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Dr. Harsha

Psychologist, Mumbai

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In younger population, 75% of heart diseases are due to smoking

MD PULMONARY, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
In younger population, 75% of heart diseases are due to smoking.
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My girlfriend tells me that she loves me a lot and somehow I also feel the same. But nowadays she is avoiding me a lot. I am fully depressed. Please help.

PGDD, RD, Bachelor of Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
My girlfriend tells me that she loves me a lot and somehow I also feel the same. But nowadays she is avoiding me a lo...
Hye. Thankyou for the query. Instead of getting depressed try talking it out with her and get clarity on the situation. It's always better to be clear with your feelings rather than letting your emotions and feelings pent up.
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I want to quit smoking I'm trying but it doesn't works please give me some suggestion.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You have to quit cold turkey because the body and mind will torture you endlessly while attempting reduction in smoking. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lung with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged. But don’t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. I don’t know what other organs could be damaged but do go for a thorough medical check up to assess the effects of your abuse. Regarding improving your lungs, do a lot of aerobic exercise breathing through your nostrils only. Then there are a lot of deep breathing exercises in Yoga which you can learn too. Deep breathing cleanses your system and lungs and restores it to good health. Deep breathing uses the 80% of the lungs which are not normally used in normal breathing and even when exerting yourself. The greatest effect is in the lungs because this substance is processed through the respiratory system directly through the lung surface. When quitting, you must take one day at a time; though you must give up all smoking at once, and promptly. If you look too far ahead you will get discouraged and will give up. If you sit and count the number of days you have given up, that will also focus too much on achievement. You must focus on the here and now, on that day to be precise. After all quitting is not that easy due to many factors. So even if you fail one day, you must try and try again. Very few people succeed in their first attempt. Your persistence will eventually pay off. The urge to discontinue is hampered by many factors but the worst of them is the conditioning. In fact these conditions can exist all through the day unlike other addictions. But your desire to want to stop is the most important factor. It is important to find out about the ill-effects of smoking to have a reason that alarms you about continuing in the habit. The information is really scary but true and you must remind yourself about this every day. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heart beat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. So you must avoid it like the plague: it is just very bad medicine for you. In fact it is highly toxic too. You will need to stop smoking or consuming any tobacco related items with immediate effect. You should start vigorous exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga), and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need. You may also take hard candy or chewing gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine gums and nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces, substantially. You may also join Smokers Anonymous in your city where the support is really extraordinary for like-minded people who are also in the same situation. Keep yourself occupied or engaged with interesting activities during the times when it is most tempting. Keep the company of non-smokers for some time i.e. at least for the first 21 days. Above all announce it to everyone that you have quit smoking. Here’s a piece of very good advice: even if you accidentally/willfully take a cigarette, it is not the end of the world – you can start the cessation all over again. You must persevere with the best support until you defeat this addiction. Counseling is very useful in the initial stages and when temptations are at their highest.
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When I see a beautiful or average looking girl with big and average boob size respectively I feel attracted to her but I have never made sex with anyone till now so the attraction weakens. With this resistance in my mind I am not able to make any girlfriend or fall in love neither marry anyone Age: 32 Please tell.

B.Sc(Hons) Mumbai Univ., ND, MD - Alternate Medicine, Aroma Therap., Bach Flower Rem, Mental Health Cert.
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
When I see a beautiful or average looking girl with big and average boob size respectively I feel attracted to her bu...
Hi I will prescribe some harmless but effective flower remedy available in homoeopathy shops. Try to buy original medicines. Mix 3 drops of cherry plum + 3 drops of crab apple + 3 drops of mimulus. Mix these with 100 ml water and drink it every morning and night.(same dose) on empty stomach.
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Hello, my neighbour is a female age of 28 She wants to have sex with me, always I denied, I explain her it's wrong but she is not listening, pls suggest what do I do?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are right to refuse her and you must keep far away from her as you could be a huge temptation for her. She is far older than you and her libido may be stimulated to high levels making it difficult for her to contain herself. She should ideally seek to get married and settle down in life. You have so many other things to do in life and cannot be caught up with this situation, which can bring a lot of disturbances in your scheme of things in life. Please focus on your career and academics. This can be very difficult especially at your age but it is certainly not a welcome distraction.
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I had been smoking for almost 10 years. Now I quited it's been 2 months. I just wanted to know will I get serious diseases or everything would be fine from today.

