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Dr. Deepak Raheja

Psychiatrist, Delhi

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Sir I am suffering from some anxiety and depression since last one and half year. I consulted a psychologist she preferred me tricyclic antidepressant, imipramine, but that has so many side effects. Now I am taking fluoxetine, prozac, at my own, and somewhat I feel good but that is making me excessive yawning. Is that normal, should I keep taking it or I should stop it.

DNB (PSYCHIATRY), DPM, MBBS,
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Sir I am suffering from some anxiety and depression since last one and half year.
I consulted a psychologist she pref...
I would strongly advise against taking psychotropic drugs without prescription. There are minimum and maximum therapeutic doses and only a clinician can guide you so you don't suffer any serious side effects. Please see a psychiatrist.
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3 Ways To Treat Avoidant Personality Disorder!

DNB, DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
3 Ways To Treat Avoidant Personality Disorder!

Don’t like social gatherings? Have you always been the one who avoids family get together? If your answer is affirmative, then you are probably suffering from Avoidant personality disorder (APD).  Avoidant personality disorder is a psychological condition wherein, one feels extremely shy. Becoming overly sensitive to rejection and developing feelings of inadequacy are common signs of this disorder. This disorder can lead to problems in your work life and relationships. 

Symptoms
With APD, the commonly surfacing symptoms would include disapproval and disregard of situations and people, rejection and embarrassment. It generally gets very difficult for the one to get acquainted with new people and form intimate relationships. One generally ends up misinterpreting people’s comments and criticism thus, feeling angry and frustrated all the more. 

Causes
The exact cause of APD has not been established yet. It is believed that environmental and genetic factors play a role in this disorder. People who are inherently shy and reserved are usually prone to developing this psychological anomaly. 

How do you treat APD?
In order to treat APD, you can opt for the following modes of treatment:

