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Dr. Sweta Sonthalia

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Dr. Sweta Sonthalia is an experienced Psychologist in Lake Town, Kolkata. She is currently associated with Mind Care Clinic in Lake Town, Kolkata. Book an appointment online with Dr. Sweta Sonthalia and consult privately on has top trusted Psychologists from across India. You will find Psychologists with more than 26 years of experience on You can find Psychologists online in Kolkata and from across India. View the profile of medical specialists and their reviews from other patients to make an informed decision.


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I am 37 and I was suffering from acute anxiety disorder earlier my doctor adviced me to have clonil 25 mg with inderal 10 mg I have been having this clonil 25 for past 4 to 5 years but now gradually I decreased the dose slowly. Now for the past 6 months I am not taking this medicine but know I am again facing some what the same problem pls suggest shall I continue it again and also tell what are the adverse side effects of having clonil 25 mg for long time thks rajeev

M.B.B.S., F.I.C.A. (USA), P.G.D.I.H, F.C.G.P., D.C.A.H
Psychiatrist, Vadodara
You may be having plenty of insecurities and fear. Just relax. Ask yourself what bothers you? have a positive self-talk, and learn what are those things you don' t like. You need to accept your self and move on. You need to take care of your lifestyle and learn to be happy. If you cant do it yourself, meet a life coach/ stress management super-specialist. Once you open your heart out, u will feel free and begin to fly in life.
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I am male 32 years married. Having good relationship with wife since 4 years. In my office I have crush on an another married girl and it's one sided. It's small office and whenever I try to avoid speaking or looking at her I get stressed. I always keep thinking sometime she will also have crush on me. I know i am wrong but how to tackle situation. I am Not even able to sleep properly. Always have headache.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
I am male 32 years married. Having good relationship with wife since 4 years. In my office I have crush on an another...
Developing a" feeling of liking" for a person due to some odd reasons is natural. You don't have to feel guilty for it. But you need to set limits for your likings. Going beyond a certain point would be disturbing for both of you and would be insulting feelings of someone you are married to. Your headaches could be due to stress and anxiety about the same. Consult a psychiatrist for counselling.
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Hello. I am 25year old, and am continuously suffering from loose motion. Now I leave alcohol too but still am suffering. So please help me out. Because of this am under stress.

General Physician, Gurgaon
Tell me for how long you are having this problem? Have you consulted any Doctor This problem may be due to irritable bowel syndrome Chronic amoebiasis other causes follow advises given below Drink lot of water Avoid food from outside, junk, fried, spicy fatty food Take fibrous diet Maintain Hygiene Avoid stress Consult me for further Management
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I am 49 year old. For the past 6 months whatever the time I go to bed, I will wake up in 2 to 3 hours time and will get sleep only after 2 ~ 3 hours from the woke up time. While I was waking up, by that time I was having some kind of dream which creates the fear in my mind, makes me become aware of that (Brain wakes up). Could you please suggest How to overcome this and have normal sleep. Really this makes me become negative and now a days I am always getting the negative thoughts in my mind. Because of all these things, I am unable to do what I am supposed to do in professional life.

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Guidance &Counselling, B.A., Psychology, Pharmacy
Psychologist, Theni
I am 49 year old. For the past 6 months whatever the time I go to bed, I will wake up in 2 to 3 hours time and will g...
Well. You may be in chronic stress disorder. The sources of stress may be arising from your profession, family burdens and also from social issues which can exert pressure on your mind leading to such sleep disorders. If your blood sugar, cholesterol, hemoglobin and thyroid hormone levels are normal, you are in need of psychological counseling. You can work out your bottled-up emotions to a good friend and also your well wisher, which can help you ventilate your emotions to a certain extent.
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Conflict In A Marriage - How To Handle It?

MS - Psychotherapy & Counselling
Psychologist, Chennai
Conflict In A Marriage - How To Handle It?

