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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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A spark type feeling for a fraction of second and that travels to head and arms, causes increase in anxiety and palpitation. I am 48 years old male. I have checked with tmt and echo and no negative remarks found.

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Psychologist,
A spark type feeling for a fraction of second and that travels to head and arms, causes increase in anxiety and palpi...
This could be a symptom of underlying anxiety and panic about certain situations which you are not in control of. Please see a counsellor and psychiatrist to get your assessment and start the treatment. In the meantime start exercising every day so that you are able to manage stress better. Eat a high protein diet which helps in mood regulation and do yoga pranayama and meditation which helps immensely in anxiety and palpitations.
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I have started developing sexual feelings for my mother. Since im single for a very long tym now. Nowadays I have started taking care of her, helping her with everything, staying and spending more tym with her besides sleeping with her in the night. I have alot of sexual urges. I even fantasize me n her making love. Please help.

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
I have started developing sexual feelings for my mother. Since im single for a very long tym now. Nowadays I have sta...
Dear lybrate user, please understand certain things first! you are only 21 hence you need not say/think that you are single for a" very long time" 2. Even if you have achieved full sexual growth, this is your age to concentrate more on your studies and career. 3. There has to be some strong reason why you are having sexual feelings towards your mother. May be your father is absent from your life, may be your mother looked at you as her support and crossed her boundaries or she is looking at you for support and loves you a lot and also thinks that you are still a child and is treating you like that. But she may not have any sexual feelings towards you. Please understand that each relation is enjoyable and is healthy only when certain boundaries are maintained. Understand your relation with your mother and maintain your boundaries. You can masturbate to satisfy your sexual needs, but fantasizing sex with your mother will very harmful, emotionally for both of you. Please understand that if you just keep imagining things like this, one day you might do it actually, in the spurt of that moment and then you will carry huge shame, guilt for the rest of your life. Now, it is advisable for you to keep some other women to take care of your mother. You need to stay away from her. Stop sharing the same bed. Spend more time with people of your age and who have similar interests. Try to find a life partner of your age and enjoy life.
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Hi Sir, Please help me how to concentrate on everything I see and how to stay calm and cool? Please advise.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
CONCENTRATION TIPS Here’s some tips to get into a state of deep concentration where work / or studies flow easily so that you can do well in examinations/ and or do your work well. 1) Cut Off the Noise Getting into a state of concentration can take at least fifteen minutes. If you are getting distracted every five, you can’t possibly focus entirely on your work. Request that people don’t interrupt you when working on a big project. If you are required to answer phones and drop-in’s immediately, schedule work when the office is less busy. 2) Structure Your Environment The place you work can have an impact on your ability to focus. Try to locate yourself so you are facing potential distractions such as doors, phones or windows. This way you can take a glance to assess sounds that would otherwise break your focus. 3) Clarify Objectives Know what your goal is clearly before you start. If you aren’t sure what the end result is, the confusion will make it impossible to focus. 4) Divide Blobs. If you have a large project that needs work, clearly identify a path that you will use to get started working on it. If the sequence of actions isn’t obvious, it will be difficult to concentrate. Taking a few minutes to plan not only your end result, but the order you will complete any steps, can save hours in wasted thinking. 5) Know the Rules Get clear on what the guidelines are for the task ahead. What level of quality do you need? What standards do you need to follow? What constraints are there? If the rules aren’t clear from the outset, you will slip out of concentration as you ponder them later. 6) Set a Deadline Deadlines have both advantages and disadvantages when trying to force concentration. A deadline can make it easier to forget the non-essential and speed up your working time. If you give yourself only an hour to design a logo, you will keep it simple and avoid fiddling with extravagant designs. Time limits have disadvantages when they cause you to worry about the time you have left instead of the task itself. 7) Break down Roadblocks Roadblocks occur whenever you hit a tricky problem in your work. This can happen when you run out of ideas or your focus wavers. Break down roadblocks by brainstorming or planning on a piece of paper. Writing out your thought processes can keep you focused even if you might become frustrated. 8) Isolate Yourself Become a hermit and stay away from other people if you want to get work done. Unless your work is based on other people they will only break your focus. Create a private space and refuse to talk to anyone until your work is finished. Put a sign on your door to steer away drop-ins and don’t answer your phone. 9) Healthy Body, Sharper Mind What you put into your body affects the way you concentrate. Nobody would expect peak performance if they showed up drunk to work. But if you allow yourself to get chronic sleep deprivation, overuse stimulants like caffeine or eat dense, fatty foods your concentration will suffer. Try to cut out one of your unhealthy habits for just thirty days to see if there is a difference in your energy levels. I’ve found even small steps can create dramatic changes in my ability to focus. 10) Be Patient Before I write an article, I often sit at my desk for a fifteen or twenty minutes before I put finger on the keyboard. During this time I feel a strong urge to leave or do something else. But I know that if I am patient, I’ll stumble upon an idea to write about and enter a state of flow. Without a little patience, you can’t take advantage of flow when it rushed through you. If you need strong concentration I recommend periods of 90-120 minutes. Any less than that and you will waste too much time getting started before the flow can continue. More than this is possible to sustain focus, but you will probably benefit from a quick break. These are the general guidelines for concentration, studying well or doing your job. Regards.
