Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Dr. Shanti Karunakaran

Psychiatrist, Chennai

Dr. Shanti Karunakaran Psychiatrist, Chennai
Submit Feedback
Report Issue
Get Help
Feed
Services

Personal Statement

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.
More about Dr. Shanti Karunakaran
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.

Lybrate.com has an excellent community of Psychiatrists in India. You will find Psychiatrists with more than 43 years of experience on Lybrate.com. You can find Psychiatrists online in Chennai and from across India. View the profile of medical specialists and their reviews from other patients to make an informed decision.

Info

Specialty
Languages spoken
English

Location

Book Clinic Appointment

Prashanth Multispeciality Hospitals

No.77, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Landmark: Near Madras Christian School, ChennaiChennai Get Directions
...more
View All

Consult Online

Text Consult
Send multiple messages/attachments
7 days validity
Consult Now

Services

View All Services

Submit Feedback

Submit a review for Dr. Shanti Karunakaran

Your feedback matters!
Write a Review

Feed

Nothing posted by this doctor yet. Here are some posts by similar doctors.

I'm 19 years old, and even though I don't feel nervous or fear or any other emotions, than why do my hands tremble?

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. For social anxiety disorder, hand shaking is enough. There may not be any other symptoms like nervousness or fear. Social anxiety disorder treatment consists of cognitive behavioral therapy, life style changes, relaxation therapy and meditation. Once you learn how to manage your anxiety yourself with the help of the above treatment methods, you will be cured. The process could take some time according to the depth of the problem and the circumstances at which the patient lives. Take care.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am suffering from anxiety was feeling palpitations heart burn stomach problem. Scaring.deathfobia. Because of Lybrate I consult psychiatrist. He gave me some antidprsnt tablets like Mirtee etc etc. I am fine now my mind is diverted mood is changed but with that medicine I feel like I am reading like world is rounding clockwise. Even I am using half tablets.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Common Common side effects are below. Ou discuss iwth the docotor to change medicine Nausea, Nightmare, Nocturia (increased urge to urinate during the night), Excessive thirst, Abdominal pain, Agitation, Anxiety, Back pain, Carelessness, Chills, Confusion, Constipation, Convulsion, Decreased blood pressure, Decreased sexual function, Depersonalisation (feelings of being outside the body), Dizziness, Fainting on standing, Dizziness on standing, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Pain during periods, Shortness of breath, Excitement, Fever, Increased sensitivity to touch, Increased appetite, Mood changes, Mood swings, Mouth ulcer, Muscle pain, Rash, Sore throat, Swelling, Thought abnormality, Tremor, Trembling, Vertigo, Auditory hallucination, Visual hallucination, Vomiting, Weight loss, Weight gain.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Sir I have a habit of chewing tobacco twice a day but I am taking psychiatric medicines. Will it affect my health? Will it lead to complications. Thing is I feel relief of anxiety due to some tobacco in my mouth. Is it OK? please give an advice on it.

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. Chewing tobaccomcan cause mouth and throat cancer. Please quit the habit. Though it may not interfere with anxiety medicines, it is not good for your overall health. Take care.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

From child hood onwards I never live in hostel after 10th my parents put me in hostel I was not able to adjust with the hostel environment. The food and rooms are very good but some feeling arise in my mind it kills me until I came out of the hostel it do not leave. It feels like very difficult to live and fear .so I returned home and did my intermediate in my village. Later for short term course (40 days) I myself asked my parents to join in hostel to crack eamcet exam even then I feel the same feeling I can not live one day even I returned to home the next day itself. So again I did my b.tech in a small engineering college near my village (daily service just 4 kms away frm house) From 3rd year onwards I started thinking of carrier and took GATE coaching weekend batches in vijayawada (which is 35 kms apart from my village) I thought I am matured as I did my b.tech and I am a 22 years old. As I got admission in amrita university coimbatore which is 1000 kms apart from our village I prepared everything and happily joined in college but I feel the same feeling which I felt in intermediate .again I returned to home I am not able to stay in hostel in my life like others my parents are worrying about me Some times I am thinking that my life is waste I can not do anything so better commit suicide. All my friends are staying out and no one is in my village .even then I am fearing to go out .please tell me is there any solution for this problem. Please help me.

psychologist
Psychologist, Delhi
Dear lybrate-user It happens with many students and this condition is called Homesickness. Homesickness like any other vaguely communicable disease won't go away over night but it does't mean that it can not go away what it requires is your determination. Consider few things practically-- from here if you will leave the college and will do job then also same thing will happen as you have done your B.tech it is less possible to get proper job and growth near your village, you cannot run from this situation again and again ,someday you have to face this situation. I am suggesting you few things try to this-- 1.Try to make some good friends. 2.As per many studies on Homesickness those individual who have girlfriend or boyfriend overcome from homesickness easily ,so you can try this also. 3.Involve yourself in some activities or join any hobby class although in starting you will feel that you are not getting enough time for studies but it will help you in adjustment once you will adjust then you would be able to study more effectively. 4.you can plan some short trips with your friend. 5.Share your feeling with any close friend. 6.Try to avoid social contact for few days as it will divert your mind from hometown's environment ,once you will adjust you can contact them. 7.you can take help of any counsellor. Good luck.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I have a very bad habit of smoking. So can you tell me how can I able to left this bad habit of smoking?

