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Depression: Symptoms and Treatment

Depression: Symptoms and Treatment

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<br/>Hello friends. I am Dr Rahul Chandok. I am a senior consultant psychiatrist with the Fortis ...

Hello friends. I am Dr Rahul Chandok. I am a senior consultant psychiatrist with the Fortis group of hospitals. And I am having my own practice at my clinic, My home clinic in Faridabad.

Coming to today’s topic which is understanding OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD, also known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is affecting about 2% of the population at some point of time in their life which makes it 1 in 40 persons is going to have it. It is 2 to 3 times more common than other chronic psychiatric disorder like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. So every person has a brain and I believe the brain thinks. When it comes to OCD we have to understand that the thinking becomes affected. When the thinking is normal, it is under the person’s control and is as per his or her will. But when the brain gets under stress there is a neurochemical called serotonin which becomes less. And because of that the thinking becomes automatic. Thoughts come on their own, that are uncontrollable, unwilling, they are excessive. Person gets them repetitively. And they are negative. The person also understands they are baseless. But because of the fear which arises out of that, the person becomes excessively anxious. And to reduce this anxiety of fear the person does certain acts which suppose the person gets a doubt then the person does checking, suppose the person has a thought that might be the hands are dirty or the person is not clean enough. Or the germs will affect him or her. The person repetitively does washing. If the person is not able to do any activity to reduce anxiety, then the person starts avoiding things. And if the person is not able to do any of these the person gets angry. If all these persists for a period of time, then the person might go into depression.

The message which I would like to extend is that OCD is definitely treatable. You have to understand how and what is happening. We have to correct the level of serotonin which is possible through the use of medication which are definitely in today’s times are much better what we had earlier.

Side effects are very less and the results are pretty quick. And yes we definitely use therapy work to make the person understand or to fight OCD or what to do with the thoughts. The trick is that we have to learn to ignore these thoughts because at some of their lives every person gets negative thoughts but they are able to ignore them But a person with OCD is stuck so OCD is definitely treatable take help of the doctor or psychiatrist. Don’t be afraid of the medication and learn how to tackle it.

You can either contact me for treatment at my various work places or at my clinic. Or you can contact me through Lybrate for its management. Thank you.

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Dr. Rahul Chandhok is a Psychiatrist and has an experience of 13 years in this field. Dr. Rahul Chandhok practices at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Sukhdev Vihar, Delhi, Fortish Escor......more
Dr. Rahul Chandhok is a Psychiatrist and has an experience of 13 years in this field. Dr. Rahul Chandhok practices at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Sukhdev Vihar, Delhi, Fortish Escorts Hospital in Faridabad NIT, Faridabad and Med Hope Clinic in Sector 21A, Faridabad. He completed MBBS from MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, Orissa in 1998 and M.D Psychiatry from Baba Farid University of Health sciences in 2002. He is a member of Indian Psychiatric Society. Some of the services provided by the doctor are: Depression, Schizophrenia, Stress, Violent Behavior and Suicidal Behavior etc.
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Dr. Rahul Chandhok is a Psychiatrist with an experience of over 18 years. He completed his MBBS from Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College in 1998 and M.D in Psychiatry from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in 2002. Dr. Rahul Chandhok is a professional member of the Indian Psychiatric Society. He has previously worked as a Senior Resident at Safdargunj Hospital from 2003 to 2006, as a Junior Resident at G.G.S Medical College from 1999 to 2002 and at LNJP Hospital, and as a Senior Consultant at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj. Dr. Rahul Chandhok has also done Clinical Rotary Internship at M.K.C.G Medical College in Orissa. He is presently working as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Batra Hospital, New Delhi. He deals with patients suffering from Depression, schizophrenia, stress, violent and suicidal behavior. He is currently practicing at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Sukhdev Vihar, Delhi, Fortis Escorts Hospital in Faridabad NIT, Faridabad and Med Hope Clinic in Sector 21A, Faridabad.


M.D Psychiatry - Baba Farid University of Health sciences - 2002
MBBS - MKCG Medical College - 1998
Past Experience
Consultant at Batra Hospital New Delhi
Seni Resident at Safdarjung Hospital
Junior Resident at G.G.S Medical College
Junior Resident at LNJP Hospital (Jan 1999- March 1999)
Clinical Rotatory Internship ( Aug 1997-1998 AUg) at M.k.C.G Medical College Orissa
Senior Consultant at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj
Languages spoken
Professional Memberships
Indian Psychiatric Society
Indian Association of Private Psychiatry


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Can Panic Attacks Happen Just "Out Of The Blue"?

