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104 Olbee Center, Somajiguda, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Station,Near Yashoda Hospital, Above Lawrence & Mayo Showroom
Hyderabad, Telangana - 500082
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St Francis Degree College
B.A. Hons . Psychology
Columbia University, NYC, USA
MA Psychological Counseling
Columbia University, NYC, USA
EDM Psychological Counseling
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Institute of Contemporary Psychology
Trauma Specialist
Osmania University
MPhil Clincal Psychology
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Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)
  • B.A. Hons . Psychology, MA Psychological Counseling, EDM Psychological Counseling, Trauma Specialist, MPhil Clincal Psychology
    Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist
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  • B.A. Hons . Psychology, MA Psychological Counseling, EDM Psychological Counseling, Trauma Specialist, MPhil Clincal Psychology
    Concentration problems and trouble in focusing on one task at a time can be termed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, in rare and severe cases. While most of the cases are identified in one's childhood, it has been seen that many cases persist into adulthood while still others go completely undiagnosed. This mental health disorder comes with a number of symptoms and management methods. Read on to know more.

    Symptoms: While many patients suffering from this disorder may not display any obvious symptoms at a young age as children are supposed to be brimming with energy, the symptoms for adult ADHD, start to show up in a more obvious fashion. Wavering concentration and low levels of focus along with disorganised living with impulsiveness are the first signs of adult ADHD. Such adults also have trouble when it comes to finishing one task at a time, or even focusing on a task for a prolonged period of time. Bouts of impatience and excessive activity can also show up as symptoms, while restlessness is a quality that most of these patients seem to possess.

    Diagnosis: The diagnosis of this condition is slightly difficult because most adults may complain of some or the other symptoms related to this condition at some point in their lives. Anxiety and mood swing related symptoms can help in diagnosing the condition in a better manner. If the condition ends up disrupting your normal life, work, socialising and behaviour in general, then you may want to see a doctor regarding the same, so that proper diagnosis may take place.

    Causes: While genetic predisposition is said to be the foremost cause of this condition, especially when it continues well into adulthood, there are various environmental factors that may also have a significant bearing on the onset of the condition. Exposure as a child increases the risk of falling prey to this condition. Also, when there are problems with the central nervous system during the developing years, the patient may start to develop symptoms connected with this disorder later on.

    Treatment: Stimulants and other medication like anti-depressants, nonstimulant amphetamine are also used for treating this condition along with therapy and psychological counselling for better organisation in life.
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  • B.A. Hons . Psychology, MA Psychological Counseling, EDM Psychological Counseling, Trauma Specialist, MPhil Clincal Psychology
    There is a commonly held view that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person's eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder.

    Signs and Symptoms of Common Eating Disorders are discussed below...

    Anorexia Nervosa-

    People with anorexia nervosa may see themselves as overweight, even when they are dangerously underweight. People with anorexia nervosa typically weigh themselves repeatedly, severely restrict the amount of food they eat, and eat very small quantities of only certain foods. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder.


    Extremely restricted eating
    Extreme thinness (emaciation)
    A relentless pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy weight
    Intense fear of gaining weight
    Distorted body image, a self-esteem that is heavily influenced by perceptions of body weight and shape, or a denial of the seriousness of low body weight
    Other symptoms may develop over time, including:

    Thinning of the bones (osteopenia or osteoporosis)
    Mild anemia and muscle wasting and weakness
    Brittle hair and nails
    Dry and yellowish skin
    Growth of fine hair all over the body (lanugo)
    Severe constipation
    Low blood pressure, slowed breathing and pulse
    Damage to the structure and function of the heart
    Brain damage
    Multiorgan failure
    Drop in internal body temperature, causing a person to feel cold all the time
    Lethargy, sluggishness, or feeling tired all the time
    Bulimia Nervosa-

    People with bulimia nervosa have recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food and feeling a lack of control over these episodes. This binge-eating is followed by behavior that compensates for the overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors. People with bulimia nervosa usually maintain what is considered a healthy or relatively normal weight.


    Chronically inflamed and sore throat
    Swollen salivary glands in the neck and jaw area
    Worn tooth enamel and increasingly sensitive and decaying teeth as a result of exposure to stomach acid
    Acid reflux disorder and other gastrointestinal problems
    Intestinal distress and irritation from laxative abuse
    Severe dehydration from purging of fluids
    Electrolyte imbalance (too low or too high levels of sodium, calcium, potassium and other minerals) which can lead to stroke or heart attack
    Binge-eating Disorder-

    People with binge-eating disorder lose control over his or her eating. Unlike bulimia nervosa, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese. Binge-eating disorder is the most common eating disorder.


    Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time
    Eating even when you're full or not hungry
    Eating fast during binge episodes
    Eating until you're uncomfortably full
    Eating alone or in secret to avoid embarrassment
    Feeling distressed, ashamed, or guilty about your eating
    Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
    Unspecified Eating Disorder-

    This happens when the behavior do not meet the criteria for any food or eating problems but still pose significant threat and problems.
    This also happens the clinician is not able to assess whether an individual is affected by a certain disorder.

    Treatment is available. Recovery is possible...

    Eating disorders are serious health conditions that can be both physically and emotionally destructive. People with eating disorders need to seek professional help. Early diagnosis and intervention may enhance recovery. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening conditions.

    When you begin to notice that disordered eating habits are affecting your life, your happiness, and your ability to concentrate, it is important that you talk to somebody about what you are going through.

    The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some form of psychotherapy or psychological counseling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs. Ideally, this treatment should be tailored to the individual and will vary according to both the severities of the disorder and the patient's particular problems, needs, and strengths.
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  • B.A. Hons . Psychology, MA Psychological Counseling, EDM Psychological Counseling, Trauma Specialist, MPhil Clincal Psychology
    Self-help techniques for social anxiety

    A number of self-help techniques may be tried to help control social anxiety symptoms. These are techniques adopted from cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), but can also be used outside of formal psychotherapy.

    1. Practice deep breathing exercises.

    We often identify the physical symptoms of anxiety more readily than the psychological symptoms so they are often the easiest to change. One of those prominent physical symptoms is breathing. We feel a shortness of breath when anxious, like we can't breathe normally or can't catch our breath.

    A simple breathing exercise you can practice at home can help alleviate this feeling of shortness of breath.

    In a comfortable chair, sit with your back straight but your shoulders relaxed. Put one hand on your stomach and the other hand on your chest, so that you can feel how you breathe while practicing the exercise.
    Close your mouth, and inhale slowly and deeply through your nose while counting slowly up to 10. You may not make it to 10 when you first try this exercise, so you can start with a smaller number like 5 first.
    As you count, notice the sensations of your body while inhaling. Your hand on your chest shouldn't move, but you should notice your hand on your stomach rising.
    When you reach 10 (or 5), hold your breath for 1 second.
    Then, exhale slowly through your mouth while counting out 10 seconds (or 5 if you're just starting). Feel the air pushing out of your mouth, and the hand on your stomach moving in.
    Continue the exercise, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on keeping a slow and steady breathing pattern. Practice at least 10 times in a row.

    The more you do this, the more you learn to control your breathing which you thought was uncontrollable on your own.

    2. Take baby steps forward.

    Baby steps are such an important of any treatment, but they can also be helpful for self-help exercises. After all, you didn't get this way overnight. So changing it isn't going to happen in one try either.

    For social anxiety disorder, this can mean learning relaxation exercises (such as the deep breathing exercise above), and practicing them until they become second nature and easily done in any situation, at any time.

    People fear the very idea of exposure therapy, so it's important to understand what it does not mean. It doesn't mean going into your most-feared social situation tomorrow without little help or techniques under your belt. It also doesn't mean having to face your worst fears in order to overcome them.

    Exposure therapy simply refers to being exposed, very gradually, to social situations that would normally be anxiety-provoking. But your exposure to them is in lock-step with your learning relaxation and coping techniques that help you deal with anxiety as it arises.

    You can try this out in a smaller form on your own, with the help of a close friend or anxiety buddy. For instance, if you fear the social requirements of a dinner party, try going out with a smaller, more trusted group of friends first. Try and recognize what you're feeling throughout the night, and when you feel little spikes of anxiety. What happened just before them? how did you keep them from turning into something bigger?

    3. Listen to your self-talk or inner voice.

    We often tell ourselves things in our heads that may or may not be true. Psychologists call this sort of thing self-talk, while others call it their inner voice. Some of this self-talk is positive and can help bolster our self-esteem. Other times, this self-talk can be negative and destructive to our happiness.

    When this latter thing happens, psychologists call it a cognitive distortion that is, our thoughts are distorted and irrational. We all engage in these automatic thoughts or cognitive distortions, many times throughout the day. They lead us to make assumptions about our own and other people's thoughts, feelings and behaviors which are often untrue.

