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4 Ground Floor Mirabelle Next To National College & Scandal Shoe Shop Linking Road Bandra West Mumbai - 400050 Mumbai
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7 Best Tips To Help You Manage Anger!

MA Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
7 Best Tips To Help You Manage Anger!

Anger is a very negative emotion and can be the underlying cause of many relationships falling apart. There are people who cannot manage their anger completely and express it by yelling, throwing things, or even physically harming others. While anger is a natural emotion, it is important to control it else it can even harm one’s own health.

Research has proven that every emotion is associated with a chemical reaction in the brain. While happiness produces certain chemicals, anger produces another set, leading to a different impact on health. Therefore, it is essential to learn to control anger, so that the negative reactions can be controlled. The following are some simple but effective ways to manage your temper:

  1. Take a pause: It is a known fact that what is said in the heat of the moment can be very damaging. The person’s response may be completely different if they speak after a while. Some people even would ask if it was indeed them who spoke or did that. Therefore, learn to count to ten or take deep breaths when you know you are angry. This can help you gather your thoughts and respond more aptly.
  2. Be assertive: Learn to respond without sounding argumentative, at the same time being assertive. Do not try to control others when trying to make your point.
  3. Regular timeout: For some people, there are periods of the day which prove to be more stressful than the others. Even a simple walk for 10 to 15 minutes can improve your oxygen intake and aid in anger management.
  4. Nurture your sense of humor: While not all would have it, it is definitely possible to look at the funny side of things. This definitely helps in not just easing the stress and reducing tension for all, but also reduces the anger you feel towards a particular situation or person.
  5. Relaxation techniques: Be it meditation or yoga, these help you relax by focusing on the breathing. Even exercise, writing poems or stories, singing songs, or listening to music can help in reducing stress and controlling anger.
  6. Professional help: While it may sound a bit too far-fetched, it is not. If the above self-help measures do not help in managing your anger, and you realize it is taking a toll on your health and/or relationships, seek professional help. With changing life situations, anger management has become a separate area in itself, and with some help, you could greatly change your quality of life.
  7. Rewards: Reward yourself each time you control your anger and respond in a calmer manner. Over a period of time, this induced habit will become your normal response.

Effective Ways to Deal With Depressed Patient

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Effective Ways to Deal With Depressed Patient

Are you living with a person suffering from depression, and are facing a tough time in adjusting with him or her? Depression is quite a frustrating condition to deal with. A depressed person may be looking for ways to get help, but cannot find the right approach. If you have a person suffering from depression in your home, you can be of great help by recognizing the symptoms and signs of depression in that person. Here are some effective ways of dealing with a depressed patient, which you should follow:

  1. Recognize the symptoms, how they appear, and what triggers them.
  2. Try to convince the person to seek professional treatment. In case of a depressed teen or child, help him to get proper treatment.
  3. Encourage the depressed person that he or she deserves better, and how treatment will help them feel much better.
  4. Recommend resources and ways for helping the patient.
  5. If the patient stops functioning properly, attend to him, and accompany him for treatment till his condition improves.
  6. If the patient is too unwell or very young to provide proper information to a therapist, act as a link or a mediator between the two.
  7. Arrange for hospitalization if the depressed person becomes suicidal, or experiences delusions and hallucinations.
  8. If the person stays functional, but refuses to seek treatment, take the assistance of others such as friends, relatives, doctors, and clergy. Find a way to convince the patient for undergoing the right treatment.
  9. Do not give up very soon and encourage the patient, as he or she may need your support and comfort, even after treatment is undertaken.
  10. Take some further action, in case all your efforts of encouraging and uplifting a depressed person fails over a period of time.
  11. If you are dealing with a depressed spouse, explore separation when the spouse denies treatment and continues living miserably.
  12. In case you are the parent of a depressed person, consult a mental health specialist and clarify the amount of assistance the patient requires.

Although it is not very easy to deal, cope, and live with a person suffering from depression, it is very important for you to reach out and help the person as much as possible, and make him or her feel better. Patience is key for you to positively manage the situation and the person. There are various modes of treating a depressed person, which you must avail.

Internet Addiction Disorder - Complications It Can Cause!

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom (MRC Psych), MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Ghaziabad
Internet Addiction Disorder - Complications It Can Cause!

Internet addiction is a very recent phenomenon, but is already a cause for concern. With the advent of various social networking websites, people are increasingly becoming addicted to the internet. Internet addiction disorder is often characterized by people inching to form an emotional attachment with people and activities, all of them online. You may enjoy connecting to people more over the virtual interface instead of the real world; this usually stems from an inability to establish real human contact.

