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Dr. Shankar K N

MBBS

Psychologist, Kolkata

20 Years Experience
Dr. Shankar K N MBBS Psychologist, Kolkata
20 Years Experience
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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
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Dr. Shankar K N is a trusted Psychologist in Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata. He has helped numerous patients in his 20 years of experience as a Psychologist. He is a qualified MBBS . You can meet Dr. Shankar K N personally at Medinova Diagnostic Services ltd in Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata. Book an appointment online with Dr. Shankar K N and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - All India Institute of Medical Sciences - 1997
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I am smoking since last 3 to 4 years . Nd I want to leave smoking as soon as possible please give me a solution any tabs or any other help to leave smoking.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Best age to stop smoking is before 40 ,In fact do not start all Only by using strong will power and avoiding all situations where you feel like smoking, chewing tobacco or drinking or using drugs/ weed, avoiding friends who smoke and diverting mind by reading or chewing a gum, like NICORETTE and taking a walk when you crave for a smoke can all help. You can chew Nicorette gum which is nicotine replacement. There are medicines available. Which can be prescribed if asked personally Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 60 lakh people worldwide every year. More than 50% of regular smokers would invariably die from tobacco-related illnesses which includes heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lung diseases. Best age to stop smoking is before 40 31st May is “World No Tobacco Day” Quitting smoking before the age of 40 is associated with larger decline in premature death than stopping it at a later date. Best age therefore to stop smoking is before 40. However, stopping smoking even after the age of 50 is still associated with lower risk of death as compared to those who continue to smoke. Even in smokers aged 80 years or more, quitting smoking appears to reduce some mortality.
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I smoke cigarettes regularly. Two days back I took Classic Mint Menthol cigarette with push button which are new in market. When pressed releases extra cold Mint in huge quantity. As chance have it I tried it. After pressing the button I felt sudden burst of cold in my throat, as huge Mint flavour was released. I puffed that cigarette 3-4 times. The next morning I had pain in my throat, fever, difficulty in swallowing. Kindly suggest.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Rajnesh, Sudden cold in the throat cause pharyngitis or laryngitis. That may be the cause for throat pain, fever and difficulty in swallowing. Salt water goggle, steam inhalation and antibiotics if necessary will treat the inflamed throat. Mint and menthol may not be the cause. Please plan soon to quit regular cigarettes..If you have withdrawal symptoms use nicotine replacement gum or patch.
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I am going through anxiety disorder, is it possible for me to overcome this disorder by myself. If possible what should I do? Thank you.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I am going through anxiety disorder, is it possible for me to overcome this disorder by myself. If possible what shou...
It depends on the severity of anxiety, if mild you can overcome by urself, else you need the support of medications and relaxation exercises to overcome. All the best.
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I am indian army my phycal is exlant, hobby any working. Everyday 6am to 7am 17minutes 5km runing and 40 minutes exercise. Phir bhi mere ko mixed anxiety dipressiv disorder hai. Mera medicine sixteen month pahle proxtin25mg 0-0-1, pragablin 75mg1-0-2, dhotiapin75mg 0-0-1, ciplar-20mg 1-1-0 and folargn 10mg 1/2-1/ one month bad ciplar and florgen ko band kar diya baki continue six month. Phir dhotiapen ko hata diya aur pragablin aur proxatin continue ten month se le rha hu. Mera problem that aachank ghabrahat, hedac, body aur head me jhanjhnahat, blodpresor high lo jaise lagta tha mai mar jaunga. Abhi thora sudhar hai air sota hu to mera head but bhari ho jata hai air headuc hamesa rhata hai please sir give me suggestion and treatment sir? thanku sir.

