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Dr. Divya Nair is an experienced Psychologist in Matunga East, Mumbai. She is currently associated with Prafulta Psychological Services in Matunga East, Mumbai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Divya Nair on

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I can empty my stomach in morning easily. But I feel likely to excrete when I am in stress like deciding to go outside for travel or entering college etc. I feel stomach upset. Why? Is there any natural remedy for this? What is this?

PG Diploma in Clinical Research, Diploma in Acupuncture, MBBS, College Of Physicians & Surgeons
General Physician, Mumbai
I can empty my stomach in morning easily. But I feel likely to excrete when I am in stress like deciding to go outsid...
One can get nervous diarrhoea on anticipating being late or any other worries,Secondly sit for sometime more to evacuate bowel completely,Do not be in a hurry to comeout fast,
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Sir my mom is very tensed she has depression problem about she has very low blood in body doctor suggested to eat fruits and juices but I want to know about any syrup for increasing blood in body fast ?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Sir my mom is very tensed she has depression problem about she has very low blood in body doctor suggested to eat fru...
Are you talking about haemoglobin, if so has the reason behind low haemoglobin found. What s the value, did you get a peripheral blood smear test done. Only if it s due to iron deficiency or b12 deficiency the supplements can be suggested.
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Hello. I'm seeking help for my relative. He's 27 of age highly intelligent, sharp but disturbingly introvert. He's an iim/IIT but have been asked to resign from last companies he's somehow managed to work with. He ill treats his mom and brother. Is angry and annoyed. waste all his time sleeping or playing games on computer. He never leaves home , even his room. I think he's in severe depression and needs help. But we aren't able to convince him for that. He won't meet anyone at all. Doesn't talk to anyone other than his mother. When forced with love even if with strict behavior for getting a job or making his life better/ or getting help. He starts rough and arrogant behavior .start throwing stuff around and says he'll commit suicide. We have no clue how to deal with this situation and help him. We were thinking of not caring him at all for few days, like making mom to stay away for a week from him. So that he could realize that he actually would need other human contact in future apart from his mother. Would it work?? Or worsen the case? We fear for if he'll go somewhere and do something wrong. Please help by suggesting something to make our life better.

MD Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
From what you are describing he may be suffering from a more serious psychiatric illness than depression. Sometimes patients are not aware of their illness and hence refuse treatment. In such cases treatment can be offered with the family's consent. He needs family support and we cannot predict how he would respond to being left alone. Consult a psychiatrist as soon as possible.
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How the Brain Can Hear Voices That Don't Exist

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
How the Brain Can Hear Voices That Don't Exist
Schizophrenic individuals who experience auditory hallucinations seem to hear voices (link is external) emanating from within their own skulls. These voices are often vulgar or derogatory; they may constantly criticize one’s actions or command the listener to commit destructive acts, such as self-harm or violence. Sometimes, hallucinations consist of not voices but sounds—whispers, growls, or screeching.

So what is going wrong in a brain that hears noises that others don’t?

Interestingly enough, the same brain areas that activate when people hear real noise also light up in schizophrenics during hallucinatory episodes. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans, several studies have found increased activation in Broca’s area (link is external) (a language processing region) and in the primary auditory cortex (link is external) in schizophrenics as they “hear” voices that aren’t real.

But more answers lead to more questions. In this case, why are there abnormal activation of auditory- and speech-related brain regions in the absence of sound?

It may have something to do with brain structure: That tiny part of the brain that is so critical to processing auditory information in humans, the primary auditory cortex, is often smaller in schizophrenic individuals. Across multiple fMRI studies (link is external), researchers have found that reduced volume of the anterior superior temporal gyrus (which contains part of the auditory cortex) in schizophrenics is correlated with increased severity of hallucinatory episodes.

Another structural deficit found in schizophrenics is a weak connection between certain brain regions, specifically between the frontal and temporal lobes. This means that “certain groups of neurons, such as those responsible for producing and receiving language, may begin to function autonomously, beyond the control or influence of other brain systems,” writes Ralph Hoffman (link is external), a professor of psychiatry at Yale University. “It is as if the string section of the orchestra suddenly decided to play its own music, disregarding everyone else.”

Branislava Curic-Blake and colleagues (link is external) (2013) investigated this idea by scanning schizophrenic patients as they performed a task requiring inner speech processing: Subjects were shown two-syllable words on a screen and had to indicate whether the stress was located on the first or second syllable by pressing a button. In order to complete the task, subjects sounded out the words in their heads—effectively activating both inner speech production and language perception regions, according to a previous fMRI study. (link is external) The researchers found that subjects with a history of hallucinations demonstrated reduced connectivity from Wernicke’s area (language processing) to Broca’s area (speech production) relative to the control group.

This disconnect may explain the brain’s confusion of internally generated thoughts with external voices. Hoffman proposes that hyperactivity in the left frontal lobe combined with a weakened connection may lead to Broca’s area “dumping” language into Wernicke’s area—a part of the brain that normally receives speech information from the outside. A passing thought may be experienced as a whisper in one’s ear.