    . The key is to identify the automatic thoughts as they occur, and then answer them back so you don't let them get the better of you.

    Social anxiety disorder is a fairly common concern which can be treated with a combination of psychotherapy, medications and self-help techniques. But the first step to any treatment is acknowledging the problem, and then seeking out help from a trained mental health professional, such as a psychologist.
  • B.A. Hons . Psychology, MA Psychological Counseling, EDM Psychological Counseling, Trauma Specialist, MPhil Clincal Psychology
    Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Anxiety (intense nervousness) and self-consciousness arise from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others.

    A person with social anxiety disorder is afraid that he or she will make mistakes, look bad, and be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. The fear may be made worse by a lack of social skills or experience in social situations. The anxiety can build into a panic attack. As a result of the fear, the person endures certain social situations in extreme distress or may avoid them altogether. In addition, people with social anxiety disorder often suffer" anticipatory" anxiety -- the fear of a situation before it even happens -- for days or weeks before the event. In many cases, the person is aware that the fear is unreasonable, yet is unable to overcome it.

    Most people who have social anxiety recognize that their fear is excessive or unreasonable. They seek to avoid any of the feared situations in their life. If they are forced into one of their feared situations, they experience it with intense anxiety.

    Research indicates that women outnumber men three to two among those with symptoms of social phobia. Men, however, have been more likely to seek treatment.

    A variety of studies have demonstrated that social phobia is most likely to develop in the teenage years, though it can start earlier or later. Mental health professionals report that many people suffer quietly for years, looking for help only when their fears have precipitated a major life crisis.

    *social anxiety disorder is readily treated through a combination of psychotherapy and medications.

    Types of social phobia

    For some people, almost any social circumstance is a cause for fear and anxiety. These individuals are said to have generalized social phobia. People for whom just one or two situations produce anxiety are considered to have the nongeneralized form of the disorder.

    Some researchers have suggested that another way to group people with social anxiety disorder is based on the kind of situation that triggers anxiety. Two primary categories have been proposed: performance and interactional.

    The performance group includes people who have strong anxiety at the idea of doing something in front of, or in the presence of, other people. Such situations include dining out, working, giving a speech or using a public restroom.

    The interactional group includes people whose fears center on circumstances where they have to converse or otherwise engage with others, such as meeting new people.

    *mental health professionals also have recognized that some people develop symptoms of social phobia as an outgrowth of other medical or physical problems. Individuals with parkinson's disease, obesity, disfigurement or other conditions sometimes can have severe anxiety that their physical appearance or actions will attract attention and disdain. While sharing similar symptoms, the diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders specifically excludes a diagnosis of social phobia if the fears exhibited can be tied to these medical or physical conditions.

    Specific symptoms of social anxiety

    Social anxiety disorder is characterized by the presence of all of the following symptoms:

    A significant and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be humiliating or embarrassing.
    According to dsm-5, a diagnosis can also be given if the fear occurs exclusively in the context of social performance situations.
    Exposure to the feared social situation almost invariably provokes anxiety, which may take the form of a situational bound or situationally predisposed panic attack. Note: in children, the anxiety may be expressed by crying, tantrums, freezing, or shrinking from social situations with unfamiliar people.
    The person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable. Note: in children, this feature may be absent.
    The feared social or performance situations are avoided or else are endured with intense anxiety or distress.
    The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared social or performance situation (s) interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, occupational (academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia.
    In individuals under age 18 years, the duration is at least 6 months.
    The fear or avoidance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e. G, a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition and is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.
    If a general medical condition or another mental disorder is present, the fear in the first criteria is unrelated to it, e. G, the fear is not of stuttering, trembling in parkinson's disease, or exhibiting abnormal eating behavior in anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
  • B.A. Hons . Psychology, MA Psychological Counseling, EDM Psychological Counseling, Trauma Specialist, MPhil Clincal Psychology
    Insomnia is the condition of acute sleeplessness, and it takes a heavy toll on your mood, your energy levels, and your ability to concentrate and work during the day. Some of the most common symptoms of the condition are:

    You find it difficult to fall asleep even if you are tired
    Once you wake up in the middle of the night, you cannot get back to sleep
    You cannot work or concentrate on anything during the day
    You stay mostly fatigued, or irritated throughout the day
    You have to depend on pills or alcohol to fall asleep.
    You wake up very early in the morning, no matter how late you sleep

    What could be the causes for insomnia?

