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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 am a student. Before two three years whatever I was trying to memorize that was easy for me, but now a days I became absent minded. Whenever I try to read and open a book my mind is absent. Means physically I am present and reading a book but mentally absent. Please help me out! What should I do?

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I am a student. Before two three years whatever I was trying to memorize that was easy for me, but now a days I becam...
Hi lybrate-user, you need few lifestyle changes, do the following and include in your schedule: exercise regularly. Targeted exercise goes a long way toward freeing your body of stress hormones and increasing your endorphin levels - responsible for feelings of happiness. Carve out time during your busy day to exercise to both keep your body healthy and as a natural outlet for your stress. You should notice the difference get enough sleep. Give your body the sleep it wants, and your stress levels will take a nosedive. Sleep is a mechanism by which your body recuperates and restores its energy reserves. If you're not getting enough sleep, your body will use stress to keep you active and alert in the absence of stored energy. Most adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Young children and older adults need more, about 9-10 hours of sleep per night. Eat properly. Your body needs to be healthy, strong, happy and properly fueled to help you tackle stress. Like it or not, stress is a bodily reaction to anything that disturbs its natural state, meaning that your body can have a profound effect on producing and relieving stress. Water has been shown to relieve stress. That's because a dehydrated body creates cortisol, a stress hormone. An under-hydrated body creates stress to motivate the owner of the body to properly care for him/herself. Start decreasing caffeine and alcohol intake. In some cases, alcohol intake increases stress response in humans while being linked to substance dependency, a stressful condition itself. Caffeine is also responsible for raising stress levels, especially at work, so try to stick to water as a general rule. Eat a healthy breakfast and healthy snacks during the day. It is better to eat several smaller meals throughout the day than to consume three large meals. For a healthy stress-free diet, consume more complex carbohydrates such as whole-grain breads and pasta, foods high in vitamin a such as oranges, foods high in magnesium like spinach, soybeans or salmon, and black and green tea, which contain antioxidants. 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. Do the following exercise for improving concentration: exercise 1: sitting still in a chair sit in a comfortable chair and see how still you can keep. This is not as easy as it seems. You will have to center your attention on sitting still. Watch and see that you are not making any involuntary muscular movements. By a little practice you will find you are able to sit still without a movement of the muscles for fifteen minutes. At first I advise sitting in a relaxed position for five minutes. After you are able to keep perfectly still, increase the time to ten minutes and then to fifteen. This is as long as it is necessary. But never strain yourself to keep still. You must be relaxed completely. You will find this habit of relaxing is very good. Exercise 2: fix gaze on fingers sit in a chair with your head up and your chin out, shoulders back. Raise your right arm until it is on the level with your shoulder, pointing to your right. Look around, with head only, and fix your gaze on your fingers, and keep the arm perfectly still for one minute. Do the same exercise with your left arm. When you are able to keep the arm perfectly steady, increase the time until you are able to do this five minutes with each arm. Turn the palm of the hand downward when it is outstretched, as this is the easiest position. If you will keep your eyes fixed on the tips of the fingers you will be able to tell if you are keeping your arm perfectly still. Exercise 3: watch concentration sit in a chair and place a clock with a second hand on the table. Follow the second hand with your eyes as it goes around. Keep this up for five minutes, thinking of nothing else but the second hand, this is a very good exercise when you only have a few minutes to spare, if you are able to keep every other thought in the stream of consciousness subordinate to it. As there is little that is particularly interesting about the second hand, it is hard to do this, but in the extra effort of will power required to make it successful lies its value. Always try to keep as still as possible during these exercises. All the best.
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Hi sir tell me how to stop the smoke?

MD-Psychiatry, MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Certificate in Forensic Psychology
Psychiatrist,
Hello, smoking is one of the easiest & one of the most difficult habits to break because 1. Quitting cigarettes does not cause any immediate harm 2. Cigarettes are so easily available that one does succumbs into temptation of smoking just 1 more before stopping altogether. Regarding your question, easy way is decide a quit date 1 week from now & reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke to half from today. Secondly, you can purchase nicotex/quitsure park & suck type nicotine chewing gums to take care of your cigarette craving & substitute them for cigarettes. In addition, there are medications which help to reduce craving & get rid of smoking addiction. If you need them, get back to me after 1 week for next plan of action. Good luck.
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Depression to Daughter by Mother Through Genes

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Depression to Daughter by Mother Through Genes

The research shows that part of the brain which controls our feelings is more likely to be passed down from mothers to female offspring than to sons.or father's to children of either gende

It is the first evidence that the brain area linked to depression is hereditary 

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M pregnant n my hubby smokes a lot. When he comes closer to me after smoking there is suffocating & irritating feeling I doesn't feel like he come closer to me. He says he has lessened to smoking than compared to previous days but he isn't unable to quit smoking. What are the ways to quit smoking n live a healthy life?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Only by using strong will power and avoiding all situations where you feel like smoking, chewing tobacco or drinking or using drugs/ weed, avoiding friends who smoke and diverting mind by reading or chewing a gum, like NICORETTE and taking a walk when you crave for a smoke can all help. You can chew Nicorette gum which is nicotine replacement. There are medicines available. Which can be prescribed if asked personally Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 60 lakh people worldwide every year. More than 50% of regular smokers would invariably die from tobacco-related illnesses which includes heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lung diseases. Best age to stop smoking is before 40.
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I feel too much fear when I do any work like study, journey.what is wrong with me?