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hi. Take homoeopathic medicine which will help you to get rid of your habit of smoking. Schwabe's Daphne Indica/ thrice daily for a month. After a month, report back to me.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I get angry easily n get frustrated n some time I feel alone as if no one wants me and no one wants me. I can not express my feelings.

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, Anger and aggression are emotions. Anger comes when you become irritated. Irritation happens when you don't like something, or when something is repeated. As anger is an emotion, it should be vent out. You should be able to throw anger out instead of controlling it. But more perfect will be, know the frustrating situations and stop being emotional. If practiced properly, you will not get irritated at those circumstances at all. Those techniques are much easier to understand. Take care.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I have a girl whom I give too much priority but that girl doesn't give me same priority back she is more attached to her family .I get depressed .what to do.

B.A PSYCHOLOGY HONOURS, M.A PSYCHOLOGY, M.Phil - Psychology, PhD PSYCHOLOGY
Psychologist, Delhi
You have yourself diagnosed your problem! when you give too much priority to someone else, it is at the expense of your own self--you are not getting it back as you would want or deserve from your friend. This means, you are giving more than what you are getting. So, definitely, it will hurt. Please, for your sake, raise our own position i. E. You come first and then your friend. Give in a relationship that much where it is equal or atleast returned. Protect yourself from hurt by giving less in such a relationship. You will feel relieved and much better. Create some space for self and focus on your career.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

My close Friend got a heart attack from that day I am getting fear that for me to get that act in night time I will get that feeling more please help me.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You have weak ego boundaries to so easily identify with your friend's heart attack. As long as you are living a good and healthy lifestyle, you need not fear. So be rational and detach from your friend's issues. In fact, if you look at his lifestyle you would have noticed a lot of contributors that ha had indulged in and has paid the price. So if you maintain a good diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and emotional fitness, you cannot (I repeat, you cannot) get a heart attack. Be positive and cultivate good spirituality to keep calm and confident.
5 people found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Need help for stop alcohol suffering form depression also start drinking in 2001 take baclofen go to aa meetings but not benefits.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Only strong will power, determination, attending AA meetings and diverting mind when tempted will help you stop alcohol or may need professional help from a psychiatrist or de addiction centre. Try to do meditation and yoga. Read good books and listen to music and if you are believer attend Bhajans Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers. When you drink alcohol, cancer-causing chemicals are formed. Alcohol also affects hormone levels and makes cells even more likely to be damaged by smoking. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer. No type of alcohol is better or worse than another, it is the alcohol itself that leads to the damage, regardless of whether it is in wine, beer or spirits. And drinking and smoking together are even worse for you. Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer. But on the whole, scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others. Every year, alcohol causes 4% of cancers .Tips to cut down on alcohol. There are lots of simple ways to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink. It can help to work out if there are particular times or situations when you tend to have a drink, whether that’s a bad day at work or a weekly pub quiz tradition, and plan what you’ll say and do differently next time. Have more alcohol-free days a week. For liver health it’s best to have at least 2 days off alcohol in a row each week. Try agreeing on certain days with your partner or a friend and help each some wi other and stick to it. If you are planning to drink alcohol, decide on a limit in advance and make sure you don’t go over it. Swap every other alcoholic drink for a soft one – starting with your first drink. Try shandy instead of a pint of beer, or swap ne for soda and have a spritzer. Don’t stock up on beer, wine or spirits at home. Finish one drink before pouring another, because topping up drinks makes it harder to keep track of how much you’ve had and when you planned to stop. Avoid buying drinks in rounds, that way you don’t have to keep pace with anyone. Tell a friend or partner that you’re cutting down on alcohol, they can support you – or even join you.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE JUST UPSET OR SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION

Post graduate in counselling psychology
Psychologist,
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE JUST UPSET OR SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION
Sooner or later, everyone passes through sadness, loneliness or grief, when the person goes through a difficult phase of life. Most of the time the person continues to function, knowing in time they will feel better and things would be fine. But what if the feelings of ‪#‎sadness‬ linger on, interferes with work, sleep, relationships?

How do know ON TIME that you are suffering more than sadness? Psychologist Shivani Misri Sadhoo shares some ‪#‎early‬ ‪#‎signs‬ of ‪#‎depression‬:-

1. YOUR ‪#‎BODY‬ ‪#‎WEIGHT‬ ‪#‎CHANGES‬. When you witness a significant weight loss or weight gain —a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.

