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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 want to reduce my weight. I have asthma and I have thyroid. I am going through lot of mental tension and I am working in night shift. Please let me know the medicine.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I want to reduce my weight. I have asthma and I have thyroid. I am going through lot of mental tension and I am worki...
Recheck your thyroid levels. If they are low, you will require increased thyroxine supplementation. Having low thyroid hormones makes weight loss more challenging than usual. Being an asthmatic, heavy exercise is not recommended as it may trigger attacks. However if you are on regular medication and not getting attacks frequently, start some mild form of exercise. Also, modify your diet: increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, salads and reduce processed foods. Weight loss works best when you focus on diet and exercise. Try some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation and yoga; these will help to reduce your stress. Ensure you are getting adequate sleep at night. Spend time with family or friends and confide in those whom you are comfortable. Indulge in any activities or hobbies that you like.
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Recently I am having cough problems. I am a regular smoker. whenever m having a smoke I get a cough. Otherwise I do not.

MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Mr. Lybrate simple signal for lungs may effect please try to stop smoking otherwise your lungs will damage.
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Dear Sir, I have one problem from childhood, Agarr koi cheez (non importance too) mere paas ho to mai use baar baar hath lagata hoo agar locker mebhi rakhu to baar baar dekhta hoo. Kahi mujhse kho na jaaye iss darr se. Aisa hi khyal logo k baare mebhi aata hai. Kahi mujhse door na hojaye death na hojaye. Or iss wajah se mera dill sukun nahi pata. Logo ke beech me baitha bhi rahu to presence mind nahi rehta. Or mujhe neend bhi jald nahi aati. Inn sabb wajah se bahot problem hoti hai mujhe bhi. Please reply.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Dear Sir,
I have one problem from childhood,
Agarr koi cheez (non importance too) mere paas ho to mai use baar baar h...
Hello, Lybrate user, This is compulsive obsessive disorder, you are suffering from. Stress,anxiety ,loss of memory or lack of concentration cause due to irregular life- style, over medication, dementia and other psychological threats ,now a days may cause COD. It ,has been noticed that acidity & indigestion generate some negative feelings to cause stress ,depression due to irregular life style, improper dietary habits, inedequate sleep. * Tk, plenty of water to eliminate toxins and to regulate metabolism to avoid indigestion. *Go for meditation to reduce your stress, anxiety and to nourish nerve to ease your problem, & to inculcate a strong -confident person, restoring your concentration/ memory, enabling U to plan your future with peace of mind abolishing irregular thought.* Ensure sound sleep for at least 7/8 hrs in d night to ease your stress. * Tk, easily digestible simple, diet on time. * Tk, apples,carrots, cheese,milk, papaya,almonds. Walnuts,spinach, regularly * Tk, homoeo medicine, gentle,rapid in action with no adverse effect: @ Five phos 6x-4 tbs, thrice a day with lukewarm water. Avoid, caffeine, nicotine,alcohol, junk food, polluted atmosphere, watching Tv, sitting on computer in d late night. * You will definitely b back to normalcy with flying colours * Report ,fortnightly. Your feedback is solicited, please. Tk care.
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I lost my grandpa last week But still I miss him alot Every thought just Flash through my mind whole day My all concentration breaks down How should I focus on work Please give some suggestion to increase my concentration And I can focus on my studies through that.

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. 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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Hi, I'm 24 years Old, while daily morning mouth wash I have noticed blood since three days in mucus I spate, I smoke 10 sticks a Day but don't drink or do anything other unhealthy stuff, I don't feel any pain in my throat but yes I have itchy throat and a bit cough coz of mucus I guess, what would the problem, is it something serious? Please Please please advise!

Certificate in Basic Course on Diabetes Management, CCEBDM Certificate in Diabetes, MBBS
General Physician, Pune
Hi, I'm 24 years Old, while daily morning mouth wash I have noticed blood since three days in mucus I spate, I smoke ...
The origin of bleed can be from mouth, gums or respiratory tract like wind pipes or lungs. sometimes a bleeding disorder wit a defective blood. All aggravated by smoking. Stop smoking see a dentist first or a physician for clinical examination diagnosis and advie
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Hi I am 22 year old boy my mind is very weak please tel me how to improve my mind to study.

