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Institute of Brain & Spine, South Delhi

Addiction Psychiatrist, Adolescent And Child Psychiatrist, Adult Psychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatrist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Sexologist
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73 Ring Road,
Lajpat nagar 3, Delhi - 110024
Details for Dr. Sathya Prakash
Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist)
University of West of Scotland
Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
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Professional Memberships
Indian Psychiatric Society
American Psychiatric Association
Indian Association for Social Psychiatry
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Indian Psychiatric Society-North Zone
Winner of multiple national and international awards and author of over 50 research papers
Past Experience
Psychiatrist at AIIMS, New Delhi for 6 years
  • MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
    Adolescent And Child Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Adult Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Sexologist
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  • MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
    Mr. X, a 40 year old businessman was rushed to the emergency with chest pain, breathlessness and severe palpitations at 11 pm in the night. He was sitting comfortably at his home after returning from work when he suddenly experienced intense anxiety and palpitations. The feeling was intense and came out of nowhere. Mr. X felt as if he was having a heart attack and would not survive. His family members took notice and brought him to the hospital. At the hospital an extensive battery of blood and various other tests including ECG and echocardiography were performed.

    Surprisingly all tests turned out to be normal! the cardiologist suggested that Mr. X seek an appointment with a psychiatrist. Mr. X and his family were baffled! a consultation with psychiatrist? for what?

    Well not so surprising for a psychiatrist, it was a panic attack!

    What exactly is a panic attack? why does it happen? how can it be treated? well that is what we have on the agenda today!

    A panic attack is a brief period of intense anxiety, usually arising out of the blue, suddenly, with a sense of impending doom, dying, losing control or'going mad. The intense anxiety typically lasts for a few minutes only, although mild anxiety may persist. It is associated with chest pain, breathlessness, sweating and sometimes brief periods of unresponsiveness (not unconsciousness). Patients are typically terrified and are rushed to the hospital. After one episode, persons may fear the occurrence of another episode, so-called anticipatory anxiety.

    Panic attacks may occur repeatedly or just once; they may occur in any situation or specific situations only; they may occur in situations with no objective danger, in situations with perceived danger (as in phobias) or in situations having actual danger. When they occur repeatedly in situations with no objective danger, it is termed as panic disorder.

    Panic disorder may or may not be associated with other phobias such as agoraphobia, wherein the person fears crowded places, travelling alone and situations from which'escape may be difficult

    So why does this happen

    Well it is an example of body's alarm system gone wrong! like a damaged fire alarm that goes off without fire or smoke, scaring people in the premises, sometimes the human body's physiological mechanisms go haywire, producing a panic attack!

    So is it treatable?
    Interestingly, as terrifying as the symptoms may seem, response to treatment is often rapid and dramatic. The disorder is rather easily controlled by medications although psychotherapy can also be used.

    A rather abrupt end to a rushed emergency admission!

    So, that was about panic attacks and anxiety, folks!

    Please let me know if there is any specific issue that you want me to address.
  • MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
    This is one of the commonest problems associated with any kind of emotional disturbance. Nothing can beat a refreshing, good night's sleep, isn't it?
    But many of us are not lucky enough to have it!so what can be done to have a good night's sleep naturally?

    Here is how it works:

    The human body has an internal clock that is constantly reset by the activities you do and exposure to light. The clock determines for instance, that it is night if there is low light exposure, decreased activity and so on. So, if our routine is variable, the clock is confused.So the first thing to remember is to have a reasonably fixed time of going to bed and waking up.

    The amount of sleep for a given 24 hour period is limited, akin to a mobile recharge with validity. We need to spend it wisely.So if you sleep during the day, you may not have a good night's sleep; if you spend data on unnecessary things, you wont have enough when you need it!

    Remember the restaurant where you had some really delicious biryani. The moment you walk into it, your mouth waters in anticipation. So too, your bed must make your body anticipate sleep; not work, tv or something else.In other words, reserve the bed for sleep, not for working, watching tv etc.

    Sleep is a state of relaxation. Anything activating disturbs sleep.So do not take coffee, tea, cola after say 7 pm in the night!

    There are other ways in which the body can feel activated, and therefore also interfere with sleep.Avoid watching action movies and listening to heavy music before sleeping time. Of course, the bed room must not be brightly lit or noisy.

