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Dr. Sathiyanathan

Psychiatrist, Chennai

300 at clinic
Dr. Sathiyanathan Psychiatrist, Chennai
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Dr. Sathiyanathan is a popular Psychiatrist in Anna Nagar, Chennai. You can consult Dr. Sathiyanathan at K H M Hospital in Anna Nagar, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Sathiyanathan on Lybrate.com.

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I am very excited to do sex some ladies in my area are sexy they are attracting me but I can not so sometimes they see me with a sexy eyes and see me always when I go near from them they try to tell so what to do say should I ask her to do so or not Please tell.

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I am very excited to do sex some ladies in my area are sexy they are attracting me but I can not so sometimes they se...
Hi, it is absolutely normal to feel excited about having sex at your age. You need to be very careful about the ladies in your area. Do not indulge in unsafe sex. Please feel free to discuss details of your problem with me.

My father-in-law takes alcohol every day 750 ml and kutka at least 8 packets. Help me.

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Dear lybrate-user, Welcome to Lybrate. Alcohol and ghutka addiction also comes under abuse and addiction. If you’re ready to stop the substance and willing to get the support you need, you can recover from addiction and abuse —no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel. The first step in treating addiction is accepting that you have a problem. Confronting an addiction and accepting responsibility for your actions isn’t easy. But it’s a necessary step on the road to treatment and recovery. You should then consult a psychiatrist / psychologist who fill follow this treatment. 1. Detoxification using medicines. 2. Behavior modification with the help of therapies. 3. Counseling. 4. Medication to sustain and 5. Long term support. These given steps are essential for any addict to get effectively rid of addiction. Therefore, you need to stick to the treatment plan and cooperate with your psychiatrist / psychologist. Take care.

My daughter is 32 years old. She is suffering from anxiety disorders. No medical doctor is able to help her. She gets those panic attacks daily. Ehat to do?

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My daughter is 32 years old. She is suffering from anxiety disorders. No medical doctor is able to help her. She gets...
Please visit a counselor and psychotherapist. Anxiety issues are sometimes closely related to low self- esteem. She is struggling more within herself. It seems it her everyday fight with self. Help her by visiting a good conselor.

I have mental problem so much. How can it be solved?

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I have mental problem so much. How can it be solved?
Mental problem can be treated well with homoeopathy so please explain your symptoms. Homoeopathy treats the patients as a whole.

5 Ways to Overcome Feelings of Neediness

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Man is different from the other species in that we are social beings. One of the main differentiators is our constant need to 'connect' with our fellow beings. Be it family or friends or society at large, we constantly need to be connected to our near and dear ones and want attention, affection, and assurance.

We need to respect this basic desire and appreciate that there is nothing wrong in feeling needed. Problems arise when this feeling to be needed gets excessive. There is a significant constant demand from the needy person, especially from those who are close to them.

Some cases where neediness is demonstrated are in new relationships. In the beginning, there is a great urge to please and therefore a greater focus on interacting with them. There is a fear of losing attention, there is insatiable excessive demand for attention - be it pleas, accusations, or demands - so as to not feel abandoned and deserted. Neediness is also quite evident in people with depression. Again, an attempt to not be abandoned by their near and dear ones.

By making a conscious effort, the neediness can be reduced, thereby making the relationships smoother and less painful to both the parties involved. As the saying goes - 'acknowledging the problem is half the problem solved'. Needy people should realize or accept if told that there is an issue and make a conscious effort to work on reducing neediness.

1. Divert attention - As simple as it might sound, it is equally effective. Indulge in whatever interests you - exercise, meditation, dance, sing, etc. The idea is to divert attention so that the urge to feel needy and act on that instinct is reduced. This reduces the fear of being lonely and works magic. The busier you get, the less bored you are. As they say, be alone but not lonely.

2. Clarity in communication - One of the intricacies of neediness is making unclear demands. Sadly, quite often, the person does not know what he wants, and so are the demands or requests which are equally unclear. Once you are aware that your neediness is making you do this, make an effort to clearly communicate what you actually want. This reduces the stress on both the parties involved and leads to a happier engagement.