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 don't know why I wonder that I am alone in the world even when I have a big family. And I am afraid of speaking to unknown persons. I have a small business and I want to develop it but when I thinks about. Negative feeling comes. Is that a something like mental disease.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I don't know why I wonder that I am alone in the world even when I have a big family. And I am afraid of speaking to ...
This is not a mental disease but it does seem to cripple you. I am afraid that you may be suffering from the rejection issue wherein you feel unwanted and also abandoned, and suffer separation anxiety. This can complicate your whole life. There must have been some incident in your early childhood that may have provoked this feeling: be it true or not. It is however possible to resolve this by learning to accept yourself and love yourself. The rejection issue will make you feel like you do not belong, although externally there may be all the signs that they do love you. It is your perception based on some incident in childhood that is influencing this feeling. The perception is more important than the actual event. You must do all kinds of loving things for yourself. That includes respecting your life, health and well being. Do not frequent people or places or situations where you are not wanted. You must exercise daily, eat a good diet and sleep well. Your identity is also something to work on. In the meantime, do a personality development course; attend workshops and conferences and talks to further your growth. The more educated you become, the more confidence you will develop. Generally meet more people and gradually learn to dispel all fear around them: they are also sometimes equally afraid of others!
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I do not get words in my mind while speaking, I get stuck and I think fast, and I stammer badly. Suggest me ayurvedic medicine or homeopathic medicine along with pranayama to cure stammering?

Master of Speech Pathology
Speech Therapist, Delhi
Dear sir, please you try to speak slowly when you feel get stuck that time you take a breath and speak. Please you consult with any speech therapist, actually this is habitual problem. Speech therapist can gave some exercise and technique to reduce your problem.
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My symptoms are matching with neurons damage. I am having memory, concentration and focus problems. I am 19. Am I really having my neurons destroying? Also I am addicted to excessive masturbation. Whom should I consult? Are there any home remedies to cure them rapidly?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Having memory/concentration/ focus problems is not necessarily due to neuronal damage; they may occur due to multiple causes. Unless you are abusing substances, having exposure to toxins, or having any neurodegenerative disease, it is less likely that you have neuronal damage at the age of 18. Try some meditation, relaxation techniques or yoga to improve your concentration and reduce your anxiety. Masturbation is natural. However when it begins to take over your entire life and occupies all your time, or prevents you from creating/ maintaining meaningful relationships, it is a significant problem. If the problem is overwhelming, consult a psychiatrist.
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Sometimes I think I can do anything but I sometimes I can't do any thing how to control my self confidence to achieve my goals.

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
Sometimes I think I can do anything but I sometimes I can't do any thing how to control my self confidence to achieve...
Dear lybrate-user. You are right. In some situation you will be able to do anything and in some nothing. Self confidence solely depend on experience. The more experience you have, the more you are confident. Take care.
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I am unable to study properly. When ever I open book I am getting bored. but I want to study. Suggest some tips.

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. 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. I suggest online counseling and" effective learning" techniques. Take care.
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My daughter aged 15 years suffering from constipation. She does not take interest in breakfast. Her physical and mental development is not according age. Pls advice supplement as well as medicine.

M.Phil - Psychology, Master in Psychology, Internship
Psychologist, Lucknow
My daughter aged 15 years suffering from constipation. She does not take interest in breakfast. Her physical and ment...
Common cause of constipation may include lack of proper diet, not enough water or fibre in diet .Healthy diet, Add fruits and vegetables in diet, Do exercise or take a short walk everyday after having a meal, drink enough fluids, try one glass of warm water especially in the morning to prevent constipation problem. If the symptoms of constipation last for more than 2 weeks so you can consult a gastroentrologist .And about her physical and mental development which is not according to age is might be her constipation problem or not take her breakfast or skip breakfast which is essential for our physical as well as intellectual development. All the best and stay healthy!
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My brain didn't work properly. I can't done mathematical problem properly. I can't remember something properly. What I do?

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hi. -Meditate for at least 15 to 30 minutes each day physically changes your brain, making you less anxious, and more rational and empathetic. -Besides increasing your physical strength and flexibility, yoga changes your brain. Research suggests that in addition to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, yoga protects the brain from shrinking with age. -Exercise daily as it would can help offset the cognitive decline brought on by aging and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. -Get enough sleep. On average, adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep each night. When you aren’t getting enough sleep, it affects your brain’s ability to do this, and your memory suffers. -Spend time with people whose company you enjoy, and who make you feel like the best version of you. -laughter can improve short-term memory in older adults. -Cutting down on your use of technology (i.e. sitting in front of your computer, phone, or tablet) for even 30 minutes can improve your brain health and help you think more deeply. Medication: Take homoeopathic medicine for increasing memory - Calcarea Carb. 200 and Anacardium 200/ once daily.
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I am 48 years male suffering from anxiety or fear of sleep from last one month due to severe illness due to typhoid in the month of April so pls advise me what to do.

