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Dr. Akshata Bhat  - Psychiatrist, Mumbai

Dr. Akshata Bhat

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MBBS, MD - Psychiatry

Psychiatrist, Mumbai

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Dr. Akshata Bhat is committed to treat patients with a scientific yet realistic perspective, using technology and expertise to generate effective outcomes. She has extensive experience in......more
Dr. Akshata Bhat is committed to treat patients with a scientific yet realistic perspective, using technology and expertise to generate effective outcomes. She has extensive experience in the field of Psychiatry. She believes in utilising a holistic approach to treatment, and creating a balanced partnership with the patients and their families for long lasting recovery.
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Dr. Akshata Bhat, a young psychiatrist known to specialize in psychiatry is based in Mumbai, with experience in adult, child and adolescent, geriatric psychiatry and deaddiction. She is also known as a consultation liaison psychiatrist who works with patients suffering from depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia and addiction. Dr. Akshata Bhat has been working over a year with patients who are diagnosed with problems like cognitive behavioural problems, drug abuse, geriatric problems, and neurophysiologic issues. Working with young adults who have been suffering from nicotine, alcohol and drug abuse, Dr. Akshata Bhat tries to combat their problems by not only going for immediate solution, but also trying to improve their mental health on a whole. Before starting her practice in Mumbai, she completed her MBBS degree from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College in 2008. In the year 2015, she completed her MD in Psychiatry from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in Nashik. The same year, she was absorbed as Senior Registrar at KEM Hospital in Parel, where she continued to work till 2016. Before she enrolled for her MD course, Dr. Akshata Bhat was the Junior Resident at Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College Hospital and Research Centre from 2012 to 2013. For the next two years, she worked as the Senior Resident at the same hospital and went on to become the Chief Resident there. If you are a Mumbai resident, you can always make an appointment in her own Dr. Bhat's Clinic in Vile Parle East. Some of the other places in Mumbai where you can make an appointment with the doctor are Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra, Suasth One Step Clinic at Kemps Corner and GSBS Medical Centre Health Rakhshak in Dadar East.

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Education
MBBS - SSR Medical College, Mauritius - 2012
MD - Psychiatry - Dr Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Adgaon, Nasik - 2015
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Marathi
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Indian Psychiatric Society

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Procrastination - 5 Tips To Overcome It!

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Procrastination - 5 Tips To Overcome It!

The activity of delaying or putting off something is known as procrastination. Even the best individuals battle with it consistently. However, some people accomplish something that the majority of us do not- they push past it. They do not permit it to influence their work. They develop brilliant and beneficial techniques to break past mental obstructions and remain productive.

Here are a few ways with which you can beat procrastination:

  1. Try to start: Starting something can be very difficult. However, in case that you can get over that part, you will have some level of energy. Even your brain will probably goad you to continue dealing with the task. This happens because of a mental phenomenon called the Zeigarnik impact. It says that unfinished tasks will probably stay in your memory. This is exactly why planned things and to-do lists consistently appear in your mind until you finish them.
  2. Separate huge tasks into smaller assignments: Enormous tasks can frighten you, so you put them off. By taking that huge task and separating it into smaller assignments, you can decrease your burden make a start. This could include concentrating on one part of the research to begin with.
  3. Ask yourself “why?”: It is easier to inspire yourself to accomplish something you value. In case you are attempting to complete something, why not spend a couple of minutes asking yourself precisely why you need to do it and why it is so important to you. Weighing out the positives and negatives of the task and its benefits for you, can make you decide and perform better.
  4. Attempt to take a break: For those who procrastinate out of having worked too much, it does not mean you have to complete the task at once. This is known as the "sunk cost bias." The "sunk cost bias" influences players, speculators, and even a procrastinator. They feel that the task will need to be completed now and cannot be completed in the future. In some cases, a task simply does not mean you have to work on it more and more after hours.
  5. Go easy on yourself: To beat procrastination, you should be strict with yourself. However, that is not what science says. In case that you have procrastinated till now, you will probably begin on time going ahead. You need to show yourself some sympathy for your previous laziness instead of thrashing yourself about it.

Self-control is an important quality many successful individuals have. Having self-control permits you to carefully understand why you are procrastinating and can likewise, work towards it. When you understand why you are doing so, it will be easier for you to make a plan to beat it. This will allow you to see the underlying cause of your problem as well.

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Pre-marital Counseling - Understanding Its Importance!

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Pre-marital Counseling - Understanding Its Importance!

