minimizes the symptoms of Nicotine withdrawal 10. Go for regular Exercise, play some games 11. Practice yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercise to calm your mind, control emotion and relive stress 12. Avoid stress, Anxiety, depression, Excess work load, severe physical and mental exertion
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From many days he is forgetting many things like what he said before, or the name of new person, or whom to call etc, Not totally but a very little. Is this because of any stress or tension? Or any thing serious? And how to overcame with it?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
This may be because of stress but do not worry it can over come first of all you should follow some basic thing 1. Avoid=hot and cold at time 2. Less the sugar as much as possible if you want to eat sweet take juggery which is black 3. Do not drink water after meal drink at the time of meal sip by sip up to 150 ml 4. Avoid late night sleep 5. Sarswatarishta 4 tsp after lunch and dinner 6. Audumbaravleha 2 tsp before lunch and dinner.
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Sir/madam I have an issue of waking on while sleeping and memory problem lacking of confident so please suggest me the cure of it.

M.B.S.(HOMEO), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Visakhapatnam
Sleepwalking. Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. It is much more common in children than adults and is more likely to occur if a person is sleep deprived. Relaxation techniques, mental imagery, and anticipatory awakenings are the preferred treatment options for long-term treatment of people with a sleepwalking disorder. Anticipatory awakenings consist of waking the child or person approximately 15-20 minutes before the usual time of a sleepwalking episode, and then keeping him or her awake through the time during which the episodes usually occur. Relaxation and mental imagery techniques are most effective when done with the help of an experienced behavioral therapist or hypnotist.
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I'm male my age is 19 years. I am watching adult videos all the time. I want to stop but I can not. What should I do now?

MBA (Healthcare), MRCPsych UK, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Spend time thinking about the benefits and harms. Deaddiction measures would help. No medicines for this problem.
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Hello doctor. I'm 21 years old and suffering from depression. Would you please suggest me a antidepressants drug suitable for my age?

L L. B..,, M.Sc psychy,, N L P, P.G.D.G.C, M.S psychotherapy,, M.A child care, M A, clinical psy, M.A,social psychiatry,, M.Phil., psychology., Ph.D .,psychology
Psychologist, Vijayawada
Anti depression tablets using is not good for all the time. When we need the psychiatrist prescribe medicine. Every one every day depressive feelings. But all the time it is not advise to take medicine. At this stage you may addicted in future it has so many side effects. Better to attend psychological counselling sessions. It has no side effects. Based on the recommendations of the psychologist. Better to change your behaviour. Develop a very good friendly with others. Share your feelings and problems with your close friends and family members. Do not sit alone. Develop busy schedule concentrate on your career. Do not think I am depression I need any medication. Be feel always I am a very good person. I do not have any type of problems. Be happy all the time. Be create a very good environment in home and external stage also. Ok best of luck.
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Is there any way to quit smoking? I am smoking from past 5 years, is there any danger to my life?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Lots of danger to life, if you smoke. there are 7000 chemicals in cigarette smoke and most of them are harmful. Congratulations that you want to quit smoking. Tobacco consumption, either through smoke or other edible forms, is always harmful. The desire to quit is a good starting point. The best way to quit is to know more about the ill-effects of tobacco. The knowledge is astounding and scary. That information itself should help you to want to quit. Smoking uses the respiratory system and gives you a faster kick. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lungs with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heart beat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. There are more than 7000 harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke!!! You will need to stop smoking or consuming any tobacco related items with immediate effect. Then you need to identify why you smoke and chew tobacco: there is an oral need, the nicotine effect, the psychological effect of covering up some other issue, for style, to impress, etc. You may discover that the reasons may be unimportant at this stage because you have become too addicted and the habit has become compulsive. You should start exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga) or chewing, and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need, for a little while. You may take hard candy or chewing gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine chewing gum or nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces substantially. You may 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 tobacco. 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. Don’t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. As Mark Twain once jocularly said, “giving up smoking is easy; I have done it many times”. You must persevere with the best support until you defeat this addiction. Counseling is very useful in the initial stages and when temptations are at their highest.
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I am suffering from continuous negative thoughts. And I suffer from anxiety as soon as I awake. Kindly treat me.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Dear Lybrate user. Having continous negative thoughts and anxiety needs a close and detailed evaluation for the best management of your problem. Your age is typical of having a lot of stress in today's life having a lot of struggle and hardships. Today we live life in a virtual reality of constant achievements and goals. We rather than enjoying the present, live to achieve goals set by us and others for a better future and when we achieve them, we rather enjoying the achievements start preparation for further future goals. This constant struggle builds up stress in life and some day leads to the sudden breakdown, landing us with symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is the time when a little help with medications, counselling and bringing stress management in life may help you to live healthy life. I suggest a close and detailed evaluation of your problems by a psychiatrist. I hope my suggestion is of help to you. Hoping for you to take the step in right direction. Take care.
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I think I am addicted to a guy. He has become my habit. V didn't had sex anytime. Still not able to divert my thoughts. Can you help me with it, in any way.

