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Dr. Varkha Chulani

MD - Psycholog

Psychologist, Mumbai

26 Years Experience
Dr. Varkha Chulani MD - Psycholog Psychologist, Mumbai
26 Years Experience
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Dr. Varkha Chulani is a trusted Psychologist in Bandra West, Mumbai. She has over 26 years of experience as a Psychologist. She has done MD - Psycholog . You can visit her at Dr Varkha Chulani in Bandra West, Mumbai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Varkha Chulani and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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MD - Psycholog - Bombay University - 1991
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I have been constantly thinking negative for last 4 to 5 years or say from very young age. I don't know how I formed this habit, I tried to change, read lot of self help books, watched seminars, but nothing changed so much, I want to know the source of my negative thinking because even a 7 to 8 years old kids are very optimistic than me, I was not at all positive during my childhood. I used to get irritate and I was a coward in my childhood and even now I am the same, I want to know whether genes have any effect on thinking How come some people are so optimistic while some like me are pessimistic, Is it a gift of nature. Because kids don't know what thinking is, I want to know whether these thinking ability is genetic or environment My brother and I share same environment but still I am very much negative.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I have been constantly thinking negative for last 4 to 5 years or say from very young age. I don't know how I formed ...
Today, we are discovering a lot of the influence of genes. So, in relation to your question, the genes do have a lot to do with your negativity. Fortunately, it is the environment that can be used to benefit you favorably, even with the influence of the genes. The genetic inheritance is only a predisposition to a condition: it is the exposure we place ourselves into that can either stimulate or suppress the predisposition. Your problem, in seeking solutions in books and seminars, will not necessarily provide the help you need: it is to do with and in and around people that you can work out the solution. For example, being with positive people only will gradually influence you to become optimistic in life. Since you mention this to be a trait from childhood there may be, apart from the genetic influences, some traumatic influences from prenatal days and later, to have a great impact. The character of your family and parents too will have a bearing. This attitude in life will be the cause of your problems and not its effect. You could attend some counseling and do some personal work in any or all of these areas and resolve this, permanently. There is a solution to all problems and your search must be in real earnest, and above all your cooperation is vital to the success of your efforts. Gradually, you will become positive and start enjoying life with all its challenges and live a normal life. If you start a regimen of vigorous exercise (even in a gym), eat well, sleep well, and handle your emotions well, you will feel and act a lot better. Also be healthy and fit in five areas: physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual, to be a complete personality. You will become confident, develop a good self-image, and be optimistic. The reason you are different from your brother is constitutional in nature (and other factors too), even if you had had the same environment.
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Hello Dr. AM a girl of 20 years a medical student. I need your help as my family environment is not good. My parents are not happy with each other from day one of their marriage. They fight alot my father use very rough and abusive language. Bt still we live together under one roof. I have lost my all patience my concentration on studies. Can not help it. All day I keep on thinking about this become frustrated all the time. I really don't want to become such an irritated and dumb personality. Becoming lazy day by day can not remember things can not take decisions anymore. please help me give me some solution or suggestion so as to come out of this depression. please I need it to save my life.

