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Dr. Divya Nair

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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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Dear doctor we have a patient of schizophrenia having auditory hallucinations and is under medication from Aiims Delhi. I have come to know through a scholarly article that increasing estrogen hormone especially estradiol b17 can reduce symptoms substantially. You are requested to advise medicine and the method of increasing the hormone. We will be highly obliged and thankful to you.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Well schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric illness which has lead to lot of research in the treatment. Many vitamin supplements, hormonal therapies and natural ingredients have been tried and have shown positive results but they are only in the preliminary stage. Regarding using oestrogen supplements, the results have not produced similar results in clinical practice and oestrogen supplements have many side effects to tolerate with it too. My kind advice to you is to stop surfing Internet which can mislead you. Believe your psychiatrist who can help you. Important point to note is that schizophrenia as of now is a disorder which can only kept under control and not cured and we have come across many clients with refractory auditory hallucinations even after multiple treatments. Well schizophrenia is a very complex disorder which can be very challenging at times due to the permanent neuronal changes they produce. Few tips to reduce auditory hallucinations are keeping ourself engaged, avoiding being alone and reading books and hearing to favourite music etc. Hope I was helpful. Thank you.
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How Is Social Media Affecting Your Mental Health?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, CE (New York)
Psychiatrist, Delhi
How Is Social Media Affecting Your Mental Health?

Being away or oblivious to social media is synonymous to not following the herd. Social media probably is no more the latest fad; it is the given code to take a deeper look into the present age. The rewarding fact about social networking sites is their ability to transport us to people and places millions of miles away from us. This epoch with its dictates of overproduction and maximum utilization of labor, snatches away the boon of communication.

Social media gifts us with easy communication and wider access:

  1. Social media creates peer pressure: Coming in continuous contact with occurrences in other people's life can lead to mental setback. You may feel low on comparing your achievements with that of others. Consciously or unconsciously you are struggling throughout to be at par with them who are seemingly jubilant. Virtual peer pressure is realized by many. 
  2. It can bring us at close quarters with penitence: Persistent grief or regret can take a toll on your mental health. It can make you depressive. Depression is again not a healthy thing for personal growth and development. It usually results in lack of motivation.
  3. You tend to panic more through continued use of social media: If you have not been in touch with social media for a couple of days you are instilled with the fear of losing out on incidents. You panic regarding what has been happening all over the world that in reality will in most cases bear no effect on you.
  4. It accustoms you to the glamorous appeal of drugs- Social media tends to showcase the ills of society as glamorous contributing factors of life. It celebrates the vices of drugs and other addictive agents as virtues. Young adults are therefore easily incited to give in to addiction.

Positive effects of social media on your mental health:

  1. Social media will let you take a break from hovering tasks and responsibilities. 
  2. Helps you connect with long lost friends. Social networking sites will bring you close to new and old friends alike. 
  3. Real society is overly judgemental. It prohibits you from coming across as your true self. Virtual media allows you to come out of your cocoon and helps you feel comfortable about yourself.
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Your advice to a person who want & is trying hard to quit tobacco since last 2 years .

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Just keep at it till you succeed. Your willingness and desire to want to stop is a huge plus point in your favor for overcoming this malaise. Quitting smoking is very difficult but not impossible due to the following reasons: smoking has certain conditions for the urge to be stimulated. These can vary throughout the day. You need to de-condition around the habit. There is a physical and psychological craving that has to be countered. There are some medicines that ease the craving, for which you will need to consult a doctor. Some measures you can take are: avoid people, activities, and places where the need to smoke is highest. There is also the time of day when the urge is greater; occupy yourself with planned, alternative, and interesting activities. During all these times do deep breathing exercises. Buy some chewing gum or nicotine gum or nicotine patches to tide over the urge. Replace the conditions or associations with new behaviors to affect the drive. Frequent ?no smoking zones? when in need. Tell the whole world that you have given up smoking, and ask for support from all of them. Your oral need may increase so ?pacify? it by indulging in eating, drinking health beverages, sucking on hard candy etc. Persevere in very difficult moments by sticking to your resolution because the impulse will disappear pretty fast. Get the support of an addiction counselor to process the resolution. For a price of Rs.250/- I can send you my book on addictions with free postage.
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I have been smoking from more than 3.5 yrs but I have quit smoking from past 1.5 months, due to wheezing and loss of voice but wheezing and loss of voice still continues and the excess sputum accumulation is from past 4-5yrs please tell me some medications and cure specially for loss of voice.

