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Dr. Pankaj Kumar is a renowned Psychiatrist in GT Road, Ghaziabad. You can consult Dr. Pankaj Kumar at Narinder Mohan Hospital & Heart Centre in GT Road, Ghaziabad. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Pankaj Kumar on has an excellent community of Psychiatrists in India. You will find Psychiatrists with more than 38 years of experience on You can find Psychiatrists online in Delhi 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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I am nt able to sleep facing insomnia . Should I try sum medications or wat should I do I am facing anxiety also. Kindly help.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am nt able to sleep facing insomnia . Should I try sum medications or wat should I do I am facing anxiety also. Kin...
I don’t know if you are fully aware: you have mentioned that you are suffering from anxiety, 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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I have been hearing voices for more than a year and I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. I have been taking medication for more than a year. I have memory as well as concentration problem.

MD - Psychiatry, M.B.B.S.
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Hello Lybrate user, Schizophrenia is a complex mental health disorder with various types of symptoms. Hearing of voices, fearfulness, anger, irritable mood, reduced interest, concentration impairment, lack of focus etc are different symptoms. Hence please discuss your symptoms with your Psychiatrist, these may be part of schizophrenia disorder, or other factors like depression, medication side effects, other medical or neurological factors etc. Hence a comprehensive assessment will throw more light on the cause of the index symptom. Treatment approach will be based on the evaluation. However preliminarily I suggest psychotherapy may be able to help you. Hope this helps you. Best wishes for your health and future.
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Stress & Strain - 6 Natural Ways It Can Be Managed!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Valsad
Stress & Strain - 6 Natural Ways It Can Be Managed!

Stress is the new buzzword, affecting kindergarten children to people in their late years. This stress puts undue strain on the people to constantly do more, be it physically or emotionally or financially, which further aggravates the stress levels. Stress can be broadly classified as physical, mental, and emotional. Some of the common causes and side effects of stress are listed below.

  1. Leaves a person feeling isolated, frustrated, anxious, and depressed
  2. Leads to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, etc.
  3. Reduces immunity and therefore the person becomes more susceptible to falling ill and contracting infections
  4. Reducing the ability of a person to perform to his full mental and emotional and physical potential

Ayurveda believes that balanced health is the result of an optimal balance between the three elements or tridoshas known as Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. Increase or decrease in each of these leads to different diseases, and stress also disrupts this balance leading to ill-health. A comprehensive approach is therefore required to beat the stress.

  1. Mind the mind: The mind needs to be controlled and trained to regulate the thoughts and feelings. Stress is often more from a fear of what might happen than what has already happened. Training the mind to respond differently to fear is very important.
  2. Meditation: This is one of the most important ways to reduce stress. By improving the focus on oneself and introspecting within, meditation helps fight fears and control emotions so that the person is well equipped to handle stress. It also improves a person’s ability to respond to stress better. Pranayam, meditation, surynamaskar daily twice a day, is most useful for this condition.
  3. Break the routine: Routine mundane tasks lead to stressful situations. It is good to take a break once in a while to break this routine and get a break, which can act as a good stress-buster.
  4. Master your stressors: Gradually, as you become aware and introspect, you need to identify what is inducing the stress. As the saying goes, if you can change it, go ahead and change it. If you cannot, change yourself. There is no point fretting over something which is beyond your control. This is a great step in controlling stress and strain in lives.
  5. Foods: Physical stress is best handled by including sweets and juices, cooling spices, bitter foods, astringent foods through the day. Ending the day with a warm bath and a glass of warm milk helps. Mental stress is better controlled with salty and sour foods and milk and dairy products. A good massage and adequate sleep also are very helpful.
  6. Massages: Another great way to reduce stress by relieving muscle tension and the herbs and oils used also add further benefits. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety?

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DPM Psychological Medicine
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety?

Are you suffering from social anxiety phobia and are looking for ways to get over it? Social anxiety refers to the anxiety in anticipating any kind of social situation or after a certain situation. The fear of evaluation accounts for being the primary factor of social anxiety phobia. Here are the various ways by which you can deal with social anxiety phobia:

  1. Self-help Manual: Self-help manuals are a supplement for this therapy. They act as an effective tool, which helps you to work on your own.

  2. Visit a Therapist: In case your social anxiety phobia is hampering things you need to do along with your social activities, and your self-help measures have failed, you need a therapist. Choose a therapist who specializes in anxiety disorders.

  3. Practice Deep Breathing Regularly: Engaging yourself in deep breathing, before a situation which provokes or triggers your social anxiety, is effective. You need to undertake deep breathing for several minutes every day. This will make it a habit for you, so that you do not focus too much on deep breathing during a situation, thereby missing out on the conversation.

  4. Create an Exposure Hierarchy: An exposure hierarchy refers to a list. In this list, you have to write down about all the various types of situations when your social anxiety phobia gets triggered. The list has to be made in a ladder format, and by performing the easiest behaviors first, you should move up the list. For creating exposure hierarchy, you should note down 10 anxiety triggering social situations you experience, and rate them on a scale of 100. You can also join Toastmasters, which is a website where links to several worksheets based on coping with social anxiety are provided.

  5. Create your Goals: When you feel anxious, it is likely for you to eliminate anything positive during that situation. You might be doing great, but yet face distress in everyday activities because of feelings of anxiety. For this purpose, it is recommended for you to create objective behavioral goals.

  6. Maintain a Rational Outlook: Try to get rid of any bleak thoughts, which hamper your performance and trigger your social anxiety phobia. Also stay away from any kind of unrealistic thoughts, which are positive in an irrational way. Before any situation which enhances your anxiety, you should convince yourself about how it is a familiar situation to you, which you have dealt with smoothly in the past.

