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Dr. Shanti Karunakaran

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Dr. Shanti Karunakaran is a trusted Psychiatrist in Chetpet, Chennai. You can meet Dr. Shanti Karunakaran personally at Prashanth Multispeciality Hospitals in Chetpet, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Shanti Karunakaran on Lybrate.com.

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Always SEX Matters comes to my mind. I never sleep properly, I am feeling tension, stress unhappy everyday. Which I can not explain you. All day I feel, I do not live. My age is now 35 years. I am feeling lived 35000 years. Every day I pray to god to die. Life is west. Please help,

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
35, 000 living is trash there is no logical meaning in it. When we hungry we eat some thing. Like that sex is physical urge. It must be done trough systematic manner. If it is not satisfied then it recalls again and again. If it is not difficulty to go to sex. Then masturbate your self then you relaxed. Otherwise go for marriage or maintain any good girl friend. Do practice yourself or go for marriage. With out doing anything you can control yourself it is very difficulty process. Meditation and yoga helpful to divert your thoughts. Or consult psychologist for behavioural modification. Ok best of luck.
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I was in love with my future wife but suddenly we broke out. What can I do to regain my love back please assist me.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
It looks like you are pining for her after the breakup. Have you analyzed why you two had this fallout? If it your fault, then apologize and see if she is amenable. If not you may have done something quite unforgivable. It seems that you have discovered perhaps that a heterosexual relationship is very different from normal relations. It is very intense, and the very thing that makes it attractive (the opposite sex and all its nuances), can also be its nemesis. You must learn what that difference is and find out how to live with a love relationship. There must be love, respect, commitment, honesty, trust, and freedom in the romantic scene. If you have not offered all this, she may not feel secure. You could both meet with a relationship counselor and work out the problems and see if you can cope up with what is required to satisfy her. You could also meet with her parents along with your parents and negotiate a compromise and some commitments to work out the issues. If however, this is final, then remove all associations of hers: gifts, notes, letters, cards, emails, and any reminders to get her out of your system, not just the mind. Keep the good memories but don’t indulge in them. Get back to your old pals and revive those contacts. Normally when we get a girlfriend, we drop all our friends and live exclusively with her. This is not a good thing to do, generally. So do get back to them and get into good social circles. They will help you get over her. Do not talk ill or malign your ex to your friends, whatever was the reason. That is, unfortunately, a very bad habit many of us have – we must still respect her reputation and treat her with dignity. Do meet up with a counselor and talk about your feelings, openly, if you are still not able to cope.
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I lost some body ,Mai thik se pad nahi pa Raha hu ye mere saath Kaya ho Raha agar apke pass iska upchar h to please help me.

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
I lost some body ,Mai thik se pad nahi pa Raha hu ye mere saath Kaya ho Raha agar apke pass iska upchar h to please h...
Dear Lybrate user. I can understand. Memory and mind power depends on three aspects. Understanding, retention and recollection. Recollection is easy if your retention is proper and flawless. Retention is possible when you are able understand what you read or learn. To understand you should have concentration. Concentration comes from effective learning techniques based on creative and active learning. Physical exercise, outdoor games, entertainment, socializing coupled with systematic learning improves your memory and mind power. Vegetables, fruits and nuts are perfect for memory. Brain games like sudoku and jigsaw puzzles helps too. Avocados, Beetroots, Blueberries, Broccoli. Celery, Coconut Oil, Dark Chocolate etc are good for improving concentration and memory. I suggest online education counseling. Take care.
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I remain depressed whole day. When I have to go job interview and exam. My heartbeat being very fast. So I remain unemployed now. I have also panic anxiety. Give a quick solution.

MSW, Certificate in Clinical Psychopharmacology , Certificate in Treatment Planning and Progress Notation, Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Psychologist, Jaipur
I remain depressed whole day. When I have to go job interview and exam. My heartbeat being very fast. So I remain une...
Hello, I understand your anxiety. However, you should try saying affirmative proclaimations such as: I have tge skill to be good at tge job interview, I am special and unique, I will try my best to prove my skills to the one who interviews me, my interviewer isn't greater than god, I have god with me. Believe in yourself. Close your eyes and say these things. I am sure you will start feeling the confidence.
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My cousin always worried she think she lost her loved once. I am always try to clam her but after few days she come with same problem. In her neighborhood a 26 year young boy died. His family young wife and little 2 year daughter always in her mind.

MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (UWS, Glasgow)
Psychiatrist, Delhi
My cousin always worried she think she lost her loved once. I am always try to clam her but after few days she come w...
Hi, Thanks for writing in, welcome to the forum. Very often, anxiety is triggered by disturbing events in the surroundings. If this death in the neighborhood happened recently and only 2-3 weeks ago, then it is alright. Just give your cousin some time and she will come out of this. But if a much longer time has elapsed, it is probably an anxiety disorder that has been precipitated by the incident. It will need a detailed evaluation by a psychiatrist. There are no short cut solutions in this scenario. But fortunately, these kinds of problems are common and usually do not pose a major problem and are treated easily. Hope that answers the question and helps you. Take care!
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I am 23 years old man. I am very shy guy. Its not bad but sometimes it creates problems. How I overcome it. Pls suggest me.

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
I am 23 years old man. I am very shy guy. Its not bad but sometimes it creates problems. How I overcome it. Pls sugge...
Dear user. I can understand. Shyness is a blessing on many accounts. You don't need to change your behavior pattern completely and your shy attitude completely. that will be bad. Instead, provide me the situations you want to change your behavior. We can work together and change your shyness in those circumstances. Take care.
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Causes of Depression-

M.Sc Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, P.G.Diploma in pachakarma, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Causes of Depression-
Depression Causes-

There is no single cause of depression. You can develop it for different reasons and it has many different triggers.
For some, an upsetting or stressful life event – such as bereavement, divorce, illness, redundancy and job or money worries – can be the cause.

Often, different causes combine to trigger depression. For example, you may feel low after an illness and then experience a traumatic event, such as bereavement, which brings on depression.

People often talk about a "downward spiral" of events that leads to depression. For example, if your relationship with your partner breaks down, you're likely to feel low, so you stop seeing friends and family and you may start drinking more. All of this can make you feel even worse and trigger depression.
Some studies have also suggested you're more likely to get depression as you get older, and that it's more common if you live in difficult social and economic circumstances.

Stressful events-
Most people take time to come to terms with stressful events, such as bereavement or a relationship breakdown. When these stressful events happen, you have a higher risk of becoming depressed if you stop seeing your friends and family and you try to deal with your problems on your own.

Illness-
You may have a higher risk of depression if you have a long standing or life-threatening illness, such as coronary heart disease or cancer.
Head injuries are also an often under-recognised cause of depression. A severe head injury can trigger mood swings and emotional problems.

Some people may have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) resulting from problems with their immune system. In rarer cases a minor head injury can damage the pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland at the base of your brain that produces thyroid-stimulating hormones.
This can cause a number of symptoms, such as extreme tiredness and a loss of interest in sex (loss of libido), which can in turn lead to depression.

Personality-
You may be more vulnerable to depression if you have certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem or being overly self-critical. This may be because of the genes you've inherited from your parents, or because of your early life experiences.

Family history-
If someone else in your family has suffered from depression in the past, such as a parent or sister or brother, then it's more likely you will too.

Giving birth-
Some women are particularly vulnerable to depression after pregnancy. The hormonal and physical changes, as well as added responsibility of a new life, can lead to postnatal depression.

Loneliness-
Becoming cut off from your family and friends can increase your risk of depression.

Alcohol and drugs-
Some people try to cope when life is getting them down by drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs. This can result in a spiral of depression.
Cannabis helps you relax, but there is evidence that it can bring on depression, especially in teenagers.
And don't be tempted to drown your sorrows with a drink. Alcohol is categorised as a "strong depressant" and actually makes depression worse.
Depression can be triggered by more than one factor.
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A.Girl lives with me. She disturbs me very much. When I see her. I Am getting So much angry. So my heartbeat increase sometimes. How can. I pacify my 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. This happens because you are irritated ln seeing that girl. This also means you had several bad experiences with that girl. Why don't you shift to anothed room? this problem will constantly present itself unless you distance yourself from that or change the attitude. I suggest psychological counselling. Take care.
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I dont feel like doing anything , work , pay attention to my home n members, and mind gets confused with lots of thoughts always and I deel upset and low.

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
It seems that u r in depression or mixed anxiety depression. Can be dealt with medicines and without medicines also but u need to get more efforts into it.
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What is the fees charges for Body dysmorphic disorder treatment. Is this very expensive if I also prefer CBT by the psychiatrist. What should I do if I don't have enough money. please give answer in full detail with also fees charges.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
What is the fees charges for Body dysmorphic disorder treatment. Is this very expensive if I also prefer CBT by the p...
The fees would be average rs. 1000 for CBT and rs500 for consultation. If this is expensive the same would be provided for free in Govt medical colleges, psychiatry department. All the best.
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I am elder son in my family, I have to face all the responsibility / works etc. Due to this circumstances I am getting tension frequently, so please advise me how to reduce my tension. I am bellow the normal height I have belly due to chair work please advice me how to reduce my belly.