Whether you’ve had a love marriage or an arranged marriage, it is impossible for two people to live together without experiencing a conflict of opinions at some point or the other. After all, each of us has our own unique personalities, habits and idiosyncrasies. Thus the key to a successful marriage is not finding ways to avoid conflicts, but discovering how to deal with them. Here are a few tips that could help you build a stronger relationship with your spouse.

Communicate with Your Partner:

Nobody except you can ever know what you’re feeling unless you share it with them. Many conflicts begin when one partner expects the other to be able to read their mind. If something is bothering you, don’t express yourself rudely, but sit the other person down and explain what and how you are feeling. Listening to what your partner has to say is equally important. Keep an open mind and try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes.

1. Be respectful: Feeling hurt is no excuse to start abusing or blaming the other person. Understand that if you begin an argument by shouting at your partner, he or she will turn defensive and not be able to completely understand what you are trying to say. Belittling a person can also shift focus away from the actual problem. Respect your partner and do not start an argument in front of other people or put him or her down in company.

2. Pick the right time: Never start an argument when you or your spouse are stressed (learn the ways to control everyday stress) or tired. In such a frame of mind, it is easier to get irritated with the other person than understand their views. When you are trying to resolve a conflict, the problem and your spouse should have your complete attention. Hence, don’t try and multitask by cooking or catching up with work while resolving a conflict. This applies even if you are talking to your spouse over the telephone.

3. Take time out: Tempers often flare when talking about a sore point. However, be aware that getting angry (learn more about to control extreme anger) or agitated will not solve anything. The moment you find yourself or your partner feeling too upset or negative, take a time out from the situation. Tell your partner that you need some time and walk away quietly. You can resume your conversation when you are both feeling calmer. However, do not use this time out as an excuse to avoid resolving the issue.

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My son is suffering of schizophrenia for last 2 years .he is under treatment of a psychiatrist .he is taking medicine par, kin,rospitni+3, dolteus2.5 pl guide me.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
There are a wide variety of symptoms depending on the type of schizophrenia. If he has the symptoms of a type called paranoid schizophrenia, it is the most common of the schizophrenias. There will be delusions of persecution and suspicion over everyone including family and other trusted ones. Paranoids are specifically tormented by abnormal fear. What they do however is that instead of dealing with that fear, they escalate anger over it and act violent. They are extremely sensitive to rejection or the anticipation of it. Their thinking can be quite illogical and distorted. They imagine everything with suspicion and withdraw into themselves. They must be put on medication and a lot of occupational therapy and intense psychotherapy are needed to mitigate the symptoms. Kindly do not attempt alternative therapy until a psychiatric evaluation has been performed and completed. A correct diagnosis must be made and prescription followed accordingly. It is very difficult to attempt treatment with other forms of therapy, which lack the tools to tackle this serious mental disorder. In fact, they may cause irreparable damage even with good intentions. Schizophrenia can be a very crippling disease if treatment is tampered with by amateurs or by lay people. You must strictly follow doctor’s instructions. To me, your son is seemingly doing well without knowing many details. If you push the expectation on him at this juncture, you may reverse all the benefits, inadvertently. Counseling will help him develop coping skills that will stand him in good stead. The counselor will put him on some Cognitive Behavior Modification program and according to the improvement may suggest review of the medication with the psychiatrist. Now that is the way to go about this. Please do not even suggest to your son about reducing medication in any form. Let it come from the professional, ideally.
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I loved a person a lot and we lived for 3 years. She find someone and I cannot live without her. This happened for second time. I could not concentrate on studies. My age was 22. I took so many sleeping pills but of no use. I went near to death but then I stopped. I do gym, yoga and meditation. My love cannot be erased and I cannot love new one. Only way is to permanently stop thinking. Is there any treatment for that so that my brain removes all prints of my love.