Diploma in Family Medicine, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
Sexologist, Pune
Hello Dr. AM a girl of 20 years a medical student. I need your help as my family environment is not good. My parents ...
Ms. Lybrate-user. If your parents are always fighting and still living together it is possible their marriage is not in danger of breaking up. Learn to ignore and concentrate on your studies. If you think the environment is getting on to you, move to a hostel or paying guest facility for your studies. That way you can space out and be more independent. Socialise with your friends more often and talk about any thing but the home matters.
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Sir, I'm 19 years old young. My consultation is that I'm getting into the unconscious state. I am forgetting answer that I studied for exam. Often I blurt within me. My thoughts get distracted every seconds. Even I don't know whether this is a problem or not. Is there any solution?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Sir, I'm 19 years old young. My consultation is that I'm getting into the unconscious state. 
I am forgetting answer ...
Too much distraction is a problem and may be induced by stress which you may not be aware of. If you meet with a counselor it will help. In the meantime do the following regularly: Daily exercise of at least half an hour is a must. Even if you go to a gym, ask for aerobic and/or callisthenic exercises with whatever else you are doing. A healthy body harbors a healthy mind. With regard to memory, it is very important that your brain and body is ideally rested to be able to recall whatever is required, rather comfortably. Puzzles pose problems to the brain that help it to use new pathways and neurons, which give the brain considerable exercise. It taxes the left brain to use logic to solve the myriad possibilities which other activities do not stimulate. Crosswords are excellent for vocabulary learning and use. Jigsaws and Rubik cube stimulate different permutations to finally settle on the most likely one. Picture completion and anagrams help approach problem solving from several angles. Do Sudoku, and memory co-relation activities and skills. Have a good night?s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber (whole grains, fruits and vegetables), nuts, avocado, eat dark chocolate, consume less of fat and use olive or coconut oil instead, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. You need to check out if you are stronger visual or auditory. The visual is a better mode than the auditory. However, if you combine the two modes, you will get the best concentration. Have a special place of learning, which should be well lit, with soft painted walls, well-ventilated, with no distractions. When you get bored, study by writing. If you repeat learning at least five to seven times, you will apparently remember for a longer time. Sit comfortably but do not slouch. The reading material should be of a fairly large print. Study at small intervals of about 40 minutes and then take a break or change the subject. Short-term memory is a faculty of the left brain, and long-term memory is a feature of the right brain. When people are stressed, they tend to favor the right brain and abandon the left brain, where short-term memory resides. So, it is really very simple: deal with the stress and activate left brain functions. Here are a few suggestions to activate left brain function: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do callisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. There are some memory enhancing techniques and study methods that your teacher will be able to guide you with. If your home life is full of distractions and stress, it is likely to affect your memory, adversely. In that case, I suggest that you and the family go for counseling too.
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I am a married person but my wife always avoiding me at the time of sex. Why she is not cooperate me. Yes per yer one to two time she permitted me. Why it depress my mind and I search a new girlfriend for my mental cool.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I am a married person but my wife always avoiding me at the time of sex. Why she is not cooperate me. Yes per yer one...
Hi, I would recommend you to talk to your wife on this freely and let her talk her heart; may be she is going through some mental stress or mental trauma, or she may have some medical condition which makes her tired through out the day (which makes her to avoid sex) or may be she is not comfortable during the sex or may be the bond between you and her is not that strong enough (give her emotional, physical support with full attention and keeping your ego away; spend quality time with her daily, go out for a holiday with her only keeping your kids at home or with your parents). If she has general weakness, you can give her homoeopathic medicines - Five Phos./ 3 times a day and Avena Sativa Q/ 10 drops in 1/2 cup water/ 3 times a day/ 1month. Revert.
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Hi am 34 yrs old male. I have problem of listening while small team meeting with my office mates and I unable to concentrate in any of the activities like work related or reading the newspaper and policies. Sometimes my mind is going somewhere when someone is discussing with their opinions. And most of the times my mind went blank or not function properly. Most of the times I struggle in taking right decision. I can't involved any activities continuously. I dono which thing is interested or suitable for me. Still am having confusion to select my profession. Interest is not coming in any other areas. I dono how to speak with others. Hope you understand my problems I need your advice to improve myself. Thanks in advance.

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, please introspect. There are many occasion in our life, we often go away from what is being happening around us. Those occasion are very few and we need to realize that. If you try to generalize that, then it could be a problem. You will be able to take decisions when you have experience in those aspects. Confusion in selecting the profession is because you are still going behind salary and not with your passion. I can understand your problems but you need to provide me more examples. You may consult a psychologist for detailed analysis. Take care.
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I'm mbbs student. While studying I can't able to focus, I get disturbed very fast.

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, welcome to lybrate. You must be able to understand concentration, attention span, recollection and distraction. If you are able to watch a movie for two hours continuously, if you are able to play a game for an hour, then you do not have any concentration problems. You can't be attentive towards your studies because you are not interested in it. You are able to watch movie and play game because you are interested in it. Human cannot be attentive towards anything for more than 10 minutes. If the task is boring, it is natural that that person will sleep or feel sleepy. Then you should study in such a way that your attention is continued and make the subjects are interesting to you. Effective learning techniques should help you. Recollection depends on anxiety, stress and other physical and circumstantial factors. Distractions while studying are plentiful. You should be able to overcome distractions or avoid distractions. Please understand the above. Change your study style and attitude accordingly. Please search internet for" effective learning" techniques. Anyhow, there is nothing to worry. Most of the psychological problems can be cured with scientific therapy methods. Take care.
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I have suffering from fearing of any thing's specially at night last 3 to 4 days. What should I do when it happened to me?

Master in Clinical Psychology, Ph. D. in Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I have suffering from fearing of any thing's specially at night last 3 to 4 days. What should I do when it happened t...
First you need to know what makes you fear at night. If that is irrational then consult with psychologist.
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What can I do to improve my memory and concentration in study and for good health is there any option in less time?