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, I can understand. Anxiety disorder and depression are usually treated with a combination of pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and counseling, meditation and relaxation techniques. You are already undergoing pharmacotherapy (treatment with the help of medicines). Other therapies are to be practised for easy management of your mental disorders. Take care.
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Being Alone vs. Being Lonely

Post graduate in counselling psychology
Psychologist,
Being Alone vs. Being Lonely

There are people who feel lonely but are alone and there are those who choose to be alone but are not necessarily alone, i.e. surrounded by people. So what make us feel lonely? Is it just isolation from social life or one can be lonely in the midst of all social activities? Today Psychologist Shivani Sadhoo answers some of the interesting facts and mind factors behind being alone and being lonely.

First understand, loneliness is a universal human emotion, yet it is both a complex and unique to each individual. It is commonly described as a state of solitude or being alone but in reality, loneliness is a state of mind. This state of mind causes people to feel empty, alone and unwanted. People who are lonely often crave human contact, but their state of mind makes it more difficult to form connections with other people. Loneliness as per psychological definition is not necessarily about staying & living physically alone, instead, it is the perception of being alone and isolated that matters the most.

For example, a newly joined office employee, who has difficulty in making friends and making himself/herself noticed, might feel lonely despite being surrounded by hundreds of office mates. Similarly, if a girl or a boy finds it difficult to express his/her pain, fears, feelings through verbal expressions, i.e. by talking, he/she might feel alone among a group of friends who would be all talking about themselves and would consider this person to have no trouble in life.

Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental health. Some of the health risks associated with loneliness includes:

* Cardiovascular diseases and strokes

* Depression and suicide, 

* Alcoholism and smoking, 

* Progression of Alzheimer's disease

Generally, it’s very difficult to recognize if someone feels lonely and sometimes even the sufferer doesn’t recognize for the whole life that he/she was lonely deep inside.

One can cure loneliness:-

* By first identifying themselves that they suffer from loneliness.

* By realizing themselves that loneliness is a hazardous condition and they should fix it.

* If the person suffers with difficulties to express themselves to others, lacks effective communication skills, feels shy and stressed in social gathering then its advisable to take a help from experts like a mental health professional or a psychologist.

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I am 62 years old female and I am suffering from depression and high blood pressure. Give some suggestions to overcome from depression.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am 62 years old female and I am suffering from depression and high blood pressure. Give some suggestions to overcom...
You must go and meet with a counselor immediately and if that person advises that you meet with a doctor you must do so and cooperate to your utmost. Please visit these professionals along with your parents. In the meantime please do the following sincerely because you could resolve the problem better with good cooperation: Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber, nuts, avocado, exercise regularly, eat dark chocolate, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. I suggest you do the opposite of what this depression makes you feel like doing (actually, not doing): you will need to fight this condition. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch sitcoms on TV or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least, 30 minutes but not in the scorching heat. Whatever happens, please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings. Don’t wait for others to help. Use your own motivation, which might be at its lowest, but persevere and win this battle. Above all to be really happy, you need to live in love and for love. Learn all about emotions and how to handle them and that will get you out of the depression rather easily and quickly. A counselor is there only to facilitate you, all the hard word must come from you, and your cooperation with that person is very critical for your success. Be positive every day and learn to be contented with what you have. Do some left brain exercises: it is the happy brain. Here are a few suggestions: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do callisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. Whatever happens please cooperate with the therapy and do not discontinue until the condition is completely resolved. Please do whatever is permissible for your age.
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Sir I want to stop smoking. I don't know to how want to stop smoking. My hands are started swearing sir. Give me a good result.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Only by using strong will power and avoiding all situations where you feel like smoking, chewing tobacco/ or drugs or drinking or using drugs/ weed, avoiding friends who smoke and diverting mind by reading or chewing a gum, like NICORETTE and taking a walk when you crave for a smoke can all help. You can chew Nicorette gum which is nicotine replacement. There are medicines available. Which can be prescribed if asked personally Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 60 lakh people worldwide every year. More than 50% of regular smokers would invariably die from tobacco-related illnesses which includes heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lung diseases. Best age to stop smoking is before 40.
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I am 31 year old n I am suffering from depression. Undesired thoughts comes in mind. For example, regarding my wife. Before many years wen my wife was in school a boy proposed her n she denied. Now wen I hear the name of that boy or see him, I feel trouble, anxiety n panic disorder. I know there was nothing wrong still doubts disturbs me. So please suggest.

