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Doctor A K Sharma Clinic

Psychiatrist Clinic

B-375 Nirman vihar Vikas Marg Delhi
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Couples Therapy - Know Facts About It!

MD- Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bhopal
Couples Therapy - Know Facts About It!

Everyone desires to have a partner who can be their strength, a person who can help them sail through when the going gets tough. A perfect, love filled, hassle-free relationship tops the priority list of most people. Of late, the ideal "made for each other" couples have become a thing of the past. Stress, work pressure, the mad rush to be at the pinnacle is taking a serious toll on a person's physical and mental health.       

Many relationships have gone kaput due to irreconcilable differences. At times, the problem is not about infidelity, but compatibility. Love is there, but understanding is long gone. Under such circumstances, a therapist or a marriage counsellor comes as a ray of hope. Couples therapy has been instrumental in getting many relationships back on track.          

Couples therapy cannot miraculously solve the complications and compatibility issues. For a relationship to work, both the partners need to make a conscious and sincere effort. The following tips can go a long way to make couples therapy work.

- No one is born perfect: To err is human. Imperfections will be there. The trick is to create and enjoy small perfect moments out of the imperfections. Do not fall for fairytale love stories. Believe it or not, even fairytale love stories come with their own set of imperfections. Couples therapy amalgamated with this fact can work wonders for your relationship.

- An experienced therapist or counsellor will make the therapy much more effective. Thus, choosing the right therapist becomes a determining factor in the overall success of the therapy.

- A wise man had once said; do not hide anything from your doctor and lawyer. If you want the therapy and your relationship to work, open up to the therapist. Be transparent and honest. To chalk out an effective therapy, the therapist needs to know every detail.

- Couples therapy without the involvement of both partners is meaningless and futile. The partners need to express their point of view. It helps a great deal to ease out the tension and awkwardness between the couple. 

- Couples therapy does not always guarantee 100% success. A lot of factors go into success. A therapist is no magician. This should not demoralise you. Set realistic goals, be patient with the therapy. With time, things will change for the better.

- Be regular with the sessions. Work can wait, but a relationship, once lost, will be gone forever. Give your relationship the time and priority it deserves. A therapist knows what work for your relationship. Both partners should participate in the activities assigned by the therapist. The activities, if practised diligently, will do your relationship, a world of good.  Every relationship goes through a lean phase. Consult a therapist before it spoils your relationship. 
 

Depression- How Can You Deal With It?

DPM, MBBS, FIPS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), Faculty RACGP , Senior Resident Psychiatrist, Ex Inceptor RCPsych
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Depression- How Can You Deal With It?

For human beings, the body is considered the temple, one that they strive to keep fit and in shape. In fact, the plethora of ailments, which people complain of suffering from, almost always deal with their physical health. In this over engagement to restore the physical health, the well being of the mental health is never considered.

However, truth remains that the health of the mind is equally if not more important and must be given its share of priority. With the growing age and times, depression has emerged as a gnawing problem, one that is plaguing individuals indiscriminately and one that must be eradicated as soon as possible. 

Some of the ways to combat this fatal ailment are:

  1. Exercises: Everyday a bit of exercise not only keeps the body fit and healthy, but also goes a long way in easing and calming the mind. You need not indulge in strenuous exercises, but must make it a conscientious habit to work out a bit daily.
  2. Talk to people: Though depression makes one inexorably quiet and silent, the first thing that is prescribed as a remedial measure is talk to people. Engaging in conversations with people, telling them what exactly is troubling you are proven ways to combat depression.
  3. Meditate: There is no better way to treat mental ailment than meditating.  When you suffer from depression, your body undergoes severe conflict. Meditating not only calms the mind, but also soothes away the worries.
  4. Develop a support system: Depression is almost always followed by an unfathomable sense of loneliness. Talking to others does help, but at the same time try to develop a support system. Find an individual, be it parents, relatives or friends and confide in him or her. Not sharing what you are going through is never a solution and only exacerbates the fatality of the situation.
  5. Change the daily routine: Monotony is never exciting and it is only time, before the humdrum of life gets to you. Changing the daily routine and incorporating something new and exciting go a long way in recuperating you from the mental dullness and fatigue.

Know The Types Of Psychotic Disorders!

PGDPC, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Durgapur
Know The Types Of Psychotic Disorders!