To test this theory, Hoffman and colleagues (link is external) have experimented with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive method that can inhibit small regions of the brain by producing light electric currents—in this case, reducing the hyperactivity of Broca’s area and portions of the temporal lobe. Although results are preliminary, most patients treated with TMS seem to experience relief from their auditory hallucinations, with improvements lasting anywhere from two months to a year. If validated in larger-scale studies, TMS could become an alternative treatment option.

Schizophrenia is a highly stigmatized illness (link is external). Most of us don’t understand hallucinations or delusions—and we are scared of what we don’t understand. We associate “hearing voices” with insanity. But the sounds that schizophrenic people hear are just as real to them as the sound of your child chattering about her day or the car beeping outside. And for them, the noise doesn’t stop.

Once we recognize the neural basis of schizophrenia, we become more compassionate. We begin to grasp the helplessness and confusion that schizophrenic individuals face as they deal with symptoms they have no control over—voices, paranoia, disorganized speech, apathy. And we can take more steps toward supporting those afflicted with this debilitating disease. Burke, who is vice president of the nonprofit group Stigma Fighters (link is external), says the stigma surrounding schizophrenia is particularly demoralizing. “As soon as something terrible happens in the news, that’s the first thing people point to, saying ‘They probably had voices that told them to do it,’” she explains.

“But the truth is, the majority of us are not violent people at all. Giving people with mental illness a voice is the most important thing. Getting us to speak up will create change.”
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Dear sir / mam I am college student. My mind is not sharp I am learn my studies and after my mind is blank.

Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, take Anacardium 30, 5 drops once daily for 10 days. Bacopa monnn. Q, 10 drops with water twice daily. Do meditation for half an hour in the morning daily. revert me after 10 days.
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I can't sleep at night easily always. I AM suffering from depression .that's why I always woke up late. please help me.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I can't sleep at night easily always. I AM suffering from depression .that's why I always woke up late. please help me.
If you take some professional help from a counselor for your depression a lot of your sleep problems will fade away. In your case particularly, do not sleep during the day; don’t even lie down. Go for regular exercise (breathing through your nostrils only) at a fixed time (at about 6 am) every day, whether you sleep or not. You must develop this habit of sleeping by 10 pm latest every night and wake up at a uniform time by 6 am every morning, even if you do not get sleep. If you do not get sleep, just lie down and if you have a bed lamp (or you could get one) lie down and read something light but not exciting. Your eyes will tire and you will fall asleep. If you like you may also put on light and soft music with the sleep function on. Depending on whether you are a visual or auditory person, you may watch TV in a lying down position until you feel sleepy. Have a warm bath before going to bed (for some people a cold bath at night seems to induce sleep! If you are one of them, please do so). Place the head side of your bed in a North-South position. The room must be as dark as possible and there should be no electronic items that give off even a light LED glow. There must be ample ventilation in the room. Avoid strong odors, except lavender, on your body or in the room, or on your sheets and clothes. There should not be any live plants in your bedroom. Sleep with the lightest of clothes or without any clothing. When lying down to sleep, lie down on your left ear as much as possible. Do not sleep directly under an overhead fan. You must eat a good breakfast, a fairly light lunch, and an early dinner, which should be a very light meal. Whatever you eat in the other meals, have only a pure carbohydrate meal at night with any vegetables, and preferably before 8 pm. Do not drink much liquids after or near about dinner time. When lying down to sleep you may use the 4-7-8 breathing pattern of sleep inducement i.e. Breathe in for four counts through your nostril only, hold for 7 counts, and exhale with a whoosh sound, through your mouth only, for 8 counts. Repeat this four times in the morning and just before you sleep at night. If you know Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT (check this out either on YouTube or Google), then please practice this too for sleep induction. Self-hypnosis and slow relaxation techniques, at night will be tremendously useful. Acupuncture or acupressure will both be very useful too. Pray last thing at night before you sleep.
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I lost someone who is my relative since then feel very depression so please help me.

master in psychology, post graduate diploma in counseling and guidance
Psychologist, Bangalore
I lost someone who is my relative since then feel very depression so please help me.
Exercising regularly, such as going on a walk, riding a bicycle, using an elliptical machine, or taking an exercise classgetting at least seven to eight hours of sleep every nightexploring a new skill, such as taking a cooking class, joining a book club, or taking a seminar at your local collegecalling or seeing friends or loved ones who can offer supportseeking out a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one Just as some approaches can help, others may not. Turning to drugs or alcohol as a means to escape your thoughts is not productive behavior, and can actually make you feel worse over time. When you come to an important date related to your loved one, such as an anniversary or birthday, you don’t have to pretend the date isn’t significant to you. Acknowledge the day. Celebrate your loved one’s memory or spend time with loved ones that can help you feel better.
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The anxiety problem is started about 8 month ago. After that I depressed about that. My body is vibrating. But after many problems started constipation, throat, back pain.please help

The anxiety problem is started about 8 month ago. After that I depressed about that. My body is vibrating. But after ...
You can take homeopathic treatment. Start your treatment with nat mur. 200 / 1 dose empty stomach and revert after 1 week for further medication.
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