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 lybrate-user. Congratulations on your quitting smoking. You did not smoke for two months. That is great. Your body starts the repairing process immediately on quitting smoking. It takes 6 months to one year for your body to repair your lungs fully. In the mean time, t augment the repair process, please drink plenty of fruit juices and liquids, exercise hard, eat nutritional food etc. There will not be any serious illnesses. Body will repair even if there is anything. Take care.
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This is for my father. He behaves very rudely and erratic with my mother. He behaves better in my presence. But in my absence, he misbehaves with her, many times attacks her physically. She is worried. I have to travel many times out of town for work requirement. She even fears to sleep at home with fear of his physical attack. I am looking for some counselling for him. I tried my best but there is no effect, in fact he again fights with my mother asking about why she complained. Need help.

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
This is for my father. He behaves very rudely and erratic with my mother. He behaves better in my presence. But in my...
Dear , deep seated behavior problems seldom gets repaired by counseling. Your father could be having some sort of personality disorder which needs psychiatric treatment.
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I am a 40 year old male suffering from unknown fear kindly suggest what can I do.

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, fear is phobia. You cannot say it is unknown fear. There must be a specific reason for the fear and we are here to find out the specific cause. Please post a private question to me. I wil help you. Take care.
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I feel very depressed when I get up can't eat breakfast too. I have lost interest in life. I am a high BP patient.

PGC Diabetology, MBBS
General Physician, Hyderabad
I feel very depressed when I get up can't eat breakfast too. I have lost interest in life. I am a high BP patient.
Life is not only about living for ourselves. There are a number of people in touch with us who need our presence and support. So each one's life has a lot of important purpose. Make some friends, join a club, join a sports activity at a professional sports complex. Meet some people among your relatives and friends daily. For detailed evaluation, consult online or b phone via paid consultation.
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I want to leave smoking what should I do? Also I want to gain my weight, I have been doing smoking since when I was 14 and now I am 20 years old, what should I do? Please suggest.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I want to leave smoking what should I do? Also I want to gain my weight, I have been doing smoking since when I was 1...
The habit can be very difficult to halt because of the many conditions attached to smoking. In fact these conditions can exist all through the day unlike other addictions. But your desire to want to stop is the most important factor. It is important to find out about the ill-effects of smoking to have a reason that alarms you about continuing in the habit. The information is really scary. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heart beat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. So you must avoid it like the plague: it is just very bad medicine for you. In fact it is highly toxic too. You will need to stop smoking or consuming any tobacco related items with immediate effect. You should start vigorous exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga), and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need. You may also take hard candy or chewing gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine chewing gum or nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces substantially. You may also join Smokers Anonymous in your city where the support is really extraordinary for like-minded people who are also in the same situation. Keep yourself occupied or engaged with interesting activities during the times when it is most tempting. Keep the company of non-smokers for some time i.e. at least for the first 21 days. Above all announce it to everyone that you have quit smoking. Here’s a piece of very good advice: even if you accidentally/willfully take a cigarette, it is not the end of the world – you can start the cessation all over again. You must persevere with the best support until you defeat this addiction. Counseling is very useful in the initial stages and when temptations are at their highest. Because this is an oral habit, there will be a tendency to over-eat to satiate the oral need. This will in turn increase your body weight, though I don't know that that will be desirable for long.
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Hello doctor! It's been couple of years I got in depression and undergone doctor and after 6 months of medication and treatment I got fine and doctor told me that I am absolutely fine and stop the medicines as there is no need. And yeah I am absolutely fine but I got addicted to medicine maybe. I gradually reduced it from 2 to 1/4th dose daily but I am unable to completely stop it. If I don't take it, I feel vomit, irritation in head, feel so low that I can't even walk, difficult to recall things in my mind, memory issue and don't feel good too. What should I do. My husband is also upset with this thing and saying me to stop it as it will lead to bad side effects in future while pregnancy ,liver etc. Please help me by telling what's the problem, is this the addiction symptoms or what? .And also let me know the side effects of these type of medicines for myself and for future pregnancy and on baby too?

MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mohali
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It's been couple of years I got in depression and undergone doctor and after 6 months of medication and...
Dear Ms. lybrate-user, I went through your query in detail and can understand what you must be going through. It's definitely very frustrating when we are not able to quit any medicine even after we feel that we are fine. You haven't mentioned the name of the medicines that you are taking and this makes it explaining exactly what you are going through a bit difficult. For depression, most doctors use a combination of an anti depressant and a benzodiazepine sedative. The right course of action is to taper and stop benzodiazepine after a few weeks and continue the anti depressants for few months. Benzodiazepines can be addictive. If they are not tapered and stopped in few weeks, there are chances that we become dependent on that and develop withdrawal symptoms when we stop it. This is the most probable cause in your case. The other scenario where it is the antidepressant which you are still taking means that you haven't completely recovered from depression/anxiety and will need further treatment depending on actual clinical condition. Benzodiazepines definitely cause adverse effects in pregnancy and we try to avoid it completely in pregnant patients. The best way forward will be to seek a psychiatric consultation and start treatment in order to quit the medicines. A substitute could be started and tapered off gradually. I do hope that answers your query. Best wishes.
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I am a singer. And I have to perform in front of many peoples but. I found myself nervous all the time in front of people. My body starts shiver. I do not know why. I can not concentrate. Help.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am a singer. And I have to perform in front of many peoples but. I found myself nervous all the time in front of pe...
For this to come up at this age is significant because it is the last chance you will get to resolve it before it becomes a permanent negative trait. About the issue itself: do you know if this is a family trait, or is the family by anyways less to socialize, or have you had any problem with fear because of some family or childhood experience? have you ever been embarrassed in public by someone that it has left an indelible mark in your personality? you can take the answers to these questions to a counselor and resolve the same. Anyway, you must deal with your fear of people and it will be the best solution to your problem. In the meantime do some confidence building exercises by attending a personality development course, public speaking skills course (i suggest you join the toastmasters club), work out at a gym to build good self-image, and join social events to practice your skills. Surprisingly many people are often in the same boat as you, and so you are not alone: it is called performance anxiety. The very people you are intimidated by may be afraid of you too! there are three important developments to have to make an autonomous personality: awareness, intimacy, and spontaneity. If you are super aware or too conscious of yourself, it will affect the intimacy and spontaneity. Although your problem is now directly to do with intimacy, you can see that they are all connected. Go and work on these matters with a counselor for this level of social anxiety to disappear from your life for good. It is also possible that after many performances, you will find it easier and easier to face and sing in front of audiences.
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When I study continuously for just 30 to 50 minutes, I got bored and then I need a rest for an hour, and before this I don't feels like this. So I want to know that Am I suffering from any disease and how can I overcome from this problem?

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 lybrate-user. You do not have any disease. This scenario is faced by almost every student. Creative learning methods will make you to be interested in studies. Take care.
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Before two years I was went in depression but some medicine, tablets are now continuous what are I do for stop it?

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Before two years I was went in depression but some medicine, tablets are now continuous what are I do for stop it?
Dear lybrate-user, some type of depressive disorders are recurrent and so needs long term maintenance tablets. Please do not stop them without consulting your doctor. Since you are young and want to stop tablets, you can come online for cbt - cognitive behaviour therapy. They are weekly sessions sometimes you may need 18-20 sessions. Unless you understand and practice cbt for 6 months or so, please do not stop tablets.
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I am 30 yr old male. When I speak with people or read anything or watch tv, I dont understand well and I lose my attention very easily. This is affecting my professional life. Please let me know what I can do?

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, this could just be imagination. You told it is affecting your professional life. Did any of your friends / colleagues / superiors point you out with the same problem? did they tell you, you are inattentive while you speak? please post a private question to me with these details. Take care.
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I am 28 yr women. I have a 8 yr old daughter. My husband always fight with me and my daughter's behavior also changed what can I do?

M.D,Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Amritsar
Go for couple counselling. Discuss your issues with eacb other. Go for outing on holiday. Have good physical relation.
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I Work for a MNC and my job is full of stress I exhaust it with a stick of cigarette every time I feel like, I smoke almost 15 - 18 cigarettes a day and I feel some pain in my lungs some times especially when I wake up in the morning, usually I cough coz of mucus, I've done my blood test and every other stuff and I found it to be normal but I don't know for how much long time as I'm just 24 I want to have smoke free life can anyone please help me out of it. I beg please.

Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Hi, free smartphone and tablet apps may be another helpful way to plan your quit. Apps such as the national cancer institute's quitpal can help you set goals, track your progress, and share your struggles and successes with family and friends. Quitpal can also support you with text reminders. Here are some other ways to get ready to quit smoking: set your goals. To achieve a long-term goal like quitting smoking, you may find it helpful to break the task into smaller goals. Every time you reach a goal, you feel a sense of pride along the path to becoming tobacco-free. A personal action plan can help you reach your goals. Set your goals clearly. Write down your goals, or tell someone what you are trying to do. Goals should include" by when" or" how long" as well as" what. For example" I will track my smoking for 1 week, starting tomorrow. Or" I will cut back from 20 cigarettes a day to 15 by this time next week. Set a quit date, and stick to it. This is an important step. Choosing a good time to quit can greatly improve your chances of success. Avoid setting your quit date on high-stress days, such as holidays. Reward yourself for meeting your goals. Quitting smoking is a difficult process, and each small success deserves credit. If you don't meet a goal, don't punish yourself. Instead, hold back on a reward until you achieve your goal. For example, give yourself something special if you succeed. Pace yourself. You may want or need to quit slowly by reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day over the course of several weeks. Set a comfortable pace. Certain activities won't be temptation-free for many months after you quit. Be realistic. You may feel very excited and positive about your plan for change. Be sure to set realistic goals-including a timeline for quitting-that you can meet. For example, your goal could be to cut back from 20 cigarettes a day to 10. Make some changes. Get rid of all cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters after your last cigarette. Throw away pipes or cans of snuff. Also, get rid of the smell of smoke and other reminders of smoking by cleaning your clothes and your house, including curtains, upholstery, and walls. Don't let people smoke in your home. Take the lighter out of your car. Try some methods to reduce smoking, such as gradually increasing the time between cigarettes, before your official quit date. A smoking tracker can help you keep track of what triggers urge you to use tobacco. This gives you important information on when it's toughest for you to resist. 2. Get support you will have a better chance of quitting successfully if you have help and support from your family, friends, and coworkers. Others sources of support include: your doctor. He or she can help you put together a plan of medicines and nicotine replacement therapy (nrt) that works for you. This could be chantix or the nicotine patch, or maybe the nicotine patch along with gum for those times you need something more. Phone support (1-800-quit now). Telephone counselors can help you with practical ideas. Often they are people who have quit smoking themselves. Social networking. Many smartphone or tablet quit-smoking apps allow you to share your progress with your friends and family. This is a way you can get the extra support and encouragement you need when you're having a hard time or when you want to celebrate a new smoke-free milestone. Talk to a friend who used to smoke, and ask him or her to be a support person you can call when the going gets rough. Try a quit smoking program on the internet. These often have chat rooms. People who use telephone, group, one-on-one, or internet counseling are much more likely to stop smoking than people who try to quit on their own. Actionset. Gif quitting smoking: getting support if a partner or friend is quitting, you can help. Actionset. Gif quitting smoking: helping someone quit 3. Learn new skills and behaviors since you won't be smoking, decide what you are going to do instead. Make a plan to: identify and think about ways you can avoid those things that make you reach for a cigarette (smoking triggers), at least at first. Try to change your smoking habits and rituals. Think about situations in which you will be at greatest risk for smoking. Make a plan for how you will deal with each situation. Change your daily routine. Take a different route to work, or eat a meal in a different place. Every day, do something that you enjoy. Cut down on stress. Calm yourself or release tension by reading a book, taking a hot bath, or digging in your garden. See the topic stress management for ways to reduce stress in your life. Spend time with nonsmokers and people who have stopped smoking. Start seeing yourself as a person who is making healthy choices. Try chewing gums knickwic or nicorette to get rid of smoking be prepared for relapse most people are not successful the first few times they try to quit smoking. If you start smoking again, don't feel bad about yourself. A slip or relapse is just a sign that you need to change your approach to quitting. If any signs of withdrawl consult a doctor. Do not worry you will be able to change.
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My frnd lost somebody close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to him all the time please help him.

MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Pune
My frnd lost somebody close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to him all the time pleas...
Grieving after losing someone close is normal. But if it's been a long time and your friend is not able to come out of it, you must get him professional psychiatric help.
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I am 26 years old male and I think I am suffered from mental disease name Social Phobia in very extreme stage, Some people say face the difficulties to prevent from this problem. But I cannot face it, Leads to problem in my Personal, Financial and Social Life, So What should I do?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Delhi
I am 26 years old male and I think I am suffered from mental disease name Social Phobia in very extreme stage, Some p...
Hello, welcome to lybrate I can understand you problem very well. Yes social phobia is a mental ailment, characterised by difficulty to be in social places, difficulty to face strangers, difficulty in giving presentations, facing social gatherings, interviews as well. This leads to significant distress and dysfunction as well. However with the help of medications and psychosocial intervention this condition can be managed. To know more about social phobia, its causes, associated stressors and available treatment options, you can consult me in private.
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