    What about exercise, it is always healthy right? yes, but exercise must be done well before the sleeping hours; lets say no exercise after 7 or 8 pm in the night. Why? while exercise during the day keeps you healthy, gets you tired and promotes sleep, if done late in the day, its activating properties interfere with sleep!

    What if I don't fall asleep? then I keep checking the time, keep rolling in the bed forcing myself to fall asleep. Bad idea! the more you try to fall asleep, the more you become alert, a phenomenon known asparadoxical intention!so what should you do? if you don't fall asleep, get out of the bed, sit on a chair and read a book.Don't do anything activating though.Onceyou start feeling drowsy, get back to bed.Besides invoking paradoxical intention, you are also preventing the body from associating bed with struggling to sleep.

    What aboutalcohol, it helps you fall asleep right?right and wrong! while it does apparently put you to sleep, it is associated with poor sleep quality. So you have slept without the benefits of having slept!

    Avoid heavy meals just before sleep

    A warm water bath may be helpful

    Now for the practically most important advice!if you fell asleep late, you must still wake up at the scheduled time, even if it means feeling tired and drowsy the next day. You will feel troubled for a day or two, but will start having good sleep, at the desired time, at night. Also resist the temptation to take a nap during the day. If you wake up late (or take a nap during the following day), the whole cycle of sleeping late and waking up late will continue, over and over again!

    So, these are some of the important points friends!

    Hope it was helpful!
  • MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
    Bipolar disorder is said to be characterized by fluctuation of mood from sad to happy repeatedly. So, if I have a lot of mood swings, does it mean that I have bipolar disorder?

    So, this is the question that is often asked and I shall discuss it here today. 

    The understanding of bipolar disorder is rapidly evolving and different hypotheses have been formulated from time to time by experts. However, here, we shall restrict ourselves to a simplified model for easier understanding.

    Classically, bipolar disorder is characterized by either repeated manic episodes or both manic and depressive episodes. Manic episodes are usually characterized by sustained elevated mood or irritability, increased self esteem, grandiosity, over-religiosity, over-generosity, decreased requirement for sleep (sleeps less but is visibly not tired), increased activity, authoritative behavior and so on. These symptoms typically last from days to weeks to months. A somewhat milder version of this is known as a hypomanic episode. These episodes may alternate with depressive episodes characterized by sadness, fatigue, pessimism, suicidal ideation and so on. Depressive episodes typically last from weeks to months and are generally longer than manic episodes.

    Now to answer the question: does mood swings represent bipolar disorder?
    No, what is commonly referred to as mood swings by most people is short lasting fluctuations of mood and the extent of mood variation is also limited. For instance one might feel a little confident for a few minutes to hours and then somewhat less confident with associated changes in mood from happiness to sadness or irritability. Thus, besides being short lasting, the intensity of change is also mild (increased confidence but not grandiosity; decreased confidence but not suicidal ideas).

    It may be seen in normal people, in women in the days preceding menses, in those with a borderline personality, during alcohol withdrawal, during onset of menopause and so on.

    But should it be treated? what if it is very discomforting?
    If the symptoms are troublesome, yes, it can be treated. Typically, women with premenstrual dysphoria, alcohol withdrawal etc are treated with good results.

    An important cautionary note: in those persons with already well diagnosed bipolar disorder, however, new onset mood swings may indicate emergence of a new episode or a partially controlled episode. This must be reviewed by a specialist and appropriate treatment measures instituted.
  • MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
    We all have heard of depression being increasingly common given the modern day stressed lifestyle.

    But how exactly do we recognize depression? does feeling sad and being depressed mean one and the same thing? are feeling burnt out or stressed out the same as being depressed let me clarify some of these things here.

    I will not be talking about technical details, medical jargon or dsm criteria here; I will only explain in simple terms how depression can manifest in many different ways and often in a disguised manner.

    Classical presentation:
    Pooja, 22 years old is a college student. She lost her mother to cancer 3 months ago. Pooja was very close to her mother and could not seem to overcome this loss. She was frequently reminded of her mother. She remained sad all throughout the day. She gave up her hobbies of swimming and playing badminton. Otherwise a bright student, she started missing classes and fared poorly in a periodic test at the college. She lost confidence in herself and would often feel that there was nothing left for her to live for in this world. Eventually she was brought to the emergency department of a hospital, having consumed 50 tablets of sedatives, in a bid to end her life.

    This is the typical version of depression that many of us are familiar with, but very often, we still hesitate to take treatment!