M.D,Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Amritsar
U must stop sugar intake, cold drinks and fast food to decrease belly. Do yogic exercises also. Go for early morning brisk walk. Take tab zosert50 mg daily to lessen tension. Report after 7 days.
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Hello Sir! The question is about my girl friend. She is facing some stress related problems like helplessness, hopelessness, a very low mood, poor concentration, irritability.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Hello Sir! The question is about my girl friend. She is facing some stress related problems like helplessness, hopele...
All these are symptoms of a depressive episode, get a psychiatrist consultation and follow his advice. She will be alright.
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I have been smoking from more than 3.5 yrs but I have quit smoking from past 1.5 months, due to wheezing and loss of voice but wheezing and loss of voice still continues and the excess sputum accumulation is from past 4-5yrs please tell me some medications and cure specially for loss of voice.

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
kindly follow advises given below Take proper rest lot of fluids and proper home made diet. warm Saline gargles twice a day for 2-3 days. speak less Consult ENT doctor for further management as you need physical examination and than course of antibiotic (your are having infective cough)
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I am 19 years old. Many Thinks continue in my mind where ever I am study. So I can't remember any answer when I studies. Please help.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are probably under some stress fro which I recommend that you seek the help of a counselor. In the meantime do some of these recommendations very faithfully: Daily exercise of at least half an hour is a must. Even if you go to a gym, ask for aerobic and/or callisthenic exercises with whatever else you are doing. A healthy body harbors a healthy mind. With regard to memory, it is very important that your brain and body is ideally rested to be able to recall whatever is required, rather comfortably. Puzzles pose problems to the brain that help it to use new pathways and neurons, which give the brain considerable exercise. It taxes the left brain to use logic to solve the myriad possibilities which other activities do not stimulate. Crosswords are excellent for vocabulary learning and use. Jigsaws and Rubik cube stimulate different permutations to finally settle on the most likely one. Picture completion and anagrams help approach problem solving from several angles. Do Sudoku, and memory co-relation activities and skills. Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber (whole grains, fruits and vegetables), nuts, avocado, eat dark chocolate, consume less of fat and use olive oil instead, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. You need to check out if you are stronger visual or auditory. The visual is a better mode than the auditory. However, if you combine the two modes, you will get the best concentration. Have a special place of learning, which should be well lit, with soft painted walls, well-ventilated, with no distractions. When you get bored, study by writing. If you repeat learning at least five to seven times, you will apparently remember for a longer time. Sit comfortably but do not slouch. The reading material should be of a fairly large print. Study at small intervals of about 40 minutes and then take a break or change the subject. Short-term memory is a faculty of the left brain, and long-term memory is a feature of the right brain. When people are stressed, they tend to favor the right brain and abandon the left brain, where short-term memory resides. So, it is really very simple: deal with the stress and activate left brain functions. Here are a few suggestions to activate left brain function: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do callisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. There is a new exercise called Super Brain Yoga, which is done by holding the right earlobe with your left thumb and index finger, and the left earlobe with your right hand’s thumb and index finger. In this position you must squat down and rise up and do this for five minutes every day. There are some memory enhancing techniques and study methods that your teacher will be able to guide you with. If your home life is full of distractions and stress, it is likely to affect your memory, adversely. In that case, I suggest that the family goes for counseling too. The following foods do help too: Blueberries, walnuts, turmeric, Spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, acorn squash, green tea, oily fish, boiled egg, turkey, apples, oatmeal, leafy greens, lentils, pumpkin seeds, avocado, cinnamon, thyme, sunflower seeds, and red wine. Avoid sugar and junk food.
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I am 18 year of age. I have brain problem. My brain is slow. If somebody ask me question I can't answer instantly whether I know. please tell me how to sharp brain.