The symptoms of internet addiction disorder are:
1. Excessive usage of the internet
2. Depression, mood swings and irritability if one doesn’t get access to the internet
3. Any effort to reduce internet usage is usually unsuccessful
4. You may experience constant problems in personal relationships, education and your job due to incessant internet usage
5. A tendency of lying to close ones when they ask you how much time you spend over the internet
6. Using internet to escape from real world problems


Further complications
Internet addiction can gradually isolate you. You may develop an aversion to meeting and communicating with people in real life. This can impair your social skills and make you socially awkward. This disorder also create problems in relationships as it can reduce the time you spend interacting personally.
Internet addiction may also lead you to create online personas to evade low self-esteem issues. This actually aggravates the problem instead of solving it; can result in severe anxiety and depression. Withdrawal symptoms might result in anxiety, depression, irritation and loneliness. This disorder can lead to complications such as dry eyes, headaches, change in sleep patterns and subsequent problems in falling asleep. Back pain from sitting upright while you are on the internet is also very common problem.

Pay Attention To Your Mental Health - How Important Is It?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Thane
Pay Attention To Your Mental Health - How Important Is It?

A healthy mind in a healthy body! We have all heard the saying, but do we actually live by it. Though we try to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and practice an overall healthy lifestyle to keep ourselves physically fit, but do we pay enough attention to keeping our mind healthy? The answer would be, not really. Here are a few compelling reasons that will drive us to do so:

To deal with troubles in your personal life: Whether it's an accident or a life loss of someone close to you, or any other strong personal issue, it may not affect your physical health but leaves a deep cut on your mental health. People often try and keep such things to themselves without realising that this would worsen the situation further. It is, however, best to seek help from mental health professionals or talk to someone close to you. If left unattended, these troubles may leave you isolated and detached, leading to problems in personal life.

To prevent damaging your physical health: There is a strong connection between the body and the mind. If body suffers the mind bears it effects and vice-versa the other will bear its effects. Often suffering from depression, anxiety and stress for long leads to heart attacks or strokes and sometimes even disrupts the immune function of the body. Sleep disorders, digestion issues that can impair your physical health are often the result of poor mental health.

To retain your productivity and functionality: Believe it or not, when you fail to nourish your mental health, it also reduces your productivity by making you lethargic and less inclined to participate in any physical activities. Being stressed or depressed due to the issues in life can significantly affect your productivity and functionality at work.

To stop yourself from developing unhealthy addictions: Poor mental health leads to developing unhealthy habits. From smoking excessively to becoming an alcoholic or taking drugs, people often engage in these practices to cope with mental issues. However, if you care about your mental health, you may be in better position to judge the harmful effects of these habits and therefore refrain from developing them.

To lead a happy and long life with friends and family: Various studies have shown that compared to people with mild mental issues and troubled emotional states, it is people with happy lives and sound mental health that live longer. It is advised to care for your mental health as the ignorance of the same may result in anxiety, stress and depression. This will not only hamper your communication with your family and friends but leave you disconnected from others and yearning for loneliness.

Remember, good health can only be achieved when there's a perfect balance between the mental health and the physical health. When any of these conditions get compromised, the overall health starts to deteriorate. Therefore, stay physically and mentally healthy to ensure over-all well-being.

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Hello, How to control bipolar disorder person anger? How should we react upon their anger and their demands? Should we immediately fulfil their demands or how to convince them? Please need a brief answer.

PGDPC, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Durgapur
Hello, How to control bipolar disorder person anger? How should we react upon their anger and their demands? Should w...
A bipolar patient has increased anger during manic episode. Proper medication is must to control the mood swings, high thoughts, irritability, anger outburst/ violent/ aggressive, demanding behaviour. Fulfilling their demands is not always necessary but sometimes you have to say YES to calm him down. Please contact your psychiatrist for medicines. Good luck.
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How can I stop nexito plus which I have been taking for anxiety medication. My Brain MRI and EEG have returned normal. Does that mean no brain disorders are there .I have been asked to go for retribution therapy and what would be the therapy about. Could some one guide me on this. Does this medicine needs to be taken life long or can it be stopped.

Pain Medicine Externship, Fellowship In Addiction Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Panchkula
How can I stop nexito plus which I have been taking for anxiety medication. My Brain MRI and EEG have returned normal...
Dear lybrate-user, Nexito plus is an antidepressant and Anti Anxiety Medication. It takes time to start working -minimum of 1 month- and continues to help thereafter. Depression is a disorder of the "mind" while EEG and MRI try to rule out an organic Brain Disorder. Think of it Software (mind) and hardware (brain) of a computer. Both need to be functioning optimally to do the job. Stopping the Medication Please note that you must not stop this medication abruptly and without a psychiatrist's supervision. It is likely to lead to SSRI withdrawal syndrome which can be serious. Usually these medications need to be taken for a long time as relapse is common. A trial of stopping it maybe done after the patient remains totally symptom free for 6-8 months. BUT pls be WARNED that it must be done after consulting a psychiatrist. We can setup an appointment to work on hpur issues and prescribe further if you like, or please see a local psychiatrist.
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11 Symptoms Of Manic Depressive Disorder!