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I can't putting interest on my studies, I can't remember the any subject when the teacher teaches in our class and question answers. Please help me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, take bacopa monnn. 1x, 2 tabs twice daily. Do meditation for half an hour in the morning daily. Eat almonds, cashew nuts and walnuts daily morning. Revert me after 1 month.
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My son is a adhd kid. He has some speech delay also. What is the best way to treat him. Are there any special schools for him.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Stimulants such as methylphenidate and amphetamines are the most common type of medication used for treating adhd. Although it may seem counterintuitive to treat hyperactivity with a stimulant, these medications actually activate brain circuits that support attention and focused behavior, thus reducing hyperactivity. In addition, a few non-stimulant medications, such as atomoxetine, guanfacine, and clonidine, are also available. For many children, adhd medications reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity and improve their ability to focus, work, and learn. Medications also may improve physical coordination. However, a one-size-fits-all approach does not apply for all children with adhd. What works for one child might not work for another. One child might have side effects with a certain medication, while another child may not. Sometimes several different medications or dosages must be tried before finding one that works for a particular child. Any child taking medications must be monitored closely and carefully by caregivers and doctors. Stimulant medications come in different forms, such as a pill, capsule, liquid, or skin patch. Some medications also come in short-acting, long-acting, or extended release varieties. In each of these varieties, the active ingredient is the same, but it is released differently in the body. Long-acting or extended release forms often allow a child to take the medication just once a day before school, so he or she doesn't have to make a daily trip to the school nurse for another dose. Parents and doctors should decide together which medication is best for the child and whether the child needs medication only for school hours or for evenings and weekends, too. For more information about stimulants and other medications used for treating mental disorders, see the nimh mental health medications webpage. The food and drug administration (fda) website has the latest information on medication approvals, warnings, and patient information guides. What are the side effects of stimulant medications? the most commonly reported side effects are decreased appetite, sleep problems, anxiety, and irritability. Some children also report mild stomachaches or headaches. Most side effects are minor and disappear over time or if the dosage level is lowered. Decreased appetite. Be sure your child eats healthy meals. If this side effect does not go away, talk to your child's doctor. Also talk to the doctor if you have concerns about your child's growth or weight gain while he or she is taking this medication. Sleep problems. If a child cannot fall asleep, the doctor may prescribe a lower dose of the medication or a shorter-acting form. The doctor might also suggest giving the medication earlier in the day, or stopping the afternoon or evening dose. Adding a prescription for a low dose of a blood pressure medication called clonidine sometimes helps with sleep problems. A consistent sleep routine that includes relaxing elements like warm milk, soft music, or quiet activities in dim light, may also help. Less common side effects. A few children develop sudden, repetitive movements or sounds called tics. Changing the medication dosage may make tics go away. Some children also may have a personality change, such as appearing" flat" or without emotion. Talk with your child's doctor if you see any of these side effects. You can ask for special schools in your area.
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I always keep thinking about something like my past, people who hurted me, negative thoughts

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Well your past will always be there especially if there are impactful memories. It is good when you learn from it, then it will move out of your memory on its own. Those negative thoughts and people who have hurt you will come back until you resolve them. Note down all the past bad memories and deal with each one individually with someone like a counselor. Over time these memories will gradually fade. If you are matured enough, you can even drop those events as forgotten and forgiven. Forgiveness is more important for your sake than for the perpetrator’s sake, so just go ahead and do it fast. If you think that those people may be amenable to your expressions of distress done directly to them, then do so. Otherwise just express yourself to a counselor and get going. You may even write down all the bad memories on a piece of paper and burn it down as though you have finished with those events and people. That will also help purge it out of system. These are the ghosts of the past that will continue to haunt you, until it has been dealt with adequately.
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I am suffering from depression, anexity, frastrated, and trembling to write. Even now my mentally&physically energy is very low. Feel speaking problem, now I cant concentrate on my study and my memory power is getting low. Please suggest the perfect solution kindly.