MSC Human Development , Hypnotherapy , Special Educator , ms- counselling and physiotherapy, Applied psychology Hons
Psychologist, Faridabad
Do some brain exercise, it will sharp your mind. First go for an assessment with a psychologist to find out your actual problem of your brain. If you want our help you can contact us.
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I am a commerce student if +2 and nowadays am going through extreme situations of my life. I listen sad songs at night. Cry unnecessary. .and moreover my so called treatment is also going in PGI Chandigarh which I think will not be fruitful please suggest me something. Thankyou.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am a commerce student if +2 and nowadays am going through extreme situations of my life. I listen sad songs at nigh...
You haven to mentioned what this 'so called treatment' is all about and what for too. You sound like you are depressed about something and at your age, this is quite concerning. At your age this claim is serious. If you have depression then there are some major ramifications to take into account. I believe there may be some genetic predisposition or there has been some childhood issue, related to anger, that needs urgent attention. You must go and meet with a counselor immediately and if that person advises that you meet with a doctor you must do so and cooperate to your utmost. Please visit these professionals along with your parents. In the meantime please do the following sincerely because you could resolve the problem better with good cooperation: Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber, nuts, avocado, exercise regularly, eat dark chocolate, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. I suggest you do the opposite of what this depression makes you feel like doing (actually, not doing): you will need to fight this condition. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch sitcoms on TV or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least, 30 minutes but not in the scorching heat. Whatever happens, please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings. Don’t wait for others to help. Use your own motivation, which might be at its lowest, but persevere and win this battle. Above all to be really happy, you need to live in love and for love. Learn all about emotions and how to handle them and that will get you out of the depression rather easily and quickly. A counselor is there only to facilitate you, all the hard word must come from you, and your cooperation with that person is very critical for your success. Be positive every day and learn to be contented with what you have. Do some left brain exercises: it is the happy brain. Here are a few suggestions: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do callisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. Whatever happens please cooperate with the therapy and do not discontinue until the condition is completely resolved.
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I am suffering from headache from long time. I am unable to take decisions as I think a lot. I think I am taking lot of stress. Kindly suggest me diet plan and some exercises so that I can attain peace.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), DYA (DIPLOMA IN YOG & AYURVED), D.I.H.M (DIPLOMA IN INDUSTRIAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT)
Ayurveda, Nashik
I am suffering from headache from long time. I am unable to take decisions as I think a lot. I think I am taking lot ...
1) massage with stress relief oil or warm coconut oil to head, neck, and ears. 2) apply chandan powder +2-4 saffron threads+ pinch of cinnamon (dalchini) lep with rose water to forehead. 3) take 8 hrs sleep in the night. 4) avoid oily & spicy food. 5) pour 3-4 drops of warm pure cow ghee in both nostrils in head low position 6) do eye check up if headache persist
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Hi iam 24 years old, iam weak in taking own decisions and also how to improve brain functionality faster,

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Your brain is like a muscle. You need to exercise it regularly. The exciting thing is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to increase your brain capacity. All you need to do is invest a little time to regularly train your brain. So what can you do? Here are 10 simple ways you can increase your brain power and improve your intelligence! 1. Do something new When you experience something ‘new’ you actually ‘stimulate’ your brain! Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same old things – the only way to change the structure of your brain is to do something new. This creates new neural pathways, increasing your intelligence. You could take a new route to work, try a new recipe for dinner, or even a new form of exercise – mix it up! 2. Exercise regularly It’s been proven that regular exercise helps to increase brain function and enhances neurogenesis. This means that every time you exercise you are creating new brain cells! Get off the couch and get moving! Your brain will thank you for it :) 3. Train your memory How often do you hear people say “I wish I had a better memory!’ Yet no-one does anything about this! If you discipline yourself to memorise phone numbers and other important numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license) you will start to see a marked improvement in your memory 4. Be curious Instead of taking everything at face value, get into the habit of questioning everyday things/products, services that you come into contact with. By being ‘curious’ and questioning everything, you force your brain to innovate & create new ideas. Curiosity may have killed that cat, more importantly it created super important things like electricity and computers! 5. Think positive Stress & anxiety kill existing brain neurons and also stop new neurons from being created. Research has shown that positive thinking, especially in the future tense, speeds up the creation of cells and dramatically reduces stress & anxiety. Try and get a handle on negative thoughts and make an effort to replace them with positive ones. 6. Eat healthy Our diets have a HUGE impact on brain function. Our brains consume over 20% of all nutrients & oxygen that we consume – so remember to feed your brain with the good stuff! (i.e. fresh fruit and veg & plenty of OMEGA 3 oils found in oily fish) 7. Read a book Reading relieves tension & stress (brain-cell killers) because it’s a form of escapism. Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain because you force your mind to ‘picture’ what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination! 8. Get enough sleep Sleep is like a mini detox for the brain. This is when your body regenerates cells and removes all the toxins that have built up during the day. Get to bed between the hours of 9pm and midnight to benefit from the most effective hours of sleep! 9. Ditch the GPS Gone are the days of map reading! Sat Nav may have made our lives easier, it has also made our brains lazier and less efficient at the same time! Go back to the old school and use a map to navigate every now and then (this exercises the part of your brain responsible for understanding spatial relationships). 10. Ban the calculator Remember back at school when we were taught to use our brains to do simple sums like times tables?! It’s incredible how we now rely on devices like smart-phones and laptops to calculate really simple equations. Resist the urge to work things out using an external device – and use the device you were born with – your brain!
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I am a 22 year male, I forget many things which I read and learn. How to increase memory power?

(MRCPSYCH-UK), MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
Forgetfulness and decreased concentration can be a symptom of depression or anxiety. Eat well, sleep on time, maintain a regular day structure, meditation, breathing exercises, focus on the task, rehearse all these will improve your memory and concentration.
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