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Ms. Bala

Psychologist, Chennai

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Ms. Bala is a renowned Psychologist in Anna Nagar, Chennai. She is currently practising at Asha Dinesh Sugam Psychological Counselling & Research Centre in Anna Nagar, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Ms. Bala on has a number of highly qualified Psychologists in India. You will find Psychologists with more than 31 years of experience on You can find Psychologists online in Chennai and from across India. View the profile of medical specialists and their reviews from other patients to make an informed decision.


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Please help with concentration. I am not able to collect thinks during lec told by sir. My mind runs somewhere else and after few sec when I come back all tbi ks feels like just started. Pls help . I am finding difficulty too in study.

Physiotherapist, Pune
Please help with concentration. I am not able to collect thinks during lec told by sir. My mind runs somewhere else a...
Start on with meditation atleast for 15-30 mins in a day that will help you. Do not try to stop the thoughts while meditating let them flow over a period of time you will get use to it.
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I can't concentrate in any of the work I do. While reading or studying, listening when people talk to me and even while watching a movie, I can't concentrate it completely. What can I do for keeping my concentration level well?

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. Please search internet for" effective learning" techniques. Regarding the concentration level while listening to others, or watching movies etc are fake. If the movie is interesting your concentration will never be low. Counseling and psychotherapy will help you. Take care.
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Hello Doctor. I am seeking help. I feel I am depressed and often I get anger attacks and I feel helpless also because of my past life experience. I am 31 years old now.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are experiencing anger-related depression. Very simply put, you have not been expressing anger perhaps for a long time and that has piled up and has turned inwards to deplete your natural energy, leading to the depression. You need to look back and identify where and why it started, and then deal with it appropriately. This is an important exercise that may have to be done several times until the emotion is totally purged off of its energy. Any unprovoked and unexplained emotions always tend to have its roots way back into the past. It is possible that you have been discouraged to express anger in particular and you have learned to suppress it instead. But the system cannot hold unexpressed emotions for too long. In fact it becomes toxic to your system. For anger, vigorous exercise will deplete the energy but you must know the reasons too. Just talking, even writing about it, shouting it out, etc. Will give it catharsis. Everyday anger must also be expressed appropriately and adequately. Talk to a close friend or confidant or counselor, regularly about your feelings and things should shape up alright.
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What are the contraindications of tab. Fresium if this medicine continues for years.