3. Clarity in relationships - Take a step back and see if your neediness is affecting any major relationships. If yes, revisit and clarify. Make an attempt and reestablish the relationships. If it is your truly near and dear ones, they will be very forthcoming and understanding.

4. Move on - In cases where your neediness has affected another person, be wise to accept their wishes and not be more 'needy' or clingy. This acceptance will make way for a lot of healthier relationships as you learn to deal with accepting your issues.

5. Socialize - Use your hobbies to make more friends and socialize more. Having more people to interact with reduces your need to be accepted by the same people. You have more people to rely on and might make more friends for keeps.

These are some simple ways to reduce neediness on others, but as mentioned, the first step is to accept and then work on ways to reduce it.
5 Ways to Overcome Feelings of Neediness

I have an epilepsy problem since last 3 years and also taking treatment with neurologist doctors.

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Then continue treatment as advised. If you still have fits, get treatment revised. If you are not having fits since 3 years after you started treatment consult your neurologist before stopping medicines

I am 31 years. Old and I am suffering from OCD since my childhood I was took fluoxetine 60 mg per day when I am 18 years old. I was improved almost 90% but after that I leave the medicine. After some times ocd thoughts came again and I took so many medicines but not recover. Now I am taking paroxetine 37.50 mg and clomipramine 200 mg per day now I get some improvement in my ocd thoughts. Before few days my doctor suggest me a new medicine s-adenosyl l methionine 200 mg with my old medicines. So what can I do? is this extra medicine will work for me? please give me suggestion.

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Hello arun, it would have been much better if you combine medication along with cognitive behaviour therapy and exposure and response prevention. You may consult your psychiatrist for some better anti obsessional drugs such as fluvoxamine along with clomipramine. But you should also work out personal plan such as to engage yourself in some other activities instead of following your obsessional thoughts. Your obsessional drive is result of continuous habit processes learnt over a long period of time, so in order to leave your old habit you have to learn some new and creative sort of activities. Arun, you have not mentioned what sort of obsessional drive do you have ; such as washing hands and feet frequently, rechecking locks etc. Treatment modalities vary depending upon situations. I hope your query must be solved.

How to reduce my body fat and to remove stress from me which disturbing my mind every time?

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How to reduce my body fat and to remove stress from me which disturbing my mind every time?
Hello, Homoeopathy has the best answer for your query.you can lose weight with the help of homoeopathic medicines, without any side effects. This involves correction your metabolism. 1. Take phytolacca berry tablets (wsi), 2 tablets with warm water, three times a day, half an hour before meals. 2. fatoline drops from Haslab, 15 drops + 1/2 cup of warm water, twice a day. 3. Take 1 glass of luke warm water with lemon juice and honey in the morning for 15 days in a month. 4.Take 1 cup of green tea in the eveninng daily. 5. Do Surya Namaskar , yoga asans like Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose),Vajrasana (Diamond Pose), Pavanamuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose), Matsyasana (Fish Pose) 6. avoid sweets, oily, spicy, junk food, chocolates. 7. drink plenty of water daily. 8.Eat good quantity of green vegetables, salad and fruits. *** please take Kali Phos 6X , 5 tablets thrice a day to relief your stress***

How the Brain Can Hear Voices That Don't Exist

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Schizophrenic individuals who experience auditory hallucinations seem to hear voices (link is external) emanating from within their own skulls. These voices are often vulgar or derogatory; they may constantly criticize one’s actions or command the listener to commit destructive acts, such as self-harm or violence. Sometimes, hallucinations consist of not voices but sounds—whispers, growls, or screeching.

So what is going wrong in a brain that hears noises that others don’t?

Interestingly enough, the same brain areas that activate when people hear real noise also light up in schizophrenics during hallucinatory episodes. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans, several studies have found increased activation in Broca’s area (link is external) (a language processing region) and in the primary auditory cortex (link is external) in schizophrenics as they “hear” voices that aren’t real.

But more answers lead to more questions. In this case, why are there abnormal activation of auditory- and speech-related brain regions in the absence of sound?

