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Dr. Sumant Khanna  - Psychiatrist, Gurgaon

Dr. Sumant Khanna

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PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS

Psychiatrist, Gurgaon

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Dr. Sumant Khanna is a trusted Psychiatrist in DLF Phase-1, Gurgaon. He has helped numerous patients in his 36 years of experience as a Psychiatrist. He has studied and completed PhD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, and MAMS. You can meet Dr. Sumant Khanna personally at Dr. Sumant Khanna in DLF Phase-1, Gurgaon. Book an appointment online with Dr. Sumant Khanna and consult privately on Lybrate.com. Lybrate.com has a nexus of the most experienced Psychiatrists in India. You will find Psychiatrists with more than 32 years of experience on Lybrate.com. You can find Psychiatrists online in Gurgaon 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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Education
PHD - Bangalore University - 1994
MD - Psychiatry - NIMHANS, BANGALORE - 1986
MBBS - Christian Medical College & Hospital - 1981
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MRCPsych - London - 1994
MAMS - NIMHANS, BANGALORE - 1994
Past Experience
Additional Professor at NIMHANS
Training Research Consultant at Pharmastar USA
President at CliniRx Research Pvt Ltd (Clinical Research Organisation)
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Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at OCD & Psychiatry Clinic
Languages spoken
English
Hindi
Awards and Recognitions
Young Investigator Award from World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry
D.L.N. Murthy Rao Award for best outgoing DPM student in NIMHANS, Bangalore
Elected Member of Royal College of Psychiatry
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Young Investigator Scheme Project Grant from Department of Science and Technology
Boyscast Fellowship in Neuromedical Sciences from Department of Science and Technology
Marfatia Award for best paper presented at Annual Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society
Tilak Venkoba Rao Oration for best researcher in biological psychiatry under 40 years
Elected Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences
IMA (Hyderabad) Arasu Yar Jung Oration
Marfatia Award for best paper presented at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society
Felicitated as Founder of OCD Clinic at NIMHANS at International Conference on OCD, Bangalore
Tilak Venkoba Rao Award from ICMR for outstanding psychiatrist under 40 years
Young Investigator Travel Award from International Brain Research Organisation
Bhagwat Award for best paper presented by a psychiatrist under 35 years at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society
Jayaram Award for best paper presented at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (South Zone)
Professional Memberships
Indian Association of Psychiatry
Royal College of Psychiatry

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Chronic Nightmare - How Psychiatry Can Help Treat It?

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Chronic Nightmare - How Psychiatry Can Help Treat It?

Chronic nightmares are caused by a lot of internal as well as external factors. It can cause sleep disorders and can affect your overall health. Some of the key reasons that contribute to chronic nightmares are mentioned below:

  1. Stress and anxiety: Anxiety can come in many forms. It can happen due to simplest of reasons such as moving to a new place to joining a new job, suffering from trauma to losing a close one in the family, etc. Stress as a result of these can lead to bad dreams and chronic nightmares.
  2. Media: Suspense shows or scary movies are also known to cause nightmares. Recalling visual imagery from a recently watched horror movie during sleep can appear in the dream without any intervention. The brain can create a sequence and produce imagery based on one’s recent thinking process.
  3. Depression: A Finnish Study showed that more than 28 percent who suffers from depression get nightmares at night. A negative mindset coupled with poor self-confidence can lead to chronic nightmares resulting in sleep disturbances.
  4. Traumatic experience: Any recent experience of surviving a natural disaster, violence in the relationship, major vehicle accident, are frequently linked with nightmares. More than 50 percent of the people with PTSD suffer from nightmares reveals the National Center for PTSD, USA.
  5. Drugs and Medications: People coming out from recent medication such as barbiturates, narcotics and antidepressants often suffer from hyperactive neurotransmitter leading to nightmares. Withdrawal from alcohol and recreational drugs are also known to be responsible for chronic nightmares.
  6. Snacking Before Bedtime: Often eating before sleeping triggers the metabolism and signals are sent to the brain to be more active than usual. Junk foods and spicy meals should be especially avoided to refrain from chronic nightmares.
  7. Inability to Relax: Inability to relax gradually builds up a basic level of underlying arousal process which later contributes more in further reaction towards stress.
  8. Conflicting Material: Any conflicting material which we are not aware of might lay embedded in our subconscious mind, which might contribute to repeated nightmares. 

So basic idea is to learn some relaxation technique and practice those. If the condition persists then it will call for a detailed assessment and may be some medication besides Psychological measures.

How to get rid of nightmares?

  1. Treat the underlying symptoms: It is important to identify the cause of the nightmares. Often stress, PTSD, anxiety and depression can cause nightmares. Once the cause is identified, medical help or self-help techniques can be employed to overcome it.
  2. Exercise: Exercise tires the body and relaxes the brain. From dancing to rock climbing, running to rowing, hitting a gym to brisk walking, one form of exercise should be daily practised to make sure you get sound sleep during the night.
  3. Talk to your doctor: If you are undergoing any medication that involves withdrawal, anxiety, narcotics, you should immediately consult your doctor about the effects of medicine. A doctor can either reduce the dosage of medicine or change the medicine altogether to address the problem
  4. Stress Reduction: Stress can be reduced by practising yoga and meditation. You can also take a hot shower before going to sleep to calm yourself down. A relaxed mind goes a long way in ensuring sound sleep during the night.

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

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Delusions - Can It Be A Sign Of Schizophrenia?

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Delusions - Can It Be A Sign Of Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a disease of the mind that is usually degenerative in nature. The complex disorder is generally characterized by symptoms, such as delusions, hallucinations (both auditory and visual) and disturbances in speech and is usually chronic in nature. The symptoms are not regular and can appear at any point of time. So it is highly possible that a person suffering from schizophrenia may sometimes bear resemblance to any other normal person and all of a sudden, might exhibit symptoms typical of Schizophrenia.