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
I feel too much fear when I do any work like study, journey.what is wrong with me?
Dear Lybrate User, Nothing is wrong with you. You are underconfident. Probably you never got a chance to take a challenge and prove yourself. I think you were not appreciated by elders at home, while growing up. As a result you have low self confidence. You are probably having very high expectations from yourself. Focus on your strengths. Do some physical exercise which will make your body stronger. Do some rituals that your believe, which will help you to have stronger mind. Take care
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I am a 40 years old Male. I am suffering from depression from many years. I had visited many psychiatrists but these was no improvement in my condition. So I stopped so I stop the medicine as I thought that it is a waste to take medicine has it gives no relief I was not feeling good now I don't take medicines but I have a feeling I am suffering from depression I try to think positive but I am unable to get sound sleep I eat good diet but then also my health is not improving I keep on thinking the whole day I get frightened by things very soon I am lacking confidence in all the faces kindly help me and please suggest me what should I do.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
I am a 40 years old Male. I am suffering from depression from many years. I had visited many psychiatrists but these ...
1. depression treatment doesn't work the same for everyone. 2. It also doesn't work immediately. You need to stick with it . 3. Many people don't recover with their first treatment. 4. Antidepressants are effective. But you may need to try more than one -- or a combination -- to find what works for you. U should not stop taking your antidepressant on your own. Some can cause withdrawal symptoms -- and you run the risk of your depression coming back, too. 5 . no negative thinking 6. talk about ur problem with some one u believe , ur family members , friends . Interact with them 7. start the day with a walk or jog .exercise releases chemicals in the brain called endorphins, which boost your mood. Studies have shown that regular exercise -- even just walking -- can make you happier, build your stamina, and boost your self-esteem. Start with 10 mts with friends/ family member or any body u like 8. Sticking with treatment is the best way to prevent it from happening again or controlling a relapse before it becomes serious. 9.Avoid a. Stress. b. No alcohol. 10 .Stick to your treatment plan and be willing to ask for help. Keep in touch for further help and advise Good luck
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My daughter doing her MBA IN Canada is struggling with mental stress issues, maybe hormone related stress she is 31 - her stress is about being a support system for others but never getting the same back. She is unable to eat sensibly or do anything to distract herself! Anything I can do to help her, are medicines required?

MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
Psychiatrist, Delhi
My daughter doing her MBA IN Canada is struggling with mental stress issues, maybe hormone related stress she is 31 -...
Medicines may be required. Safe and effective medicines (one or two types, not more than that) can be given. Chronic stress related problems are best treated with medicines. The lay public far overestimates the side effects of medicines while underestimating the remarkable benefits it can have. In my opinion, it is not wise to delay this further and invite unnecessary complications. Some blood tests like hemoglobin and thyroid profile will also need to be done. Take care!
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Hi. I've asked other questions on here before, but this one is a bit different. Since I was about 7 or 8 years old until now at 21, I've always had these imaginary world's in my head. The story lines are based on me, and how I'd like my real life to be. I create these world's when I'm bored, sad, mad, happy, anxious. Even when things are going good in my life, I create these worlds. Sometimes neglecting to go out with friends and interact with others because I lay for hours day dreaming. Some say it's not a problem, for me it us. I'm a Christian, and these day dreams are often all I can think about, which means I'm putting it before GOD. It's hard for me to focus on GOD or anything sometimes because my life has been wrapped up in these day dreams. There were times the day dreams stopped for days, even weeks, at a time, but they always seem to find their way back and consume my mind. Although never diagnosed, I have many symptoms of anxiety, ocd and depression (runs in my family). Also, the world (the actual world) seems fake, I feel fake and unreal. Almost as if I'm a zombie, watching the world from a glass, although I'm actually here. I feel like there's a blind fold over my mind (not literally) Even looking in a mirror, I get this weird, unexplainable feeling. Sometimes I shortly snap out of it and realize I'm real and reality kicks in, but that never seems to last for long. I can't tell if I'm having mental or spiritual problems, and I really want help. Thanks.

