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Dr. Shanti Karunakaran

Psychologist, Chennai

Dr. Shanti Karunakaran Psychologist, Chennai
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My favorite part of being a doctor is the opportunity to directly improve the health and wellbeing of my patients and to develop professional and personal relationships with them....more
My favorite part of being a doctor is the opportunity to directly improve the health and wellbeing of my patients and to develop professional and personal relationships with them.
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Dr. Shanti Karunakaran is a popular Psychologist in Nungambakkam, Chennai. You can consult Dr. Shanti Karunakaran at Dhairyam Mental Health Nursing Home Centre in Nungambakkam, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Shanti Karunakaran on Lybrate.com.

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I feel depressed from past few weeks my relation with my family are not at all good I even tried twice to cut my wrist and suicide but it was too hurting that I was not able to go through such pain still I feel like killing my self I do not want to live. Is there any way easy to suicide because each second of my life is becoming miserable and is there any medicine to kill yourself easily?

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I feel depressed from past few weeks my relation with my family are not at all good I even tried twice to cut my wris...
Hi lybrate-user, this is a very wrong platform for asking ways for suicide, we are in medical profession our job is to save lives and help people. Apart from that, I feel there is no stress in life which leads you to suicide there are always option just have the courage to opt for it. Suicide is not solution its inviting more and more trouble. Do one thing consult a psychologist and discuss your stress you will surely be able to deal with the stress in a much better way you can consult me for same. Please do asap, each life is important for us. All the best.
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I am smoking for 3 years now I am suffering from diseases. What I have to do to quit 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, Tobacco is addictive. Cigarette also contains 4000+ carcinogenic chemicals other than nicotine. Smoking can affect your mouth, throat, lungs, heart, stomach and brain in many ways. Cancer is one among the potential diseases smoking can cause. 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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I am , 22 years old but still am not behave like matured to my age. Low memory power, absence of mind, no concentration on anything. No responsibility at all.

BHARAT JYOTI, MRACGP, INCEPTOR, MD-PhD, MD - Psychiatry, FIPS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
It is normal. Try to organize your life. Be serious with issues. You practise concentrating / getup early and study and do some relaxation and start the day with positive affirmation and thinking and remembering you have a goal in life. Do some physical exercise like yoa or walking and concentration. Dedicate yourself to some cause.
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I couldn't concentrate on study these days. What could be its proper treatment? Pls suggest.

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, welcome to lybrate. You must be able to understand concentration, attention span, recollection and distraction. If you are able to watch a movie for two hours continuously, if you are able to play a game for an hour, then you do not have any concentration problems. You can't be attentive towards your studies because you are not interested in it. You are able to watch movie and play game because you are interested in it. Human cannot be attentive towards anything for more than 10 minutes. If the task is boring, it is natural that that person will sleep or feel sleepy. Then you should study in such a way that your attention is continued and make the subjects are interesting to you. Effective learning techniques should help you. Recollection depends on anxiety, stress and other physical and circumstantial factors. Distractions while studying are plentiful. You should be able to overcome distractions or avoid distractions. Please understand the above. Change your study style and attitude accordingly.
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I have stress and pressure due to this my weight is getting loss and heavy headache regularly. My age is 51.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I have stress and pressure due to this my weight is getting loss and heavy headache regularly. My age is 51.
Because of your age I am assuming a lot of your stress is work related. The stress that you feel is not dependent on the stressor: It is entirely dependent on your perception of stress. Change your perception, there is no stress: it’s like looking at a glass half full or half empty. Life is difficult no doubt, as a general rule, but what we do adds to the stress in our response. We add to the stress of life instead of reducing it or learning to deal with it. Many of us follow a policy of avoidance. We cannot do that all of our lives. So the first thing to do is to change your perception. For example, look at it as a challenge that you would like to meet with a positive outlook. See everything as a gift from God to perform as though you are doing it for Him. God never gives us work to do beyond our capacity. Build a good constitution mentally, emotionally and physically to combat stress. Eat healthily, sleep well, and exercise regularly. Talk about your emotions regularly to a good friend every day. I suspect that anger is a good part of yoru emotional problem. Learn stress management techniques, which is all about expressing your feelings in appropriate ways. Do Yoga and meditation. Pray every day to God to give you the strength, and offer your work as a prayer to Him – you will give your best and you will feel so satisfied when you do it well. At work you must learn to delegate much or some of your work to subordinates. If you do not trust, you will find it difficult to delegate. You need to examine if your work is too stressful for various reasons. It is the one place you will be spending the greatest part of your awake life, more than even with your family! This being the case any stress there can take a severe toll: the stress in the work is mostly related to relationships. We are always into relationships and you need to find a very amicable way to interact with people. You cannot avoid people all your life: no man is an island! If it is people related, you will need to examine whether you are the cause or others the cause. If it has to do with workload, then you will need to discuss that with your colleagues first and if they think you are justified, then you will have to take it to the immediate boss. If it is injustice in the work spot, you will need to discuss it with the HR department. If you feel that you are doing more than you can manage or are qualified for, again you can consult the HR department. If you are emotionally distraught, then there may be some work for you to do with a counselor. This is where stress is mostly felt. When you do not express feelings you will land up with stress. Check what feelings you are not dealing with and then tackle that to find relief which is a permanent solution. To resolve it you need to deal with the unexpressed feelings which may have become a habit from childhood. Meet with a counselor and that person will help you process your feelings and find ways to express them once and for all and give you permanent relief. You will see an immediate change for the better.
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I am married and have a child of 12 years however the sex in my life is insignificant not due to my side. My wife works abroad from past 7 years and she claims she does not like sex. When do I take it as a mental issue and tell her to consult a doctor or just leave her and continue with my life. Please advice