Severe mental disorders that affect the mind and cause abnormal thinking are referred to as psychotic disorders. These disorders make it hard for a person to communicate with others, make good judgements, understand the difference between reality and imagination and behave appropriately. There are many different types of psychotic disorders. Some of the more common psychotic disorders are:

Schizophrenia
This is the most common psychotic disorder. People suffering from this disease suffer from delusions and hallucinations that last for longer than 6 months at a time. There are three types of symptoms associated with this disease:

  1. Psychotic symptoms that affect the person’s thinking such as hallucinations, trouble organizing thoughts and ideas, delusions and strange movements
  2. Negative symptoms that make the person seem depressed and do not allow him or her to function normally and show emotions.
  3. Cognitive symptoms that affect how the person thinks.
  4. Schizophrenia cannot be cured, but can be treated and managed with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

Brief Psychotic Disorder

People who suddenly show psychotic symptoms that last for a maximum of a month and then resolve themselves are said to be suffering from a Brief Psychotic Disorder. Some of its symptoms are:

  1. Hallucinations
  2. Delusions
  3. Chaotic thinking
  4. Inappropriate behaviour and dressing
  5. Senseless babbling
  6. Memory loss
  7. Disorientation
  8. Change in eating and sleeping habits
  9. Weight loss

Treatment for this condition may involve hospitalisation if the symptoms are severe or if the person is a threat to himself or herself. Usually medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two are used to treat this condition. In extremely rare cases, this condition may recur.

Delusional Disorder
This disorder refers to a condition where the person has a delusion or false belief involving a real life situation such as being followed, deceived, poisoned, sick etc. In order to be diagnosed as delusional, the person must show no other symptoms of schizophrenia. These delusions should also not be the result of any type of medication or intoxicant. Treatment for this disorder is challenging and needs to be tailored to the patient’s needs. In most cases, medication and cognitive therapy are used to improve the patient’s quality of life and social functioning.

Shared psychotic disorder
Sometimes, if one person in a long term relationship suffers from a psychotic disorder, his or her partner may also start believing in the same hallucinations or delusions. In most cases, apart from this, they show no other symptoms of psychotic disorders. This condition is rare and usually treated with psychotherapy.

Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, which is also known as maniac depression, which and is related to extream and unusal mood shifts, frequent changes in brain activity level along with energy. It is commonly of 4 types, namely Bipolar I disorder, Bipolar II disporder, Cyclothymic disorder and other unspecified disorders. People suffering from bipolar disorder often suffer from 'mood episodes', which is further of two types one is manic episode and depressive episode. 

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मानसिक तनाव दूर करने के उपाय - Mansik Tanaw Door Karne Ke Upay!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
मानसिक तनाव दूर करने के उपाय - Mansik Tanaw Door Karne Ke Upay!

मानसिक तनाव उन बीमारियों में से है जो कई और बिमारियों को जन्म देती हैं. इसे आप डिप्रेशन, तनाव या चिंता में डूबा रहना भी कह सकते हैं. दुर्भाग्य से इस बीमारी के शुरुवात में या तो हमें पता नहीं चल पाता है या फिर हम इस तरफ ध्यान नहीं दे पाते हैं. यदि हम मानसिक तनाव के लक्षण की बात करें तो इसमें अनिद्रा, उदासी, वजन का अत्यधिक कम या ज्यादा होना, आत्महत्या या खुद को नुकसान पहुँचाने की कोशिश करना एकाग्रता में कमी इसका प्रमुख है. आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से हम मानसिक तनाव को दूर करने के उपायों पर एक नजर डालें ताकि हम इसके बारे में विस्तारपूर्वक समझें.

खान-पान भी तनाव से बचाता है
1. काजू

तनाव को ठीक करने में तंत्रिकातंत्र की भूमिका भी महत्वपूर्ण है. इसमें विटामिन बी प्रचुर मात्रा में पाया जाता है और ये विटामिन ही तंत्रिका तंत्र को ठीक रखता है. इसके साथ ही काजू आपके शरीर में ऊर्जा का स्तर बढ़ाकर आपको सक्रिय रखने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाता है.