Diploma in Psychological Medicine, doing post diploma MD
Psychiatrist, Ludhiana
Hi Lybrate user, I understand your problem and it is callled as adjustment disorder .We are humans and we are bound to care for other human beings but some times we lose our identity in this process. You might have taken various sleeping pills but they are not the solution, what you need is a trained psychiatrist to remove your cognitive distortions (your thoughts troubling you because of your break up) and provide you CBT. The other medications like SSRIs may also help for some time. But do remember things are transient, our health is permanent. Best of luck.
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I had lost somebody whom I love so much I am in a big depression since few months ,i am not able to study, or talk to any one please suggest me wht to do.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I had lost somebody whom I love so much I am in a big depression since few months ,i am not able to study, or talk to...
You are going through grief reaction, which is normal after loss of a loved one. Time is the healer for the emotional and behavioral changes, however if your depression is severe enough to affect you in a significant manner, kindly consult a psychiatrist for short term antidepressant medication, depending on the complaints.
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In happy moments and sad moments and potable incidents tears appear in my eyes. Why?

Master in Psychology, MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
In happy moments and sad moments  and potable incidents tears appear in my eyes. Why?
This shows that you are emotional and reserve in nature, but that's not the bad thing. Start sharing your thoughts with your near and dear ones. Avoid being alone. Start doing yoga and relaxation exercises daily atleast for 30 min.
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Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
Pradeep was a loving husband, but he always felt anxious that his marriage wouldn't last too long. He dreamt of losing his job, a bad divorce case, children separating from him and him living alone. He would sweat, have sleepless nights and often get up breathless from his nightmares. He made sure that he dropped his wife to work everyday and in office he would do anything to please his seniors. As a result he would be tired, didn't get time to relax and became a pain for his wife. This made him more anxious as his boss would often load him with work and his wife fought with him for family time.
But the divorce never happened because he had a good relationship with not only his wife but even with his in laws and on top of that he had a flourishing career. If Pradeep had only recognised that his in laws loved him for his soft and gentle nature and his wife loved him for his caring and supportive attitude, and that his company had recently given him a promotion out of turn, he wouldn't have needed to fret so much about a broken marriage. And he needn't have experienced domestic strife and his boss's wrath.
Anxious people often misdiagnose the risk in a situation and feel a constant threat to themselves and their wellbeing, which often lands them in more trouble as they try to avoid feeling anxious at all costs by avoiding situations and behaving in a manner which creates more anxiety.
Do you tend to believe and think in similar ways and act which makes you further anxious? Check below for dysfunctional beliefs and thoughts and a more mature way of modifying your thoughts which can help you do a realistic risk assessment and efficient behaviours leading to peace and freedom.

Most anxious people deny holding this belief However many people spend their entire lives worrying about future predictions they have made which never come true. They have wrongly predicted the future with such conviction that they ruin any chance they may have had of finding peace of mind. Think about the things that have worried you over the years. The things you got most worked up about? How many of them actually came true no matter how convinced you were that they would? Anxiety is almost always based upon unconscious fortune telling.
A more helpful belief may be:
I can make an educated guess - a projection about what is likely to happen and then make plans to avoid catastrophe. Then I can stop worrying about it.

Once again most people deny holding this belief. On a conscious, rational level they know that thoughts are only thoughts. Unconsciously however anxious people become so convinced of the ‘truth' of their thoughts that they stop being able to rationalize at all.A more helpful belief may be:
I can measure my thoughts objectively against the evidence and decide whether to accept or reject them. I don't have to believe everything I consider.

This is called catastrophic thinking and it's one of the fastest ways there is to destroy your peace of mind. After all, let's face it, things go wrong on a very regular basis. If you hold this belief then of course you're going to worry. You may be very objective in your assessment of the situation - the fact that things do often go wrong - but the way you interpret that likelihood will give rise to anxiety. It's important to get things into perspective.
A more helpful belief may be:
Things often don't turn out the way I'd like them to. However it's the little adversities in life that help me grow. Problems can be used to make me better - not bitter. I'm a resourceful human being with the ability to deal with most things so long as I think clearly about the problem and keep my anxious thoughts under control.