MBBS, MD - Neuropsychiatry
Psychiatrist, Varanasi
11 Symptoms Of Manic Depressive Disorder!

Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder in recent days, is a major mood disorder characterized by hypomanic or manic episodes (deviation from one's usual mood along with abnormally high energy levels). Mania involves sleeplessness, along with psychosis, hallucinations, rage, grandiose delusions or paranoia. Mania or hypomania isn’t usually harmful to the patient and they might exhibit increased capacity for work and creativity. Depressive episodes however, can be debilitating and often life threatening as the person becomes self-destructive and suicidal in many instances. 

The extent of mood swings can vary from extreme to very mild. They can occur progressively or suddenly and might last for few days to weeks. Patients affected by bipolar disorder may experience disturbances in thinking apart from depressive or manic episodes. Distortions of perception and impaired social functioning are also not uncommon. The cause of bipolar disorder is not fully understood like most mental health conditions and is often thought to be hereditary.

The extent of the seriousness of the bipolar symptoms varies from person to person. In some people, the disorder is not full blown and they don’t exhibit all the symptoms. Others who aren’t that lucky might have to be hospitalized multiple times in their lives as the symptoms creep into their work and personal life and make living a normal life a tough challenge. 

Psychotic symptoms such as disorganized thinking, hallucinations and delusions might make a person do things that demand the urgency of hospitalization to keep them safe from their suicidal impulses. These symptoms might need to be urgently addressed by a psychiatrist and with the help of medications, the person might be able to regain control of their lives.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are many and can be mainly categorized into two (sometimes overlapping) categories of mania or hypomania and depression:

Manic symptoms include: 

  1. Grandiose delusions (delusion of grandeur) 
  2. Racing thoughts which are often disconnected
  3. Sense of euphoria or false elation
  4. Irritability without cause
  5. Hampered social functioning
  6. Increased sexual inclination and risky sexual behavior
  7. Hyperactivity
  8. Increase in talking volume or speed
  9. Impaired judgment
  10. Reduced sleep requirements owing to extra energy levels
  11. Increased productivity and creativity

Depressive symptoms include:

  1. Abnormal eating patterns like over or under-eating to the extent of severe medical complications accompanied by drastic changes in weight
  2. Difficulty in concentration, making decisions and remembering
  3. Lack of energy or fatigue 
  4. Contemplating about death for prolonged periods of time and suicidal behavior
  5. Oversleeping, insomnia or early awakening
  6. Persistent pessimism 
  7. Irritability and restlessness
  8. Feeling of hopeless and negative attitude

Mood stabilizers, such as lithium are commonly employed to treat bipolar disorder. Anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines and anti psychotics can also be used in the treatment. Along with medications, support from family and friends is of the utmost importance as they need to help provide all the support required in making the person functional and healthy. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hello, My husband always picks up fight with me. In spite of my busy schedule, I feel too bored, sad and feel like crying all the time. The thought of living this boring life for next 30 to 40 years is making me much more sick. I feel like I have been caught somewhere from which I couldn't escape. Kindly help me.

MBBS, D.P.M, MD, PLAB, MRCPsych
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Hello, My husband always picks up fight with me. In spite of my busy schedule, I feel too bored, sad and feel like cr...
Dear lybrate-user Thank you for writing to us. Every marriage goes through a phase where things are not so great between the couples and where things are not so exciting as they were before. Think about the qualities that you like in your husband and why you married him. It would help if you are able to talk to your husband about how you feel in a gentle way. You both can come up with things to do together and that you both find interesting. You can also consider seeing a marriage counselor if all this doesn't work. Hope this helps. If you want you can contact me via Lybrate.
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I am under PTSD and I am taking stalopam 10 mg as per doctor, how much time it will take to cure PTSD? How long it will stay? He suggest me to take this tablet for 45 days.

PGDPC, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Durgapur
Every medicine has their own effect. It also depends on how well you cope with your trauma. After 45 days your psychiatrist will assess your mental condition & adjust the dose accordingly.
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I have smoking in last 5 years how to reduced I cannot reduced one day 5 cigrate smoking how to tapper this problems. I have anxiety and depression problems. Take psychiatric medicine using in quetiapine 275 mg using depression problems and anxiety problems. How to reduced cigrate any suggestions for me.

MBBS, D.P.M, MD, PLAB, MRCPsych
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I have smoking in last 5 years how to reduced I cannot reduced one day 5 cigrate smoking how to tapper this problems....
Dear lybrate-user Thanks for the query. There are over the counter nicotine formulations available to stop smoking. However of works best if it is used along with counseling for smoking cessation. Please seek professional help. You can contact me through Lybrate.
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