2. अंडे
प्रोटीन के भण्डार अंडा में डीएचए भी पाया जाता है. आपको बता दें कि डीएचए पचास फीसदी तनाव को ठीक कर सकता है. अंडा न सिर्फ तनाव को ठीक करेगा बल्कि आपको निरोग रखने में भी मदद करता है.

3. सेब
तमाम पौष्टिक गुणों से भरपूर सेब आपके मानसिक स्वास्थ्य का भी ख्याल रखता है. इसमें पाया जाने वाले विटामिन बी, फास्फोरस और पोटैशियम मिलकर ग्लूटामिक एसिड का निर्माण करते हैं. ये एसिड मानसिक स्वस्थ्य ठीक रखता है.

4. डेजर्ट
तनाव को दूर करने में चीनी की भी भूमिका देखी गई है. दरअसल इसके प्रयोग से शरीर के शुगर लेवल को एक नई ऊर्जा दी जाती है. आप चाहें तो इसके लिए चीनी से बने किसी भी खाद्य पदार्थ केक, डेजर्ट या जूस का इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं.

5. टोस्ट या जैम
मानसिक असाद से पीड़ित लोगों के लिए कार्बोहाइड्रेट का सेवन लाभकारी होता है. कई लोग तो इसके लिए ब्रेड पर जैम लगाकर भी खाते हैं.

6. आयरन युक्त भोजन
हमारे शरीर में आयरन की भूमिका बहुत महत्वपूर्ण होती है. लेकिन कई लोगों में आयरन की कमी होती है खासकरके लड़कियों में. आयरनयुक्त भोजन करने से आपमें आयरन लेवल तो ठीक रहता ही है, साथ में आपका मूड भी ठीक रहता है. आयरन के लिए सबसे अच्छा स्त्रोत पालक है.

7. इलायची
आप खुद को तरोताजा रखने के लिए इलायची का भी इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं. इसके लिए आपको बस इतना करना है कि इलायची के पिसे हुए बीज को पानी के साथ उबाल कर या चाय के साथ लें. इससे आपका मूड फ्रेश हो जाएगा.

ये पाँच तत्व भी आपको डिप्रेशन से बचाते हैं
1. आयोडीन

हमारे शरीर में आयोडीन के महत्व से तो आप परिचित होंगे ही. लेकिन क्या आप जानते हैं कि इसकी कमी से हमारा दिमाग ठीक से काम नहीं कर पाता है. आयोडीन के लिए आप आलू, दही, लहसुन आदि का भी इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है.

2. ओमेगा थ्री
विशेषज्ञों के अनुसार ओमेगा थ्री के नियमित सेवन से हमारे दिमाग में न्यूरॉन से सेल्स की वृद्धि होती है. इसलिए इसे डिप्रेशन से बचने का सबसे अच्छा स्त्रोत माना जाता है. यदि ओमेगा थ्री के स्त्रोतों की बात करें तो मछली, सुखा मेवा, सरसों के बीज, सोयाबीन, गोभी, फल और हरी बीन्स आदि प्रमुख हैं.

3. जिंक
हमारे शरीर की कोशिकाओं में पाया जाने वाले जिंक की कमी से डिप्रेशन के अलावा और भी कई बीमारियाँ हो सकती हैं. इसलिए जिंक का नियमित सेवन भी जरुरी है. इसे हम मूंगफली, लहसुन, राजमां, दालें, सोयाबीन, बादाम, अंडे, बीज, मटर आदि से प्राप्त कर सकते हैं.

4. मैग्नीशियम
याद्दाश्त को बनाए रखने में मैग्नीशियम की महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका होती है. इसलिए इसकी कमी से याद्दाश्त कमजोर होने के साथ ही डिप्रेशन भी बढ़ सकता है. मैग्नीशियम हमें काजू, बादाम, पीनट बटर, अंजीर आदि खाकर मिल सकता है.

5. दूध और इसके उत्पाद
कहा जाता है कि दूध एक सम्पूर्ण पौष्टिक आहार है. तो ऐसे में शरीर में होने वाले पोषक तत्वों की कमी को हम दूध और इसके विभिन्न उत्पादों से पूर्ति कर सकते हैं. जाहिर है कुपोषित शरीर के तनाव ग्रस्त होने की संभावना अधिक होती है.