  1. PsychotherapyCognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment option for APD wherein, the doctor counsels on how to change one’s thinking patterns and thought process, thus, influencing his/her actions.
  2. Psychodynamic psychotherapy: Psychodynamic therapy involves you becoming aware of the unconscious thoughts. It helps you figure out how your past experiences frame your behavior. Your past emotional pains can be resolved with this technique so that you can move ahead with your life. 
  3. Medications: Anti-depressant medications used to treat depression and anxiety can be used to treat APD. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a psychiatrist and ask a free question.
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I lost somebody close last week and I am feeling depressed so suggest me anything by which my mind and heart both feel relaxed.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
I lost somebody close last week and I am feeling depressed so suggest me anything by which my mind and heart both fee...
It is not uncommon to feel depressed after a loved one, especially a mother's, death. Although heartbreaking I must, as a psychiatrist, say that a week has passed and it seems like you have not moved on. It is very hard to get over the fact that your mother is not with you physically. However, lingering over the fact and becoming depressed is something that needs to be addressed at this point - since it has been 1 week since the incident happened. I hope you book an appointment with me as soon as possible. You can text, call or book an appointment to talk over the webcam if you wish. I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day!
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I can t concentrate on study. I started thinking of something rubish nd the think which makes me depressed. Nd I do not know y bt I always feeling guilty that I wil hurt people, nd on that conscious of hurting other I hurt my self sometimes or I hurt my close one. Do not know wat happen to me on this young age bt please help me.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
If you promise to do some simple steps as directed, you will be out of chaos in two months. First do simple practice of pranayam and meditation starting 5 minutes a day and incrementing 1 minute per day. Start light, less spicy diet. Clean intestines once a week by simple herbal chooran. Do for a week and continue. After one week add taking Brahmi Vati 1, Tab mental 1 and Saraswatarishta 15 ml +water = all these twice a day for next 15 days. From day 1 start walking for 30-45 minutes a day at a stretch. After completing 3 weeks pl indicate response whatever you felt and be ready for third round of one month. Pl see that you communicate before lapse of 3 weeks to keep continuity.
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Smoking habit, my body is weak. Not capable to walk so long. Chest pain. Afraid to cancer.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Since you are afraid of cancer, get rid of this habit at once. It is a known cause of cancer. The other symptoms are also related to excessive smoking. You have to quit cold turkey because the body and mind will torture you endlessly while attempting a reduction in smoking. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lung with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged on. But don’t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. I don’t know what other organs could be damaged but do go for a thorough medical check-up to assess the effects of your abuse. Regarding improving your lungs, do a lot of aerobic exercise breathing through your nostrils only. Then there are a lot of deep breathing exercises in Yoga which you can learn too. Deep breathing cleanses your system and lungs and restores it to good health. Deep breathing uses the 80% of the lungs which are not normally used in normal breathing and even when exerting yourself. The greatest effect is in the lungs because this substance is processed through the respiratory system directly through the lung surface. When quitting, you must take one day at a time; though you must give up all smoking at once, and promptly. If you look too far ahead you will get discouraged and will give up. If you sit and count the number of days you have given up, that will also focus too much on achievement. You must focus on the here and now, on that day to be precise. After all quitting is not that easy due to many factors. So even if you fail one day, you must try and try again. Very few people succeed in their first attempt. Your persistence will eventually pay off. The urge to discontinue is hampered by many factors but the worst of them is the conditioning. In fact, these conditions can exist all through the day, unlike other addictions. But your desire to want to stop is the most important factor. It is important to find out about the ill-effects of smoking to have a reason that alarms you about continuing the habit. The information is really scary but true and you must remind yourself about this every day. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heartbeat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. So you must avoid it like the plague: it is just very bad medicine for you. In fact, it is highly toxic too. You will need to stop smoking or consuming any tobacco related items with immediate effect. You should start vigorous exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga), and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need. You may also take hard candy or chew gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine gums and nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces, substantially. You may also join Smokers Anonymous in your city where the support is really extraordinary for like-minded people who are also in the same situation. Keep yourself occupied or engaged with interesting activities during the times when it is most tempting. Keep the company of non-smokers for some time i.e. At least for the first 21 days. Above all announce it to everyone that you have quit smoking. Here’s a piece of very good advice: even if you accidentally/willfully take a cigarette, it is not the end of the world – you can start the cessation all over again. You must persevere with the best support until you defeat this addiction. Counseling is very useful in the initial stages and when temptations are at their highest. You could also join twitter2quit program and enjoy its success to give up smoking.
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I m not sleep well feeling so much stress on me please suggest the any solution how to control pressure.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I m not sleep well feeling so much stress on me please suggest the any solution how to control pressure.
I don’t know if you are fully aware: you have mentioned that you are suffering from stress, which in itself can disturb your sleep. Instead of worrying too much about causes, why don’t you implement some of my suggestions, because they work effectively. The lack of sleep, i.e. sleep for less than 6 hours per night, is directly linked to about 86 diseases! So let us first focus on that. In your case particularly, do not sleep during the day; don’t even lie down. Go for regular exercise (breathing through your nostrils only) at a fixed time (at about 6 am) every day, whether you sleep or not. You must develop this habit of sleeping by 10 pm latest every night and wake up at a uniform time by 6 am every morning, even if you do not get sleep. If you do not get sleep, just lie down and if you have a bed lamp (or you could get one) lie down and read something light but not exciting. Your eyes will tire and you will fall asleep. If you like you may also put on light and soft music with the sleep function on. Depending on whether you are a visual or auditory person, you may watch TV in a lying down position until you feel sleepy. Have a warm bath before going to bed (for some people a cold bath at night seems to induce sleep! If you are one of them, please do so). Place the head side of your bed in a North-South position. The room must be as dark as possible and there should be no electronic items that give off even a light LED glow. There must be ample ventilation in the room. Avoid strong odors, except lavender, on your body or in the room, or on your sheets and clothes. There should not be any live plants in your bedroom. Sleep with the lightest of clothes or without any clothing. When lying down to sleep, lie down on your left ear as much as possible. Do not sleep directly under an overhead fan. You must eat a good breakfast, a fairly light lunch, and an early dinner, which should be a very light meal. Whatever you eat in the other meals, have only a pure carbohydrate meal at night with any vegetables, and preferably before 8 pm. Do not drink much liquids after or near about dinner time. When lying down to sleep you may use the 4-7-8 breathing pattern of sleep inducement i.e. breathe in for four counts through your nostril only, hold for 7 counts, and exhale with a whoosh sound, through your mouth only, for 8 counts. Repeat this four times in the morning and just before you sleep at night. If you know Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT (check this out either on YouTube or Google), then please practice this too for sleep induction. Self-hypnosis and slow relaxation techniques, at night will be tremendously useful. Acupuncture or acupressure will both be very useful too. Pray last thing at night before you sleep.
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Can anyone show me the acupressure points for controlling nervousness, anxiety and gas problem?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Can anyone show me the acupressure points for controlling nervousness, anxiety and gas problem?
TW 15 or Triple Warmer 15 is a frequently used acupressure point for anxiety treatment that helps to relax nervousness and palpitations in an effective manner. This point is termed the Heavenly Rejuvenation, and it is located on both the shoulders, midway between the base of the neck and outside of the shoulders, one-half inch below the top of the shoulders.In order to activate this point on both shoulders curve your fingers and place your right hand on your right shoulder and left and on the left shoulder. Firmly press the points with the help of the fingertips while taking long and deep breaths and keeping your eyes closed. It helps to reduce nervous tension, neck pain and stiffness and increase resistance to cold and fever. 2) B10 or Bladder 10 a powerful acupressure point for anxiety disorder treatment that shows effective results right from the beginning of the treatment. This point is called the Heavenly Pillar, and it is situated one finger width below the base of the skull on the prominent muscle present one-half inch outside of the spine.In order to activate the point curve your fingers and place the fingertips on the ropy muscles on the neck. Press the region firmly while taking long, slow and deep breaths. It aids to relieve anxiety, anxiousness, nervousness, stress, insomnia, over exhaustion, heaviness of the head, eye problems, neck pain and stiffness and sore throat.
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I'm 22, I need a tips to quite smoking. I usually smoke 2 3 cigarette every day since a year. And I'll eat foods and other items which are good to lungs. Is it dangerous for me in any further?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
It is better you stop and your willpower only can hlep and chew a bubble gum when you feel like smoking
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My symptoms are matching with neurons damage. I am having memory, concentration and focus problems. I am 19. Am I really having my neurons destroying? Also I am addicted to excessive masturbation. Whom should I consult? Are there any home remedies to cure them rapidly?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Having memory/concentration/ focus problems is not necessarily due to neuronal damage; they may occur due to multiple causes. Unless you are abusing substances, having exposure to toxins, or having any neurodegenerative disease, it is less likely that you have neuronal damage at the age of 18. Try some meditation, relaxation techniques or yoga to improve your concentration and reduce your anxiety. Masturbation is natural. However when it begins to take over your entire life and occupies all your time, or prevents you from creating/ maintaining meaningful relationships, it is a significant problem. If the problem is overwhelming, consult a psychiatrist.
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I can't sleep well. Also I can't control my emotion like cry, angry.so I need some emotion control pills. So can you suggest one pill for me doctor?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I can't sleep well. Also I can't control my emotion like cry, angry.so I need some emotion control pills. So can you ...
Loss of interest, decreased concentration and attention, feeling low and disturbed sleep or appetite are some of the signs of depression. Consult a psychiatrist who will assess you in detail. If you are feeling suicidal or hopeless, seek professional help immediately. Try some relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and deep breathing. Indulge in hobbies. Spend time with people close to you.
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Health Consequences of Smoking 3 Cigarettes A Day

Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (DTCD), Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine, FCCP - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Nagpur
Health Consequences of Smoking 3 Cigarettes A Day

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. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a pulmonologist.

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I'm siddaraju and I'm working for an IT company and day by day due to the daily stressful work I feel like my mind sharpness of Solving a problem was no that gud. And if I think more I felt like exhausted and and confident these days. A bit of scary hides in me all the time if I try to find a soln to a problem. Pls suggest me how to get rid of this problem.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
I'm siddaraju and I'm working for an IT company and day by day due to the daily stressful work I feel like my mind sh...
Hi dear lybrate user, you r over burdened, pressurized due to work load, resulting with, stress, insecurity, anxiety. * please, follow the under noted tips: you hv to fight with d prevailing condition, you can not run away d problem, its d part of your life * go for meditation to inhale oxygen to calm down your nerve, to ease your stress, anxiety & insecurity. * take, plenty of water to eliminate toxins which you skip, usually. * take, your breakfast lunch & dinner, easily digestible in time. * avoid, dust, smoke, alcohol, smoking. *ensure sound sleep for 6 hrs in d night. *homoeo-medicine * @ ignatia 30-6 pills, thrice. @ kali phos6x-4 tabs, thrice. Report, fortnightly.
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I am a 63 years old male and I have been suffering from anxiety since last 13 years. Is there any way to get rid of from anxiety or should I start yoga? Does it really effective?