    Insomnia might last just a few days if it is induced by some temporary cause, like stress at your workplace, or any other personal issue you can be facing. However, when the cause is a long rooted one, insomnia might persist for a long time. There can be a mix of many causes for that to happen:

    Psychological stress or other emotional discomforts

    Common psychological problems like anxiety, depression, chronic work stress, grief, and also bipolar disorder can be the causes for insomnia.

    Illness or other medical problems

    There can be many medical causes or other illnesses at the root of insomnia like allergies, acute asthma, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson's disease, kidney related diseases and cancer as well.


    There can be many drugs, which might be prescribed by your doctor, but still be responsible for insomnia. These include antidepressants, corticosteroids like thyroid hormone medicines, few blood pressure medications, certain contraceptives and stimulants for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

    Sleep Disorders

    Insomnia, though in itself is a sleep disorder, can also be the symptoms for other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and other disorders related to jet lag or if you are working on a late night shift.

    In addition to these causes, some daily lifestyle habits might act as triggers to insomnia, which include:

    Consumption of large amounts of caffeine on a regular basis
    Developing irregular sleep schedules
    Taking your smartphone to bed and ending up spending a lot of time with it in the night
    Eating late in the evening
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  • Ms. Aarathi Selvan
    answered 3 weeks ago
    Dear lybrate-user, Mood swings are one of those symptoms that may be a symptom of anxiety directly, or they may be a symptom of symptoms Emotions can be very hard to control on their own. Emotions are by their very nature somewhat irrational. Emotions can make you feel and think things that are disproportionate to the situation. Because emotions can be difficult to stop, the best thing you can do is minimize your reaction to them. You can do this through techniques that force you to acknowledge the way you are feeling and how you are reacting. Look at each factor that happened before and after and see if your reaction was correct or incorrect to the situation as it occurred. If you feel like you are about to have a mood swing, see if you can leave the situation. Give yourself a moment to think, rather than immediately reacting. Often mood swings build upon themselves, because you acknowledge them and act upon them too quickly. Leaving the situation can ensure this doesn't happen. Fake the positive emotion. After you've realized that you are experiencing a negative mood, faking it in a mocking way can actually get you back on track. Don't try to fight the mood and "pretend to feel better. That will just increase your overall stress. Rather, think of it more as a game where you are trying to act out a play in the mood you wish to be. You'll find that over time you adopt these emotions faster than if you allowed yourself to mope in the swing you are experiencing. All of these can help you control your mood swings, but they're unlikely to be enough if you don't also learn to control your anxiety, since only controlling your anxiety can help your body regulate your hormones and neurotransmitters and restore your ability to cope with stress. You can get back to us if theses doesn't help you out.
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  • Ms. Aarathi Selvan
    answered 3 weeks ago
    Dear lybrate-user, Yes they do. But some say these medicines does not lead to any side effects, It is a myth that there are no ‘side-effects’ with homeopathy. Anytime a remedy or conventional medicine is given in overdose, it will produce side-effects. If this were not so, homeopathy could not conduct its pathogenic trials (more commonly known by as provings€˜). The difference between chemical side-effects from conventional medicines and the energetic side-effects of homeopathic remedies is that energetic effects are usually minor and do not harm, poison or create addiction. They just indicate that the remedy has been given in too large a dose, too often, or in an unsuitable potency. Once the remedy is stopped, they disappear. As a positive, they are credited with having a strengthening effect on the person€™s vitality. Qualified and skilled homeopaths not only seek to prescribe the right remedy but also adjust the potency, dose and frequency of that remedy to suit the persons sensitivity, so unwanted effects are avoided.
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  • Ms. Aarathi Selvan
    answered 4 months ago
    Dear, stress is the biggest cause for overweight and also maintains diabetes as well as depression. I understand that work and family pressures are leading to this depression and stress that you are facing. Like the instruction in airplanes before take offs-you need to put your oxygen mask on before you help others in cases of emergency. What are the job and family challenges you are having? it helps to focus one day at a time and to focus on how to feel healthy mentally and physically instead of reducing weight or levels of diabetes. That I mean is that your focus right now should be on what you can do to feel healthy and that is all. So it could be to enjoy your walks as you do them, play with your children (if you have young children) and enjoy it as you do it. The key is to find spaces and activities to do that increase your level of pleasant experiences. When you are able to effectively exercise this first step the other things will slowly fall in place.
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