तनाव को दूर करता है म्यूजिक थेरेपी
जैसा कि आम तौर पर कहा जाता है कि संगीत हमें दुसरी दुनिया में ले जाता है. चूँकि तनाव मानसिक भटकाव की तरफ ले जाता है और संगीत हमें एकाग्रचित होने में मदद करता है इसलिए संगीत के माध्यम से हम तनाव का सफल उपचार कर सकते हैं. इससे हमें नींद भी गहरी आती है और हमारा शरीर पूरी तरह से रिचार्ज हो जता है.

Levodopa - Know Important Points To Keep In Mind!

DM - Neurology, MD - Medicine
Neurologist, Mohali
Levodopa - Know Important Points To Keep In Mind!

If you are being treated for Parkinson's disease. How can you maximize the effect of Levodopa? The effect of levodopa can be maximized by increasing its absorption from the digestive system. In particular, taking levodopa on an empty stomach is very important. 

  1. Take on an empty stomach: Do not eat anything 1 hour before taking levodopa. Do not eat anything for at least 30 minutes and if possible 1 hour after taking it. Take the pill with 2 glasses of water so that it can dissolve. If taking the levodopa on an empty stomach makes you nauseous, confirm that your medication has the right amount of carbidopa in relation to the levodopa (25%). If you continue to feel nauseous, you can eat a piece of white bread around the time that you take levodopa. Do not apply any butter, yogurt, cheese or similar high protein spreads. Protein can drastically decrease the absorption of levodopa. 
  2. Get your constipation treated: This is critically important too. Being constipated can slow down the passage of levodopa through the digestive system. In most patients, drinking adequate water and taking stool softeners is helpful. 
  3. Get your ulcer treated: It can be difficult to recognize that you have a gastric ulcer. However, if you have a burning sensation in your stomach at any time, or belch frequently, you may have a gastric ulcer. If you think you have an ulcer you should get tested (there is a simple breath test now) and treated with antibiotics (not antacids!) 
  4. Do not take levodopa with iron tablets: The iron binds to levodopa and prevents its absorption. Keep a gap of at least two hours between these two medications. 
  5. Try taking levodopa with orange juice and carbonated water (soda): Mix equal quantities of orange juice and carbonated water (soda). Take your regular levodopa with a glass of this preparation instead of water. The carbonated water hastens disintegration of the tablet, and the acidity of both things helps in levodopa absorption. There are special tablets of levodopa (dispersible levodopa, Madopar) which can be dissolved in this preparation. Talk to your doctor about it.

How To Stay Stress Free & Keep Your Baby Healthy?

MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Diploma In Endopelvic Surgery, FICS
Gynaecologist, Pune
How To Stay Stress Free & Keep Your Baby Healthy?

If you are stressed and wondering if this anxiety will affect the health of your child, you can be assured that you will have an uncomplicated childbirth and a healthy baby. It is absolutely normal to be stressed to some extent regarding the changes that are taking place in your life and to your body. But that doesn’t mean you can be stressed all the time and if this is the case with you, then you should seek professional help as high anxiety levels can adversely affect the health of your baby. This is because the cortisol or stress hormone may cross the placenta and create an impact on the emotional development of the baby.

There are various ways of staying stress free during pregnancy, and they are simple enough to be incorporated in your daily routine.

  1. Take enough rest and concentrate on your baby: It is good for you and the baby if you relax. You should sing and talk to your baby and you will be happy to know that he or she can hear you from around 23rd week. This would also allow you to bond better with your child after the birth takes place.
  2. Talk about your stress with people you trust: If you have any tension or worries regarding your child’s well-being, you can always communicate it to your best friend, your mother or anyone you faith in. You should never hesitate to be honest about your thoughts and feelings, and when you are true to yourself, you are likely to receive the support you require. You should talk to your partner as well and you may be surprised to know that both of you share similar worries and that your partner has some concerns that you are unaware about.
  3. Eat well and stay healthy: Eating tasty as well as nutritious food is good for your mind and body. Take in as many minerals, vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids as you can, as these will help in elevating your mood. It is believed that the amino acid named tryptophan can help you get rid of all the tensions and boost your mood. It also helps in raising the levels of serotonin and melatonin that allow you to sleep better and make you feel well rested.

With little exercise and pampering, you will be able to reduce the stress and feel comfortable about your pregnancy. But in case you feel that you are stressed out without any control, you must consider consulting a doctor.
 