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I am married and have a child of 12 years however the sex in my life is insignificant not due to my side. My wife wor...
Hi Mr. If she doesn't have any urge to have sex she can use some supplements consult a psychiatrist and psychologist for psychotherapy. If she is willing, if not then you will have no choice but to continue with life. It's not mental issue but a bodily issue may be, if there is no arousal at all.
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I am so much addicted to smoking how can I stop this habit by replacing with some healthy instead.

MBA (Healthcare), Ph. D - Psychology, M.Sc - Applied Psychology, MS Psychology, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT), Diploma in Psychological Medicine
Psychologist, Jhunjhunu
Drink juice, more pure water, curd, ghee, chhachh, lassi. Delay in using next smoking pipe, do not expect to stress self. Enjoy life, lower stress level.
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Hi, I am a Medical Coder so I know the risk factor so you can consult me as it is ,I have found these below mentioned things by my complete master check up, I am not taking any meds, and I am feeling chest discomfort ,chest pain, chest tightness occasionally, bp level 160/90, recently my mom got cva so I get suffered I think bu that reason I got high bp and some times I get anxious please help me give me suggestion.

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 am a Medical Coder so I know the risk factor so you can consult me as it is ,I have found these below mentioned...
Dear lybrate user. I can understand. From the given symptoms it seems that you have mild anxiety neurosis and stress disorder which might have resulted from the stress.
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Hello Sir, how can I concentrate on something? Is there any yoga for increasing concentration?

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
To concentrate on something at your age you needs to------------ 1. Have a positive approach towards life--------------------- 2. Finds pleasure in what you are doing-------------------- 3. Have a strong mind --------------- and for this do not take help of medicines but bramari pranayam is the answer------------------------ bramari pranayam or bee breath -------------------------------1. Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. ---------------------------------2. Place your thumbs in your ears, your index fingers above your eyebrows, and your remaining along the sides of your nose. Keep each pinky finger near a nostril.------------------------------------- 3. Breath in deeply through the nose. First, feel the diaphragm move down, allowing the lungs to expand and forcing the abdomen out; then feel your chest expand with your collar bones rising last.------------------------------4. Use your pinkies to partially close each nostril. Keep your lungs filled.------------------------------------5. Breathe out through the nose while humming. Note that the humming sound should originate in your throat, not as a result of your partially-blocked nostrils.------------------------------------- 6. Repeat twenty times. Starting from 5 times--------------------- homoeopathic medicine--------------------------- bren-up syrup (allen) drink 2 spoon twice daily.
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I am student studying 11 th standard tell me that when to sleep and get up earlier can I use these phones in 11th and 12th standard to get good marks.