B.E (Computer Sc. & Engg.), Advanced Strategic Management (APSM), Ayurveda (I) Cert., Doctor of Natural Medicine (N.D/ N.M.D), Integrative Oncology for Physicians (MSKCC, N.Y, USA), Clinically Relevant Herb-Drug Interactions (CME) (Cine-Med Inc. USA), Post Doctoral Research (PhD) (Alternative Medicines)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Bhubaneswar
Hi. I've asked other questions on here before, but this one is a bit different. Since I was about 7 or 8 years old un...
Hi lybrate-user, I appreciate you seeking help. Your consistent anxiety/ depression could fuel your obsessive compulsion to day dream frequently. Given the description of your symptoms which is indicative of psychotic depression coupled with possible coexistence of mild schizophrenia, its indeed imperative that you meet up a psychiatrist in person without any further delay. Please understand that you do need treatment and that your condition is very much treatable with anti-depressants or medications as your consulting doc deems appropriate post examining you clinically. Possibility of hormonal/ chemical imbalances, if any, needs to be ruled out too. Nevertheless, I would hereby advise you to think positive, de-stress, exercise regularly and stay relaxed. Listening to soothing and melodious music of your choice may help you relax and focus. Similarly, aroma therapy with citrus oil or sweet smelling floral fragrances may also help alleviate your depressive symptoms and elevate mood positively. Simultaneously, make sure your diet/ nutrition, lifestyle including bowel habits etc all are streamlined. A mediterranean diet, enriched with plenty of leafy greens and fresh fruits, helps in this condition. Try including fresh cold water fishes like mackerel, salmon etc all into your diet too. Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, 500 mg to 1 gram daily, is known to help too in alleviating depression. Consuming citrus fruits/ vegetables rich in vitamin c helps strengthen immunity too. Try avoiding tea, coffee, and also high calorie foods including sweets, pastries etc all, however. Above all, please keep in mind that life does present us with varied challenges which sometimes are unpleasant to deal with. We, however, need to take every challenge that we are faced with, positively and think it as being an opportunity life has bestowed upon us mostly to evolve us and bring the best out of us. So stay mentally strong, have faith in him and you will get well soon. Do take care and I wish you all the very best.
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Hi I am 21 years of age. And I'm not happy with my life. I am doing engineering now. What should I do? I do not have any bad addiction or good hobbies. What should I do?

B.Sc(Hons) Mumbai Univ., ND, MD - Alternate Medicine, Aroma Therap., Bach Flower Rem, Mental Health Cert.
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Hi I am 21 years of age.
And I'm not happy with my life.
I am doing engineering now.
What should I do?
I do not have ...
Hi always try to be positive and think positively. Do some type of meditation.Always think about what good things you have and try to build that.
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Not getting regular periods. Having more stress. Intaking tablets. And planning to take ovarian syrup and ferikind suspension tonics. Is there any harm of taking those tonics? What have to do for getting regular periods?

BHMS
Homeopath, Bangalore
Not getting regular periods. Having more stress. Intaking tablets. And planning to take ovarian syrup and ferikind su...
You can try homoeopathic medicnes for irregular treatments. It is side effect free and very much curable. Please do a scan to rule out pcod and do blood test to check for thyroid issue. Revert back for further details.
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My age is 27. But due to depression. My brain feels tired. I couldn't able to concentrate on any thing. I also feel that my memory is also getting weaker day by day. What should I do. Pls. Help.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Hyderabad
My age is 27. But due to depression. My brain feels tired. I couldn't able to concentrate on any thing. I also feel t...
Negative thinking is more to do with your state of mind. *. Develop self-esteem and make friends with positive thinking people. *. Every person is unique and nobody is perfect *. Focus on your positive qualities and feel proud of your achievements * Don't keep doubting yourself. *. Keep busy with your work and studies; maintain your schedule *Don’t keep grudge, anger and envy against anybody. *. Avoid fast food and eat healthy nutritious food. *. Regular vigorous physical exercise is very important. With improved blood circulation, toxins will be eliminated from your body. You will become very energetic and your mind will become fresh as well as positive. 8. Exercise has a positive effect. It makes you feel better. It fights the stress by creating natural and constructive outlet for releasing negative thoughts and emotions such as anger. 9. Exercise boosts the production of feel good hormones or endorphins. 10. Maintain healthy habits and have adequate sleep 11 Keep helping others without any expectation and it gives immense satisfaction 12. Homoeopathy has good treatment for this. Take homoeopathic medicine Arsenic alb 200 once daily in the morning and give feedback after 3 days.
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How to quit smoking?