M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Can Panic Attacks Happen Just "Out Of The Blue"?

Panic attacks can debilitate a person greatly. The panic or anxiety attacks can be extremely powerful and intense, can vary depending on the severity of the attack. Such people lose self-composure. In extreme cases, they cut themselves off from the outside world and recoil into their safe zone (Agoraphobia).

Panic attacks, should, by no means, be confused with depression. These attacks can be essentially divided into three phases; the start phase, it then reaches the pinnacle or the zenith, before sliding down (fades away). The duration of a panic attack can vary from long to very long periods. The whole experience can leave a person depressed, traumatized and drained out (physically and emotionally). A timely medical assistance can prove to be extremely fruitful.

Panic attacks- its causative, signs and symptoms

 A panic attack, can, indeed, come out of the blue (unexpectedly). Extreme emotional turmoil or anxiety can trigger such an attack. An over-excited nervous system might turn out to be the wrecker in chief, throwing life in jeopardy. A person might be unprepared to deal with such a situation. Though extremely difficult, the best thing would be to try and relax. The attack is just an extreme state of mind, an abstract feeling that can never come true. It will pass off soon. Panicking will only pile onto your agony. Identifying the associated symptoms can prove to be effective. 

Some of the important symptoms associated with pain attacks include:

  • A feeling of breathlessness, suffocation and dizziness.
  • The palms appear to be sweaty.
  • A person may complain of uneasiness or chest pain
  • Increased palpitations are quite common during panic attacks.
  • A person might experience severe chills or heat flushes. 
  • Twitching and trembling of the muscles are often observed during the attacks.
  • An intense fear of death or going insane grips the person completely.
  • Hands, legs, arms begin to tingle.
  • During anxiety attacks, a person loses the reasoning ability.

Few short-term behavioural therapies can be of great help. Meditation, yoga and certain breathing practices can effectively ward off physical and mental fatigue. CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a popular technique used to deal with panic attacks. This technique primarily emphasizes on the present conditions and factors resulting in panic and ways to minimize or completely eliminate the attacks.


Treatment can help reduce the intensity and frequency of your panic attacks and improve your function in daily life. The main treatment options are

One or both types of treatment can be recommended, depending on the severity of your panic disorder, your history, and whether you have access to therapists who have special training in panic disorders.

Medications can help reduce symptoms associated with panic attacks as well as depression if that's an issue for you. Various types of medication have been shown to be effective in managing symptoms of panic attacks, including:

  1. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). 
  2. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). 

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

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Bipolar Disorder - Everything You Want To Know!

M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Bipolar Disorder - Everything You Want To Know!

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is not a rare diagnosis. Bipolar disorder is a mental condition that is characterized by extreme shifts in mood with constant variation in energy and activity levels. With these abnormal fluctuations and shifts, the person suffering from bipolar disorder finds it difficult to finish their everyday chores and lead a normal everyday life. Fortunately, with the right treatment and proper care, patients can recover fully.

Causes of Bipolar Disorder

  1. Genetics – A person with a blood relative who has bipolar disorder, has a higher risk of developing it
  2. Brain Chemical Imbalance – Neurotransmitters that carry signals to and from the brain to other parts of the body does not function correctly
  3. Hormonal Imbalance Certain hormonal problems can trigger the disorder
  4. Environmental Factors – Mental stress, abuse, traumatic events and other factors can elevate the risk

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

1. Signs of Manic Episodes

  • Feeling too happy for a prolonged time
  • Talking very fast with racy thoughts
  • Extremely restless and hasty
  • Being too overconfident in self
  • Gets easily distracted
  • Lack of sleep
  • Engaging in unsafe behavior like gambling with savings, spending too much or having impulsive sex

2. Signs of Depressive Episodes

  • Feeling too sad for a prolonged time
  • Withdrawal and losing interest in activities
  • Low Appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Speaking very Slowly
  • Facing problems with making decisions, memory, and focus
  • Low self-esteem
  • Constant thinking of giving up life

Types of Bipolar Disorder

1. Bipolar 1
This is the classic form of manic-depressive disorder with clear and extreme shifts in mood. Patients can have manic or mixed episodes.

2. Bipolar 2
Symptoms are less severe and are called hypomanic episodes that can involve less severe manic episodes with depression episodes as well.

3. Cyclothymia
A milder form of bipolar disorder, the patient experiences bouts of mood disturbances which alternate between feelings of being happy and sad. The patient may feel stable but will have noticeable fluctuations in mood that are usually less severe.