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
I am 31 year old n I am suffering from depression. Undesired thoughts comes in mind. For example, regarding my wife. ...
Please do meditation to relieve stress/anxiety. You are taking unnecessary tension for to get nothing out of nothing. Take Five phos 4 tabs twice daily for next 2 weeks and revert back.
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I am constantly having tired feeling, experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness. And in night I can't sleep until 3 o clock, I have no motivation to do things, I am able to concentrate for only small time, all times I am worrying about my condition, I used to hesitate or postpone my works. Why this happening.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
I am constantly having tired feeling, experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness. And in night I can't sleep until 3 o...
Hello- your symptoms suggests of excessive mental exhaustion. Try these tips and medicines (ayurvedic)- a) at no situation condition try to sleep at day time. B) massage your scalp with plain amla oil daily before going to bed. C) massage your foot soles with cows ghee at bed time. D) drink milk with a sweet before going to sleep. E) use kalyanak ghritam 1 tsp twice daily after meals.
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Phd, Mphil, MSc, Bed, BA (Clinical Psychologist and Parent Child Relationship Expert)
Psychologist, Noida
Beat depression by following simple routine.
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How could I decrease my stress when starting any work including talking with others?

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
How could I decrease my stress when starting any work including talking with others?
Hi lybrate-user, Hope this helps: Prepare to Start Strong First and foremost, no matter who you're speaking to or where, prepare yourself to start strong. You can't talk quietly and mutter and hope that you'll break out of it and be more confident later. You have to start talking loud, proud, and actively right away so that you don't let yourself develop any negative habits. Exercise Beforehand Use general stress reduction tips - like exercise, but also sleep, healthy eating, and even relaxation strategies - to make sure that your mind and body are more relaxed before you start speaking to others. Exercise itself is profoundly beneficial, as it has a calming effect on the brain, increases confidence, and reduces the ability to feel more pronounced anxiety symptoms. Practice Embarrassment One strategy that some people find effective is practicing feeling embarrassed until you no longer fear it. You can actually find this fairly fun. Consider doing naturally embarrassing activities like going out in a clown outfit and standing in public, or singing 80's music loudly in the street. The more you can get used to the idea of being embarrassed, the more you'll stop fearing it. Work Your Way Up You should also strongly consider smaller speaking engagements and working your way up to the number of people you talk to/in front of. Speaking in front of 3 people is much different than speaking in front of 300. At some point you'll find your anxiety increase. Find that point, and work your way up with the number of people you're speaking in front of until you no longer find it quite as upsetting. Practice Until You're Bored With It Anxiety with the material (if you're giving a presentation) can exacerbate speaking anxiety. Even if you know what you're going to say by heart, if you have any concerns that you're going to forget the content, those concerns will grow larger when you're actually speaking. Practice, practice, and practice some more, until you're so familiar with everything you're going to say that you will probably have dreams about it. Also, Try Pictures, Visualization, Laughing Just Before You Speak Sometimes we don’t realize we’re nervous until just before it’s our turn to speak. You may feel calm and prepared until just before your name is called. If you’re out of view, you can try methods such as looking at a baby photo, smiling big, telling yourself a joke or taking big deep breaths. If you’re in plain sight, use your brain to calm yourself. Try visualization or discreet, deep breathing. Keep a smile on your face and try to look relaxed. Consult a psychologist to learn more techniques and ease your anxiety by eliminating it from root. All the best.
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Midnight I went to a doctor in emergency because I was feeling shivered, cold sweats, anxiety he prescribed me IV pantoprazole and and tab epitril 0.5 mg and asked me to take rest for few time and again consult me but I felt relieved after taking the dose and he asked the same that its due to acid reflux he prescribed tab. pantoprazole and some B complex syrup for 3 days.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Midnight I went to a doctor in emergency because I was feeling shivered, cold sweats, anxiety he prescribed me IV pan...
Hey I feel its the correct treatment. But it might also be a panic attack or heart related problem. I suggest you get an ECG done just to rule out any cardiac issue.
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I am 25 years old. I am suffering anxiety disorder please tell me world best medicine for this treatment. Those medicine get easily in medicine stores in mumbai.