General Physician, Mumbai
What are the contraindications of tab. Fresium if this medicine continues for years.
If you take frisium you will be dependent on it but to stop it only under supervision of the treating dr.
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My problem is that I can't understand any thing my memory got very weak. And feel very tired I don't know what's happened with me.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
How To Prevent Forgetting 1. Intend to remember. Remembering well requires that you want to remember. If you have not made a decision to remember what you are reading/studying, you will forget almost immediately. a. Describe the place where you usually read. (Is it quiet? No TV? No stereo? No talking?) b. Are you motivated to remember what you read/study? For example, can you give a reason for remembering these ideas: ? score of the football game ? directions for "jumping" a dead battery ? when your battery is dead ? directions for getting to a job interview ? textbook material for a test c. Even though you are not interested in the subject you must read about, are you willing to use good reading strategies? ? Do you preview before you read? ? Do you ask questions and then read to answer your questions? 2. Don't overload the memory. Seven items is the most our memories can comfortably handle in one bite, but even seven is too much for most people. Your memory prefers to have only three, four, or five things at one time. Therefore, if you need to remember something that has more than four or five items in a group, you will have to break up the group into smaller bites. 3. Understand before you try to remember. If you don't understand something, your memory will have difficulty storing it. Work on understanding before you try to remember. 4. Select the most interesting points. You can't expect to remember everything you read. Select the most important points by looking for answers to questions you have formed. No one can remember everything. If you try to remember every idea, you will probably not remember much of anything. 5. Organize the material to be learned. Your memory works best when the information is organized. Organize first. Use formal or informal outlines or use mapping, and your memory will work for you. You may understand something when you see it, but if your mental filing system isn't working, you may not be able to find the right information when you need it. 6. Relate the ideas to what you already know. Your memory will store new ideas if you relate them to old ideas. Make an association, create a mental picture, or use mnemonic devices to relate unknown information to information you already know. 7. Use mnemonic devices. These memory devices aid memory, but should be simple, clear, and vivid. You remember the unusual, the funny, or both. a. Rhymes ? This method uses rhyming words to help you remember. Example: "I before E, except after C, or when sounded like A, as in neighbor and weigh." b. Acronyms ? A word made from the first letters of other words aids memory. Examples: "I. R. Soul" from the 6 strategies for better memory I ? Intend to remember R ? Relate the information S ? Select important ideas O ? Organize the details U ? Understand the ideas L ? Limit the amount "PRELIMINARY" to help police officers remember what steps to follow when called to the scene of a crime P ? Proceed to the scene. R ? Render assistance to the injured. E ? Effect the arrest of the perpetrator. L ? Locate and identify witnesses. I ? Interview complainant and witnesses. M ? Maintain the scene and protect evidence. I ? Interrogate suspects. N ? Note all conditions, events, and remarks. A ? Arrange for collection of evidence. R ? Report the incident fully and accurately. Y ? Yield Responsibility to detectives. c. Sentences ? Memory sentences are made where the first letters of words in the sentence are the same as the first letters of words that need to be recalled. Examples: "I Remember So Little Unless Organized."- from the first letter of each of the 6 strategies of memory (listed previously). "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally."- for the order of operations in a math problem (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction). Mnemonic devices are handy when studying for tests, but they should not be used as a substitute for understanding. 8. Test yourself repeatedly. Memorize the material through repeated self-testing. Look at the first item in your notes; then look away and try to repeat it to yourself. After you learn each new item, go back and test yourself on all the previous items. 9. Over learn the material. If you study a subject beyond the time needed for perfect recall, you will increase the length of time that you will remember it. 10. Study before going to bed, but not ON your bed! Study thoroughly the material to be learned. Then go right to sleep without watching a late movie or allowing other activities to interfere with your new learning. Your mind will work to absorb much of the material during the night. In the morning spend a few minutes reviewing to solidly fix the material in your memory 11. 7 Lifestyle-Based Ways to Improve Your Memory a. Eat Right. The foods you eat ? and don't eat ? play a crucial role in your memory. ... b. Exercise. ... c. Stop Multitasking. ... d. Get a Good Night's Sleep. ... e. Play Brain Games. ... f. Master a New Skill. ... g. Try Mnemonic Devices.
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Manic Depressive Disorder - 11 Signs to Help You Spot it

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Manic Depressive Disorder - 11 Signs to Help You Spot it

Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder in recent days, is a major mood disorder characterized by hypomanic or manic episodes (deviation from one's usual mood along with abnormally high energy levels). Mania involves sleeplessness, along with psychosis, hallucinations, rage, grandiose delusions or paranoia. Mania or hypomania isn’t usually harmful to the patient and they might exhibit increased capacity for work and creativity. Depressive episodes however, can be debilitating and often life threatening as the person becomes self-destructive and suicidal in many instances. 

The extent of mood swings can vary from extreme to very mild. They can occur progressively or suddenly and might last for few days to weeks. Patients affected by bipolar disorder may experience disturbances in thinking apart from depressive or manic episodes. Distortions of perception and impaired social functioning are also not uncommon. The cause of bipolar disorder is not fully understood like most mental health conditions and is often thought to be hereditary.

The extent of the seriousness of the bipolar symptoms varies from person to person. In some people, the disorder is not full blown and they don’t exhibit all the symptoms. Others who aren’t that lucky might have to be hospitalized multiple times in their lives as the symptoms creep into their work and personal life and make living a normal life a tough challenge. 

