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Dr. Shanti Karunakaran

Psychiatrist, Chennai

Dr. Shanti Karunakaran Psychiatrist, Chennai
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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
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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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Sir I have pain in diaphragm after bike accident Pain by weight lifting and pain by coughing in diaphragmatic region please help me sir.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Sir I have pain in diaphragm after bike accident Pain by weight lifting and pain by coughing in diaphragmatic region ...
If pain during coughing it means, lung/ Pleura are affected. You need to do a CT scan of Chest and consult a chest physician.
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I lost somebody last year and I am felling very unhappy like my life is finish. What can I do now how can I make my self buzzy all the time.

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 somebody last year and I am felling very unhappy like my life is finish. What can I do now how can I make my s...
Dear lybrate user. Welcome to lybrate. I can understand. Loosing someone near and dear is called grief and depression related to grief is pretty normal. But this sort of depression does not stay for long. This depression gets cleared within a span of some weeks. The best option for you is to undergo counseling and depression related therapy. Take care.
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Age 19 Problem concentration loss I do not knw reason bt I am unable to concentrate on studies not even for 30 minutes sincerely. How can I concentrate on studies.

BHMS
Homeopath,
Dear lybrate user, take homoeopathic anacardium 200, 5 drops, thrice daily, in empty stomach. Also take homoeopathic mother tincture ashwagandha q, 30 drops, thrice daily, after meals, in a cup of water.
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I am 43 year old male, my body got ache every morning specially on the upper side i. e. Near shoulder, hearts.

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
I am 43 year old male, my body got ache every morning specially on the upper side i. e. Near shoulder, hearts.
Hello, body pain may be due to 1. Fever 2. Abrupt start or stop of exercise 3. Any other medical disease like anaemia/ hypoproteinemia/ thyroid problem 4. Vit d deficiency 5. Multimineral and vitamin deficiency 6. Stress/ anxiety 7. Over exertion (physical and mental) kindly measure your temperature and tell me reading take mental and physical rest bathing also reduce body pain consult physician for further management.
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Hi I'm started thinking that I cannot do anything am waste my age is 39 when I try to do some thing I feel some magic will be happen and every thing will get done instantly I know that it will not be happen but still I feel strongly that some magic is going to be happen can you help me I don't have money to consult a doctor please help me how can I improve my self practically.

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
Hi I'm started thinking that I cannot do anything am waste my age is 39 when I try to do some thing I feel some magic...
Dear user. I can understand. Thinking is a complex mechanism and Your mind's job is to think. If you allow you to think without having control over it, it will always wander into negative territories. You should train yourself to keep your thoughts under your control. Cognitive therapy will help you in this case. Take care.
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My genital area skin tone is too dark. Is there any remedy to get it lighter. I am feeling depressed.

FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
My genital area skin tone is too dark. Is there any remedy to get it lighter. I am feeling depressed.
Respected lybrate-user you cannot change it. Just focus on cleanliness & avoiding bacterial or other infection by using antiseptic soap for bathing & regular shaving of hair around genitals dear.
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Hello Dr. I took some medicine from psychiatrist for ocd nd depression and if do masturbation my sperms are not coming out. Please tell me why it happend?

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Nashik
Hello Dr. I took some medicine from psychiatrist for ocd nd depression and if do masturbation my sperms are not comin...
It may be due to drugs you r taking. Don't worry As your treatment is over or drugs are stopped it will be fine. Or discuss your doctor.
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I am 43 years old male suffering from ocd from 10 years now my daughter 12 years old is affected by this disease please help me.

DNB, DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Systematic desensitization in the case of ocd, in vivo exposure is explicitly combined with response prevention, in which the patient agrees to not engage in compulsions or rituals designed to reduce anxiety when exposed to an object that elicits obsessional fears or designed to control feared harmful consequences. Imaginal exposure imaginal exposure typically involves having the patient close his or her eyes and imagine feared stimuli as vividly as possible. Imaginal exposure has two general uses. The primary use is to help patients confront feared thoughts, images, and memories. For example, individuals with ocd may experience obsessional thoughts and images about causing harm to people they love if you want more details. Let me know.
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I have fever headache vomiting stomach ache and body pains for last ten days What should I do to get cure?

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
I have fever headache vomiting stomach ache and body pains for last ten days What should I do to get cure?
1.Do blood examination like CBC, Widal/ Typhidot test, Blood for mp and Dengue antigen(NS1) test after consulting doctor 2.Consult me for further advice
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I was a very fun loving and happy go lucky boy but now I lack such confidence , energy and is a bit more agressive in nature. Sometimes I fill very low and emotional.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are suffering from depression, and I assume you have just entered your 20s age wise. Towards the later end of your adolescence most pathologies (if you have a predisposition for them) manifest and develop into serious conditions, if ignored. The aggression indicates that your depression could be anger related, which has other complications. Since you have had it for 2-3 years, I think you may be neglecting it too much. Kindly visit a psychiatrist but follow the prescription until advised. Also seek the help of a counselor to develop coping skills that will stand you in good stead for life.
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I am 30 years old male and got married four months back. Previously I fell in love with my class mate and decided to marry her. She too agreed for the proposal. But after four years due to the pressure of her parents she married another person and she is now happy. But I am unable to forget her, and also unable to love my wife. What can I do now?