It may have something to do with brain structure: That tiny part of the brain that is so critical to processing auditory information in humans, the primary auditory cortex, is often smaller in schizophrenic individuals. Across multiple fMRI studies (link is external), researchers have found that reduced volume of the anterior superior temporal gyrus (which contains part of the auditory cortex) in schizophrenics is correlated with increased severity of hallucinatory episodes.

Another structural deficit found in schizophrenics is a weak connection between certain brain regions, specifically between the frontal and temporal lobes. This means that “certain groups of neurons, such as those responsible for producing and receiving language, may begin to function autonomously, beyond the control or influence of other brain systems,” writes Ralph Hoffman (link is external), a professor of psychiatry at Yale University. “It is as if the string section of the orchestra suddenly decided to play its own music, disregarding everyone else.”

Branislava Curic-Blake and colleagues (link is external) (2013) investigated this idea by scanning schizophrenic patients as they performed a task requiring inner speech processing: Subjects were shown two-syllable words on a screen and had to indicate whether the stress was located on the first or second syllable by pressing a button. In order to complete the task, subjects sounded out the words in their heads—effectively activating both inner speech production and language perception regions, according to a previous fMRI study. (link is external) The researchers found that subjects with a history of hallucinations demonstrated reduced connectivity from Wernicke’s area (language processing) to Broca’s area (speech production) relative to the control group.

This disconnect may explain the brain’s confusion of internally generated thoughts with external voices. Hoffman proposes that hyperactivity in the left frontal lobe combined with a weakened connection may lead to Broca’s area “dumping” language into Wernicke’s area—a part of the brain that normally receives speech information from the outside. A passing thought may be experienced as a whisper in one’s ear.

To test this theory, Hoffman and colleagues (link is external) have experimented with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive method that can inhibit small regions of the brain by producing light electric currents—in this case, reducing the hyperactivity of Broca’s area and portions of the temporal lobe. Although results are preliminary, most patients treated with TMS seem to experience relief from their auditory hallucinations, with improvements lasting anywhere from two months to a year. If validated in larger-scale studies, TMS could become an alternative treatment option.

Schizophrenia is a highly stigmatized illness (link is external). Most of us don’t understand hallucinations or delusions—and we are scared of what we don’t understand. We associate “hearing voices” with insanity. But the sounds that schizophrenic people hear are just as real to them as the sound of your child chattering about her day or the car beeping outside. And for them, the noise doesn’t stop.

Once we recognize the neural basis of schizophrenia, we become more compassionate. We begin to grasp the helplessness and confusion that schizophrenic individuals face as they deal with symptoms they have no control over—voices, paranoia, disorganized speech, apathy. And we can take more steps toward supporting those afflicted with this debilitating disease. Burke, who is vice president of the nonprofit group Stigma Fighters (link is external), says the stigma surrounding schizophrenia is particularly demoralizing. “As soon as something terrible happens in the news, that’s the first thing people point to, saying ‘They probably had voices that told them to do it,’” she explains.

“But the truth is, the majority of us are not violent people at all. Giving people with mental illness a voice is the most important thing. Getting us to speak up will create change.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-guest-room/201507/how-the-brain-can-hear-voices-dont-exist
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I am a chain smoker. I want to quite smoking. How could I do that?

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Hello, smoking is a mental illness, and like any other illness it can be cured with treatment. Its treatment includes combination of both psychological and pharmacological interventions, hence the composite approach has the maximum outcome

Hi I wanna know one thing and that is I have one cousin bro and he has been diagnosed with one psychological disease in 2014 and in 2014 . he often get angry even in small things and he often do insult of his neighbours and he also sometimes send an abusive text to his neighbours and he sometimes start fighting with his family members if they do not complete his wish but for some months he had been starts behaving like a good children but in 2015. he sisters wants the key of one almirah and he has that almirah key along with him and his sister wants to get some of her important documents which were kept in that almirah but he refuses to give the key to his sister and due to this his sister has called their neighbour son who is like their family member and he also starting to convince he to give the almirah key to his sister but he again refuses to do this and harsh has also becomes little bit angry due to this and then harsh has start fighting with his neighbour son and he has also said some abusive words to him and due to this his neighbour son has also become angry and coz of this they starts fighting with each other and at that time he has said I have so many contacts with bad people (gunday) and I can also take their help to damage uh and then his neighbour son has said to him you can call anyone coz I am not afraid of uh and then he said him that do you have any contact with bad people then his neighbour son says no and he has make a call to his one good friend and later they stop fighting with each other and then later in 2015 on rakshabandan he has send one message to his neighbour son and in that message he has wrote :-ki main kamzor nahi houn n mere bhi bhut sari jagah contacts hain but main aapko apne bdae bhai jaisa hi maanta houn etc.) But few months ago harsh has said sorry to his neighbour son and now harsh is behaving like a good child but now I wanna know that is there any insult feeling for harsh in all of these or not and is he has been behaved like bad people coz of his psychological disease or not.