2. YOUR ‪#‎FEELING‬ OF ‪#‎HELPLESSNESS‬ & ‪#‎HOPELESSNESS‬ CONTINUES: When your feeling of helplessness and hopelessness continues for a longer period of time and no matter how hard you try (outing, reading, eating) it comes back. It’s a sign that you should immediately check with a ‪#‎counselling‬ ‪#‎psychologist‬ or a ‪#‎mental‬ ‪#‎health‬ ‪#‎expert‬.

Read here: http://bit.ly/cure-depression-delhi
24 people found this helpful

M. Phil Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Hyderabad

Fight for the relationship not against your partner
Don't don't suppress feelings. Every marriage has its ups and downs. One must learn to accept that there will be times when ideas of partners collide to create negative emotions. You will need to be calm and express yourself. It is very important to express your emotions.
Unspoken assumptions and hidden meanings lead to greater misunderstandings. Clear things within a reasonable time span. Do not wait for the new year to sort things out.
Intimacy cannot be ascertained by frequency of sex. A gentle caress, holding of hands or a mere eye contact can be sensual too.
Instead of spewing anger at your partner after a fight, sleep over it. You may want to express in a toned down manner the next day. How you say things can be more damaging than what you actually say.
Actions speak louder than words at times. In case you cannot get yourself to say sorry to your spouse, you can say it by actions. Something as simple as putting on your spouse's favorite music or slipping in a piece of chocolate into his/her bag can send the right message.
It's very essential to move on. Do not hang on to grudges or bring a controversial matter again after you've buried the hatchet.
Please give your partner space. If your partner needs to be left alone for a while, you must respect that.
Never speak ill about your partner's family. If your partner is frustrated with his/her parents, just lend a patient ear. Do not add comments that show his/her parents in bad light.
Your partner can be a great companion. Empathy and communication are very essential for a happy marriage.
23 people found this helpful

My problem wert big please solutions a soon as possible body pain contents Planet reply.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hi, dear lybrate user, *certain queries needed-u feel pain in rest or when you are mobile, how do you feel in d night in bed? till your reports r received, take *, homoeo-medicine* @ arnica mont 1000-6 pills, wkly. @ macrotinum 30-6 pills, thrice a day. Reportwithin a wk, your reports, may modify your medication, further.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

When I get some nervous my body stars shaking too much and then I can't do any work rightly. Please advise.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Practice yoga and meditation. Although you could technically consider yoga your daily exercise, practicing the deep stretches and slow body movements will help you to clear your mind. Meditating - clearing your mind - while practicing gentle yoga will give double the relaxation effect to ease your stress. Use guided imagery to imagine a place that makes you feel at peace. Imagine somewhere that you feel happy; focus on the details to fully remove your mind from the present. Do yoga alone or in a group setting to help you learn new poses. As you advance in your yoga, you will be able to form complex stretches that force you to focus and take your mind off your stress. Practice deep relaxation by doing progressive muscle relaxation. This is when you work through your body by tensing your muscles, holding the tension for ten seconds, and then releasing it. This will soften and relieve all the muscles in your body.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Dr. I am 32 years male. I just wanted to quit pan masala. My friend told me to take acomprol. Just before 20 days I have taken 3 acomprol tabs. Last 3 days I am felling uneven heart beat, my face colour become changed into red, felling some one hammering over my head. I am in serous problem please help me out. I drink once in a week last Saturday and sunday taken just 30 ml alcohol after 2 minutes those abnormal things happened. I do not what to do.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Acomprol should never be taken with alcohol and must be prescribed by a doctor. You are playing dangerously by taking this medication without doctor's prescription and monitoring. Chewing tobacco is really harmful especially because it is known to cause oral cancer and oral submucous fibrosis (SMF). Since it is an oral habit there are many substitutes that can be used to replace the oral stimulation. Of course, since it is a stimulant you cannot get the same effect and that is worth the loss to give up this very addictive habit. A dense fibrous tissue is deposited in the submucosal layer of the soft palate and cheek, causing disabling symptoms like trismus. It contains betel nuts, tobacco, lime, catechu and permitted spices and flavors. The first four substances damage the sensitive mucosa, causing constant irritation and micro trauma to the mucosa. Chemicals present act as a toxin. The phenol in the betel nut, with its caustic burning effect, destroys the mucosa, causing oral ulcers. The betel nut also contains tannins, which act as astringents, precipitating protein and damaging the mucosa. Altogether, this substance is known to be physiologically addictive. You can use replacements like nicotine chewing gum (if you want the stimulant effect, especially in the beginning) or ordinary chewing gum, hard candy and any other orally satiating substance, especially when the urge is very strong. You would have got conditioned to the habit to different times of the day and different situations. You must particularly avoid those occasions and occupy yourself with something else attractive. You should get regular exercise, eat healthily, and get a good night’s rest every day. Visit a dentist and clean up your teeth and gums to wipe out all the reminders and damages of the habit. You may also get a thorough oral check up and treatment for any damages incurred. If he is unable to give it up on his own, he needs to be admitted into a rehabilitation center nearby until he is completely out of it. They will have him deal with all other issues also and so his anger outbursts will also get attention. The anger may or may not have anything to do with the addiction but still it is better he deals with it in the course of his therapy.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

My question is when I AM IN Period time SO I AM VERY anger & HIT FAMILY MEMBER & throw it all & my problem is last 15 year SO any solution ya tablets.