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, you must be able to distinguish between mental disease and mental disorder. Your problem is a mental disorder. Not a mental disease. These mental disorders are usually treated with a combination of medicines and other means like awareness, meditation, psychotherapy techniques, life style changes etc. I think two or three counseling sessions and psycho therapy techniques should solve her problem. Let me know if she is willing to undergo counseling sessions and tailor made psycho therapy through mobile. Take care.
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I am 27 male I am facing sexual problem from 6 years libido or ed I get erection in night many times in a month during sleep I am unmarried I get my penis tight when I masturbate but suddenly fell my penis is getting soft after 2-3 minute one more thing I notice my penis get erection when I am laying or sitting if I stand it will loose erection I met a doctor last year he get some blood test which were normal 1. Urine culture normal 2. Total tsh serum 1.044 range 0.35-4.94uiu/ml 3. Testosterone total serum 566. 82ng/dl range 241-827ng/dl 4. Hydroxyvitamin d it was very low only 3.90ng/ml range 30-100ng/ml I am taking d3 syrup 60000iu weekly and now it is almost 23ng/ml but not too much improvement in my sexual conditions so I do not know what to do my marriage is next year. I feel tension stress and fog on my mind.Please tell.

MBBS, MD - NEUROPSYCHIATRY
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
I am 27 male I am facing sexual problem from 6 years libido or ed I get erection in night many times in a month durin...
Thanks for giving a very nice and detailed history. It helps us in advising you the correct treatment. As investigation suggest there is no hormone deficit in your body. You need to understand that male sexuality has three parts. First is desire, then errection which is caused by increased blood flow in your penis. After that if stimulated discharge happens. At night when you are relaxed during sleep, your blood vessels also relax and that causes more blood to flow to pebis. So what you are experiencing at night is absolutely normal.After errection, when discharge happens, blood will go away from penis and it will become soft, till you get another stimulation. The same reason explains why you get errection in one position. To summerise it is absolutely normal to have occasional errection and softening depending on relaxation of blood vessels. The most important thing is to stay relaxed as that can give you sustained errection.
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Hi doctor I also have that same problems in my throat. It sometimes itching is I drink cool. Or eat ice cream. I have a smoking habit sir. But I'm not a chain smoker. Sometimes I don't smoke for 3 or 4 days. Sometimes I smoke 1 cigarette in a day. Is it any harm for me?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Hi doctor I also have that same problems in my throat. It sometimes itching is I drink cool. Or eat ice cream. I have...
Smoking is harmful whether it is one or two a day, period. You can visit an ent specialist and investigate your throat. It does not matter if there is any connection or not with the smoking. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of cigarette smoke more than others. It is better to be safe rather than sorry.
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Can a person suffer from depression with out anxiety or anxiety without depression.

SLE, Fellowship In Diabetology, Diploma In Psychology Mental Health And Illness, PLAB (MANCHESTOR, UK), FAGE, MBBS
General Physician, Bangalore
Yes, it is possible to have both together or seperately. It is often seen that anxiety is commonly seen in many people whereas depression has a more elaborate criterion to say that a person has depression. Many people can cope with anxiety but depression needs more attention. If you have any further query please ask.
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Dear sir, am suffering from anxiety, doctor prefer me to use beta locker tablet for decrease heart rate, depression tablets. Since five month I am using these tablets. Can I stop, now I am felling better, but little complication are there, I can not meet the same doctor again to take advice ,am far from him, can you suggest me what I have to do,

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Dear sir,
am suffering from anxiety, doctor prefer me to use beta locker tablet for decrease heart rate, depression t...
Meet another doctor near you to review your condition and the medication. But whatever happens, do not self-medicate and stop medication even if you are feeling good because there has to be a sustained dosage for some time to get the brain used to that dosage and to encourage it to produce the same. I also recommend that you go foer counseling to develop new skills and techniques to cope with the daily scourge of life for one with depression.
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Sir hamko raat mai nind nahi aati hai kyonki mai kuch sochta rahta hu or jiske chalte aankh lal rahta hai pleace sir iska koi upay bataye ?