Ph.D - Psychology, M.Phil - Psychology
Psychologist,
I am a 63 years old male and I have been suffering from anxiety since last 13 years. Is there any way to get rid of f...
Pranayam as taught on astha channel 5-7.30 am is very effective provided you do very regularly and as taught. It is excellent for good physical and mental health. But please visit nearest patanjali chikitsalaya first to rule out any underlying medical complications. Their medicines have no side-effects.
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How to increase my concentration in studies? I am 19 year old girl. so, what should I do for increase my concentration.?

DNB in Psychiatry, completed course from Asha Hospital, Hyderbad
Psychiatrist, Salem
Discuss what you have studied with your friends and clarify the doubts with teacher as and when you have doubts.
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I am feel weakness and I also feel pain in whole body and I feel fever in my bones.

MBBS, AFIH, PGDMLS, MD-HRM, MD-HM
General Physician, Gurgaon
I am feel weakness and I also feel pain in whole body and I feel fever in my bones.
Weakness, fever, bodyache is sign of viral fever. Start tab paracetamol 500 mg thrice after food for 4-5 days tab a to z 1 tab daily for 7 days tab azee 1 tab daily for 3 days electrolytes pack. Take with water.
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I want to study hard but I can't makeup my mind I'm not feeling study .It's like I'm losing my concentration n interest please help.

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. I can understand. 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. 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. I suggest online counseling and" effective learning" techniques. Take care.
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I have panic disorder since last 5 years and take medicines from 5 years. What should I do to not take the medicines. If I not take I suffocated internaly and my bp high at that time.

(MRCPSYCH-UK), MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
Panic disorder is curable completely. A course of medications for 4-6 months on sufficient dose along with psychotherapy for 2 months is indicated.
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I am a 32 years old man suffering from anxiety and panic, will become nervous on little things. How to over come this?

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Psychologist,
I am a 32 years old man suffering from anxiety and panic, will become nervous on little things. How to over come this?
Glook at your thoughts as just thoughts. Don't give them importance and meaning when you are feeling anxiety and panic. There isn't as much danger in situations as you have predicted. Do have a realistic view of the situation. Also don't underestimate your capabilities to solve any problems or protect yourself when the time comes. Assess your environment and see what and who can help you when you need help. With this assessment you will feel more in control of yourself and the situation. Your anxiety n panic will be reduced. Besides the above do physical exercise and deep breathing exercises everyday.
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Hi I have recently got married. i feel really depressed. Miss my home alot. I also had fights with my husband and the fights in which there was physical violence also. I also fought back and gave him back. He is very impulsive. Now evrything is alright. But still feel very depressed. What can I do.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
When you are newly married, you will miss home and your family, initially. It did not help that during that time you have had fights with each other. I don? t know if you are staying with his parents too. That would make it even more difficult. If these fights had not become violent, I would have thought the better for it. The reason is that in the first two years of your marriage, there will be a lot of adjustment problems. This period is very critical and will determine the rest of your life with each other. The patterns of behavior get established and it may be for better or worse. So pay close attention to what is happening and if you need help please go to a marriage counselor and iron out the differences. One of the determinants will be as to who wears the pants in the house i. E. Who is the boss. That is sometimes unfortunately settled even physically. There cannot be two masters in the house. However, I am not suggesting that only one person holds the reigns. I always recommend, instead of equality, that the relationship should be complimentary. The domestic scene is normally the domain of the wife and the husband compliments her in that role. In the fixing, hard manual work, and some shopping etc, it is the area of the husband and the wife plays a complimentary role to support and be there for him. This is the ideal way. These two years please work to refine these roles. If he is impulsive, then have him seek help from a counselor and deal with that. Violence is never recommended. Sigmund freud once said? that violence begets more violence: it is like fighting fire with fire? it never works. I advise you in particular not to resort to violence, because he could do you a lot of damage, if he is stronger. I am hoping that your depression is your feeling of guilt for whatever you have done. If so, it is a sign that you are indeed a good person and do not like this behavior. Just don't do it. Instead have a lot of talks with him and bring better understanding between you two. Your family will always be there and marital relationships are very fragile today. Work towards building this up and you will never feel homesick.
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