Psychotic symptoms such as disorganized thinking, hallucinations and delusions might make a person do things that demand the urgency of hospitalization to keep them safe from their suicidal impulses. These symptoms might need to be urgently addressed by a psychiatrist and with the help of medications, the person might be able to regain control of their lives.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are many and can be mainly categorized into two (sometimes overlapping) categories of mania or hypomania and depression:

Manic symptoms include: 

  1. Grandiose delusions (delusion of grandeur) 
  2. Racing thoughts which are often disconnected
  3. Sense of euphoria or false elation
  4. Irritability without cause
  5. Hampered social functioning
  6. Increased sexual inclination and risky sexual behavior
  7. Hyperactivity
  8. Increase in talking volume or speed
  9. Impaired judgment
  10. Reduced sleep requirements owing to extra energy levels
  11. Increased productivity and creativity

Depressive symptoms include:

  1. Abnormal eating patterns like over or under-eating to the extent of severe medical complications accompanied by drastic changes in weight
  2. Difficulty in concentration, making decisions and remembering
  3. Lack of energy or fatigue 
  4. Contemplating about death for prolonged periods of time and suicidal behavior
  5. Oversleeping, insomnia or early awakening
  6. Persistent pessimism 
  7. Irritability and restlessness
  8. Feeling of hopeless and negative attitude

Mood stabilizers, such as lithium are commonly employed to treat bipolar disorder. Anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines and anti psychotics can also be used in the treatment. Along with medications, support from family and friends is of the utmost importance as they need to help provide all the support required in making the person functional and healthy. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a psychiatrist.

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I feel trapped in the opposite gender. I am born a male, in my mind I identify myself and always think of myself as a female. I wish to consult LGBT friendly doctors and need advice cause It is making me feel depressed. Please help.

BAMS, MD Ayurveda
Sexologist, Lonavala
I feel trapped in the opposite gender. I am born a male, in my mind I identify myself and always think of myself as a...
The following thing if you adapt it will be helpful Natural home remedy using cashew nuts and milk: 1. Crush some cashew nuts to powder 2. Take 1 tsp of cashew nut powder 3. Add 1 cup of warm milk 4. Mix well 5. Drink every day Surely you will get results.
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I lost some body close last year so I am worried you can help me or my family my family is very depressed and very faithfully of you you are a doctor.

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 lost some body close last year so I am worried you can help me or my family my family is very depressed and very fa...
Anybody no exception before the nature. Past is not in our hands. So please do not think about himself. Do not discuss about him in family matters. Better to develop busy schedules. Concentrate on your career. Do not sit in home. Do not be alone. Be spend most of time with friends. Be share all the feelings with your closed friends. Go to temples, visit new places, visit friends home and relatives home. Go movies, change the places, taste the new foods. Change the friend circle. Develop friendly nature with others. Be happy all the time best of luck.
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Mera 2 din pahele girlfriend ke sath breakup ho gaya Ab me pure depression me ghum raha hu or mujhe koi bhi chij me man nai lag raha he pura din uske vicharo me hi rehta hu so please help me on this ese time pe mujhe kya karna chaiye.

Ph.D - Ayurveda, FFAM-Post Graduate Fellowship, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
Mera 2 din pahele girlfriend ke sath breakup ho gaya Ab me pure depression me ghum raha hu or mujhe koi bhi chij me m...
Pahale thande dimag se soncho ki jyada galti kiski hai aur kis bat par hui hai, agar bat faltu hai to break up galat hai usko break up mat samjho, man mutav samjho. Tum purush ho aurat ki galti bahut kam hoti hai kynki vah kamjor hoti hai. Khud jakar samjhota kar lo aur hamesha ke liye sachhi jindibhar ka sati banalo, murkhta mat karo. Apko jaisi bechaini hai usase jada usko ho rahi hogi iske vaste jhagda khatam karo aur sachhe dost jivanbhar ke liye ek duje ke liye bano.
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Hello sir I am a 19 year old boy my problem is I am addicted to using mobile so my question is how to get rid of this and does using mobile for long time effects health growth in my teenage.