If your social anxiety phobia is getting in the way of achieving your goals and is disabling you from living the kind of life you seek, it is important for you to consult a therapist and go for regular therapy sessions.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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What does our body actually loose when we masturbate? Does it has a bad effect on body? Wich will result to weakness or loss of memory power?

Homeopath, Murshidabad
What does our body actually loose when we masturbate? Does it has a bad effect on body? Wich will result to weakness ...
Dear Mr. Lybrate-user. The semen which is ejaculated during masturbation is protein in nature. So over masturbation may lead to deplenishment of the protein content in your body. Protein is needed for muscular growth. So loss of protein is not advisable for any human being.
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5 Ways to Overcome Feelings of Neediness

Psychiatrist, Mumbai
5 Ways to Overcome Feelings of Neediness

Man is different from the other species in that we are social beings. One of the main differentiators is our constant need to 'connect' with our fellow beings. Be it family or friends or society at large, we constantly need to be connected to our near and dear ones and want attention, affection, and assurance.

We need to respect this basic desire and appreciate that there is nothing wrong in feeling needed. Problems arise when this feeling to be needed gets excessive. There is a significant constant demand from the needy person, especially from those who are close to them.

Some cases where neediness is demonstrated are in new relationships. In the beginning, there is a great urge to please and therefore a greater focus on interacting with them. There is a fear of losing attention, there is insatiable excessive demand for attention - be it pleas, accusations, or demands - so as to not feel abandoned and deserted. Neediness is also quite evident in people with depression. Again, an attempt to not be abandoned by their near and dear ones.

By making a conscious effort, the neediness can be reduced, thereby making the relationships smoother and less painful to both the parties involved. As the saying goes - 'acknowledging the problem is half the problem solved'. Needy people should realize or accept if told that there is an issue and make a conscious effort to work on reducing neediness.

1. Divert attention - As simple as it might sound, it is equally effective. Indulge in whatever interests you - exercise, meditation, dance, sing, etc. The idea is to divert attention so that the urge to feel needy and act on that instinct is reduced. This reduces the fear of being lonely and works magic. The busier you get, the less bored you are. As they say, be alone but not lonely.

2. Clarity in communication - One of the intricacies of neediness is making unclear demands. Sadly, quite often, the person does not know what he wants, and so are the demands or requests which are equally unclear. Once you are aware that your neediness is making you do this, make an effort to clearly communicate what you actually want. This reduces the stress on both the parties involved and leads to a happier engagement.

3. Clarity in relationships - Take a step back and see if your neediness is affecting any major relationships. If yes, revisit and clarify. Make an attempt and reestablish the relationships. If it is your truly near and dear ones, they will be very forthcoming and understanding.

4. Move on - In cases where your neediness has affected another person, be wise to accept their wishes and not be more 'needy' or clingy. This acceptance will make way for a lot of healthier relationships as you learn to deal with accepting your issues.

5. Socialize - Use your hobbies to make more friends and socialize more. Having more people to interact with reduces your need to be accepted by the same people. You have more people to rely on and might make more friends for keeps.

These are some simple ways to reduce neediness on others, but as mentioned, the first step is to accept and then work on ways to reduce it.

Related Tip: Are You an Extremely Dependent Individual? Here's How to Overcome it.?

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As I was patient of depression from 2years. Its going to b cured finally. Bt I have grt notion to do something myself in society. So when I study something, I develop an urge that I will do something grt like that. Coz of this I have developed an headache. As reading such books inspires me a lot. But develops a headache on me dat leaving only I thing, I sud do something n I will do something. What, s this? May I know plz? What sud I do. Be far from such books?

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
As I was patient of depression from 2years. Its going to b cured finally. Bt I have grt notion to do something myself...
Hello, you can do it, of course. Follow the under noted tips to get desired result. * go for meditation for 30 mnts to reduce your stress, anxiety and depression, if any.* take, plenty of water to eliminate toxins.* your diet b easily digestible.* avoid, junk food, dust, scorching sun, watching tv in d late night*ensure, 6 hrs sound sleep in d night. * homoeo-medicine** *@ ignatia 30-6 pills, thrice a day. @ kali phos 6x-4 tabs, thrice a day report fortnightly.
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I am 22 years old but I look older than my age. When I tell people about my age they doubt me; they say I look very much older than my age. I feel depressed when I hear this. Please help me what do I do?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
I am 22 years old but I look older than my age. When I tell people about my age they doubt me; they say I look very m...
take following remedies 1.alovera juice 4tsp+ 1 tsp honey after dinner 2.amal juice 4tsp +2 tsp sugar + 2tsp honey empty stomch in the morning
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I am 47 years old male and have psychiatric (depression, anxiety) for the last 6 years. I am taking medicine paxidep cr 12.5 Now I am ok. Can I leave the medicine. I have also grade 2 fatty liver. What Should I do.

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, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
I am 47 years old male and have psychiatric (depression, anxiety) for the last 6 years. I am taking medicine paxidep ...
Dear , anxiety disorder and depression are mental diseases which can be cured. They are usually treated with the help of medicines and psychotherapy combined. You are already having medicines for many years but you lack the psychotherapy treatment part. Provide me with more information and I will suggest you psychotherapy techniques. You can cure your problem. Take care.
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I am 24 year old man. My problem is depression I feel happy and after 10 mint I felt sad. I fear about peoples, frds and when I try to do any kind of work I feel nervous my heart beat high and fear on my face I feet hopeless my life I not interest in any things I do not want to talk form any body.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I am 24 year old man. My problem is depression I feel happy and after 10 mint I felt sad. I fear about peoples, frds ...
The symptoms are suggestive of mixed anxiety with depression, the reason behind both is serotonin depletion, which can be easily treated, kindly cosult a psychiatrist for remedy. All the best.
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