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General Physician, Chandigarh
I am student studying 11 th standard tell me that when to sleep and get up earlier can I use these phones in 11th and...
You should take atleast 7to 8 hrs sleep in the night get up early say around 5 or 6 am and sleep around 10 pm that will be the best time for you study as much as you can in the mornings as that is the the time when your mind is fresh concentrate on your studies best of luck.
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Doctor my final exams are coming my concentration power is low how can I make concentration on my studies tell me solution.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
10 Study Tips to Improve Your Learning Study Tip 1: Underlining Underlining is one of the simplest and best known study tips. It’s easy to highlight the most significant parts of what you’re reading. One key sentence per paragraph and a few important phrases here and there. You can only retain a certain amount so it’s best to retain the most important information. Study Tip 2: Make your own note and taking notes is one of the most widespread study skills out there. Essentially the aim of note-taking is to summarise lectures or articles in your own words so you can easily remember the ideas. Study Tip 3: Mind mapping A good Mind map can save you many hours of study and further consolidate your knowledge for your exams. Mind Maps are an extremely versatile tools. They can be used for brainstorming, outlining essays or study topics and for general exam preparation, ExamTime offers the ability to create Mind Maps quickly and easily which makes them the ideal tool when it comes to exams. Study Tip 4: Flash cards:- Using these are a particularly effective method of learning when trying to assimilate different facts, dates, formulas or vocabulary. Subjects such as History, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography or any language are made much easier if you incorporate Flashcards in to your study. Study Tip 5: Case Studies Sometimes it can be difficult to grasp the implications of some theories. This is where studying case studies can be a big help. Case studies can help you visualise a theory and place it in a more familiar and realistic context. This is especially useful in business or law subjects. Study Tip 6: Quizzes are an excellent way to review study notes in the weeks and days before an exam. Quizzes can show where your strengths and weaknesses are, so it allows you to focus your efforts more precisely. Moreover, if you share your Study Quiz with your classmates and test each other as much as possible you can discover even more details and areas you may have overlooked. So before any exam, make sure you create and share a bunch of different Quizzes with your Friends. Study Tip 7: Brainstorming This is another study technique that is ideal for studying with friends and/or classmates. Brainstorming is a great way to expand every possible idea out of any topic. Just get a bunch of friends together and shoot the breeze, there are no wrong answers when brainstorming – just talk and capture the ideas, you can review afterward. Study Tip 8: Mnemonic Rules Mnemonics are especially useful when memorising lists and sets. Mnemonics rules basically work by associating certain concepts with other concepts that are more familiar to us. There are many different ways to make mnemonics and these can be individual to the person. Study Tip 9: ORGANISE your study One of the most effective study skills is also one of the most often overlooked; this is organising your study. Creating a TIME TABLE gives you goals and a time in which to achieve them. Having a study timetable as you study is greatly motivational Study Tip 10: Drawing Many people find it easier to recall images rather than text that is why they are better able to memorise concepts if they associate them with pictures or drawings. If you find answer helpful please click on “helpful” tab for knowing my efforts are useful.
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I am 22 year old. I am having problem with my concentration power. I am loosing it very forcely. Please give me some remedy.