Just 1 Cigarette A Day Can Be Deadly - What Happens If You Smoke More?

Multi Speciality, Mumbai
Just 1 Cigarette A Day Can Be Deadly - What Happens If You Smoke More?

Smoking can cause irreparable damage to your mind and body. Chemicals in the tobacco travel to all parts of the body, leaving no area unaffected. According to available data, smoking causes 30% of all cancer deaths and about 80% deaths from emphysema and bronchitis. In addition to adversely affecting yourself, smoking also has a severe impact on your near and dear ones. According to WHO, about 600,000 people die every year from passive smoking. Out of the deaths that occur due to this, 1/3rd is that of children.

The Indian situation
While 85% of tobacco users worldwide consume it in the form of cigarettes, in India only 13% use it in that form. Additionally, 54% use it in the form of beedis. A study conducted on Indian smokers has revealed that an average of 8.2 cigarettes is smoked by an individual daily.

The study also revealed that the number of cigarettes smoked every year had grown to over 6 trillion. While 1 out of 10 adults dies from tobacco use worldwide, 5% of deaths in women and 20% of deaths in men in India are caused by cigarette and beedi smoking.

What happens when you smoke?
Cigarette smoke is made up of 4000 chemicals that are present either as tiny particles or gases and about 50 are known to lead to cancer, the toxin nicotine being one of them. In addition to nicotine, the chemicals that make up cigarette smoke also include tar and carbon monoxide. Prolonged exposure to these toxins can hamper your body's ability to filter air and clean the lungs. The smoke not only irritates the lungs but also causes excess production of mucus.

It also causes a paralysis of the tiny hair-like structures like cilia that line the airways and are responsible for removing dust and dirt from the organ. Paralysis of these hair-like structures also causes a buildup of mucus and toxic substances, leading to lung congestion. The extra mucus that is produced causes smokers to suffer from the very ubiquitous smoker's cough and chronic bronchitis.

It's also one of the many triggers of asthma, which brings about the narrowing and inflammation of the airways. Long-term exposure to tobacco smoke causes the destruction of the structure of the lung, walls of the airways as well as lung tissue. The result is a condition known as emphysema. Additionally, smoking also leads to cancer of the lung and over 80% lung cancer cases occur due to this habit.

Mental Health - Things You Should Do To Maintain It Well!

Psychologist, Mumbai
Mental Health - Things You Should Do To Maintain It Well!

Mental Health is - mental/emotional wellbeing. Being mentally healthy means being peaceful from within, being able to deal with life's challenges and being able to manage emotions and relationships, etc.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about "mental health" and 60% of mentally sick or disturbed people are not taken to doctors or other mental health professionals. Instead, they are taken to astrologers, or tantriks. Some are even punished for being crazy.

In today's highly stressful world people do not have time to think and plan their lives. Because of modern lifestyles and nuclear families people do not have outlets to share their feelings and express their intense emotions.

Sometimes emotional wounds like deep hurts, insults, neglect, shaming, physical and/or sexual abuse in childhood, may cause Personality or Behavioural disorders.

A person who loses temper for any small thing, or who is suspicious all the time or the one who breaks down or cries at slightest provocation, or who is jealous and possessive to the extent of being obsessed, or who is anxious all the time etc. needs to understand his/her feelings and find out the root cause of such feelings and behaviours.

Here are a few tips to develop/improve your mental health:

  1. Learn to express your feelings assertively
  2. Become aware of your own feelings and emotions
  3. Understand how to manage your emotions on day to day basis (anger, fear, jealousy etc)
  4. Review and nurture your relationships and infuse new life into them
  5. Periodically get rid of past baggage, deep hurts, spoilt relationships, unresolved issues, by resolving them in your mind
  6. Have a daily routine where your own needs and others' needs are balanced
  7. Reward yourself
  8. Develop positive attitude: focus on good events in life and positive affirmations.
  9. Introspect how often you succumb to negative emotions.
  10. Keep company of positive people
  11. Devise own methods for de-stressing
  12. Keep away from any kind of substance abuse.
  13. Have some routine exercise regime.
  14. Do not hesitate to seek professional help from - Counsellor/Psychiatrist/Psychologist

Pay attention to your Mental Health and enjoy life!!

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