L L. B..,, M.Sc psychy,, N L P, P.G.D.G.C, M.S psychotherapy,, M.A child care, M A, clinical psy, M.A,social psychiatry,, M.Phil., psychology., Ph.D .,psychology
Psychologist, Vijayawada
I am 25 years old. I am suffering anxiety disorder please tell me world best medicine for this treatment. Those medic...
in my opinion it is not good to use medicine. It has some side effects. Better to control yourself or better to take the help of psychologist. Online medicine using it is not good to you. Direct patient observation it will not cured for one consultation. It will take generally six months medication period. How you continue with online medication. So it is better to leave of this thought. It is not good to go for medicine at this age. Better to relax yourself. Do not sit alone and do not think too much about this problem. Yoga and meditation will helpful in anxiety disorder. Be share your personal feelings and problems with your close friends and family members. Be sociable all the time and be happy. Ok all the best.
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I am student and I am not able to focus and study for long time. How to Focus on studies and study for longer hours?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Daily exercise of at least half an hour is a must. Even if you go to a gym, ask for aerobic and/or callisthenic exercises with whatever else you are doing. A healthy body harbors a healthy mind. With regard to memory, it is very important that your brain and body is ideally rested to be able to recall whatever is required, rather comfortably. Puzzles pose problems to the brain that help it to use new pathways and neurons, which give the brain considerable exercise. It taxes the left brain to use logic to solve the myriad possibilities which other activities do not stimulate. Crosswords are excellent for vocabulary learning and use. Jigsaws and Rubik cube stimulate different permutations to finally settle on the most likely one. Picture completion and anagrams help approach problem-solving from several angles. Do Sudoku, and memory co-relation activities and skills. Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber (whole grains, fruits and vegetables), nuts, avocado, eat dark chocolate, consume less of fat and use olive oil instead, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. You need to check out if you are stronger visual or auditory. The visual is a better mode than the auditory. However, if you combine the two modes, you will get the best concentration. Have a special place of learning, which should be well lit, with soft painted walls, well-ventilated, with no distractions. When you get bored, study by writing. If you repeat learning, at least, five to seven times, you will apparently remember for a longer time. Sit comfortably but do not slouch. The reading material should be of a fairly large print. Study at small intervals of about 40 minutes and then take a break or change the subject. Short-term memory is a faculty of the left brain, and long-term memory is a feature of the right brain. When people are stressed, they tend to favor the right brain and abandon the left brain, where short-term memory resides. So, it is really very simple: deal with the stress and activate left brain functions. Here are a few suggestions to activate left brain function: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do callisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. There is a new exercise called Super Brain Yoga, which is done by holding the right earlobe with your left thumb and index finger, and the left earlobe with your right hand’s thumb and index finger. In this position, you must squat down and rise up and do this for five minutes every day. There is some memory enhancing techniques and study methods that your teacher will be able to guide you with. If your home life is full of distractions and stress, it is likely to affect your memory, adversely. In that case, I suggest that the family goes for counseling too. The following foods do help too: Blueberries, walnuts, turmeric, Spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, acorn squash, green tea, oily fish, boiled egg, turkey, apples, oatmeal, leafy greens, lentils, pumpkin seeds, avocado, cinnamon, thyme, sunflower seeds, and red wine. Avoid sugar and junk food.
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M feeling headache whenever my mood off and in night I can't sleep until it's 4'0 clock I can't find out the reason and M not feeling good my mind busy somewhere and still don't know , I can't concentrate my life is not cool or happy don't know what happen to me.