    Non-classical or disguised versions of depression:

    Ram singh, a 70 year old gentleman, has had a healthy and satisfactory life. He was in good physical health and had retired from a prestigious position few years ago. His children were all well settled and his own financial position was excellent. About an year ago, Mr. Singh started complaining of abdominal pain and headache. He was seen by a physician, a gastro-enterologist and a neurologist and extensively investigated. All lab tests and scans were normal and not indicative of any medical illness.He did not report of any sadness of mood. He complained of excessive fatigue and gradually began withdrawing from various activities that he was otherwise busy with. He also complained that he could not remember things as well as he used to earlier. Mr. Singh was eventually diagnosed with old age depression, treated appropriately and now doing well.

    Rahul, a 17 year old outgoing boy, has been seen to be very irritable lately. He started smoking cigarettes with friends which he would not do earlier. He started having quarrels with friends, back answering teachers and parents and stayed away from home until late in the night.He did not report of any sadness of mood.Rahul was eventually diagnosed with adolescent depression, treated properly and now doing great.

    Ankur, a 10 year old boy was outstanding at studies. He was always very keen to go to school and study. His teachers praised him and saw a great future for him. Off late however, ankur does not want to go to school. He frequently complains of abdominal pain and is often forced to be brought back home from school. He occasionally began to pass urine in bed at night, something which was very unusual.Ankur too, did not report any sadness of mood.Ankur was eventually diagnosed with childhood depression. Appropriate treatment resulted in dramatic improvement in his condition, and now, he is back to his genius best.

    The bottom line:

    Depression is not the same as being sad. Depressed persons need not express sadness or even appear sad, in fact they may have a smiling face to show to the world. Depending upon the age and cultural background, depression may present itself in many different ways. It is important to identify depression early and institute appropriate treatment as full recovery is possible!

    Hope that was a useful discussion.
  • MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Treatment without Medications!

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a revolutionary form of psychotherapy or "talk therapy" used to treat various psychiatric conditions as well as non-disease daily life emotional problems.

    How does CBT work?

    Our brain is constantly working to simplify the highly complex information that is thrown at us every moment. Thus, it uses several shortcuts to draw conclusions and speed up information processing. Although the brain is right in vast majority of the cases, occasionally it goes wrong. This error is significantly higher in persons with psychiatric conditions. CBT works by correcting these errors in thinking and drawing conclusions.

    An Illustration

    Suppose you go to a hospital and see a person wearing a white apron; what comes to your mind? Well he is a doctor!  You see a person lying on the road alongside a damaged vehicle and bleeding; you conclude that there has been an accident and the person is in pain! You see a man sitting in a cafe with a coffee mug in his hand; well he is sipping some coffee is what you think!

    So in each of the above situations, you can't be absolutely sure that your conclusion was right, but it seems reasonable to make this assumption because it is far more likely to be right, and is economical.

    For instance, in the "accident situation" how about the damaged car being there since the previous day and the bleeding person just tripped and fell down? Its sure possible, but does not seem worthwhile to consider all possibilities for every situation. Now consider this example below:

    Rahul and Rajesh (students) are called to the dean's office. However, both of them are not aware of why they are being called. Rahul is a naturally confident and outgoing guy. He begins to think that may be the dean is pleased with his outstanding performance in the recent exams and is calling him to congratulate him on this. He remains happy the whole day and can't wait to meet the dean the following day. Rajesh, on the other hand, is not so confident. he is worried and had a tough time falling asleep that night. He was contemplating on possible mistakes he could have done in the preceding days and that the dean might be calling him to reprimand him for the same.

    It turned out that both of them were wrong! The dean neither congratulated nor reprimanded! He had just called them to assign a task in relation to an upcoming college event! See how conclusions can be erroneous and how it could impact on emotions and behaviour?

    The bottom-line
    Therefore, CBT works on 3 assumptions.

    Emotions and behaviours are influenced by thoughts
    Erroneous thoughts can lead to abnormal emotions and disordered conditions

    Correcting abnormal thoughts can successfully treat emotional problems

    All right but does it work?

    CBT is the most well researched modality of psychotherapeutic treatment and has irrefutable scientific evidence accumulated over half a century. It is practiced all over the world, taught in all reputed universities worldwide and used routinely in most advanced treatment centres across the globe.

    So, I hope this clarifies on what exactly is CBT and how you could make the best of it.
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