The prime aim of the treatment for bipolar disorder is to lessen the frequency of manic and depressive episodes, thereby enabling them to lead a normal life.

  1. Hospitalization - Patients suffering from bipolar disorder 1 often need hospitalization if there is a big risk that they may harm themselves or others
  2. Lithium Carbonate – The commonly prescribed drug for this disorder, the patients are to follow the right dosage. Anticonvulsants and antipsychotics are also prescribed along if needed.
  3. PsychotherapyMinimize the triggers that occur before the onset of the manic or depressive episodes
  4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Family oriented therapy to develop interpersonal skills and prevent relapses.

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

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Know More About Schizophrenia

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OCD - Know All About It!

M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
OCD - Know All About It!

OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is a disease where obsessions lead to repetitive behavior or compulsions. In this mental disease, people think that they need to keep on checking things on a repeat mode due to very strange fears and obsessions. People affected by this disease cannot control either their thoughts or their activities for more than a short span of time. The common things that people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder do repeatedly are washing their hands, checking the time, checking if the door is locked properly, counting of things. It is a type of anxiety disorder which negatively affects the day to day life of the patient. Let us discuss the symptoms, causes, and diagnosis of OCD to know about the disease clearly.

The Symptoms of OCD
People affected by this disease might experience anxiety at a greater level that leads to compulsive behaviors, hyperactivity and impulsivity is a common symptom in the patients. They keep on repeating their own words a number of times. The symptoms also include isolation from the society and trying to live alone. Agitation is also a symptom of the disease. Checking the time, washing their hands, cleaning the place, again and again, are some of the activities that they repeatedly do. Other symptoms include depression, fear. These are the common symptoms that are noticed in the people affected by OCD.

The Causes of OCD 
The causes of OCD depend on neurological factors along with genetic, behavioral, cognitive and environmental factors as well. If someone in the family had OCD then there is a chance that you might also be affected by this disorder. Research says that the brain functions differently in those people. Though, the exact causes of OCD are still unknown. If a person experiences some event that seemed unlikely to them, the activities of the event might be triggered in their brain which can also cause the person to be affected by the disorder.

The Diagnosis of OCD
A physical examination may be done to rule out the chances of other related diseases. Then, lab tests are carried out for further details that are required. But a person affected by OCD requires talking to other people and socialization. It is always advisable to consult a doctor and treat the patient with his medical knowledge for better treatment. Do not take the help of any medications without consulting a doctor.

OCD can occur in both males and females and at any age. The treatment of OCD may or may not be successful. It depends on the condition of the patient entirely. OCD patients need the support of their family to recover soon and properly. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Understanding All About Depression!

M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Understanding All About Depression!

Depression is a serious medical illness that is characterized by prolonged periods of sadness and feeling blue for weeks or months together. This feeling is often associated with withdrawal from activities, lack of energy and low self-esteem. These feelings persist and interfere with daily life so much that it becomes highly difficult to carry out their tasks.

Causes of Depression
There is no single cause for depression and it may get triggered by various factors which include:

  1. Biological factors – Some types of depression run in families suggesting a hereditary risk
  2. Abuse - A past traumatic event of physical, mental or sexual abuse can increase the vulnerability to clinical depression at a later point of time in life
  3. Medications – Certain medications tend to induce symptoms of depression
  4. Conflict – As a result of personal conflicts or disputes with friends or family, depression may develop
  5. Death or Loss – Grief over the death of a loved one increases the risk of depression
  6. Substance Abuse – Almost 30% of people with substance abuse have major or clinical depression
  7. Environmental Factors – Social isolation or a normal response to stressful events can lead to depression

Symptoms of Depression
Clinical depression is characterized by the onset of the following symptoms:

  1. It is natural to feel down at times, but if this mood lingers on day after day for a long time it is a main sign of depression
  2. Physical symptoms – fatigue, insomnia, excessive sleep, persistent body aches like headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease with proper treatment
  3. Changes in Appetite and weight
  4. Difficulty in concentrating and making effective decisions
  5. Withdrawal from daily activities that were previously enjoyed
  6. Talking about death or suicide
  7. Agitation and restlessness
  8. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt due to past failings

Treatments for Depression
Some of the major treatments for clinical depression are outlined below:

  1. Psychotherapy - From behavioral therapy to interpersonal therapy there are several talk therapies that can be undertaken to minimize the severity of depressive symptoms and manage depression. These therapies are an active collaboration between the therapists and their patients that seek to reinforce a positive environment to help faster recovery.
  2. Hospitalization – Required for serious cases of depression where the patient may have attempted suicide and accordingly therapy is given
  3. Medications – Antidepressants are prescribed by physicians to help improve overall mood
  4. Electroconvulsive Therapy – For severe and chronic depression symptoms, the last resort of therapy involves shock treatments with safe practice
  5. Self-Help Methods – One can also seek depression oriented support groups that allow the individual to socialize and be with others who are facing the same problem. There are several online support groups as well with virtual assistance at stressful times.