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 48 years male suffering from anxiety or fear of sleep from last one month due to severe illness due to typhoid i...
Dear lybrate user. Typhus is any of several similar diseases caused by Rickettsia bacteria. typhus is curable and hope you are undergoing treatment. Make sure you understand your doctor and take medicines as prescribed. Take care.
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My age is 16 I having the problem called hair falling. For 2/3 weeks the hair falling problem is showing. I have used an oil. From next day onwards hair is getting filled. For this the hair is very thin. I have to get my hair back. And also I need to stop my hair falling. I am fully depressed. Plzz hlp me.

MD, MBBS
General Physician, Noida
My age is 16
I having the problem called hair falling.
For 2/3 weeks the hair falling problem is showing.
I have used...
For hair-loss:- if it is male type baldness (receding of hairline backwards and central loss of hair)-- it is due to androgen hormone and is familial and has genetic disposition.---- no treatment as anti-androgen can not be given as it may cause familiarization. You may use antiandrogen cream or lotion containing cyproterone acetate or some other antiandrogen. You may also use minoxidil hair oil or cathepsin hair oil. But the results are poor. If patch loss of hair or loss of hair due to fungal infection or dandruff:- take Fluconazole 150 mg once weekly (every sunday) + once weekly shampooing with Selsun shampoo+ + Shampooing by Fluconazole shampoo on other days + local use of cotrimazole lotion Diet: Take high protein diet Don't eat egg as it has avidin which antogonises hair-growth promoting vitamin biotin or take egg with biotin Take green vegetables, salad and fruits Vitamins: TAKE BIOTIN 1/2 TABLET TWICE DAILY FOR 1 YEAR Excess of Vitamin A may cause hairloss while optimal dose increses hair growth.
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I am 20 years old female I am nt able to sleep eat or concentrate since few days feeling depressed and suicidal what to do kindly help.

M.Sc Applied Psychology, Advanced Diploma Child Guidance & Counselling
Psychologist, Delhi
I am 20 years old female I am nt able to sleep eat or concentrate since few days feeling depressed and suicidal what ...
Dear lybrate user if you are getting suicidal thoughts immediately consult a psychologist, it seems you need regular therapy sessions. Please reflect upon the causes of such feelings. Sometimes when our daily routine gets monotonous we do get these feelings. Its important to identify the causes so that we will work upon those reasons and remove them immediately from your life. Try to make a thought journal and when you get negative thoughts you can write in it or share with some loved one.
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I am 28 & I am in love with my cousin who is just 22. I told her that I want to marry you but her answer is neither yes nor No yet. I am unable to disclose this with my family too.Please tell.

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 your emotions. But I fail to understand why you can't tell your parents. Tell your parents to ask that girl for you. Then you will know exactly what is in her mind. Don't confuse yourself when you have a clear cut idea in front of you. Take care.
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Sir, I am 19 yr. Old but I did not have any job. I like my study but my family problem. I cleared +2 with 60% .So what should I do?

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 know your problem and the solution. If you do not have enough qualification, you should do a job which is apt according to your qualification. For a plus two qualified person, you cannot ask for white collar job. I think you need career related guidance. Take care.
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Main kafi dino se depression me hun kafi ilag karbaya lekin koi faida nahin hai please suggest me good advice.

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
Main kafi dino se depression me hun kafi ilag karbaya lekin koi faida nahin hai please suggest me good advice.
Dear lybrate-user, welcome to lybrate. Clinical depression or depressive disorder is a neurochemical disorder. Clinical depression is usually treated with a combination of psychiatric medicines, psychotherapy, life style changes, meditation and exercise. I hope you are undergoing psychiatric treatment, otherwise, please approach a psychiatrist. Once you make the necessary amendments in your life with the help of the above said therapies and life style changes, learn how to manage the depressive episodes without medicines and learn to relax, the medicines can be weaned off over a period of one year. The best option for you is to undergo counseling and depression related therapy. Take care.
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He is daily chewing the manikchand more than 20 and what is solution to discontinue form this habit?

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
Meditation and yoga has amazing result to quit smoking with in week you can contact Nasha mukti kendra from any spiritual organization like Brahma Kumaris, these organization provide their services free of cost
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