Most people are surprised to learn that avoiding stress is one of the worst things we can do. Anxiety management is a skill and it takes practice. If we avoid stress we miss out on the practice and so we never learn to deal with it. What's worse, we actually lose the coping skills we already have and so, over time we become more and more anxious.
A more helpful belief may be:
Life is full of stress but this can be overcome by thinking about it logically and taking positive action to change things for the better.

This belief is not only wrong it's dangerous. Total control is impossible for anyone to achieve. There are always too many possibilities, too many things which may go wrong. If your peace of mind depends upon control you'll never stop worrying.
A more helpful belief may be:
I can control my own actions and responses to the world. That's as much as anyone can ever do. It's enough because if I can control myself (and my thoughts) I can survive and actually grow from just about anything.

Unless you're superhuman you can't. Remember that anxiety is part of our natural defence mechanism. It's a call to action. It alerts us to the fact that something is wrong and gives us the opportunity to change it. It has no place in situations which cannot be changed. Nevertheless how many of us worry about things which happened in the past for example - things which can never be changed. If you worry about past events instead of planning to overcome future problems you're not only wasting your time you're destroying your quality of life and, on one level at least, asking the impossible of yourself - to change what cannot be changed.
A more helpful belief may be:
There are some things which I cannot change. It's better to concentrate upon what I can achieve instead of worrying pointlessly about the things I cannot. To put it another way:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things which cannot be changed; The courage to change the things which can be changed and the wisdom to know the difference.

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I feel so depressed. I feel sadness always. I do not want to meet someone. Always want to eat every time. Do not want to do my favourite things. Want to cry some times.

M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
I feel so depressed. I feel sadness always. I do not want to meet someone. Always want to eat every time. Do not want...
You are not happy. Something is bothering you. But probably you are not able to understand what is causing this sadness and why you feel like crying. I guess you have lot of suppressed emotions. Please try to understand what is going on in your mind. Do not try to avoid or neglect your true feelings. Kindly talk to a counsellor who will help you to get in touch with your innermost feelings and who also will help you to relieve you of the stress caused by this. Once your suppressed emotions get a healthy outlet, you will start feeling lighter and then you will start enjoying life. All the best.
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Sir before two years I have affected by bipolar Affective disorder and suffering from it what should I do for it currently I am an engineer in ntpl. Give me suggestions.

General Physician, Mumbai
Apart from taking ongoing treatment take Tablet folvite 5mg once a day for six months and tablet vitamin D3 60000iu once a week for six months and than review with your treating doctor
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Smoking - Can It Lead To Bladder Cancer?

Urologist, Gurgaon
Smoking - Can It Lead To Bladder Cancer?

As per myriad medical reports the world over, lung cancer is the number 1 killer cancer in the world, and one of the most common as well. This is closely followed by breast cancer. Yet, there are a number of types of cancer that can affect people all over the globe. Bladder cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer which takes place due to the abnormal growth of cells in the inner lining of the bladder.

There are many causes of bladder cancer, including genetics and smoking as well as exposure to a number of chemicals. Read on to know more about the same, and why it is imperative to give up smoking to avoid bladder cancer, or to treat it effectively.

  1. Smoking: Smoking and the use of tobacco is one of the most important causes of bladder cancer. It is a common misconception that smoking can only cause lung cancer. It can cause many types of cancer, including bladder cancer, because of the chemical exposure that happens when a person smokes. There are approximately 7,000 chemicals that are used when one cigarette is created, as per many studies and reports. These can have a harmful effect on the various organs of the body.
  2. Smoking and its effect on the bladder: So what happens to the bladder when you smoke? Cigarettes contain a number of chemicals, which are mostly carcinogenic. These get into the urinary tract and start to clog the inner lining of the bladder, because they do not get flushed out like normal waste with the urine. Eventually, these chemicals begin to erode the inner lining which leads to the accelerated and abnormal rate of cell growth in the region. This leads to the manifestation of a tumour, which may or may not be malignant.
  3. Urine and chemicals: When the chemicals from the cigarette begin to gather in the urinary tract, the bladder tends to remain in prolonged contact with this carcinogenic infested urine. This can lead to exposure to the elements, which can trigger abnormal cell growth and problems in the bladder. These high concentration levels of toxins in the urine eventually affect the functioning of the bladder.
  4. Smokers and non-smokers: As per many medical studies, those who do not smoke but have a family history of the condition as well as other environmental factors like exposure to certain types of chemicals in their workplace or other areas may be twice as susceptible to the growth of bladder cancer. But as per the same studies and medical reports, those who smoke, are actually four times more susceptible to bladder cancer.