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Hi I wanna know one thing and that is I have one cousin bro and he has been diagnosed with one psychological disease ...
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Hello, my grandpa is suffering from skin cancer. Because of smoking continues cigarette from last 40 years. Now he is of 75 years. So is there any idea to how to reduce his cigarette.

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Quitting smoking is done slowly and steadily managing the withdrawal symptoms. First you have to motivate him to stop smoking. If he is motivated for 12 weeks or so you need to nicotine gum or patch to control withdrawal symptoms. Encourage and appreciate him even for any small stp he takes towards it. Skin cancer needs other treatment apart from stop smoking. Try your best.

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It is seen that people who are repeatedly dominated and bullied over are usually submissive in that relationship. To regain control and be able to fend off such unwarranted interactions, it is important to know what stops you from talking assertively and what are you losing and gaining in the bargain. Learning some assertive skills would go a long way.

I am a 22 year old male. I am feeling depressed at time about not having a good friendship in my college and the so called friends of mine whom I though to be my best friends are humiliating me and speaking bad about me when I am not around. I just tried to get away from those kind of person eventually end up lonely and feel dejected for not able to maintain a proper friendship and for not able to enjoy the college life. Please suggest me with some solution how to handle the situation and come out of this.

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I am a 22 year old male. I am feeling depressed at time about not having a good friendship in my college and the so c...
10 Natural Depression Treatments Being depressed can make you feel helpless. But Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there's a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behaviour – your physical work, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking -- are all natural depression treatments .these tips can help you feel better -- starting right now. 1. Get in a routine. If you’re depressed, you need a routine depression can strip away the structure from your life. One day melts into the next. Setting a gentle daily schedule can help you get back on track. 2. When you're depressed, you may feel like you can't accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. To push back, set daily goals for yourself. "Start very small,” "Make your goal something that you can succeed at, like doing the dishes every other day." As you start to feel better, you can add more challenging daily goals. 3. Exercise- It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It may also have long-term benefits for people. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons to get a benefit. Just walking a few times a week can help. 4. Eat healthy. There is no magic / special; diet that corrects depression. It's a good idea to watch what you eat, though. If depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of your eating will help you feel better. Although nothing is definitive, there’s evidence that foods with omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish) and folic acid (such as spinach) could help ease depression. 5. Get enough sleep. Depression can make it hard to get enough sleep and can make depression worse. What can you do? Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom -- no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep improves. 6. Take on responsibilities. When you’re depressed, you may want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at home and at work. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can work as a natural depression treatment. They ground you and give you a sense of accomplishment. If you're not up to full-time school or work, that’s fine. Think about part-time. If that seems like too much, consider volunteer work. 7. Challenge negative thoughts. In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is mental -- changing how you think. When you're depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions. You might feel like no one likes you, but is there real evidence for that? You might feel like the most worthless person on the planet, but is that really likely? It takes practice, but in time you can beat back those negative thoughts before they get out of control. 8. Check with your doctor before using supplements. "There's promising evidence for certain supplements for depression," Those include fish oil, folic acid. Always check with your doctor before starting any supplement, especially if you’re already taking medications 9. Do something new. When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different. Go to a museum. Pick up a used book and read it on a park bench. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Take a language class. "When we challenge ourselves to do something different, there are chemical changes in the brain, "Trying something new alters the levels of [the brain chemical] dopamine, which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, and learning." 10. Try to have fun. If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? "That's just a symptom of depression," You have to keep trying anyway. As strange as it might sound, you have to work at having fun. Plan things you used to enjoy, even if they feel like a chore. Keep going to the movies. Keep going out with friends for dinner. When you're depressed, you can lose the knack for enjoying life, you have to relearn how to do it. In time, fun things really will feel fun again. If you want ablet ask me personally

I'm having panic disorder. And now I'm feeling shortness of breathing. For panic disorder I have used inderal 10 mg and zapiz 0.25 mg for anxiety. So can I take this tablets to get rid of this situation?