Marriage is a life-long commitment. Premarital Counseling is a therapy that serves to help couples prepare for their wedlock. It aids in ensuring that you and your partner forge a healthy and strong relationship, in the long run, making way for a successful, happy and satisfying marriage.

It also helps you in spotting out the weaknesses early that can later magnify into troubles muddling up your conjugal life. The sessions are usually conducted by licensed and qualified therapists when a couple is considering marriage or are about to get into marriage.

Why is pre-marital counseling at all necessary?

  1. Matching all Aspects: Through this sort of counseling, couples are motivated to initiate conversation pertaining to marriage such as anger management, devoting time for each other, decision-making, family relationships, parenting and children, sex and affection, marital roles, ethics and beliefs, communication and finances.

  2. Communication and Conflict Resolution: Pre-marital Counseling helps partners in improving their ability to communicate with each other, setting sensible marriage goals, as well as skillfully resolving conflicts. In addition to these, premarital counseling also seeks to create a positive attitude for your conjugal life.

  3. Acclimatizing: Remember that you carry your own history, opinions, and values in a relationship and they might vary with your partner who has had an entirely different life with their own and unique experiences. Adjusting to each other as different human beings can be quite a task in itself. Marriage counseling helps in acclimatizing, accepting to the bad and good parts of both the partners.

  4. Becoming a support for each other: Most people rush into marriage to gratify their financial, social, emotional, and sexual needs, but such a mindset is always a gamble. You may hit it off greatly with your partner and then have troubles later on. Clearing out your expectations and bridging the differences prior to marriage would enhance your understanding of each other. This way you can become a source of great support for each other.

  5. Break the pattern: Both or one of you might belong to a divorced or a dysfunctional family where manipulation and fighting was the norm. Premarital Counseling can actually help you to come out of your fear and make peace with your past so that the mistakes of your parents aren’t repeated in your life.

  6. Averting divorce: Owing to the modern lifestyle, the chances of divorce are rising with each passing day. Therefore, early intervention is indeed the need of the hour. Premarital counseling can help you pinpoint areas of major concern and work to resolve them or work around them to avoid issues which may balloon and end up in a worst case scenario for a marriage, which is divorce.

Internet & Phone Addiction - An Epidemic Gripping The World!

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Internet & Phone Addiction - An Epidemic Gripping The World!

"Get off the mobile and go outside" - are these words being heard more commonly nowadays than at any point in time before? Humanity has just stepped into one of the newest psychiatric disorders. What is worse is that the medical world is divided on whether this should be considered as a disorder, or simply be passed off as a generation gap. Let us look a little deeper about the disorder.

What is internet addiction?

Only recently did Internet addiction and phone addiction became a part of the diagnostic and statistical manual of the mental disorders i.e. Internet addiction is now effectively considered a psychiatric disorder, and there are chances of identifying and treating it using medically approved means. As the name suggests, internet addiction and phone addiction means that the person is using his creative and designated time on a medium when he is no longer required to.

Simply put, it becomes an obsessive habit on part of the person to look into his/her phone and use the internet as a routine activity. Long term addiction can lead to many psychological factors such as withdrawal symptomsdepression, and general loss of awareness about the surroundings. For most people, the syndrome can be an underlying factor of an even more severe health condition that the person is trying to mask by whiling away his/her time on the internet and mobile.

Addiction in today’s world 

As of now, only two countries, South Korea and China have identified the disorder, and treatments are administered. Europe and the United States have also categorised it as a disorder, and research is being done on it. The general treatment plan that exists presently, aims to understand the patient first. The psychiatric treatment tries to successfully bridge the user and his/her addiction.

From practicing different times of using the internet, to suggesting new schedules and goals, the person can be slowly be eased back into society. The purpose of psychiatric intervention is not to block the internet/ mobile usage completely, but to limit it. A person is educated to get his satisfaction in other forms, like relationships, outdoor activities.

Medical Possibilities

Though still in its early stages, the medical world has made it clear that its contribution towards these mental addictions would increase many fold in the very near future.

Stress Management - What Should You Know?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Stress Management - What Should You Know?

Stress management encompasses techniques intended to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with psychological stress.

Definition of stress: Stress management defines stress precisely as a person's physiological response to an external stimulus that triggers the "fight-or-flight" reaction.

Causes of stress: Many things can trigger the stress reaction, including danger, threat, news, illness, as well as significant changes in one's life such as the death of a loved one.