Ph. D - Psychology, Professional Certified Coach
Psychologist, Ahmedabad
I am sure you must be emotionally in a difficult state. Your ex girl friend is settled in her new life and she is happy with her husband. There is no chance now for you two to get togather or have any relationship. On the other hand think about your wife who got married to you and left everything behind to be with you. She must have lot of expectations and aspirations for her new life and also have some expectations and dreams about your life togather. At this point in time. For whatever reason you agreed to marry her. You are now in this relationship. You have now 2 options in front of you. 1. Talk to her and tell her everything and ask for divorce and let her be free to marry someone else. 2. You resolve in your mind that now you will do your best to genuinely be in this relationship and build a bright and happy future togather. In this case you can't have both. So no matter how hard it is to choose you got to choose which path you want to travel. Also, I would suggest you to come out of this victim mode. Where you are thinking that something terrible has happen to you and now your whole life is ruined. This is not a bollywood movie. This is your life which is not going to finish in 3 hours without you taking charge. You are the story writer your life. Take charge and responsibility. Man up. Your happiness is your choice. Stop thinking about you as a poor guy whose girlfriend married to someone else. Also think about your decision to marry and how it is for your wife to be in this situation without much doing from her part. So wake up. Take charge. Remember and understand love is not just a feeling. Love is a verb. It is an action word. So your love in your small small action each day. One day at a time and one action at a time. The feeling of love will follow. You could be either amitabh bacchan of kabhi kabhi or sashi kapoor. The choice is absolutely yours and what ever you choose will lead your life in a particular direction.
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I'm a student but apart from studies I also do an online business. Both work is important, carrying both work together makes me in depression. What should I do.

M.A-Philosophy, Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling, B.A.M.S
Psychologist,
I'm a student but apart from studies I also do an online business. Both work is important, carrying both work togethe...
You are doing great if you are enjoying your work you can do it without stress don't get fragmented because of multi tasking for it you can learn selective attention training because of it you can ignore some thoughts which make you depressed you can choose the thoughts to ponder you can do it by regular practice feel okay about yourself and accept the situation all the best.
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I am not sleeping for two days with severe headache and body pains what should I do.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
I am not sleeping for two days with severe headache and body pains what should I do.
Hi there ~ vague body aches and head pains should not be ignored. If treated you may be able to sleep well. Here are some of the causes of your symptoms. Lack of exercise lack of exercise is a common cause of fatigue, weight gain, and muscle weakness. Take paracetamol
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I am 26 years man. Many times I having stomach ache suddenly but after asking doctors there is. No particulars reason behind this. Due to this my studies get affected. What should I do. I am always takes healthy and balance diet usually. Please suggest me what should I do so that this will not happens in future. something yoga or exercise or something else. Thank you.

MSc Psychotherapy -King's College- London, Pg diploma in counselling
Psychologist, Gurgaon
I am 26 years man. Many times I having stomach ache suddenly but after asking doctors there is. No particulars reason...
Lybrate-user, I guess you are already answering your question. Definitely, yoga, exercise, good eating habit and sleeping hygiene, having a support network, family connections are the pillars of an healthy lifestyle. Keep this up and if this is not enough, visit a psychotherapist/psychologist. All the best, mz.
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Hi I have anxiety problem it's not often but whenever I am in situation when I need to compose myself to resolve any issue or a high kind of problem especially in office suddenly my nervous system breakdown and my brain stop working I lost my control over my body. You can say panic attack or anxiety even today morning it happened when I got an issue and I required to Perform. Kindly suggest your valuable suggestion what should I do to overcome this problem.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
Hi I have anxiety problem it's not often but whenever I am in situation when I need to compose myself to resolve any ...
Good Morning ~ Anxiety can be an overwhelming issue, which can prevent you for initiating or completing daily activities that require a continuous sustained attention. It seems from your description of the problem which is very brief that you are also having panic attacks. You may benefit from medications for the problems that are associated with distressing symptoms on a daily basis. A psychiatric evaluation may elicit some social problems that are contributing to your condition, and it may be appropriate to start you on medications after a thorough evaluation. I believe that you need to focus as much as you can on the symptoms and divert your attention from them when you recognize them. Also being able to face anxiety evoking situations without causing you to be distressed is something that you can be working on using mindfulness meditation. All said you may need medications to take the edge off of your anxiety.
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I'm 20 yrs old and recently i've started smoking I know it's pretty bad for health and now I want to quit is there any way to quit this habit other than will power coz I lack that?

DNB in Psychiatry, completed course from Asha Hospital, Hyderbad
Psychiatrist, Salem
Try to divert your mind to your favourite music or something like that which take your desire away from you. You can even try with having chocolates or juices.
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I am suffering from depression since last 15 years. Getting medication but not getting fully cured. Why?