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I'm having panic disorder. And now I'm feeling shortness of breathing. For panic disorder I have used inderal 10 mg a...
Yes the medicines will help. You need better medical and counseling management if the problem is recurrent.

I am 24 year old women, unmarried having unexpected thoughts of bad dreams most frequently. And also I have lots of problem in writing, that is when I starts to write a word even if I know the correct spelling I am missing some letters in between my mind didnt recognize that if some one please pointed out only I can find it. whY it is like this. Please help me am I having any probem

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You must be under a lot of stress. Are you aware of this? the dreams indicate the nature of the pressure i. e. They may be fear related. What are you afraid of to cause this much stress and how long have you been suffering from this condition? you are doing what is called discounting? a loss of awareness due to undue pressure. I suggest you sleep as much as possible on your left ear at night. Meet with a counselor and take that person? s guidance to go to the root cause and deal with it, effectively. You may also attend a personality development course, do regular exercise, meditate, sleep well, eat well, and deal with your emotions through therapy. If you are cooperative, everything should come back to normal pretty soon.

My daughter is 24 years old and working as bio medical engineer. She is in depression and losing her hair on head. Kindly suggest where should I take her for treatment. How can she get rid of this habit?

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Depression is not a habit. It's an emotional and lifestyle problem which could also have genetic predisposition. You might have to go along with her and give a detailed medical history to the psychiatrist. Her hair fall could be because of depression. She can go for psychiatrist and counselling sessions as depression is treatable and curable. Some people have also tried ayurveda and homeopathy and found relief in that. Lifestyle changes that she will need to make are: healthy eating habits, sleeping well for 7-8 hours, exercising regularly, having a positive metal attitude towards self, others and life, managing difficult emotional situations and developing personal psychological immunity towards ups and downs of life. Maintaining relajiinships and having some people whom peope are close to can have a very beneficial affect on the mental health of the person. If you have any questions, please contact me on private chat.

Sir I am 23 year old male and I am suffering from pain on all over the body mainly on back from very long time approx 5-6 years. My ESR count is very high. It is 53 and lymphocytes value is low, it is 13%. Pls suggest me what we do.

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Sir I am 23 year old male and I am suffering from pain on all over the body mainly on back from very long time approx...
Generalised body pain with high ESR could be due to arthritis specially in young males it can be due to Spondyloarthropathy (Ankylosing Spondylitis ). You need to undergo detailed evaluation and other blood tests too . Consult a Pain specialist or Rheumatologist. Physical therapy plays an important role in such diseases. 1. Get involved in exercise regimen like swimming and walking daily 2. Perform back stretching and strengthening exercises daily. 3. Avoid prolonged standing or sitting. 4.Apply warm fomentation on back muscles. Consult again for further queries.

I am 28 yr women. I have a 8 yr old daughter. My husband always fight with me and my daughter's behavior also changed what can I do?

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Go for couple counselling. Discuss your issues with eacb other. Go for outing on holiday. Have good physical relation.

Lalalajpat is my aunty she has a disease called schizophrenia. Can anyone suggest me any suggestions for curing her and are there any chances of getting my aunt to normal conditions? Please help.

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Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness, but can be treated very well with effective new medications. The treatment is like diabetes or hypertension, i. E. Is for long term. The symptoms will gradually disappear and it might take nearly 2-6 months for significant improvement. Also if the illness has been treated irregularly, or in certain sub-types of schizophrenia or resistant symptoms, only improvement can be shown rather than complete recovery. Schizophrenia is not a single disease but a syndrome with variety of presentation, so the treatment is done by psychiatrist after understanding these.
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