Therefore, it is imperative to stop smoking so as to prevent the onset of this potentially fatal disease.

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

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I am feeling anxious and depressed. I can not understand the reason. I am sad in general. I have a satisfactory job and no personal or family problem. Please help.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am feeling anxious and depressed. I can not understand the reason. I am sad in general. I have a satisfactory job a...
Anxiety and depression tend to go together. There may be reasons lurking from your past of which you may not be aware. Kindly meet with a counselor and that person will help you identify the source and the reason. 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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Hi Doc, I have been suffering from an anxiety disorder with intrusive thoughts rendering more anxiety. I do not feel sad or depressed at all, I get random intrusive thoughts in unexpected situations, for example if am in a work meeting in a conference hall, I get a sudden intrusive thought which is" what if I say something abusive / offensive to my superior" and this thought although irrational triggers some anxiety and then there is that fear of having an anxiety attack which is whats more intense. I am PERFECTLY normal when the thought fades off or after we step out of the room. Please help me understand the nature of this problem. I have never acted upon my intrusive thoughts but the intense anxiety is troubling.

General Physician, Mumbai
Hi Doc, I have been suffering from an anxiety disorder with intrusive thoughts rendering more anxiety. I do not feel ...
It is common problem and this is human psychology as our past experiences reflect on current mental status. Do any meditation process which you know is bonafide and can help you. Drink cow's milk in night as this is proven to improve clarity of thought sequence in mind. Avoid foods which are too spicy,oily, and bitter. Strictly take to vegetarian foods and fruits but avoid non-vegetarian foods which are not natural on human gastrointestinal tract and adversely mind,body and wellbeing
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How can we increase our memory and concentration/focusing power while studying ?

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, you must be able to understand concentration, attention span, recollection and distraction. If you are able to watch a movie for two hours continuously, if you are able to play a game for an hour, then you do not have any concentration problems. You can't be attentive towards your studies because you are not interested in it. You are able to watch movie and play game because you are interested in it. Human cannot be attentive towards anything for more than 10 minutes. Then you should study in such a way that your attention is continued and make the subjects are interesting to you. Effective learning techniques should help you. Recollection depends on anxiety, stress and other physical and circumstantial factors. Distractions while studying are plentiful. You should be able to overcome distractions or avoid distractions. Please understand the above. Change your study style and attitude accordingly. Take care.
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My husband's marital affair. i am depressed since 17 year. I take madicine fludac20mg. Please guide me ?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I know that this is a very painful blow to your trust and self-image. If this had happened 17 years ago but is not being repeated, you must forgive him for your own sake more than for him and learn to carry on in life. You are living in misery and on medication, while the perpetrator (your husband) may be living quite comfortably, unperturbed. It does not make sense to continue your suffering because of him. Take life into your hands and prove to yourself that you are greater than these events. Your lingering in the past can only make you worse. Meet with a counselor and talk about your feelings and problems regularly until you are out of it completely. Then do regular exercise, socialize and make new friends, join a club, do some courses, live life well. Learn, through therapy, to love your husband for who he is now, and consider his misdemeanor an aberration under some impulsive influences. If you live with him, live well or live not with him at all. You must not remain in a painful situation when there are so many different things that you can do besides. Have him take you out for trips, tours and small outings and live a new life with him but with pleasure. The therapist will certainly help you with all this. In my opinion you could even come out off of the medication, if you leave all this to the past (where it really belongs), and make a new beginning.
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Panic Disorder - Best Ways To Control It!

