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Dr. Swagata Sinha

Psychiatrist, Kolkata

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Why Does Depression Make Us Feel Guilt or Shame?

M.Phil in Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. Psychology
Psychologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Why Does Depression Make Us Feel Guilt or Shame?

In order to answer this question, it is important that we first discuss what depression is. Feeling sad, lonely or low is very common. So how can we point out which is depression and which is sadness? Well, sadness is a fleeting feeling and is the most normal reaction to loss or life’s struggle. Depression, on the other hand, is pretty permanent (may be not permanent, but it may last really really long or may occur very frequently, if not consulted with a professional). It is so overwhelming and inexplicable that these mental feelings start involving physical symptoms as well. Depression can keep an individual from leading a normal and an active life.

Depression, if not treated, may take an even worse form and might possibly end at suicide. Clinically, certain symptoms that occur persistently might point towards depression.

  1. Inability to concentrate
  2. Fatigue
  3. Guilt and shame
  4. Insomnia
  5. Irritability
  6. Hopelessness
  7. Eating disorders
  8. Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  9. Persistent headaches, pains, aches, digestive problems
  10. Empty feeling
  11. Suicidal thoughts

Here comes the part about guilt and shame. One of the very common symptoms of depression is feeling of unnecessary guilt or shame. Guilt is a feeling of remorse or regret for violating an internal value. Shame is an overall feeling of self contempt. While both these are pretty normal feelings for a normal individual, for depressed individuals, these feelings get magnified to unimaginable extents.

How are these manifested?

  1. Constantly apologising for things one hasn’t done
  2. Blaming themselves for everything
  3. Thinking they don’t deserve happiness
  4. Feeling inferior or unworthy
  5. Feeling of being a burden

The next plausible question is why does this happen?

These feelings generally tend to go back to childhood. People who have faced childhood traumas or have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused are more prone to feelings of depressive guilt or shame. In the young age, they do not really have proper understanding of the situation and hence they end up blaming themselves. During adulthood, they keep believing the same, thus causing intense feelings of guilt and shame. A lot of counselling can bring such individuals to the understanding that whatever happened to them as children was never their fault.

Also, it has been researched that the region in the human brain associated with shame and guilt is unusually active in depressed individuals. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Psychologist.

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I am 25 years old, I am getting lot of tensions due to that I am facing lot of headache frequently is there any solution.

General Physician, Delhi
I am 25 years old, I am getting lot of tensions due to that I am facing lot of headache frequently  is there any solu...
Check for eye sight. Blood pressure. Headache could be due to stress or tension too, too much tv, computer watching can lead to such headache. Advice to not use tv and computers for long time,