Techniques of stress management include:

  • Self-understanding (e.g. self-identification as a Type A or as a Type B personality)
  • Self-management (e.g. becoming better-organized)
  • Conflict resolution
  • Adopting a more positive attitude
  • Self-talk
  • Breathing exercises
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Altering your diet
  • Taking more regular and effective rest

Time Management Techniques

Some techniques of time management may help a person to control stress. For example:

  • Becoming more organized and reducing the generation of clutter 
  • Setting priorities can help reduce anxiety
  • Using a "to-do" list of tasks that a person needs to complete can give a person a sense of control and accomplishment

Effective stress management involves learning to set limits and to say "No" to some demands that others make.

Manage and Reduce your Stress

If you are one of the many people who want to alleviate your stress, you can learn some simple techniques to help you get out of the vicious cycle of leading a stressful life. Your stressful life does not just affect you, but everyone around you. It affects your relationships as well as any children or co-workers. Most of all, it can actually make you physically ill.

There are many facets to stress. Stress manifests itself in many different ways and can be either self-induced or something that occurs in life. We can never eliminate stress from our lives as stressful situations are part of life.

However, we can learn to react to stress in a positive manner and take control of the situation rather than allowing the stress to remain in control. This book will teach you different tips as well as old secrets on how to identify the stressors in your life as well as learn to manage them.

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Cannabis - How Do They Lead To Psychosis?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Cannabis - How Do They Lead To Psychosis?

It is really important to enlighten yourself with the meaning of the word 'cannabis'. Cannabis Sativa is a kind of hemp plant from which you derive hash, hash oil and marijuana. Cannabis is popularly known by a litany of street names like weed, pot, grass, homegrown or even ganja.

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is a chief chemical present in the plant. This chemical has the potential to alter the way you think, feel or work and hence there is a need to know its link with psychosis. Psychosis on the other hand aims to explain mental conditions felt by a person. In most cases a stark departure from reality is noticed which is usually the case after consuming cannabis as well.

Psychotic effects of Cannabis:

  1. Irregular sleep patterns: The effect of Marijuana or hash can upset your sleep patterns. A check has to be exercised therefore. It can make you feel too tired and exhausted to rest for long hours. 
  2. Increased anxiety: Many times, the hemp plant has been found to play up with your coping skills. You might feel anxious at the drop of a hat. Anxiety takes a toll on mental peace and affects your physical health.
  3. Problem in thinking clearly: Under the effect of Cannabis, you tend to live in a parallel universe. Your mind makes up imaginary situations thinking it to be real. This muddles up your capability to think clearly.
  4. Lack of innovation: Continuous consumption of the drug can also make a person repetitive; you stop conceiving new ideas. 
  5. Reduced confidence: Studies show how you can become very nervous due to the effects of cannabis.  
  6. Reticence: Communication can be a problem if you have been using the plant for a long time. You tend to bottle up your emotions and also your fears.  
  7. Paranoia and suspiciousness: You might even grow suspicious of people you trusted all along. Friends, relatives, parents are doubted. Obsession with the slightest of things is also a resultant effect. 
  8. Delusions and Hallucinations: Being 'high' is a positive effect as it helps you to relax, but if unhindered it could lead to serious hallucinations. Your existence in a hallucinated world can even turn fatal in some cases.
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Psychiatric Problems In Cancer Patients - All You Should Know!

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Psychiatric Problems In Cancer Patients - All You Should Know!

According to World Health Organization, cancer cases have been doubled in past 30 years. Cancer is a life-threatening disease, so the psychiatric problems in cancer patients are also very major. At least one-third of the cancer patients face psychiatric problems. Due to increased mortality, patient start to develop psychiatric disorders.

Psychological Problems in Cancer Patients:

There are two major psychological disorders which are common in cancer patients:

Depression and Anxiety: Grieving over the life chances due to cancer is normal. Life suddenly depends on other. However, if a person is sad for a long duration of time and cannot overcome, there are chances that they might be suffering from cancer. Depression can cause a lot of harm to the patient, physically and emotionally. Patient usually loses interest in getting the cancer treatment, and it also causes distress emotionally. If the symptoms of clinical depression are clear to the patient or the people around them, it is strongly recommended to start taking therapy session.

Symptoms of Depression:

Some of the most common symptoms of depression are:

  1. Being hopeless and unmotivated

  2. Losing interest in all activities which were fun before

  3. Trouble in concentration

  4. Doubting the self-worth

  5. Feeling guilty

  6. Regular suicidal thoughts

  7. Huge weight loss or gain

  8. Always feeling tired

  9. Being restless

What to Do If Someone Going Through Cancer Depression?

