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Dr. Ms. Poulomi Bhattacherjee  - Psychologist, Kolkata

Dr. Ms. Poulomi Bhattacherjee

M.A in Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Certified NLP Practi...

Psychologist, Kolkata

7 Years Experience  ·  600 at clinic  ·  ₹150 online
Dr. Ms. Poulomi Bhattacherjee M.A in Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ... Psychologist, Kolkata
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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
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7 years experience


M.A in Clinical Psychology - New Delhi - 2013
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - NIMHANS - 2017
Certified NLP Practioner - Mindmaster, kerala - 2017
Psychology - Calcutta University - 2011
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Awards and Recognitions
3rd position in all India merit test
Superhero winner, best employee
6th position in all India merit test


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Autism & Schizophrenia - What Is The Difference?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Autism & Schizophrenia - What Is The Difference?

Both schizophrenia and autism are considered to be neurological disorders resulting from atypical neural development, occurring due to a variety of causes. Both these disorders have a genetic predisposition that may be due to environmental factors. However, there are a few basic differences between the two disease conditions.

Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a spectrum of abnormal behaviour. They include persistent deficits in social communication and interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities.

Signs of autism in babies

  1. By 6 months - No social smiles or other warm, joyful expressions; limited to no eye contact
  2. By 9 months - No sharing of vocal sounds
  3. By 12 months - No babbling or use of gestures to communicate; not responding to one’s name when called
  4. By 16 months - No use of words
  5. By 24 months - No meaningful or two-word phrases

Signs of autism at any age

  1. Avoids eye contact and wants to be alone
  2. Finds it difficult to understand other people’s feelings
  3. Speaks very less or has delayed language development
  4. Echolalia - Repeats words or phrases
  5. Cannot accept change in routine or surroundings
  6. Performs repetitive behaviours like flapping or rocking
  7. Has restricted interests and hobbies
  8. Reacts unusually intense to sounds, smells, tastes, lights, colours etc.

Schizophrenia is a neuropsychiatric disorder that begins during late adolescence and early adulthood. It is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and behavioural changes that cause social and occupational dysfunctions.

Signs of Schizophrenia

  1. The symptoms of schizophrenia are usually observed between ages 16 and 30, such as e.g. delusions, hallucinations, thought disorders, movement disorders etc.
  2. Delusions are false beliefs of the patient that may take many forms like delusions of persecution or grandeur. You may feel somebody is controlling you or may think you have extraordinary powers and abilities.
  3. Hallucinations are when the patient hears voices more than seeing, feeling, tasting or smelling random things, which are not actually there.
  4. Thought disorders are when the person jumps from one subject to another for no logical reason.
  5. Some negative symptoms i.e. these are symptoms which are normally present in a healthy individual, but are absent in a schizophrenic patient. E.g. absence of facial expressions, lack of motivation etc.
  6. Cognitive symptoms affect the individual’s thought process. They can be positive or negative based on their expression. E.g. poor ‘executive functioning’ which deals with the ability to understand information and make decisions using them, finding it difficult to focus etc.
  7. Although both Autsim spectrum disorder and schizophrenia are interlinked in their causes and neurological background, the symptoms for each disorder are different.

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

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Hello Doctor, I am going through a treatment of syncope attacks from last 2.5 years. And as per my doctor ,i have to continue it for at least an year more. But I have found highly negative effects of it in my nature. I get mood swings very very frequently, my temper goes high on a very stupid and tiny things. I really really feel very much depressed these days. Many a times I feel like bursting out everything on someone but for a reason or two I am unable to do so. I cannot share with anyone about how I feel etc. A lot of times I feel like hurting myself, scratching of my wrist, sometimes thoughts of suicide. Sometimes it feels like i'll surely go mad or out of my senses some day. I am really very much depressed please help me out without medications because I already have to consume alot for my ongoing treatment. Please reply as soon as possible. Thank you.