DNB, DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist,
Scientifically Proven Treatments for Smoking Psychosocial therapy Behavior therapy Social support Pharmacological therapies Smoking is a huge risk for lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, accounting for more than 75 percent of all deaths from these disorders. Smoking doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease deaths, but, because this disease is more prevalent, it accounts for as many smoking deaths as cancer and lung disease. The third major cause of tobacco-related mortality is chronic obstructive lung disease. The tar in cigarette smoke is responsible for the cancers. Irritants and ciliotoxins appear to be responsible for lung diseases. Carbon monoxide and clotting factors appear to be the most likely causes of cardiovascular disease. Among patients who are ready to stop smoking, it is best to set a quit date.FIX A DATE and STOP.
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I'm a chain smoker. How can I overcome this bad habit of mine?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist,
Congratulations that you want to quit smoking. Tobacco consumption, either through smoke or other edible forms, is always harmful. The desire to quit is a good starting point. The best way to quit is to know more about the ill-effects of tobacco. The knowledge is astounding and scary. That information itself should help you to want to quit. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lung with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heart beat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. There are more than 4000 harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke!!! You will need to stop smoking with immediate effect. Then you need to identify why you smoke: there is an oral need, the nicotine effect, the psychological effect of covering up some other issue, for style, to impress, etc. You may discover that the reasons may be unimportant at this stage because you have become too addicted and the habit has become compulsive. You should start exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga), and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need, for a little while. You may take hard candy or chewing gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine chewing gum or nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces, substantially. You may join Smokers Anonymous in your city where the support is really extraordinary for like-minded people who are also in the same situation. Keep yourself occupied or engaged with interesting activities during the times when it is most tempting. Keep the company of non-smokers for some time i.e. at least for the first 21 days. Above all announce it to everyone that you have quit smoking. Here?s a piece of very good advice: even if you accidentally/willfully take a cigarette, it is not the end of the world ? you can start the cessation all over again. Don?t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. You must persevere with the best support until you defeat this addiction. Counseling is very useful in the initial stages and when temptations are at their highest.
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Hi I get tired and bored in the daytime normally at crowded places. Please suggest me for the betterment.

Certified Food & Nutritionist
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Jamnagar
Hi I get tired and bored in the daytime normally at crowded places. Please suggest me for the betterment.
Good Morning You need counseling, MEANWHILE meal brtween pomegranate juice, orange juice and bedtime milk+ ganthoda churn will Help you. WITH THE BEST OF HEALTH.
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I am 50 years old having stress depression for financial loss and headache and high blood pressure. What should I do?

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
I am 50 years old having stress depression for financial loss and headache and high blood pressure. What should I do?
Due to excessive thinking of financial status. You are getting stress it leads to depression. Do not think about financial problems. I have also so many financial problems. But I never think about it excessively. If we think it may solve then we think. It will not solved. Our mood disturbed. We are not working properly for further aspects. So do not think seriously about it. It may solve slowly up to that wait. Till date comes. We are normal human beings we do mistakes it is common. Based on mistakes we do take further steps but we do not think about it seriously. Like me do not think. Do not use any medicines. It may give further problems and side effects. Take rest. Share the feelings with your friends and family members. Do not sit alone. Be sociable. Be happy all the time. Best of luck.
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I keep on thinking about making money and keep missing my ex. What to do?

Advanced Skills in Counselling, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, DCS, Hypnotherapist
Psychologist,
If you just think, then nothing is going to happen in your life. Your ex is gone already. Remember her for the good and the bad times, learn your lessons and move on. Look for another partner or take a break and focus on something fruitful like making money. Set yourself monthly goals and daily goals to achieve your larger goals. Do time management to get more time to help you focus on your goals. Do activities which will take you closer to your goals. Meet people who are supportive of your goals. Do relax and take time off and reward yourself when you have reached a goal post. Do away with activities that hamper your progress. Soon you will see yourself getting closer to your dream goal of making money.
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Can tensions and thinking and depression and money problems may lead to lose weight and immunity of our body. 2 years back im so healthy but once I had typhoid fever after that lots of problems occur to my body hair lose, body become so thin, and I have lack of Sleep problem over thinking .present im facing allergies cold and tried of my body. Nd now it looks like sinus also. I use many antibiotic and also homeopathy also no proper result .and I had many blood tests also like hiv, hcv, hbv tridot test results are non reactive (negative) I dnt know what is the reason for this. Please help me.

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, P.G.Dip.in Guidance &Counselling, B.A., Psychology, Dip.in Pharmacy
Psychologist, Madurai
Can tensions and thinking and depression and money problems may lead to lose weight and immunity of our body. 2 years...
Yes. Chronic stress may lead to many physical problems by altering the metabolism and depleting the immunity. You are in need of counseling to reduce your physical strains and psychological distress as well. Regular practice of yoga along with Cognitive Behavior Therapy by a psychological counselor can help you a lot.
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How can I quit smoking?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist,
How much are you spending a month on smoking, how frequent you smoke in a day, what are the problems you face when you quit smoking? Why now have you decided to quit smoking? Please answer me. This will help me to tailor personalized therapy for you.
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