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. This feeling is actually called infatuation. You should understand the situation. You can engage in sex with the guy, but I will not advice it. You don't have to think about marriage now. Within few days, these obsessive thoughts will pave way for more serious career related thoughts. You are having' crunch' now. This is normal. Take care.
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Am 35 years old woman. Am suffering with Sleeplessness throughout the day especially in nights. Although am tension free these days. Am not following any medicines course as well. What could be the Reasons & Treatment for this. Please help me out of this problem. I'll be very grateful to you.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Hi asim, you are having problem of insulin resistance, it can be solved by reducing refined carbohydrates in diet, do you have high cholesterol levels also.
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I become angry so fast in seconds on my brother, sister and mother. My age is 16 and I am a student. I cry so much while anger on my family members only. Please give me a quick solution for these problems, due to these problems I am little hated by my family.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, take homoeopathic medication - schwabe's bacopa monierri 1x/ thrice daily and kali phos. 6x/ once at night - take them for 4 weeks. Management: there are few yoga poses which helps in calming your mind and relieves stress. Exercises: practice shavasana or corpse pose as it looks like a dead body. If practiced correctly and with full efforts, can relax every body part, relaxing not only the body but also the mind: spread the legs one to two feet apart, the toes are turned outwards, the heels facing each other, a comfortable distance apart. Bring the arms a little away from the body, palms turned upward. Relax the neck and allow it to turn to the side if it is more comfortable. Close the eyes and focus the attention on the body, breathing normally. Begin focusing each body part and relaxing it, then moving on. Keep the mind focused on relaxation, the breath should be normal. Relax the whole body. (the mind and body are deeply connected. If the mind is occupied by thoughts and worries then the shavasana will be unsuccessful. Therefore one has to acquire the stability of the mind along with the stability of the body.) anuloma involves inhaling through both nostrils together and exhaling each breath alternately between the left and right nostrils. The thumb of the right hand is used to manipulate the right nostril, while the pinky and ring finger are used to control the left nostril. There are many other poses of yoga like balasan, setu bandha sarvangasan, uttanasan, garudasan, savasana, triconasana, viprita karani, marjaryasana, dhyana, bhujangasana, anulom-vilum, pranayam, etc. But first learn these under a qualified yoga-teacher as many poses are prohibited in certain diseases or medical conditions! another stress-buster can be getting involved in any of your hobbies (may be a childhood hobby which you used to enjoy a lot!) - dancing, singing, painting, listening to soothing music, playing musical instruments, etc.
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Hookah Smoking

MD PULMONARY
Pulmonologist, Mumbai
Hookah Smoking
60 minutes of hookah smoking is equivalent to smoking 40-400 cigarettes.
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Hi doctor. around 6 years back on the occasion of holi I took 2 glasses of bhaang mixed with milk it was my first time afterwards I started feeling strange and suffered a lot that day. I dont know what happened but after that day my life totally changed, I started feeling hot inside the body and all my energy got lost after that incident I now sweat heavily even if walk a bit or do some casual work at home whereas everybody is ok around me but I sweat a lot and my lips are always dry before that day I was full of energy and stamina I used to be always busy doing something or the other but now I don't feel like doing anything please let me know if there is any test to be conducted to point out the cause. I consulted many doctors but they always give me multivitamins and nothing else.

Fellow Observership, Certificate in Forensic Psychology, MD-Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Akola
Hello, thanks for the query. Bhang (known as cannabis in medical science terms) is known to cause panic attacks, states like psychosis, depression (which is quite matching your description here) in young people (18-24 years age) so now you need to stay away from any kind of addiction to get better. Also, to give you right medications to improve your health, please tell me following; how is your mood, sleep, appetite? are you able to enjoy outing with friends, movies etc? are you able to concentrate on your work/studies? kindly provide this information so that I can reach a definite conclusion & help you get relief. Good luck.
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I am in relationship since 10 yrs. I am getting married to my fiancé soon. I'M addicted to him badly. If we Don't talk a single day . I stop doing nothing . I want to love him bt dnt want be addicted. Pls tell me how to get rid of addiction.