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Advanced diploma in counselling psychology
Psychologist, Mumbai
Panic Disorder - Best Ways To Control It!

The best way to overcome panic attacks is to educate yourself and train your mind to respond to the panic in acceptable and calming ways. In order to get over panic attacks, you will require responses that are different from what you normally do. If you keep trying the same means, you cannot expect different results. If you are willing to be relieved from anxiety, you shall have to try different methods.

You may try the following steps to help yourself cope with panic attacks:

  1. Acknowledge and accept: This is the first step to progress. You should face the reality instead of ignoring it or pretending that everything is alright. You must acknowledge that you are afraid even when there is no danger. In order to overcome panic attacks, you should learn to work with it instead of working against it.
  2. Wait and watch: By ‘wait’ it means that you should try to be in that position for some time. It’s true that you may feel insane with your fears and panics, but you should slowly count to 10 when you feel you are going crazy. Your fears would try to snatch away your ability to think or rationalize, and by waiting and watching what happens next, you could get a little span of time for regaining those innate abilities.
  3. Do something: Once you have already passed through the two initial steps of managing panic disorder, your next task is meant to comfort yourself. You could do this with some breathing exercises, by talking to yourself and by getting involved with what’s happening around you at the present. It will slowly make you feel comfortable by relaxing those parts of the body that get much tensed.
  4. Repeat if required: Now you have already started to feel better, but another wave of panic may attack you all of a sudden. You may feel that your coping strategies didn’t work. At such a point, you could simply follow all the steps from the top to feel better all over again and there’s nothing wrong in going through several cycles.
  5. End it: In this final step, you should remind yourself that your panic disorder would end and that all panic disorders end. Your only job is to make yourself feel better and cope with the challenges that you feel during the attack. Gradually, you will feel that those undesired feelings are going away, making you feel relieved.

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

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I wanted to quit smoking for the past six months And I am taking nicotine gum but I am not able to quit it as if now any other way I can wait smoking?

Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, Congratulations for quitting smoking for past 6 months. Usually the craving for nicotine comes down in 6 month's time. The nicotine gum should be taken as per your need in the beginning. You need to gradually increase time between 2 gums. Please take long term, say 12 weeks or so. Along with that you need psychosocial help also to continuously motivating you. See if the following tips help you. Otherwise please come back with more details of your support system. When you stop suddenly, you may get withdrawal symptoms like restlessness, irritability, lack of concentration, increased hunger, sleep disturbance, headache, impatience, anxiety, depression, etc. If you have them please don’t get back to smoking, take nicotine gum or lozenge or patch. They are available in all medical shops. You don’t need a prescription from doctors. Use 2 mg gum if you smoke less than 25 cigarettes/day. Use 4 mg gum if you smoke more than 25 cigarettes/day. First 6 weeks, use 1 gum every 1 – 2 hours. Reduce it in week 7 – 9 to one gum every 2 – 4 hours. In week 10 – 12, reduce it further to 1 gum every 4 -8 hours. By 3 months, you will be able to stop both cigarettes and gum fully without any withdrawal symptoms. Please feel confident that you can do it and give yourself some gift for doing it like vacation or books or new mobile. Smoking is a chronic relapsing condition like diabetes and B.P. So please don’t worry if you restart smoking. Start all over again to stop. You will learn the situations that make you smoke and avoid them. Please think of health benefits and money saved often. Plan how to avoid relapsing situations, like smoking friends, along with alcohol, stressful feeling or depression. Delay, drink, deep breathe, distract and discuss are the helpful tips. Increase of non smoking zones, gift yourself for stopping smoking. Even chewing cinnamon may delay. Please remember that the urge to smoke comes and goes like waves. Delay and see whether it goes away. It will be like a passing cloud.
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