I do make very good plans for my studies, extra activities and new startups but I am never (literally never) able to accomplish my task. As if my mind plays games with me. My reckless mind is controlling my brain, my body and my soul. I certainly cannot progress like this. What should I do?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
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 CONCENTRATION TIPS Here’s some tips to get into a state of deep concentration where work / or studies flow easily so that you can do well in examinations/ and or do your work well. 1) Cut Off the Noise Getting into a state of concentration can take at least fifteen minutes. If you are getting distracted every five, you can’t possibly focus entirely on your work. Request that people don’t interrupt you when working on a big project. If you are required to answer phones and drop-in’s immediately, schedule work when the office is less busy. 2) Structure Your Environment The place you work can have an impact on your ability to focus. Try to locate yourself so you are facing potential distractions such as doors, phones or windows. This way you can take a glance to assess sounds that would otherwise break your focus. 3) Clarify Objectives Know what your goal is clearly before you start. If you aren’t sure what the end result is, the confusion will make it impossible to focus. 4) Divide Blobs. If you have a large project that needs work, clearly identify a path that you will use to get started working on it. If the sequence of actions isn’t obvious, it will be difficult to concentrate. Taking a few minutes to plan not only your end result, but the order you will complete any steps, can save hours in wasted thinking. 5) Know the Rules Get clear on what the guidelines are for the task ahead. What level of quality do you need? What standards do you need to follow? What constraints are there? If the rules aren’t clear from the outset, you will slip out of concentration as you ponder them later. 6) Set a Deadline Deadlines have both advantages and disadvantages when trying to force concentration. A deadline can make it easier to forget the non-essential and speed up your working time. If you give yourself only an hour to design a logo, you will keep it simple and avoid fiddling with extravagant designs. Time limits have disadvantages when they cause you to worry about the time you have left instead of the task itself. 7) Break down Roadblocks Roadblocks occur whenever you hit a tricky problem in your work. This can happen when you run out of ideas or your focus wavers. Break down roadblocks by brainstorming or planning on a piece of paper. Writing out your thought processes can keep you focused even if you might become frustrated. 8) Isolate Yourself Become a hermit and stay away from other people if you want to get work done. Unless your work is based on other people they will only break your focus. Create a private space and refuse to talk to anyone until your work is finished. Put a sign on your door to steer away drop-ins and don’t answer your phone. 9) Healthy Body, Sharper Mind What you put into your body affects the way you concentrate. Nobody would expect peak performance if they showed up drunk to work. But if you allow yourself to get chronic sleep deprivation, overuse stimulants like caffeine or eat dense, fatty foods your concentration will suffer. Try to cut out one of your unhealthy habits for just thirty days to see if there is a difference in your energy levels. I’ve found even small steps can create dramatic changes in my ability to focus. 10) Be Patient Before I write an article, I often sit at my desk for a fifteen or twenty minutes before I put finger on the keyboard. During this time I feel a strong urge to leave or do something else. But I know that if I am patient, I’ll stumble upon an idea to write about and enter a state of flow. Without a little patience, you can’t take advantage of flow when it rushed through you. If you need strong concentration I recommend periods of 90-120 minutes. Any less than that and you will waste too much time getting started before the flow can continue. More than this is possible to sustain focus, but you will probably benefit from a quick break. These are the general guidelines for concentration, studying well or doing your job. Regards.
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My mother sometimes have cold , cough and because of that sometimes she has problem in breathing ,pain in body and indigestion .can you tell me any ayurvedic or home made remedies.

General Physician, Mumbai
My mother sometimes have cold , cough and because of that sometimes she has problem in breathing ,pain in body and in...
Dear lybrateuser, -She should avoid cold fluids, have more of warm fluids like water, tea, coffee, soup -do steam inhalation 2-3 times a day & warm salt water gargles three times a day -she can take one teaspoon of honey in one glass of warm water -mix half teaspoon of haldi & pinch of kesar in one glass of warm milk -avoid spicy, sour & fried foods, she should have more of fruits & vegetables including green leafy & seasonal ones & make them with onions & garlic.
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I lost some body close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to any self all the time, please help me.

Homeopath, Faridabad
I lost some body close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to any self all the time, plea...
Hello, take Natrum mur 200 ch , 5 drops, single dose. Kali phos 6X , 5 tabs twice daily. Do meditation for half an hour , daily in the morning. Try to keep yourself busy in other activities. Take care.
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Well I am 18 year old guy and suffering from soriosis because of my stress so how to control it.

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
Well I am 18 year old guy and suffering from soriosis because of my stress so how to control it.
Take Sulphur 0/4 daily one dose for 2 weeks. It get reduced... Still if you have any query, then please ask. Take care. :)
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Yesterday I have been suggested below medicines by my doctor for the Loose Motion but don't know which is Body Pain medicine. Having much body pain so kindly suggest medicines for body pain. 1. Rifagut 2.Rantac 3. Ennis 4. econorm Sachet.

General Physician, Mumbai
Yesterday I have been suggested below medicines by my doctor for the Loose Motion but don't know which is Body Pain m...
well I don't know about Ennis ...but rest of them are not pain killers...please take paracetamol for body ache.
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Help your loved ones in quiting smoking through smoking cessation therapy

Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian (RD), PGDD, Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S), General Physician
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Help your loved ones in quiting smoking through smoking cessation therapy
Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7, 000 chemicals; hundreds are harmful. It is a statistically proven fact that smokers suffer a lot in life.
People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. One is never too old to quit.
Smoking is now classified as a disease by many health researchers and sophisticated treatment plans are now available to help people cure the disease of smoking. I have been helping many patients quit smoking through a personalized smoking cessation plan which involves few medications, diet and exercise. Consult privately on lybrate for your own personalized smoking cessation plan.
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My memory is not so good I can't remember the things mostly. What should I do to improve my memory?

Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, take Bacopa monnn.1x, 2 tabs twice daily. Do meditation for half an hour in the morning daily. revert me after 1 month.
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How To free Mind From Stress. If I hav Very Minor prblm in Life. Till my Mind become stressful For That minor problem wat to do.

Ph. D - Psychology, Professional Certified Coach
Psychologist, Ahmedabad
How To free Mind From Stress.
If I hav Very Minor prblm in Life.
Till my Mind become stressful For That minor problem...
When line of negativity feels long and strong. Slowly one need to work on building positivity back. I will suggest you few things below, incorporating them slowly in your day will help you make this transition. If you have something which happened recently which is making you feel negative then may be you need to talk to someone about it specifically to figure out the best way to deal with the situation. What you are feeling is conic stress due to our fast life style. You could also this as feeling burnout. To begin with doing guided progressive muscular relaxation before sleeping will help you relax. You could google and download an audio file. I would also suggest you to take a multiple small break to take 3 nice and deep breath while keeping your eyes closed. You could do this while sitting or standing or while even walking or climbing stairs (keep your eyes open in that case). When you take a nice and deep break there is actual physiological change in your body. Thus will help you to activate parasympathetic nervous system which promotes relaxation and helps you calm down and think more clearly. This will also actually improve your performance in your work. Along with this exercise is one of the best way to relive stress and stay fit. Engage in any kind of physical activity at least 4 times a week. This also helps in stress reduction. Along with this some relaxation exercises as well as engaging in joyful activities such as music, singing, dancing, reading, being in nature, gardening, talking with friends or anything which you enjoy will help reducing stress and rejuvenation of your mind and body. Have good routine for sleep and eating. Lot of research has now proven that sugar is very harmful for our health. Reduce sugar and refined white floor in your diet as much as you could. Along with this also increase consumption of raw vegetables in the form of salad in both the meals of your day. If you need help in exploring what works best for you and make this into your life style do let me know. As a trained wellness coach I could help you tailored your own holistic wellness program. Hope this helps if you are interested in short 4 to 8 week resilience training you may contact me. Wishing you very best.
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I am a daily routine smoker and I have try to quit but its so tough for me so sir can you suggest me some kind of tips to reduce the some present in my lungs? Like some juices or?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Masters in psychology counselling
Psychologist, Hyderabad
Dear lybrate-user, it is good that you wants to stop smoking, try this method we are destroying our health by smoking normal human takes oxygen into lungs 12 -15 times per minute (12 - 15 breaths) lungs mixes oxygen in blood and it purifies our blood, by smoking we are mixing not only oxygen adding and mixing bad elements like nicotine etc. In oxygen, that spoils our blood and our body all organs like lungs, heart, kidney etc. In our body. How to quit: by willingness and willpower" where there is a will there is a way" reduce one by one day by day. If you need any support have counseling help.
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I feel a lot horny and have the feeling of having sex always and attracted towards girls a lot. What should I do?

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I feel a lot horny and have the feeling of having sex always and attracted towards girls a lot. What should I do?
Hi, try to divert your mind into something productive. Stay away from all the triggers that arouse you. Do meditation.
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Hi. I am 23 years old. I have OCD. But I don't get panic attacks. BP is normal. And I don't worry heavily. Sleep is normal. No alcohol, no smoking. Recently I got conjunctivitis. It reduced in a week. But I am observing that every time I eat a sweet, the symptoms of conjunctivitis again. I am afraid of having diabetes. If not ,then why does it happen? I walk almost 2 kms everyday, Perform deep breathing exercises and don't eat too much sweets. My weight reduced by 3 kg because of new environment, but increased by 5 kg when I adjusted to it.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health problem. Symptoms typically include recurring thoughts and repetitive actions in response to the recurring thoughts. A common example is recurring thoughts about germs and dirt, with a need to wash your hands repeatedly to "clean off the germs" However, there are many other examples. The usual treatments are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medicine, or both. Treatment often works well to reduce the symptoms and distress of OCD greatly.
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I am a boy who want to be a girl. I am very much enthusiastic to wear my sister's clothes without knowing her. I just spend my time in reading male to female transformation stories. Any lady Dr. please help me.

