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Deaddiction With Out Side Effects!

Homeopath, Malappuram

The most commonly abused drugs include:

* Marijuana
* lsd
* Cocaine
* Heroin


Marijuana is a plant indigenous to asia, and is commonly consumed in three forms:

* hashish the resin of the plant usually reddish brown to black in colour
* ganja refers to the leaves and stem, and is usually greenish in colour
*bhangaa dark brown or black preparation of marijuana leaves and flowers and other additives such as herbs and spices

Common terms and definitions:
* Hashish is also known as hemp, hash, charas, cream, malana cream, afghan snow, kasa, bombay black
* other terms for ganja are pot, grass, dope, mary jane, weed, blunt, herb
* Spliff: marijuana cigarette
* Bong: water pipe for smoking
* Joint / bob: marijuana cigarette made of rolling paper
* Ganga-Jamuna: marijuana-hash combination

How is it consumed?

Bhang is usually eaten or mixed with a cold drink of milk and dry fruits. Hashish and ganja are crushed and mixed with tobacco. The mixture is rolled in a cigarette and smoked.

Visible signs
* Bloodshot eyes
* Extreme form of anxiety or fear
* Uncontrollable bouts of laughter
* Lack of clear and orderly thought or behaviour
* Sluggish speech
* Eating binges
* Peculiar herbal smell in hair, clothes, or in the area where the drug was consumed
* Presence of marijuana seeds, smoking devices (chillums and bongs), smoking paper'roaches' (rolled-up cardboard to create an artificial filter)

Health risks

* it is estimated that one marijuana cigarette is equivalent to five tobacco cigarettes in terms of damage to the body.
* a marijuana abuser risks all the dangers of smoking and many more, including brain damage, infertility, and loss of memory.
* marijuana is a gateway drug, which means that prolonged abuse of marijuana leads to a higher tolerance to the drug, resulting in the abuser trying dangerous drugs such as heroin and cocaine.


Lysergic acid diethylamide (lsd) is a popular party drug, which is extremely potent even in small quantities. This odourless, tasteless, and colourless drug can induce strong hallucinations where the user sees different colours and has strange experiences.

Common terms and definitions: acid, stamp, lucy, sunshine, microdots

How is it consumed?

lsd is usually licked or swallowed. It is sold as tablets, capsules, or in its liquid form added to sugar cubes, postage stamps'windowpanes' (gelatine or cellophane), blotters (small pieces of paper).

Visible signs

* High body temperature
* Dilation of pupils
* Increased heart beat and blood pressure
* Sweating
* Loss of appetite

Health risks

* the worst effect of lsd is what is known as a'bad trip' in which users develop extreme forms of paranoia and fear.
*'flashback' or a sudden recurrence of the user's experience can trigger traumatic or strange experiences, even after many hours or months of abstaining from the drug.
* fatal accidents can occur with lsd usage, especially while driving.
* schizophrenia and severe depression may occur with long-term use.


Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant derived from the leaves of the coca plant. It is usually a white crystalline powder. Crack, a cheaper form of cocaine, is even more addictive and dangerous than cocaine. Even a single dose is enough to trigger addiction. Cocaine abusers typically develop a tolerance to the drug, and take in higher doses to maintain the same high.

Common terms and definitions:

coke, namak (salt in hindi) coca, flake, snow, heaven dust, crack

How is it consumed?

Cocaine is either snorted or dissolved in a liquid and then injected. Some also mix cocaine with cannabis and tobacco and smoke it.

Visible signs

* fast speech or talkativeness
* increased heart rate and blood pressure
* dilated pupils
* panic
* runny or bloody nose
* restlessness, irritability, sleeplessness
* bouts of high energy followed by exhaustion

Health risks

* seizure, cardiac arrest, respiratory problems that can lead to death
* hallucinations
* severe paranoia
* hiv and other diseases resulting from infected needles


Heroin is a highly addictive derivative of morphine, an extract from the poppy plant. In its purest form, it is a white powder but can also be brown in colour because of the presence of impurities. However, heroin is never sold in its pure form, and is often mixed with talcum powder, starch, sugar, powdered milk, or quinine. As the drug is adulterated, it is difficult to determine the actual dose of heroin, which can be fatal. 

After just few hours or days of the last administration, withdrawal symptoms such as intense craving for the drug, restlessness, pain, sleeplessness, vomiting, and kicking can be seen in the average heroin abuser.

Common terms and definitions:

smack, horse, junk, h, skag

How is it consumed?

A tin foil containing heroin powder is heated underneath. This results in the solid powder turning into a liquid. Users either inhale the fumes or inject the liquid. Heroin is also smoked.

Visible signs 

The heroin addict typically rushes to the bathroom in the morning for his morning dose. Heroin abuse also often causes constipation, leading to prolonged use of the bathroom. Here are other visible signs of heroin abuse:
* runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever, chills
* mental confusion
* staggered gait
* lack of hygiene
* poor appetite
* vomiting
* scratch marks
* pupil dilation
* calmness (when high) and restlessness (when not high)

Health risks

* coma
* death
* hiv and other diseases resulting from infected needles
* collapsed veins
* infections

Other drugs 

Identifying a drug abuser is not easy because there are several drugs with different effects and health risks. Some drugs are available for research, medical, and other legal uses, but are often abused. If you spot any suspicious behaviour in your child, do not panic, but consult a qualified medical professional with experience in drug abuse treatment. A few other commonly abused groups of drugs include:

* Opiods: opium and morphine, along with heroin, belong to the group of drugs derived from the poppy plant.  
* hallucinogens: in addition to ecstasy, drugs like mescaline and psilocybin are often used to induce altered states of perception. * 
* inhalants: paint thinners, petrol, gases (butane, propane, and laughing gas) are easily available but highly dangerous, causing death within seconds. Every year, several teenagers accidentally inhale these substances, with some developing an addiction over time.