  1. Let them know that treatment of cancer will help them improve their condition. There is no reason to be hopeless as cancer is curable. Reassurance is the key.

  2. Try to keep the patient busy with a conversation or activities that they enjoy. Never leave them alone.

  3. Encourage them to do mild exercises every day.

  4. Tell them being optimistic is the way to go for cancer treatment.

  5. Promote therapy.

  6. Tell them to continue with cancer treatment. It also helps with depression if the condition of the patient improves.

  7. Let them know they are not alone.

Treatments to Cure Psychiatric Problems:

Apart from the support from family and friend which definitely helps the patient, there are few clinical methods which help in curing psychiatric problems in cancer patients.

  1. Medication: It can be very useful for the patients when it is consulted with the doctor. Medication should not affect the cancer treatment. Some people respond to therapy in a positive way. People with severe depression are recommended to medication and the psychotherapy as well.

  2. Psychotherapy: Therapy goes a long way for cancer patients, as it helps them to talk openly and tell their perspective. Therapy focuses on changing the thought process of a cancer patient. A therapist gives a valid reason and approach to the patient with a problem-solving attitude. Therapy helps the patient with rational thinking and generates a positive attitude towards life. By eliminating negative thoughts in the patient, therapist encourages the patient to go on with the treatment and be optimistic.

Conclusion:

There are many treatment options, but it is always advisable to consult a doctor before opting for any treatment. Since everyone is different from other, their condition causes and symptoms also differ from one other, consulting a doctor is always a great and a safe idea.

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Eating Disorders & Their Neurobiology - What Should You Know?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Eating Disorders & Their Neurobiology - What Should You Know?

A psychological disorder, which is marked by abnormal eating patterns is known as an eating disorder. Eating disorder, commonly known as anorexia nervosa in medical circles, is often a combination of both abnormal eating and weight gain patterns.

Yet, on general diagnosis, eating disorders are categorized into three types, namely, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. 

Diagnostically stated, a person suffering from:

  1. Anorexia nervosa is usually characterized by low body weight as well as a disturbed perception of one's weight.
  2. Bulimia nervosa on the other hand includes, persistent binge eating along with loss of self-control and a psychological overvaluation of one's body shape or weight.
  3. The third category, which is binge eating, is marked by anxiety, consistent overeatingstress and drastic loss of self-esteem.

Although, eating disorder is a commonplace disorder worldwide, the cause of it still remains unknown. A recent research has found that due to the fact that eating disorders reflect a physiological anomaly between the need to eat and the drive to eat, a hypothesis is developed stating the cause to be a disturbing appetite pattern on the most fundamental level. This proposition has been further delved into using brain imaging that shows emotions, rewards and eating inhibitions are linked to neural pathways.

Current treatments, which include forms of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy have limited capacity in reducing and normalizing eating disorders. Furthermore, various psychological interventions used to treat eating disorders are variations of psychiatric treatments, which are not particular to the needs of the patient in such disorders. Empirical researches have linked inhibitions, rewards and maladaptive eating behaviors to alterations in the circuitry of the brain. Furthermore, abnormal metabolistic behaviors are also linked to eating disorders.

Although no concrete remedy exists, a person suffering from eating disorders could get their symptoms minimalized to a certain extent through rehabilitation clinics and therapies.

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I have anxiety problem which disturb me in physical level some time you feel good but some time very low because of it I know that I need a help of a doctor but don't know which is suitable psychologist or psychiatrist n it will be cure or not means if I left medicine then I will be fine or not.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I have anxiety problem which disturb me in physical level some time you feel good but some time very low because of i...
Tremors, feeling anxious or nervous, sense of panic, sweating, increased heartbeat, feeling of impending doom, stomach discomfort, dizziness etc are signs of anxiety. These can be debilitating. If the anxiety is overwhelming, consult a psychiatrist at the earliest. With the right medication and counseling, it is likely your symptoms will improve.
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Quetiapine 275 mg using 5 years 60 days to go I got reduced that drug I have anxiety and gastronomic problems. How many days will be recovery withdrawal symptoms.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Quetiapine 275 mg using 5 years 60 days to go I got reduced that drug I have anxiety and gastronomic problems. How ma...
Since you are already on medication I suggest you talk to your treating Psychiatrist and convey your current symptoms to them. It is possible that some changes in medication dosages will help improve the symptoms. As they are familiar with your history it is always better to have a discussion with them regarding this situation.
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