General Physician, Gurgaon
kindly follow advises given below Take proper rest lot of fluids and proper home made diet. warm Saline gargles twice a day for 2-3 days. speak less Consult ENT doctor for further management as you need physical examination and than course of antibiotic (your are having infective cough)
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Please help. I can't concentrate on my study. I'm always losing focus while studying. My confidence level is very low. I got tensed and disturbed. I want increase my memory power. I want to stay calm and sharpminded.

Ph. D - Psychology, Professional Certified Coach
Psychologist, Ahmedabad
Following tips will exactly help you achieve what you desire. Dear student for concentration and memory try following things on a daily basis and you will see positive results. Concentration is a mental skill that you can develop. There are two ways to improve your concentration: first, raise your brain's natural ability to concentrate. In other words, increase your attention. Second, adjust the environment around you to make concentrating easier. To improve your concentration takes a little time and effort, but it can be worth it. In my personal experience with students. This can make noticeable improvement in a relatively short time. Ideas for daily concentration-boosting habits include: mindfulness meditation - many studies confirm that 20 minutes of meditation or more per day improves concentration and attention span. Focusing on your breathing, known as mindfulness meditation, is one of the simplest way of meditation. Start with ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes before bed. Proper sleep -i am sorry to say it. Pulling all nighter will not help with your grade. Unless you are getting sufficient restful sleep, you are not going to be as mentally focused as you could be. Brain game -. The more you use certain skills, the more they are reinforced in the brain. So it makes sense that playing concentration games and games that require you to focus will improve your concentration ability. You need to be consistent in this. Play for about 10 to 20 minutes each day. Have fun, and get the benefits but remember not to spend more than 20 minutes a day. Your goal is to improve your concentration and not the score in the game! eat healthier - your brain needs the proper nutrients to allow you to focus. Eat more vegetables and fruits and avoid consumption of junk food as much as possible. 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. Exercise is helpful in both reducing stress and increasing focus. At-least 20 minutes a day would go a long way. Optimize your mental state & environment in addition to building the habits described above into your daily routine, also adjust your environment and your current mental state to improve your concentration when studying. Create a study spot. Your brain loves routine. Create a place where all you do is study. An obvious choice is a secluded desk of some kind, but the trick is to make sure you only study in that spot. Studying in bed is a bad habit, for example, because your body is trained to want to sleep once you get into bed. Remove distractions. Turn off the ringer on your phone and take other steps to prevent interruptions. Don't study with the television on or with talk radio playing. Some studies have shown that soft instrumental music (no vocals) can help improve your concentration. Block background noises. If you have to study or work in an environment where it is too loud (classroom or open space) or too quiet (such as at home or at a library) you can get easily distracted by outside influences. With the right amount of background noise you can actually block out distractions and enhance your creative thinking. Use time boxes. Set a time limit when you need to study new material. For example, let's say you want to read one chapter in a book (and remember it). Decide in advance that you can have 45 minutes to read the chapter, and 15 minutes to review it. Set a timer to keep yourself honest, then pace yourself to keep within the allotted time. Stay motivated with rewards. If you see studying as burden, it's hard to concentrate. One way to stay motivated is to set up a reward system. Tell yourself you have to earn that hour of watching your favorite show later in the evening by first completing one hour of intense studying. That way, even if the material is dry, you have the reward to look forward to. Take a break every two hours. You mental energy will begin to decline after a long period of study. So every two hours or so, take a ten minute break. Walk around, eat a light snack, or just stare at the wall to relax your mind. Concentrating is the first step to learning anything new. It only makes sense that if you improve your concentration, your memory will improve also.
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Diploma in Paediatrics, MBBS
Sexologist, Dehradun
Sex is both mental and physical exercise. One cannot enjoy sex if he is mentally stressed. Improve your relationship with your partner first, give importance to foreplay and lead a relaxed life.
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I'm not studying from last 2-3 years, I have lost my touch with study, I can not concentrate on my future, I do not know what should I do im very confused please help me.

Homeopath, Secunderabad
First thing that you can do is become courageous and take it as a challenge. Take the help of of your friends and family who can help you to analyse your situation. Go slow and prepare a plan as to how you will achieve your target. Always remember that you can get all the help needed provided you are humble enough to seek help. Be ready to accept failure as a stepping stone for success. Invest some time to sharpen your skills. Also do not ignore health. Bring discipline into daily life. Eat healthy food and exercise everyday which will help you to become more confident. Sleep at regular time ( 6-8 hrs everyday). Begin where you are now. Do not waste time in thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Make best use of the present day.
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I keep on thinking about my ex and I just can't focus on anything else. I love her so much but then she dumped and left me. what should id o ?