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

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Coping With Depression

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Know More About Bipolar Disorder

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Know More About Panic Disorder

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How Does Internet Addiction Affects Your Brain?

M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
How Does Internet Addiction Affects Your Brain?

Internet addiction disorder or IAD, more commonly called Problematic Internet use or PIU, refers to excessive internet use that interferes with your daily life. Too much internet use to chat with friends, watch porn, use social media or surf the net for information- all fall under the purview of internet addiction.

Internet addiction disorder is a recently recognised condition in which sufferers spend unhealthy amounts of time “online” to the extent that it impairs their life quality. The internet addicts may experience distress and withdrawal symptoms just like smokers do, if they are denied access to their computers or mobile phones. They suffer withdrawal symptoms like tremours, obsessive thoughts, and involuntary movements of the fingers like typing.

IAD and Your Health
Internet addiction can have two different types of repercussions- physical and mental. Physical problems associated with this disorder are-

  1. Back pain
  2. Carpel tunnel syndrome
  3. Neck pain due to cervical spondylitis
  4. Sciatica pain

Mental Problems

The psychological and organic harm to the brain caused by internet addiction is still being probed but there is enough research to say conclusively that internet addiction disrupts nerve wiring in the brains of addicts. This addiction thus causes a level of brain damage normally seen in heavy substance abusers. The brains of people who use cocaine and cannabis or other narcotics also show similar effects. The brain thus gets damaged when you get hooked to a behaviour- be it obsessive internet use or drugs. IAD is as physically damaging to your brain like an addiction to drugs, scientists believe.

In particular, brain scans have shown that internet addiction causes significant damage to white matter in the brain. This disruption to white matter nerve fibres connecting vital parts of the brain involved in emotions, decision making, and self-control has long-lasting debilitating results. IAD also shrinks the brain’s gray and white matter fibers which result in changes in your brain functioning and the way you handle emotions.
This disruption in white matter fibers is caused by disrupted myelin, the fatty insulating sheath that coats nerve fibres and helps them to function.

The risk factors for IAD
Specific risk factors for IAD include:

  1. Anxiety, depression or other mental health or mood disorders
  2. Loneliness
  3. Absence of social interaction or support
  4. Presence of other addictions like gambling, alcohol, drugs, or sex
  5. An abrupt change that limits social activity or mobility like having a baby, becoming disabled, losing a job etc.
  6. High levels of stress.

IAD is treatable. All you have to do is seek help. Sometimes, trying to get rid of IAD by yourself doesn’t work. This is the right time to seek the help of a counselor. Behavioural therapies that chip at the root of the problem or the main cause of IAD help you in getting rid of it fast.

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

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Internet Addiction - Signs That Indicate It!

M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Internet Addiction - Signs That Indicate It!

Internet addiction is a very recent phenomenon, but is already a cause for concern. With the advent of various social networking websites, people are increasingly becoming addicted to the internet. Internet addiction disorder is often characterized by people inching to form an emotional attachment with people and activities, all of them online. You may enjoy connecting to people more over the virtual interface instead of the real world; this usually stems from an inability to establish real human contact.

The symptoms of internet addiction disorder are:
1. Excessive usage of the internet
2. Depression, mood swings and irritability if one doesn’t get access to the internet
3. Any effort to reduce internet usage is usually unsuccessful
4. You may experience constant problems in personal relationships, education and your job due to incessant internet usage
5. A tendency of lying to close ones when they ask you how much time you spend over the internet
6. Using internet to escape from real world problems

Further complications
Internet addiction can gradually isolate you. You may develop an aversion to meeting and communicating with people in real life. This can impair your social skills and make you socially awkward. This disorder also create problems in relationships as it can reduce the time you spend interacting personally.

Internet addiction may also lead you to create online personas to evade low self-esteem issues. This actually aggravates the problem instead of solving it; can result in severe anxiety and depression. Withdrawal symptoms might result in anxiety, depression, irritation and loneliness. This disorder can lead to complications such as dry eyes, headaches, change in sleep patterns and subsequent problems in falling asleep. Back pain from sitting upright while you are on the internet is also very common problem.

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

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