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
I am suffering from depression since last 15 years. Getting medication but not getting fully cured. Why?
Depression not responding or partially responding to treatment could be due to various reasons. At times depression may become less responsive it resistant to some medications. In that case we need to change the medications to the ones that benefit you. Also we can switch to some other adjuvant therapies that can also help. Many a times depression may be bipolar in origin and turtle r needs to be modifies accordingly
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Hi, I have a 19 month old daughter. She is always throwing tantrums and gets upset over small things. She cries a lot when we don't give her whatever she desires and eventually has her way. I don't want to spoil her and need help to understand her psychology and control her behavior.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
This is the terrible twos. The child was once the center of the world and has to now adjust to the fact that you are going to have to meet some of your own needs before hers. She will not be able to take it for some time. You need to set boundaries and let the child know that she will not be neglected but she must develop a little patience. She will throw tantrums to force the attention from you and she will try to control you too. Help her tide over this phase without rejecting her. For example, you can tell her to stop crying when she wants something until you are available or finished doing whatever you are doing. She can cry a little but do not allow her to whine or holler for too long. She will also learn anger management at a child level with these types of behaviors. Don?t ever deprive her of love. As this process unfolds, she will develop good self-control and will be a fabulous child as time flies by. Later on you will also find it easy with her for this worthwhile investment. It may last for a year maximum, if handled well.
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Dear Sir, I smoke 10- 15 cigarettes daily. Now I am feeling throat soreness or discomfort while swallowing meal or liquid. Pain is left inside of throat. Kindly help me on this. please suggest any tablets etc for relief.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Dear Sir, I smoke 10- 15 cigarettes daily. Now I am feeling throat soreness or discomfort while swallowing meal or li...
Please meet with an ENT specialist and investigate this throat problem. You have to quit smoking and need not wait for the results of the doctor's visit. You have to quit cold turkey because the body and mind will torture you endlessly while attempting reduction in smoking. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lung with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged. But don’t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. I don’t know what other organs could be damaged but do go for a thorough medical check up to assess the effects of your abuse. Regarding improving your lungs, do a lot of aerobic exercise breathing through your nostrils only. Then there are a lot of deep breathing exercises in Yoga which you can learn too. Deep breathing cleanses your system and lungs and restores it to good health. Deep breathing uses the 80% of the lungs which are not normally used in normal breathing and even when exerting yourself. The greatest effect is in the lungs because this substance is processed through the respiratory system directly through the lung surface. When quitting, you must take one day at a time; though you must give up all smoking at once, and promptly. If you look too far ahead you will get discouraged and will give up. If you sit and count the number of days you have given up, that will also focus too much on achievement. You must focus on the here and now, on that day to be precise. After all quitting is not that easy due to many factors. So even if you fail one day, you must try and try again. Very few people succeed in their first attempt. Your persistence will eventually pay off. The urge to discontinue is hampered by many factors but the worst of them is the conditioning. In fact these conditions can exist all through the day unlike other addictions. But your desire to want to stop is the most important factor. It is important to find out about the ill-effects of smoking to have a reason that alarms you about continuing in the habit. The information is really scary but true and you must remind yourself about this every day. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heart beat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. So you must avoid it like the plague: it is just very bad medicine for you. In fact it is highly toxic too. You will need to stop smoking or consuming any tobacco related items with immediate effect. You should start vigorous exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga), and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need. You may also take hard candy or chewing gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine gums and nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces, substantially. You may also 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. 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. 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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Facts about Dementia

MBBS, DPM (Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Thrissur
Facts about Dementia

Facts about Dementia

What is dementia? Dementia is a term used to describe various different brain disorders that have in common a loss of brain function that is usually progressive and eventually severe. There are over 100 different types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.
Most forms of dementia cannot be cured. There are some drugs available that appear to alleviate some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in some people.
How dementia progresses?

All types of dementia are progressive illnesses. This means that the structure and chemistry of the brain become increasingly damaged over time. The person's ability to remember, understand, communicate and reason will gradually decline.
Genetic factors are responsible for the disease in only a very small number of families. There is no single gene for Alzheimer's disease and inherited factors alone do not explain why some people develop it while others do not.
The Alzheimer's Society estimates that there are currently over 700,000 people in the UK with dementia.

Researchers believe that many factors, including age, genetic background and lifestyle, can lead to the onset of the disease. The prevalence of dementia in people with learning difficulties is higher than in the general population.

What is dementia?
The term 'dementia' is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, stroke and many other rarer conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.Different areas of the brain are responsible for different skills and abilities. The changes in behaviour, memory and thought in people with Alzheimer's disease may be a direct result of the way the disease has affected their brain.See also information sheet
There are several diseases and conditions that cause dementia.See also information sheet
 

Causes of dementia include:
Alzheimer's diseaseThis is the most common cause of dementia. During the course of the disease, the chemistry and structure of the brain changes, leading to the death of brain cells. Information sheet.

Vascular diseaseIf the oxygen supply to the brain fails, brain cells may die. The symptoms of vascular dementia can occur either suddenly, following a stroke, or over time, through a series of small strokes. Information sheet
Dementia with Lewy bodiesThis form of dementia gets its name from tiny spherical structures that develop inside nerve cells. Their presence in the brain leads to the degeneration of brain tissue. Memory, concentration and language skills are affected. Information sheet

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