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
Its almost like a loss of a loved one when someone whom you love dumps you. It will take sometime for you to accept and come out of the trauma. All you can do is be optimistic. Be with friends and family, people who understand you and you feel comfortable with. Engage yourself in a productive activity of your liking. Pamper yourself. Go on a vacation. Enjoy with friends and cousins. If you still continue to feel sad and her thoughts continue to ruminate, consult a psychiatrist personally for counseling. Tale care.
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I am 37 years years old . My husband is a womanizer, am stressed seeing his activities. I've 2 school going children.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
Hi I believe your concern is about stress. There are many ways to beat stress, however getting the root cause of stress our of your way would make it a lot better for you. I strongly advice you to take up couples counseling along with your husband to resolve any issues
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I am a 50 years old lady and having regular menstrual cycle of 30 or 32 days but heavy bleeding white discharge throughout other than the cycle period hemoglobin was low around 8.5 in October and also having anxiety sinus prob and digestion every two three months pre or post menstrual symptoms changes I don't know whether it is related or not but blood pressure fluctuation 70/90 is my normal pressure but last two months it touched 92/138 then it falls down to the normal one this month again it has gone high after two days after my periods back pain and fatigue also.

Hypnotherapist, DCS, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
These look like symptoms of peri Menopause. Please see a gynaecologist who will educate you about menopause and the needed lifestyle changes to be made and a nutritionist for regulating your diet according to the requirements of the body. You can go for counselling to learn how to manage stress and tension better without losing your mental and emotional equilibrium. Exercises are very important at all times of life including menopause.
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I am 40 years female, I have two daughter one is completed graduation just now and another passed madhyamik. My tension for education of both and other hand ist daughter fallen love with a boy which I dislike.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
You have to freely and lovingly discuss with her the pro and cons and make her understand and take a wise decision she feels good.
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Mother feels discomfort and depressed. She doesn't get sleep although she doesn't have any sort of tension.

Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, Diabetes and depression go together in many persons. Depression is a disorder of brain chemicals causing feelings. It does not come through only tension. Please request your doctor to refer her to psychiatrist or let him/her consult a psychiatrist on your mother's behalf. She may be given an antidepressant in addiction to other medicines. Let her not try any sleeping tablets on her own. Unless depression is treated, she will not be able to sleep with sleeping tablets also.
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Does dreams can predict the future? I had a death dream of my relative and I was totally stressed and feared about the dream, what is the remedy for this?

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
Dreams can never predict future. Dreams are just a projection of feelings and ideas in the" unconscious" part of your brain. You are basically unaware of those feelings. You need not feel guilty about having such a dream too, because these are never under your control. Take care. Have a good relaxing sleep daily. If you still face any problems consult me online or a psychiatrist near by for counseling or treatment thereof.
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I have a hobby of smoking and drinking, what should I do to stop smoking and drinking, please suggest me as early as possible. Kindly request your.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Only by using strong will power and avoiding all situations where you feel like smoking, chewing tobacco or drinking or using drugs avoiding friends who smoke and diverting mind by reading or chewing a gum, like NICORETTE and taking a walk when you crave for a smoke can all help. You can chew Nicorette gum which is nicotine replacement. There are medicines available. Which can be prescribed if asked personally Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 60 lakh people worldwide every year. More than 50% of regular smokers would invariably die from tobacco-related illnesses which includes heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lung diseases. Best age to stop smoking is before 40 Only strong will power, determination, attending AA meetings and diverting mind when tempted will help you stop alcohol or may need professional help from a psychiatrist or de addiction centre. Try to do meditation and yoga. Read good books and listen to music and if you are believer attend Bhajans Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers. When you drink alcohol, cancer-causing chemicals are formed. Alcohol also affects hormone levels and makes cells even more likely to be damaged by smoking. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer. No type of alcohol is better or worse than another, it is the alcohol itself that leads to the damage, regardless of whether it is in wine, beer or spirits. And drinking and smoking together are even worse for you. Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer. But on the whole, scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others. Every year, alcohol causes 4% of cancers .Tips to cut down on alcohol. There are lots of simple ways to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink. It can help to work out if there are particular times or situations when you tend to have a drink, whether that’s a bad day at work or a weekly pub quiz tradition, and plan what you’ll say and do differently next time. Have more alcohol-free days a week. For liver health it’s best to have at least 2 days off alcohol in a row each week. Try agreeing on certain days with your partner or a friend and help each other and stick to it. If you are planning to drink alcohol, decide on a limit in advance and make sure you don’t go over it. Swap every other alcoholic drink for a soft one – starting with your first drink. Try shandy instead of a pint of beer, or swap some wine for soda and have a spritzer. Don’t stock up on beer, wine or spirits at home. Finish one drink before pouring another, because topping up drinks makes it harder to keep track of how much you’ve had and when you planned to stop. Avoid buying drinks in rounds, that way you don’t have to keep pace with anyone. Tell a friend or partner that you’re cutting down on alcohol, they can support you – or even join you.
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How to challenge stressful times? Im suffering from anxiety and on fluoxetine 60 mg since last 4 months but was feeling good till now but now due to some stress due to future and carrier im again getting those anxious and depressive thoughts. What should I do?