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Psychologist,
You seem to be going through hormonal imbalance due to which anger is more. Firstly, please see a gynaecologist for a check up and then meet a counsellor for anger management because I sense that you are having some stress and tension in your life which you are trying to manage by showing your anger. This might solve the problem initially or put it away for some time but in the longer run, you are damaging your own self esteem and close relationships. You will benefit from learning more amicableways of talking and putting across your points so that you don hurt other members. Counting upto 10 before talking generally helps to contain anger. Thinking about whether is it with fighting and spoiling my mood will help yu decide how important this matter to you is. Going away from the situation, cooling down by deep breathing and going through your reasons for getting angry. Before periods, please reduce junk food to the minimum. Exercise everyday so that you are feeling good about yourself and burnt off excess energy.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am suffering from chest pain like middle poking and chest anxiety and below the arm and coughing regularly about 2 years.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Hi lybrate-user, If you have got all your tests done, and everything came out to be normal you are suffering from Anxiety disorder. Start with medication of Anxiety. It might help you to know that anxious people tend to breathe in faulty ways, hence the emphasis on breathing exercises as part of relaxation exercises. Examples of faulty breathing include mouth breathing, sighing and hyperventilating. This can cause chest discomfort, because it not only strains the accessory muscles (those between the ribs and at the top of the ribcage, between the shoulders and the neck), but also can irritate the cartilage between the ribs. Either of these things (or both together) can cause localized chest pain and tenderness as well as" crushing" “stabbing” or" stitches" - painful muscle spasms in the chest wall. The next time you get this chest pain, notice how you are breathing. If your breathing is faulty as described above, then close your mouth and breathe through your nose. Combine this with a mild analgesic such as Paracetamol and relaxation exercises or a relaxation CD. If you can tolerate a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine such as Ibuprofen, this will also help. Hopefully this will allow the muscles to rest and relax so that you experience much less discomfort in your chest or none at all. Remember that muscle spasm is very painful, and as you have had anxiety for some time it isn't surprising that your chest and neck muscles are affected. The other thing with breathing is to try shifting your focus to your belly. Remember that it's your diaphragm moving down, not your ribs moving out, that facilitates breathing. Your diaphragm moves, pulling air into your lungs, which expands your ribcage. Place your hands lightly on your belly and feel it move up and down. You can even expand your belly muscles as if to breathe down there. Let your ribs do what they like – just try not to think about them (easier said than done, I know). This sort of breathing is taught in yoga and can be very helpful. Please consult a psychologist for psychotherapy and anxiety management.
2 people found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

I am addicted to chewing tobacco as well as smoking cigarettes. I cannot open my mouth fully. Please tell what exercises can I do. Now I do not use chewing tobacco. Sometimes I smoke.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Nicotine is the active ingredient in cigarette and chewable tobacco. But there are hundreds of other carcinogens and psycho-active substances and they are highly dangerous to the physical and psychological health a person. People can smoke as unhealthy way of coping stress, part of nicotine withdrawal, to overcome short term depression and anxiety (which it worsens over a longer term). To overcome this the withdrawal needs to be addressed and anti craving medications started and comorbid anxiety, etc like psychological and constipation, etc like physical symptoms needs to be treated. So you kindly consult a psychiatrist to stop smoking. All the best.
2 people found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

One of my friend is addicted to smoking. He is trying hardly to quit smoking but he is nt able to do it. So I just want to know what are the simplest things he can do to quit smoking.

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
Take sauna bath for 5 days. This is because it helps to release the nicotine along with the perspiration that happens during taking it. So the craving for smoking is reduced. Later, inform me after 2 weeks the changes.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Hello all Dr. I am suffering from depression. Taking medicines. I want my life .Will I get Dr. I am crying right now .I love one girl. I want to spend time with her. When I'll get my life.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Have some patience. We all go through break ups and tough time. Time is the biggest healer you get yourself busy and distracted and do not lose hope. You are young lot of girls will come and go in your life do not tie your life and existence with one girl. You will definitely improve. Apart from medication I advise you to take psychotherapy from psychologist. You can consult me for same all the best.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback
View All Feed