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 understand concentration, attention span, recollection and distraction. If you are able to watch a movie for two hours continuously, if you are able to play a game for an hour, then you do not have any concentration problems. You can't be attentive towards your studies because you are not interested in it. You are able to watch movie and play game because you are interested in it. Human cannot be attentive towards anything for more than 10 minutes. Then you should study in such a way that your attention is continued and make the subjects are interesting to you. Effective learning techniques should help you. Recollection depends on anxiety, stress and other physical and circumstantial factors. Distractions while studying are plentiful. You should be able to overcome distractions or avoid distractions. Please understand the above. Change your study style and attitude accordingly. Please post a private question to me and I will help you with" effective learning" techniques. Please quit smoking. Take care.
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I lost interest in everything either it is about food, hobby, life,living style. I constantly asked a question from myself that why I am alive?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Pune
I lost interest in everything either it is about food, hobby, life,living style.
I constantly asked a question from m...
Eat cow ghee drink cow milk eat satwik home food Pranayam is very beneficial Long deep breathing is also beneficial for mind thinking.
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I always feel tired and want to sleep, always feel depressed not happy with present achievement no one acknowledge my work neither iam satisfied with my work, even though I keep myself busy, working as a teacher in well known school, at a good post, but morning itself want to run away from everything, but cannon think of leaving job and staying in home, I like to be bay with work.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are certainly into a depression. You could be in an anger related and this emotion, if not expressed turns inward causing the depression. Anger is energy and when this turns against you, it stifles the natural energy to make you feel tired, dull, listless and lethargic. If someone irritates you even slightly, you can easily flare-up. Then the vicious circle is for you to feel guilty and get angrier with yourself: more the depression. You have to get along with people especially in a profession like teaching! You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, and 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, eat more of proteins and vegetables, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch a lot of 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 scotching heat. I hope you can find someone to love and be loved too. Whatever happens please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three things, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings. The bottom line is to deal with the anger. Do visit a counselor to help you and on that person’s recommendation you may visit a doctor too.
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I am 32 years male and is being diagnosed as panic disorder previously doctors diagnose it to be GAD but now they diagnosed it to be panic disorder and I have been on paroxetine since 11 years with varying doses. I was so upset by the psychiatrist that now I shifted to neurophysician and he gave me zaptra 25 and vilazodone 20 mg both once a day abd clonafit beta. But still panic attacks occur. Is there is any cure for this disease and will I get rid of these medications. 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 am 32 years male and is being diagnosed as panic disorder previously doctors diagnose it to be GAD but now they dia...
Dear, welcome to lybrate. Panic disorder always happens due to underlying anxiety disorder. We need to treat the anxiety disorder and the anxiety causing agents. 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 and you can stop the medicines if any. Panic attacks also will come down and stop completely. The process could take some time according to the depth of the problem and the circumstances at which the patient lives. Take care.
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I can't remember anything for long time My memory is looking not working so what I do?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Memory can be trained to some extent if you practise . Research-based strategies to boost your memory and keep it strong 7 Strategies for Remembering 1. Become interested in what you're learning. We're all better remembering what interests us. Few people, for example, have a difficult time remembering the names of people they find attractive. If you're not intrinsically interested in what you're learning or trying to remember, you must find a way to become so. 2. Find a way to leverage your visual memory. You'll be surprised by how much more this will enable you to remember. For example, imagine you're at a party and are introduced to five people in quick succession. How can you quickly memorize their names? Pick out a single defining visual characteristic of each person and connect it to a visual representation of their name, preferably through an action of some kind. Remember: Memory is predominantly visual. 3. Create a mental memory tree. If you're trying to memorize a large number of facts, find a way to relate them in your mind visually with a memory tree. Construct big branches first, then leaves. Branches and leaves should carry labels that are personally meaningful to you in some way, and the organization of the facts ("leaves") should be logical.. 4. Associate what you're trying to learn with what you already know. It seems the more mental connections we have to a piece of information, the more successful we'll be in remembering it. This is why using mnemonics. Write out the items to be memorized over and over and over. 5. When reading for retention, summarize each paragraph in the margin. This requires you to think about what you're reading, recycle it, and teach it to yourself again. Even take the concepts you're learning and reason forward with them; apply them to imagined novel situations, which creates more neural connections to reinforce the memory. 6. Do most of your studying in the afternoon. Though you may identify yourself as a "morning person" or "evening person" at least one Study. suggests your ability to memorize isn't influenced as much by what time of day you perceive yourself to be most alert but by the time of day you actually study—afternoon appearing to be the best. 7. Get adequate sleep to consolidate and retain memories. Not just at night after you've studied but the day, you study as well. Far better to do this than to stay up cramming all night for an exam.
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My wife is 26 years old. Her father died 11 years ago by a truck accident. She loved her father very much. After died she highly shocked. About 2 years to get recover from the shock. But till now she has fear of dead body, accident, burning ghat. Any time when she saw the dead body or hears such a sound Bolo hori Hori Bol', she about to get senseless, even 2 times I saw that after since back she not remembering any thing for hours she back go to her childhood. Please help me to recover the problem.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
My wife is 26 years old. Her father died 11 years ago by a truck accident. She loved her father very much. After died...
She has obviously been traumatized by, not only the sudden death of her father, but the manner of his death. Girls are normally close to their fathers and so this has had a great impact on her. I do not believe that she has genuinely or completely resolved his death. She has to go through some grieving therapy and so it is advised that you take her to a counselor to take care of that. Once she takes care of the grief and perhaps some anger too, she will return to normal pretty soon. You, as her husband, must be very empathetic and understanding and give her all the support you can to help her process this grief. She has to be encouraged to talk and express all the feelings and memories to completely deal with the issue.
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I am 23 years male. My hairs are getting thin mostly from the front of my head also they don't grow after some length. My diet is very good still I am having hair thinning problem and my stress level is also low.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I am 23 years male. My hairs are getting thin mostly from the front of my head also they don't grow after some length...
Get your hair loss evaluated by an expert dermatologist. They will advise truthfully and practically.
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