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. Please don't exaggerate. You are in love with him, you are marrying him soon. That is it. You do know how to love him because you have all these 10 years experience. No one has to tell you how. Therefore go ahead. I am sure yo will not commit any mistakes. Take care.
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Hi Sir. How to increase self confidence please tell me the best way for increasing self confidence sir.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Try some of the tips listed below. Don't just read them and put them on the back burner. Really begin to practice them daily, beginning today. You might have to fake it at first and merely appear to be self-confident, but eventually you will begin to feel the foundation of self-confidence grow within you. With some time and practice (this is not an overnight phenomenon), you too can be a self-confident person, both inside and out, whom others admire and say "Yes!" to. 1. Stay away from negativity and bring on the positivity This is the time to really evaluate your inner circle, including friends and family. This is a tough one, but it's time to seriously consider getting away from those individuals who put you down and shred your confidence. Even a temporary break from Debbie Downer can make a huge difference and help you make strides toward more self-confidence. Be positive, even if you're not feeling it quite yet. Put some positive enthusiasm into your interactions with others and hit the ground running, excited to begin your next project. Stop focusing on the problems in your life and instead begin to focus on solutions and making positive changes. 2. Change your body language and image This is where posture, smiling, eye contact, and speech slowly come into play. Just the simple act of pulling your shoulders back gives others the impression that you are a confident person. Smiling will not only make you feel better, but will make others feel more comfortable around you. Imagine a person with good posture and a smile and you'll be envisioning someone who is self-confident. Look at the person you are speaking to, not at your shoes--keeping eye contact shows confidence. Last, speak slowly. Research has proved that those who take the time to speak slowly and clearly feel more self-confidence and appear more self-confident to others. The added bonus is they will actually be able to understand what you are saying. Go the extra mile and style your hair, give yourself a clean shave, and dress nicely. Not only will this make you feel better about yourself, but others are more likely to perceive you as successful and self-confident as well. A great tip: When you purchase a new outfit, practice wearing it at home first to get past any wardrobe malfunctions before heading out. 3. Don't accept failure and get rid of the negative voices in your head Never give up. Never accept failure. There is a solution to everything, so why would you want to throw in the towel? Make this your new mantra. Succeeding through great adversity is a huge confidence booster.Low self-confidence is often caused by the negative thoughts running through our minds on an endless track. If you are constantly bashing yourself and saying you're not good enough, aren't attractive enough, aren't smart enough or athletic enough, and on and on, you are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are becoming what you are preaching inside your head, and that's not good. The next time you hear that negativity in your head, switch it immediately to a positive affirmation and keep it up until it hits the caliber of a self-confidence boost. 4. Be prepared Learn everything there is to know about your field, job, presentation--whatever is next on your "to conquer" list. If you are prepared, and have the knowledge to back it up, your self-confidence will soar. 5. For tough times, when all else fails: Create a great list Life is full of challenges and there are times when it's difficult to keep our self-confidence up. Sit down right now and make a list of all the things in your life that you are thankful for, and another list of all the things you are proud of accomplishing. Once your lists are complete, post them on your refrigerator door, on the wall by your desk, on your bathroom mirror--somewhere where you can easily be reminded of what an amazing life you have and what an amazing person you really are. If you feel your self-confidence dwindling, take a look at those lists and let yourself feel and be inspired all over again by you.
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Hello Dr. I am a 18years old I want to quite smoking what I do for leave cigarettes. I am using a kwikinic but didn't get results.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Best age to stop smoking is before 40, In fact do not start all Only by using strong will power and avoiding all situations where you feel like smoking, chewing tobacco or drinking or using drugs avoiding friends who smoke and diverting mind by reading or chewing a gum, like NICORETTE and taking a walk when you crave for a smoke can all help. You can chew Nicorette gum which is nicotine replacement. There are medicines available. Which can be prescribed if asked personally Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 60 lakh people worldwide every year. More than 50% of regular smokers would invariably die from tobacco-related illnesses which includes heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lung diseases. Best age to stop smoking is before 40 31st May is “World No Tobacco Day” Quitting smoking before the age of 40 is associated with larger decline in premature death than stopping it at a later date. Best age therefore to stop smoking is before 40. However, stopping smoking even after the age of 50 is still associated with lower risk of death as compared to those who continue to smoke. Even in smokers aged 80 years or more, quitting smoking appears to reduce some mortality.
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At the time of my exam when I was alone in my room that time my that time were already in village that time I was to hear I could not concentrate my mind in study so I want to ask that what is the reason I am feeling a depression of exam too much.

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., Neuropsychology
Psychologist, Udaipur
Dear lybrate-user, You are feeling depressed as you are able to concentrate on study - 1. Inhale deep breath through nose and Exhale through mouth with a gush while pursing your lips as if blowing whistle. Continue for 21 times. While breathing inhale with the count of 4-Hold for 2 seconds-Exhale with count of 8. Focus on the spot between eyebrows while breathing. 2. Study in chunks. Make pointers. 3. Do Surya namaskar regularly with proper breathing. 4. To relieve anxiety
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Doctor please help me I am 29 year male. From last week I am not getting concentration on work always worried about future. Always thinking about negative thoughts its disturbing me alot in work so that even I can not work properly please help me to overcome this.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Negative thinking is more to do with your state of mind. 1. Develop self-esteem and make friends with positive thinking people. 2. Every person is unique and nobody is perfect 3. Focus on your positive qualities and feel proud of your achievements 4 Don't keep doubting yourself. 5. Keep busy with your work and studies; maintain your schedule *Don’t keep grudge, anger and envy against any body. 6. Avoid fast food and eat healthy nutritious food. 7. 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. 8. 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. 9. Exercise boosts the production of feel good hormones or endorphins. 10. Maintain healthy habits and have adequate sleep 11 Keep helping others without any expectation and it gives immense satisfaction 12. If you still want some medicine, take homoeopathic medicine Alfalfa mother tincture 5 to 10 drops in half glass of water twice daily.
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