MBBS, MD (AIIMS, Gold Medalist), Diploma in CBT (Glasgow)
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user, Thanks for writing in. Welcome to the forum. The situation that you are describing is commonly seen wherein a relatively good control of symptoms is broken due to stress. There are many ways of solving this problem. The first and the recommended measure is to get psychotherapy or counseling. This will help improve your symptoms, solve the future/ career issue effectively and also equip and empower you with psychological skills that will be useful to face stressful situations in the future also. Moreover, it may also facilitate reduction of medicine dosage and also eventual stoppage of the same. The second option is to increase fluoxetine to 80 mg and there is a good chance that things will improve. However, this is a less satisfactory option when compared to the first one. Hope that helps. Take care!
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Hi I think that my weight is much more than I want as you know that fatty person like that so what should I do to loss my weight. But I don't have time for exercise so please is there is any easy and cheap method to loss weight. Thank you reply me fast \ one more thing that I want to know is that. That I can not concentrate on my studies and my data holding capacity is very low so how can I improve my DHC for the studies is there is any way then please let my know I'm in very pressure because of studies.

MBBS, MD - MD- Skin & VD
Dermatologist, Ahmedabad
You should have mentioned your age. Avoid junk food and play a sport to stay active and fit. Use cycle to travel. Regarding studies, the more pressure you take, the more you difficulty you will face. Be the master of your mind and concentrate, mind should not rule you, you should rule your mind to stay away from distractions. Understanding the concepts will make your studies easier and you will enjoy learning new things every day.
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I have quite smoking its been a month so how can I overcome the irritation and I'm getting headache and anger and I feel something in my mind for some time. Afterwards I feel good. So what to do?

M.A psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Dear lybrate-user, I appreciate your move of smoking. When you leave any of the substance immediately after a long term use, you get withdrawal symptoms. Irritability, aggression, sleep disturbance, low mood are some of the common symptoms. These will go with time. Duration depends on the amount of nicotine you were taking. You may consult your doctor for nicotine skin patches or other nicotine replacement methods. Hope this will help. Regards, Vibha.
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He has stopped smoking but from 24 nov 2016 but now he gets headache sometimes and too much cough and don't feel energetic. Something feel dizzy.

Ayurveda, Pune
lybrate-user, It's a good decision of quitting smoking but according to your symptoms you are showing the signs of withdrawl syndrome. So just take allied help of Ayurved, Yoga and Meditation. You will come out of it soon, Best luck.
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Hi. I am in bcom & my bf gave 12th this years 1st wen I was in 11th he was in civil engineering diploma & his clf was in pimple but due to some reason on his mom don't wan him to go so far becoz of dat he left d course & next year he gave 11th taking admission in fyjc science. D problem wat we r facing is dat we r in a relationship frm 4 years & he is mummas boy type my parents r searching a partner 4 me. I said him to go & say everything abt us to his mom but he is saying me if he will say also his mom will so no. He said me his mom what a very pretty girl who is very fair & beautiful. We both love each other alot. When I said him whats going on in my family he just started crying. He loves his mom also alot he don't wan to hurt his mom but frm my view point I am saying her to try even his mom luv him alot if he will try if she luvs him so she will agree & now after 12 we'll take engineering again. please suggest some ways how to agree his mom for us. My mom always ask me if you luv some one say v'll give him tym to make his future. How to make my bf realize to take a step. His mom I think only looks for beauty. I know for a boy mom is imp but what to do so much confuse please suggest some ways or give advice. Thank you.

Psychologist, Jodhpur
Hello lybrate-user, you can tell your boyfriend to talk to his mother first. Even if she says yes or no. Tell him not to assume things before and and talk to her, and you guys are anyways too young so by the time you will be of marriageable age she might get convinced and understand the love you guys have for each other. Also focus on your career as well. Good luck.
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