M. S. in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychologist, Jaipur
Hello Doctor, I am going through a treatment of syncope attacks from last 2.5 years. And as per my doctor ,i have to ...
Hi lybrate-user, I can understand your feelings. As your doctor has said that it will take another year to complete the treatment so allow yourself that time and accept it fully. Once the acceptance come from within it would be easier to cope with the symptoms. I would suggest you to start some relaxation exercise. You should do pranayam exercises for at least fifteen minutes a day Go for a brisk walk (if your doctor allows) daily for half an hour with sports shoes on. Have healthy breakfast. Listen some soothing music and have good laugh watching funny videos on YouTube. Also write diary of your feelings. Have lots of salad and water in your diet. Keep yourself busy in some positive activities. Follow these advices and you will feel better. All the best.
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For depression which one is better desvenlafaxine 100 mg or mirtazapine 30 mg please suggest me.

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Guidance &Counselling, B.A., Psychology, Pharmacy, 6-month Internship
Psychologist, Madurai
For depression which one is better desvenlafaxine 100 mg or mirtazapine 30 mg please suggest me.
Both drugs have their own merits and demerits, though they are given for the same purposes. In some individuals desvenlafaxine works better than mirtazapine and vice versa. It is the Doctor Who observes and chooses the better one for the individual need.
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Depression - 5 Ways to Deal With It!

D.P.M(psychiatry) [Diploma in Psychological medicine] , MBBS
Sexologist, Jalna
Depression - 5 Ways to Deal With It!

Depression is more than just feeling low or down. It is a serious illness that is caused by various changes in the brain chemistry. There are a lot of factors that cause depression, which range from genetics to change in hormone level, stress, grief, medical conditions and other life circumstances. All these can lead to depression and that is something which does not go away on its own. However, there are a few efficient ways through which patients can deal with depression. These are as follows:

  1. Exercise: Taking a brisk walk for fifteen to twenty minutes every day can be very healthy, not only for your body,  but also for your mental health as well. Dancing, jogging, cycling and yoga are alternatives as well. Although, people who are depressed might not feel like doing any of those things, but one should try to do them anyway. Once a person gets into the exercising routine, they will start noticing the change in their mood. Deep breathing, yoga exercises and meditation can also help people feel better and less depressed.
  2. Anti-depressants: Three brain chemicals that are responsible for handling your mood are norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. During depression, the brain circuits that make use of these chemicals stop working properly. In this case, antidepressants can be very useful. These tweak the chemicals that run through the brain and help improve your overall mood.
  3. PsychotherapyIt is a method through which therapists find out a person’s everyday stressors. This therapy is a powerful treatment for depression. Combining psychotherapy with medications can be even better and more effective. This also makes the symptoms easier to take. When a person talks about his feelings and problems with a stranger, it can help him or her release certain amount of stress.
  4. Social support: Talking to a friend or attending group therapies has proven to be beneficial. However, it is important that the person you talk to is someone who you will feel comfortable around. Therefore, it could be someone you know or someone who empathises with you. This is possible either with your close ones or group therapies where the people you talk with, have been going through the same problem you have.
  5. Meditation: Calmness and meditation can help you channelize your positive energy and thoughts over the negative ones. It can help a person see new perspective, develop forgiveness and compassion. Much like exercise, meditating briefly can help you gain immediate effects. It helps a person get over depression. This happens over time. One might not be successful in releasing their stress at once. It is a process that takes time.

The treatment that you get for your depression will depend on the kind of depression that you have. Some might get psychotherapy while others might get antidepressants or for some, exercise could be enough. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a psychologist.

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I am 19 years old and I am facing a problem of short term memory lose few years ago. I tried so many medicines but all gone in vein. Now I do not know 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
Dear lybrate-user. At your age, memory problems like amnesia, dementia etc are not possible. Don't worry. Still if you insist that you have memory problems, we need to conduct memory test. Take care.
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Try this for quit smoking

M.D., Masters in Psychology
Psychologist, Mohali
Try this for quit smoking

Simple things can do the trick. For example, you always walk in a hurry. Start walking slowly. You will have to be alert; the moment you lose alertness you will start again in a hurried way. These are small devices: walk slowly -- because to walk slowly you will have to remain conscious. Once you lose consciousness, immediately the old habit will grab you and you will be in a hurry.