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, obsessive thinking could be the main cause for your lack of sleep. You must be able to distinguish between mental disease and mental disorder. Your problem is a mental disorder. Not a mental disease. Therefore no medicines are required. Mental disorder can be successfully treated with the help of awareness, meditation, psychotherapy techniques, life style changes etc. I think two or three counseling sessions and psycho therapy techniques should solve your problem. Let me know if you are willing to undergo counseling sessions and tailor made psycho therapy through mobile. Take care.
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Dear Doctor, We have a patient of schizophrenia having auditory hallucinations and is under medication from Aiims Delhi. Because she has gained weight as side effects of medication we have been advised to give her Herb garcinia Cambodia You are requested to kindly advise if there is any side effects or interaction with the medication in allopathy. Thanks.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Doctor, We have a patient of schizophrenia having auditory hallucinations and is under medication from Aiims Del...
Dear Rajender, Most of the allopathy doctors know interaction with other allopathic medicines. They know very few interaction with herbs. So far i have not come across any study with the herb garcinia cambodia. You can ask the doctor who prescribed the herb, she/he might have some knowledge. But, there are good treatment available in allopathy itself to reduce weight. 1. Shift her to weight neutral medicines. 2. Life style modification with dietician. 3. Metformin or Topiramate. Please discuss with AIIMS doctors for these treatments.
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Hi, I quit smoking since 40 days but in between had cravings for it and under unavoidable situation I had to smoke one cigarette. So overall I had smoked 5 cigarettes in this 40 days. Can you please help to forget this smoking habit.

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, Tobacco is addictive. Cigarette also contains 4000+ carcinogenic chemicals other than nicotine. The best method is to leave it and continue with your will power. There are other methods like Nicotine Replacement therapy and pharmacotherapy combined. Nicotine chewing gums too help as an alternative for cigarettes. But still you will need will power. You may consult a physician or deaddiction therapist or a rehabilitation facility for further advice. You can also opt for online deaddiction therapy. Take care.
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My mind is in so confused from last three moths. I am in depression what can I do I don't understand.

BHMS
Homeopath,
My mind is in so confused from last three moths. I am in depression what can I do I don't understand.
Dear Lybrate User.....Try Homoeopathic GINSENG 1X tablets (SCHWABE).....take 1 tablet thrice daily in empty stomach
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I am 18 years old student I feel weakness I am not able to learn quickly what to do? I want fast learning.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Take 1 teaspoon each of brahmi and ashwagandha powder in 2 cups of water, boil and reduce it to one cup and drink it daily take 1 tab mentat twice daily...with this qwath..do bhramri pranayam and anulom and vilom pranayam...daily.
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Except fruits , vegetables and non vegetable food . Things which are best for brain sharpness mental and physical health. Show them in a table form our daily servings 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
Dear lybrate user. There should be a combination of fruits, vegetables and some non veg foods along with nuts and cereals to complete the chart. Body gets its required nutrients from a wide variety of food items. Take nuts twice daily to improve your brain functions. Take care.
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I had been drinking alcohol for 30 year .but now I quit my drinking, after 2 month, I lost my apatite, I do not feel hungry, somewhat acidity also occurred, is it withdrwl effect, I completely lost my apatite.

MBBS
General Physician, Chennai
I had been drinking alcohol for 30 year .but now I quit my drinking, after 2 month, I lost my apatite, I do not feel ...
When you give up habits there is bound some changes like this but do not give up try tab liv52 2tabs twice aday tab gasex 2 tabs twice a day after every meal.
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Dear Doctors I am 33 years old working in a bank due to pressure full job situation I am smoking 3 pack of cigarettes daily so please suggest me to quit and I am having red wine (750 ml) in daily night before sleep is drinking wine will help me in smoking problem like attack or cancer etc or shall I stop drinking wine please suggest to quit smoking and plus and minus of drinking wine As I am married before two years only still I didn't planned for baby and we are planning very soon.

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
When you work time. Better to eat chicklets. Eat small tiffins. Middle of the time take some fruits. Eat small meal to reduce tension. Talk with your collegues. Develop friendly nature of work. Better to develop smiling nature in work. Be relaxed after work time with your wife. Do not smoke regularly. Slowly avoid the number of cigarettes. Drinking red wine is good for health. Better to avoid regularly. When mood disturbed that time you take. When you in good mood drink milk avoid wine. Wine is best for weekly once. Saturday night like that plan yourself. Drinking wine is not cause for cancer. Smoking cause for cancer. Avoid smoking slowly. Drink weekly once. So do not think too much about this activities. It will not disturb your family conditions. Better to plan for good baby. Be friendly with your wife and family members and friends. Be sociable. Be friendly. Do not think about too much about the health. It will not give any troubles yor health. Feel always positive it will give good motivation to your life. Ok all the best.
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