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
Hello sir I am a 19 year old boy my problem is I am addicted to using mobile so my question is how to get rid of this...
Dear lybrate user. I can understand. Long term mobile addiction can destroy your education, intellectual abilities, patience etc and thereby could destroy your whole like. You need online deaddiction therapy. Take care.
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I would like to know if SNDRI (TRI) drugs are available in India for treating depression? My doctor has tried both SSRI and SNRI, but I don't feel much difference or better. Can some please suggest a better treatment for Depression, I have depressed for 3 years now and haven't got well yet.

D.P.M(psychiatry) [Diploma in Psychological medicine] , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Jalna
I would like to know if SNDRI (TRI) drugs are available in India for treating depression? My doctor has tried both SS...
Hello, there is no drug which will increase all the three neurotransmitter levels in brain that can be achieved by combining drugs with different mechanism of action. Unfortunately, treatment of depression is not so simple that you will feel better after taking such a medicine combination. The factors to be taken in account for successful treatment of depression are:- type of depression, major symptoms, side effects that can be tolerated, family history of response to medicines, factors relating to metabolism of drugs. Etc. Take care. Consult privately for more help.
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Dear Doctor, I used to have a lot of tobacco and beetle nut pan masala now I have cured the habit my body seems to be disbalanced and feel urge to eat suggest something so that I can completely leave this habit.

Homeopath, Surat
You have done wonderful decision. Start walking daily. Do some yoga and pranayama. Eat raw foods. Drink plenty of water. Take tab. Daphna Indica 1x two times a day for 6 weeks.
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How one can be self confident ?

MD-Homeopathy, B. H. M. S
If possible join some Art of living classes which used to be the core of Indian teaching, and now completely missing
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What is the reason for this" If my girlfriend always ignores me when I am asking for her images or normal video calling. When we never faced each other in our lovely relationship we just contacted via whatsapp and phone calls. Also she don't want to face me before our marriage"

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Guidance &Counselling, B.A., Psychology, Pharmacy
Psychologist, Madurai
It seems to me that your girl's love is not as deep as yours. She is using you just for a time-pass. Do not get into this relationship deeply. Develop the same attitude towards her. You will never be frustrated. If she takes further step to get closer to you, you can go further.
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Sir, I am 38 year old taking anti-depressant since last 18 years but one problem which has made my life hell since last 6 years is that my brain becomes dull on reading newspaper or reading books for more than 15 minutes or doing concentration work like working on laptop,Driving car for more than half hour,listening to music with headphones(as if im intoxicated with alcohol),I have become sensitive to sunlight and feel same when I go out in bright sunlight. I feel disoriented/cognitively impaired.My mental clarity has become zero.

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Antidepressants have this side effect. The medication is accumulated in your body. You are showing symptoms of emotional and mental fatigue. You need counselling and psychotherapy along with ayurveda to help you overcome depression. These methods are safe and without side effects. Besides this please practice yoga, pranayama and meditation etc to destress yourself. Some amount of exercise is extremely important. Take care.
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I have panic disorder I have irrational fear of something what can I do is this a problem?

Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Certificate in Forensic Psychology, MD-Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Akola
I have panic disorder I have irrational fear of something what can I do is this a problem?
Hello; thanks for the query. Simple answer is yes! you can definitely get a long lasting relief from panic disorder & frequent disabling panic attacks! for this to happen, a combined medications plus behavior therapy (also known as cbt in psychiatric lingo) approach will have to be employed. You are currently taking tryptomer for depression? who diagnosed you as depression or panic disorder? have you achieved any relief with tryptomer? I would like to know your current troubling symptoms in detail & I would also like to suggest a few medicine changes & simple relaxation techniques as a start up to behavior therapy treatment. Revert back with aforementioned information so that I can help you. Good luck.
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I am 21 year old male and b. Tech 3year student. I am very hesitant to speak is strange problem. It's a childhood problem. Please tell me how can will be skip the problem.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
It seems that you are scared to talk to people. The desire is there but the fear is crippling you. You need to meet with a counselor to deal with this fear and learn how to express the feeling as well as to reach out. Are you afraid that you may not speak well, or that your ideas are not that good, or that people will judge you, or that they will find out about how poor you are intellectually, etc? these are unnecessary dialogues you have and they are not true at all. When people are in conversation, we are listening to information and how you present the same. You are very harsh on yourself and have decided, for some reason, that you are not good enough. You may have been reprimanded in childhood for speaking or your parents may have been too strict at home. These could intimidate you when you are to speak in front of people. All these matters must be taken up with the counselor. Start talking to people at home first, particularly children, and slowly grade up to older teens and then to adults, as you build confidence. If you prepare and rehearse the conversation you are likely to have, you will do very well when you actually do it. Now there is no guarantee that whatever you prepared is going to be the exact conversation but since you are prepared most of the conversation will go according to script and the rest will be easy to handle because they will be minor deviations from the main course. You could attend the toastmasters club, and go for conversational skills courses too. Good social practice will eventually see you through. Nothing will happen, if you are passive about this. For your information public speaking is the number one fear of all mankind. Yet, people speak and appear so confident: it is because they use the fear to advantage and prepare themselves well. So you are not alone.
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I am a 23 year old male. I am having issues on concentrating. I focus on different things other than my studies. I get consumed in some kind of thoughts which prevent me from studying. I am getting distracted very easily. This in turn somehow is making me angry very often. What should I do?

MBBS, DNB (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
First determine your priorities. Write them down. Write what distracts you. Keep the list handy. Try to refocus whenever you get distracted. Get back to me if you find it difficult doing it alone.
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Stay strong

Masters of Philosphy, Master of Science, Bachelor of Sciences
Psychologist, Kolkata
Stay strong
Be grateful
Remember the mission
Move your body
Practice kindness
Be with beauty and nature
Laugh and play
Indulge a healthy pleasure
Honour past gifts
Take pleasure in small goals
Forgive self and others
Observe the now
Hold to the good.
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How to overcome from the porn addiction, many doctors said that utilise your time with friend and family member ,don't let you be alone ,but at the time of bed I will be alone and that time I used to see porn please suggest me some home remedies to over come it.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
How to overcome from the porn addiction, many doctors said that utilise your time with friend and family member ,don'...
Anything that is not responsible, respectful or functional is really unhealthy for you. You need to be careful because porn may provide great sexual entertainment but it also stokes the desire, which will then lead to desire-fulfillment and that will lead to impulses. It actually objectifies women and sex to levels that make you lose respect for them. Besides, the whole thing is dramatized to such crazy levels of performance (that is why it sells too) that you are made to feel grossly inadequate. It is really far from the reality, and these are exceptional actors, with some exceptional endowments and actions that you may even look at your own spouse (later when you get married, that is) with disdain or inadequacies that are most unfair. After you have been stimulated you are left hungry in your groin to want to fulfill your desires, and if not met soon, leaves you with that raging libido, and it can goad you to do something inappropriate. In essence, it spoils a very beautiful thing and reduces it to mere physical impulses. After some time you get disgusted when you have had too much of it; whereas natural sex will never cause that effect at all. If you have so much of sexual energy you can channelize it into activities, sports, games, and hobbies. You need to distract yourself when the drive is very strong in you, which may be so if your levels of testosterone are very high too. You need to socialize with members of the opposite sex and enjoy their company to experience the different aspects of a woman and to also feel the different aspects of sex and not get frozen in the carnal part of it alone. Sex has five different dimensions to it: there is the physical aspect, the emotional aspect, the intellectual aspect, the social aspect and finally, there is the spiritual aspect. The latter may surprise you but this is where respect and regard for women and their bodies will come up to help treat them with value. If you cultivate these dimensions of sex I am sure you will perceive women differently and with a lot of respect. Eventually, when you are in a serious relationship with a woman, you will truly enjoy the whole concept of romance and being and falling in love with the real thing: That my friend will be a different ball-game. Do not play with a poor replica of sex, and shy away from the real person and thing, which are so wholesome.
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