The causes of Schizophrenia include:

  1. Brain Dysfunction: Abnormalities in the cerebral cortex (the cerebrum’s outer covering that is vital in regulating consciousness) of the brain is the most common cause of this disorder. This is due to the presence of abnormally enlarged ventricles in that region. The decreased brain size owing to the enlarged ventricles is often related to the hallucinations and delusions experienced by schizophrenics.
  2. Genetic Factors: Studies have also stated ‘genetics’ to be an important cause behind this disorder. Closer the family ties, higher the risks of transmitting the disorder.
  3. Biochemical Factors: More than one neurotransmitter is being targeted by recent drugs to control schizophrenia.

 

 

Symptoms which most people do not experience normally, but are found in people diagnosed with schizophrenia are said to be positive symptoms. They are:

  1. Hallucinations: These are sensory experiences of things that do not exist outside the mind. Hallucinations usually manifest in the form of auditory or visual images.
  2. Delusions: Delusions on the other hand are false beliefs one has about oneself. Delusions are of 3 major types:
    • Grandeur: Wherein the person imagines himself to be a famous personality
    • Persecution: The belief that somebody somewhere is plotting against you and the whole world is going to get you.
    • Control: The belief that a larger force, let’s say a witch, a demon or even a duck for that matter is controlling your actions.

These positive symptoms generally respond well to medications.
In addition to this, schizophrenics think and speak differently than the rest of the society. They jump from idea to idea, lose track of speech mid-way and often speak in fragmented and haphazardly joined sentences. They are, in fact, unable to fix their attention on anything in particular.
Examples of the most common negative symptoms include:

  1. The flat effect: The individual basically shows no facial expression and always has a flat emotionless mask on while staring into space. At times, they have inappropriate reactions to situations. Example - they might laugh at somebody's death and cry ad get angry when something good happens. 
  2. Avolition: This condition occurs when the individual just sit for hours doing nothing as well as behaves in a way lacking any motivation or enthusiasm.

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

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I have extreme fear of catching rabies, I get tension if a drop of water from sky falls I think its saliva of bat of monkey, if I eat meat of goat I think may be its a rabid goat, so I have avoided to eat meat. I am not able to think what to do and unable to control thoughts. Currently I am using medicine close .25 and Spectra 25 to control my anxiety, sleeplessness and breathlessness.

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
I have extreme fear of catching rabies, I get tension if a drop of water from sky falls I think its saliva of bat of ...
These seem to be obsessions. Irrational fears (which include exaggerated fears) are commonly encountered in OCD. My process of understanding what comes first the thought or the anxiety helps. Also I don't think attacking your problem the way it is being handled by the medicines you are on.
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I have an adopted daughter. She is now 19 years. She has anxiety/depression issues. She attended 7 counselling sessions. She discontinued. Lazy in studies. But intelligent. On doctors advise she is on depression medication (level 10 mg and Nexito 20 mg once a day. Many a times she misses the medicine. During full moon and new moon she experiences mood swings. Some times anger triggers and she misbehaves and she damages things. She is addicted to internet. How to bail her out .Kindly advise.

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
I have an adopted daughter. She is now 19 years. She has anxiety/depression issues. She attended 7 counselling sessio...
She needs to have herself assessed. Also there is nothing to suggest a borderline personality disorder. Psychotherapy/ counseling will be of greater help. Obviously the Nexito is not working and the dose is too high. Drugs should not be the first line of management.
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Last two day, I haven't slept even though I do not have any stress or depression. What should I do now.

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Last two day, I haven't slept even though I do not have any stress or depression. What should I do now.
In addition to many sleep hygiene issues mentioned above, you cab use meditation techniques like mindfulness and yoga just before going to sleep. Physical exercise like gym or swimming will also tire your body and make it easier to go to sleep.
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I have been suffering by itching sensation in clitoris (upper vaginal part) since two days. Is it due to having a lot of mangoes or eating outside fried chicken items.

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Personal hygiene is the main concern, although I have never heard of mangoes resulting in this system yet.
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I have been undergoing Chronic Depression for the last 3 years. Is it possible that it is completely cured if its treatment starts now?

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
I have been undergoing Chronic Depression for the last 3 years. Is it possible that it is completely cured if its tre...
The cornerstone of good treatment of depression is a proper analysis, which includes understanding your situation. In most cases drug treatment, psychotherapy and counsseliing are sufficient to produce satisfactory response.
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Sir, some problems are going in my house and in my life also and by this things I feel so helpless and I think I am depressed. I want tu ask you I am really depressed?

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Sir, some problems are going in my house and in my life also and by this things I feel so helpless and I think I am d...
You are depressed but whether it is due to circumstances or it is in your brain (most commonly a combination.
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I am 35 years old male .I have ocd with major depression, hypothyroidism,hypertension and zolpidem addicted due to depression. I am taking venlor 75 bd, buspin 10 bd, escitalopram 20 bd, thyrox 100, amlong10 bd, atenolol 50bd, indapamide 1.5 sr bd & zolpidem 160 mg per day due to addiction. Please help me.

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych, MAMS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
I would STRONGLY advise gradual reduction of Zolpidem. You have enough problems. Other problems will have to be handled face to face.
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I see every night unusual dream which has become unbearable ,is it medicine side effect? I am taking now depression medicine. Is there any medicine to prevent it. Thank you.

PHD, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS, MRCPsych
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
I see every night unusual dream which has become unbearable ,is it medicine side effect? I am taking now depression m...
Antidepressants are the most probable cause in your case. It is not that everyone has dreams but dream recall is more when on such medication.
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