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I have a memory loss problem. I forget the things which I usually do few hours ago.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, loss of memory, lack of concentration may cause due to stress, anxiety, over pressure of work, insomnia, malnutrition, some sort of serious diseases. Be, stress free, first. Go for meditation to reduce your stress, nourish your neurones to calm your nerve down to restore your memory, back. Tk, plenty of water free from contaminants to eliminate toxins &'regulate your metabolism to absorb protein, vitamins, minerals, energy & other important substance essential to upkeep, repair & energise the body, preventing constipation. Tk, easily digestible diet on time avoiding gastric disbalence which may produce negative feelings. Tk homoeo medicne: @ anacardium 30-6 pills, thrice orally. @ five phos 4x-4 tbs, thrice a day. Avoid, junk food, alcohol, nicotine, tk care, i'll love your feedback for further, follow up, please.
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What happens when a person frequently gets depressed thinking about something or other. What should be done to make them come out of it?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
What happens when a person frequently gets depressed thinking about something or other.
What should be done to make t...
At your age this claim is serious. If you have depression then there are some major ramifications to take into account. I believe there may be some genetic predisposition or there has been some childhood issue, related to anger, that needs urgent attention. 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.
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Whenever I get excited stressed or tensed I get poop pressure and I have to go toilet immediately. I also check my thyroid hormone but it is normal. So I ask why this happened to me how I can solve this problem.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Whenever I get excited stressed or tensed I get poop pressure and I have to go toilet immediately. I also check my th...
When people are very scared they tend to increase urination and may increase bowel movement. You should meet with a counselor and deal with your fear. The stress that you feel is not dependent on the stressor: It is entirely dependent on your perception of stress. Life is difficult no doubt, as a general rule, but what we do adds to the stress in our response. We add to the stress of life instead of reducing it or learning to deal with it. Many of us follow a policy of avoidance. We cannot do that all of our lives. So the first thing to do is to change your perception. For example, look at it as a challenge that you would like to meet with a positive outlook. See everything as a gift from God to perform as though you are doing it for Him. God never gives us work to do beyond our capacity. Build a good constitution mentally, emotionally and physically to combat stress. Eat healthily, sleep well, and exercise regularly. Talk about your emotions regularly to a good friend or counselor every day. Learn stress management techniques. Do Yoga and meditation. Pray every day to God to give you the strength, and offer your work as a prayer to Him – you will give your best and you will feel so satisfied when you do it well.
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Hi , I am male 32 years age . I am working as a software proffessional . I work hard . I have many achievements . I am loyal to my company . But recently due to politics , selfishness , jealousy , people who has higher authority are keeping me out of the things that I want to be part of , so that I do not get opportunities to showcase my abilities to command a team . This neglect , ill treatement is causing huge depression and demotivation and unrest in me . I have worked in this company for lat 7 years and I do not wish to leave it as there are some people in the company who has been pretty close to me . Please advice me what to do . Thank you .

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, politics and competition are an integral part of any profession and you should learn to overcome those stresses. They are stress and emotional problems. Understanding may not be enough. You should be educated thoroughly. Being a person in this field for many years, I think I will be able to help you. Take care.
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I am from India. I would like to know what is the natural way to improve the serotonin level.

MD - Psychiatry, Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychology , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
I am from India. I would like to know what is the natural way to improve the serotonin level.
Drink milk and milk products relaxation, exercise and meditation will incre ase serotonin naturally.
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I am 33 year old male. Having lots of tension and negative thoughts. As a part of negative thoughts totally sink in depression. So, is there any kashayum advisable in ayurvedic system to over come this tensions or depression s.

Ayurveda, Alwar
I am 33 year old male. Having lots of tension and negative thoughts. As a part of negative thoughts totally sink in d...
Start @ Dhayan and Anuloom-vilom prayanam. Take kashayum ,Sraswatarisht 20 ml with 40 ml water after meal. U feel improvement in your problem.
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My wife was in relationship before marriage due to this I live in tension and thing about her relationship every time. What should I do?

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
My wife was in relationship before marriage due to this I live in tension and thing about her relationship every time...
You both need to talk to each other. If you find difficult to sort out issues among yourselves, consult a psychiatrist/ psychologist. The fact that you are seeking help shows you care for your wife and wish to avoid thoughts of her previous relationships. However you need to get clarifications about your thought and feelings that keep haunting your mind.
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I am depressed quite a lot for I am 60 years old and feel I have a very short time left with me now though I am medically fit I am scared of death and think so much would be left for me to do should I die in only a couple of years?

BDS, Certification In Hypnotherapy, Certification In N.L.P, Certification In Gene & Behavior, Psychology At Work
Psychologist, Delhi
I am depressed quite a lot for I am 60 years old and feel I have a very short time left with me now though I am medic...
Sir, Don't fixate to a fear, which has no foundation.You are free to use your imagination & feel fearful, insecure and feel bad. but life is uncertain, life events shape-up as they have to, You may have three years or even three decades left!! Unburden your insecurities, doubts to destiny & enjoy the present. Take a counseling session , if possible
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Hi, I smoke cigarette badly and I could not get controlling, I can't have food properly I need become at least 50 kg of weight kindly suggest me. Thankfully.

Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Please seek professional help if you are not able to quit by yourself. You will benefit for counseling which is aimed at helping you quit. Some people benefit from nicotine replacement which is available with pharmacy. Try to keep a diary and more down the number of cigarettes to smoke everyday. Set a quit date. Keep yourself busy. If you get a craving try to distract yourself. How this helps Regards.
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