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 lybrate user. Wearing female clothes and having fun and reading transgender books and having fun is called transvestism. This is quite normal and there is nothing worry. With this behavior disorder you cannot become a girl at all. When you grow up and mature, these fantasies and thoughts will vanish. Take care.
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I am a 39 year old woman with a 4 years old son. I am a single mother, working as a Director with one of the automotive groups. Normally I am a very happy and easy going but lately I have started loosing my patience on small little things and anger is always sitting on my head. Whenever things around me are not very positive and any of my work keeps pending for long, I completely lose it and feel heavily depressed. Kindly suggest some remedy for keeping my cool and accept negativity with a cheerful zeal.

MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (UWS, Glasgow)
Psychiatrist, Delhi
I am a 39 year old woman with a 4 years old son. I am a single mother, working as a Director with one of the automoti...
First of all, let me congratulate you on all your achievements and for your courage and strength. Single mother with four year old child and director says volumes about the strength and resilience of your personality. Your current problems most likely represent an impending depressive episode. Please make sure your thyroid levels are normal. Also make sure hemoglobin is normal. In any case you will probably need safe antidepressants like escitalopram or sertraline under medical supervision. Few more details that I will need are whether you have any other medical or psychological problems, and whether you have family history of bipolar disorder? Remember, DEPRESSION IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS, IT IS A SIGN OF HAVING TRIED TO REMAIN STRONG FOR TOO LONG! Take care!
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My age is 30. I have more emotionally attach with my husband so when he hurt me at that time i m totally being negative.And i feel that i m so alone and my mind become so stressful at that time i think about suicide or want to go very far from my family.So i want to know is there a problem in my mind? I have BP problem also.And i am under treatment for BP.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You may be very sensitive and you may also have weak ego boundaries. These two in combination is causing havoc to you and to the relationship. You must learn to detach from your husband and know where he is responsible for something and where you are. You take on the entire blame easily on yourself and your reasoning is getting clouded in the bargain. The fact that you have a BP problem at such an early age suggests that you stress yourself very much and you do not handle it well either. You may be getting very angry and are unable to contain it and that leads to thoughts of suicide. It is not worth dying for anybody. You cannot be so delicate as a person. You must toughen yourself and develop your defenses to a stronger level. In fact most of what you are supposed to take as precautions for your BP, will be good for you. There is a very comprehensive book written by Dr. Dean Ornish titled, Reversing the Heart Disease. It is an excellent read and gives you amazing guidelines as to how to conduct your life in many areas of concern. Very simply I can say that he proposes exercise, stress management, Yoga and meditation, vegetarian diet, and no smoking. Meet with a counselor to determine how and where you developed this delicacy and sort it out. I would also suggest a personality development course that addresses the five areas of concern: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual.
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Hi I am 24 years old and I have noticed that I am losing sense of time, my stereoscopic vision and my concentration too and I always feel tired I don't know what it is I want to get normal again please help.

M.Sc - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Its difficult to diagnose on the basis of symptoms you have described. It can due to depression or there might be some other cause. You should consult an expert to determine this.
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I am suffering from full body pain after getting up from sleep. What should i do?

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
I am suffering from full body pain after getting up from sleep. What should i do?
It looks like you are anaemic. If you have back pain after you sit for long hours or lying for long hours then it is due to your haemoglobin levels as it is important to check that. Anaemia always leads to the symptoms of being tired and also having back / leg pain though there may not be any pathological reasons for back pain.
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On the behalf of my friend she is a girl 19 years old she all alone no parents she stay with her nana nani beacuse of bad behaviour by them she feel so sad that she had attempt many times suicide but she do not releasing the mistake after doing that she always tell me that I feel alone there is no body she always talks about suicide what should I do please help me?

Psychiatrist, Mumbai
On the behalf of my friend she is a girl 19 years old she all alone no parents she stay with her nana nani beacuse  o...
Suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts are a symptom of a serious mental illness. The commonest being depression. In this illness there is a problem with the mood regulating area of the brain, that causes a person to feel constantly sad. Negative thoughts are a result of the low mood. Another reason could be a personality disorder. In this case your friend's mind may be using suicide as an option to cope with emotional stress. This becomes a long-term, repetitive, harmful and unhealthy pattern. In either case she should seek professional help. She must visit a psychiatrist. With medicines as well as counseling her mental balance will improve considerably. The goal of the therapy should be a productive and less stressful, if not normal, state of mind, at least most of the time.
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