psychologist
Psychologist, Delhi
M feeling headache whenever my mood off and in night I can't sleep until it's 4'0 clock I can't find out the reason a...
Dear user due to work pressure and busy life schedule many youths are facing this type of problem. Because of your irregular sleeping cycle you are not feeling well. Try to sleep before 10-11 pm and sleep for 7-8 hours lie down at 10-11 pm and read some book don't consume tea coffee at sleeping time after 4-5 days your condition will improve. Consult any psychologist. Take care.
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Causes of Depression-

M.Sc Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, P.G.Diploma in pachakarma, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Causes of Depression-
Depression Causes-

There is no single cause of depression. You can develop it for different reasons and it has many different triggers.
For some, an upsetting or stressful life event – such as bereavement, divorce, illness, redundancy and job or money worries – can be the cause.

Often, different causes combine to trigger depression. For example, you may feel low after an illness and then experience a traumatic event, such as bereavement, which brings on depression.

People often talk about a "downward spiral" of events that leads to depression. For example, if your relationship with your partner breaks down, you're likely to feel low, so you stop seeing friends and family and you may start drinking more. All of this can make you feel even worse and trigger depression.
Some studies have also suggested you're more likely to get depression as you get older, and that it's more common if you live in difficult social and economic circumstances.

Stressful events-
Most people take time to come to terms with stressful events, such as bereavement or a relationship breakdown. When these stressful events happen, you have a higher risk of becoming depressed if you stop seeing your friends and family and you try to deal with your problems on your own.

Illness-
You may have a higher risk of depression if you have a long standing or life-threatening illness, such as coronary heart disease or cancer.
Head injuries are also an often under-recognised cause of depression. A severe head injury can trigger mood swings and emotional problems.

Some people may have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) resulting from problems with their immune system. In rarer cases a minor head injury can damage the pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland at the base of your brain that produces thyroid-stimulating hormones.
This can cause a number of symptoms, such as extreme tiredness and a loss of interest in sex (loss of libido), which can in turn lead to depression.

Personality-
You may be more vulnerable to depression if you have certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem or being overly self-critical. This may be because of the genes you've inherited from your parents, or because of your early life experiences.

Family history-
If someone else in your family has suffered from depression in the past, such as a parent or sister or brother, then it's more likely you will too.

Giving birth-
Some women are particularly vulnerable to depression after pregnancy. The hormonal and physical changes, as well as added responsibility of a new life, can lead to postnatal depression.

Loneliness-
Becoming cut off from your family and friends can increase your risk of depression.

Alcohol and drugs-
Some people try to cope when life is getting them down by drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs. This can result in a spiral of depression.
Cannabis helps you relax, but there is evidence that it can bring on depression, especially in teenagers.
And don't be tempted to drown your sorrows with a drink. Alcohol is categorised as a "strong depressant" and actually makes depression worse.
Depression can be triggered by more than one factor.
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Hi I have a problem with me I once had some tension and went to doctor he said it would be a heart problem and asked to check up I gone through all check at last it was all normal after that I suddenly get lot of fear on my mind and I checked the symptoms on net it says anxiety can any one suggest how to over come from this.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
Hi I have a problem with me I once had some tension and went to doctor he said it would be a heart problem and asked ...
Inability to overcome anxiety on a daily basis even with best of efforts to relax counts for an anxiety disorder. this needs management with a combination of the right medications and behaviour therapies for anxiety and stress management. Consult online for any further queries and managemnt
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I am on my period but on day one got a few drops and it stopped. I feel bloated .today should be day two and flow shud be normal but nothing. I've had a stressful month. Diets been not that good .kindly suggest.

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynecology, Fellowship in Infertility (IVF Specialist)
Gynaecologist, Aurangabad
I am on my period but on day one got a few drops and it stopped.
I feel bloated .today should be day two and flow shu...
Hi lybrate user, this type of period pattern could be due to stress, hormonal imbalance or diet change also don't worry. Observe 2or more periods then get evaluated.
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