If you smoke cigarettes, make it a very slow process, so slow that it becomes de-automatized. Otherwise, people are not smoking cigarettes -- cigarettes are smoking people! they are not conscious of what they are doing. In a very unconscious way they put their hands into their pockets, take out the packet, the cigarette and the matchbox. They are going through all these motions but they are not alert. They may be thinking a thousand and one things. In fact, when they are more unconscious they tend to smoke more. When they are more in anxiety, tension. Worried, they tend to smoke more; that helps them to keep a face as if they are relaxed.

Make it a slow process. Take the cigarette packet out of your pocket as slowly as possible, as consciously as possible. Slowing down the processes is very helpful. Then hold the packet in your hand, look at it, smell it, feel its texture. Then open it very slowly, as if you have all the time in the world. Then take a cigarette out, look at the cigarette from all sides. Then put it in your mouth. Wait! then take the matchbox -- again go through those same slow movements. Then start smoking so slowly. Take the smoke in very slowly, let it out very slowly.

And you will be surprised: if you were smoking twenty-four cigarettes per day you will be smoking only six at the most; it will be reduced to one-fourth. And slowly slowly, only two, one, and one day suddenly you will find the whole thing so stupid! still you can go on carrying the cigarette packet in your pocket for a few days, just in case -- but it is finished, de-automatized.

This is one of buddha's great contributions to the psychology of man: the process of de-automatization, slowing down everything.

Buddha used to say to his disciples" walk as slowly as possible, eat as slowly as possible. Chew each bite forty times and go on counting inside: one, two, three, four, five -- forty times. When the food is no longer solid, it is almost liquid" he used to say" don't eat, but drink" that means make it so liquid that you don't eat it, you have to drink it. And he helped thousands of people to become conscious.

You are unconscious, although you believe you are conscious. That is like seeing a dream in which you think you are walking in the marketplace. You are awake in your dream, but your awakenness in a dream is only part of the dream -- you are unconscious.

It hurts to accept that" I am unconscious" but the first act of being conscious is to accept that" I am unconscious" the very acceptance triggers a process in you.
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Hi, sir hope that you will be fine. Sir I am about 22 years old. The question which I am going to ask is that when I learn some topic then after an hour I don't have some idea about that topic. What's the reason? Everytime I am thinking about my this deficiency. Tell me the right way to become free from this tension. I will be highly thankful for this act of kindness. Thanks.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Masters in psychology counselling
Psychologist, Hyderabad
Hi, sir hope that you will be fine.
Sir I am   about 22 years old. The question which I am going to ask is that when ...
Dear lybrate-user, try this method many people are success first and most sleep early wake up early at 4.0 am and study with fresh mind, of course subjects which you are not interested you must spend more time and repeat it many times" practice makes perfect" not only human including pets.. Switch off mobile phone when you go to bed and switch it on at 6 am. Example some people they don't like mathematics but it is essential for life everyday and every time we are depended on mathematics, right from doctor to business man, including vegetable seller, we can understand many other distraction disturbed minds it is like love issues. Still not able to concentrate go for counselling help
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I was suffering from panic attacks quite frequently, but they vanished off to maximum. My head is feeling quite good now, there is less effect of anxiety now. However I feel frightened in going out for a walk thinking that it may lead to my palpations to raise. I feel quite stinging irrigation exactly at left centre of chest and to its opposite of back side. Kindly tell me should I go for cardiology checkup as I had done same a year ago with every ECG and digital X ray found normal. Last x-ray I did in June and ECG too. Recently I consulted a physician who advised me to take lamplus and estivin medicine as course. My question is should I really be concerned about this stinging issue. moreover I feel quite energy less these days.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I was suffering from panic attacks quite frequently, but they vanished off to maximum. My head is feeling quite good ...
Your symptoms are clearly suggestive of anxiety. In anxiety commonly the mind fears cardiac problem and there are frequent cardiac and general physician consultations. The Physician has given you a routine anti-anxiety medications. For you to permanently come out of the problem you need to consult a psychiatrist, which is the correct speciality to consult for anxiety. Apart from rational anxiolytics the psychiatrist may refer you to a clinical psychologist for CBT, which would lead to permanent resolution of the symptoms. All the best.
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I am unable to study well because of the lack of concentration. I am worried about my performance in the upcoming exams. Kindly suggest me to recover from this.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I can give you study tips to study well. 10 Study Tips to Improve Your Learning Study Tip 1: Underlining Underlining is one of the simplest and best known study tips. It’s easy to highlight the most significant parts of what you’re reading. One key sentence per paragraph and a few important phrases here and there. You can only retain a certain amount so it’s best to retain the most important information. Study Tip 2: Make your own note and taking notes is one of the most widespread study skills out there. Essentially the aim of note-taking is to summarise lectures or articles in your own words so you can easily remember the ideas. Study Tip 3: Mind mapping A good Mind map can save you many hours of study and further consolidate your knowledge for your exams. Mind Maps are an extremely versatile tools. They can be used for brainstorming, outlining essays or study topics and for general exam preparation, ExamTime offers the ability to create Mind Maps quickly and easily which makes them the ideal tool when it comes to exams. Study Tip 4: Flash cards:- Using these are a particularly effective method of learning when trying to assimilate different facts, dates, formulas or vocabulary. Subjects such as History, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography or any language are made much easier if you incorporate Flashcards in to your study. Study Tip 5: Case Studies Sometimes it can be difficult to grasp the implications of some theories. This is where studying case studies can be a big help. Case studies can help you visualise a theory and place it in a more familiar and realistic context. This is especially useful in business or law subjects. Study Tip 6: Quizzes are an excellent way to review study notes in the weeks and days before an exam. Quizzes can show where your strengths and weaknesses are, so it allows you to focus your efforts more precisely. Moreover, if you share your Study Quiz with your classmates and test each other as much as possible you can discover even more details and areas you may have overlooked. So before any exam, make sure you create and share a bunch of different Quizzes with your Friends. Study Tip 7: Brainstorming This is another study technique that is ideal for studying with friends and/or classmates. Brainstorming is a great way to expand every possible idea out of any topic. Just get a bunch of friends together and shoot the breeze, there are no wrong answers when brainstorming – just talk and capture the ideas, you can review afterward. Study Tip 8: Mnemonic Rules Mnemonics are especially useful when memorising lists and sets. Mnemonics rules basically work by associating certain concepts with other concepts that are more familiar to us. There are many different ways to make mnemonics and these can be individual to the person. Study Tip 9: ORGANISE your study One of the most effective study skills is also one of the most often overlooked; this is organising your study. Creating a TIME TABLE gives you goals and a time in which to achieve them. Having a study timetable as you study is greatly motivational Study Tip 10: Drawing Many people find it easier to recall images rather than text that is why they are better able to memorise concepts if they associate them with pictures or drawings. If you find answer helpful please click on “helpful” tab for knowing my efforts are useful
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Hi, I am 27 years old. Whole day I feel my head heavy And unable to focus or concentrate on anything. My memory has drastically worsened. I am unable to recognize face and name and sometimes it feels that i am not feeling even the taste/ smell of food, weather. This situation has been since last 3-4 years. Do not know what to do? Even my thyroid is normal. Please suggest me.

Endocrinologist, Delhi
I think you are mentally stressed. Try to relax and do not be so particular ablout everything, focus on your study or job. If feel this not the reason then go to a Physician who will clinically evaluate and may suggest some tests.
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