PG Dip(psycosexual diseases), MBBS
Sexologist, Delhi
This condition occurs when u r lot in stress and low self esteem,if u r student.. it is very common when examination is approaching and it looks u dont know anything though u have studied many time, First u shud not cram,every body doesnot have genes of cramming,u do scientifically going behind the concept and close the eyes re run the whole concept,if u re run successfully it will remain whole life in ur brain,u must do daily one hour outdoor excercise 45 minutes morning and if time permits than also in evening,take small meals frequently..u can have daily glass of milk with complan meomary refill.Do breath ing or pranayam excercise twice daily. Have regular eight hour sound sleep daily.
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From childhood onwards my neck is little bent and still somewhere I forgot to make it straight like while driving bike many people told me why your neck is not straight what to do with my neck? I am 20 year old boy.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello. Maintain a right standing and sitting posture, keep your back always straight, avoid carrying weight on back. Hold or carry weight divided equally in both the hands or shoulders (to avoid over straining on one particular hand or shoulder). Exercise: Practice Shavasana or Corpse Pose as it looks like a dead body. If practiced correctly and with full efforts, can relax every body part, relaxing not only the body but also the mind: Spread the legs one to two feet apart, the toes are turned outwards, the heels facing each other, a comfortable distance apart. Bring the arms a little away from the body, palms turned upward. Relax the neck and allow it to turn to the side if it is more comfortable. Close the eyes and focus the attention on the body, breathing normally. Management: -Stretching or activities that place additional strain on the back are discouraged. -Sleeping with a pillow between the knees while lying on one side may increase comfort. -Lying on your back with a pillow under your knees would also relieves pain and no pillow under your head. -Some people seem to benefit from the use of ice or heat. Take care, do not use a heating pad on ‘high’ or place ice directly on the skin. Medication: Take homoeopathic medicines - Arnica 200 and Rhus Tox. 200 - take both of them thrice daily for 1 week. Also, apply Schwabe's Topi-Arnica and Topi MP Gel on the affected area in circular motions gently thrice a day. Get back to me thereafter.
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I think I might have dissociative identity disorder, and I am seeing a psychiatrist this Wednesday. But I just wanted to know that, is it very likely that I might have it? Because, I do have all the other characteristics, but- I do have difficulty remembering things I did through out the day, I can't tell you quickly if I have had my meals, or where I left my keys, I keep losing track of my stuff. But I don't have total blank spaces in my memory.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I think I might have dissociative identity disorder, and I am seeing a psychiatrist this Wednesday. But I just wanted...
Well the symptoms you have described suggest more towards a problem in concentration and attention which needs a detailed evaluation. Adolescents with thyroid problem, hormonal issues and stress can have these symptoms usually. These symptoms doesn't fit for a diagnosis of dissociative disorder. Kindly relax and let the psychiatrist help you. All the best.
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MBBS, DPM, DNB (PSYCHIATRY)
Psychiatrist, Delhi
What is Bipolar Disorder? It is a type of Mood Disorder (there are various types of Mood Ds) where person suffers from bouts of low mood (Depression) and high mood (Mania). These bouts can last from days to weeks to even months causing significant problems to patient and his/her family members in their personal, social and occupational functioning. Thankfully we have now safe and effective treatments available for this chronic illness. With proper treatment and family support thousands and thousands of patients are living good functional lives world over.
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Hi doc, I'm 21 years old, my weight is 87 kgs. I would like to loose my weight. So many people like my neighbours, friends suggested that you have to go gym and you have to mainly concentrate on your workouts completely. Is that productive? Could you please give me some weight loss tips!

Ph. D - Psychology, Professional Certified Coach
Psychologist, Ahmedabad
Hi doc, I'm 21 years old, my weight is 87 kgs. I would like to loose my weight. So many people like my neighbours, fr...
exercise is very good for your fitness and increasing your energy level. But I would be very honest with you that that will not help you loose this kind of weight just by exercising. Diet and chaning life style will go a long and and help you lead a healthy and fit life. I would suggest you to get your metabolic test done to figure out the reason behind weight gain and accordingly make a wholistic plan to come back to your normal weight and then learn to maintain it. If you can't find someone in your city, let me know and I would be able to help you give you reference to a good doctor. hope this helps, feel free to contact me for any further questions or concerns, wishing you very best,
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How to increase concentration on studies and how keep in mind for a long period of time what's we study?

Master Of Science In Counseling & Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Bangalore
Hi, you can increase your concentration by doing yoga and some meditation techniques. Similarly you need to revise and recall whatever you learn. When you understand and revise the points will remain in your long time memory which helps to recall. When there is lack of revision or understanding the facts the data which are stored in short term memory cannot be recalled easily. All the best!
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I am suffering from chest pain, anxiety. My ecg in short pr 108 nm. I had already acidity. I feel very weakness. Can I heart problem? Take advice.

M.B.B.S., F.I.C.A. (USA), P.G.D.I.H, F.C.G.P., D.C.A.H
Psychiatrist, Vadodara
I am suffering from chest pain, anxiety.
My ecg in short pr 108 nm.
I had already acidity.
I feel very weakness. Can ...
This is purely due to some fear or insecurities in your life either actual or perceived. These situations in turn leads to all the symptoms you are experiencing. You need to directly connect either online or in person with an expert Psychotherapist like me to open your heart out to find guidance, support and Psychotherapy as per need. As your investigations like ECG etc are normal, Just calm down, relax and prepare to talk to/meet an expert as i said. You will be definitely alright.
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Can a chronic anxiety cause heart problem or heart failure? I want to know the details pls to avoid it.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Can a chronic anxiety cause heart problem or heart failure? I want to know the details pls to avoid it.
Dear Lybrateuser, -Chronic anxiety can cause heart palpitations but not heart failure, the heart beat becomes faster & pounding leading to the phobia that something might happen to the heart -do not get worked up & fear a situation, before facing he same calm yourself by analyzing it & the way you will face it -do relaxation techniques, do meditation & deep breathing exercises in the morning for 10-15 min daily -do walking, jogging for 20 min, also do moderate weight lifting in the gym at least 2-3 times a week, play outdoor games ,all these will help you build body as well as your confidence -to relieve stress read, listen to music, follow a hobby, meet friends & family members talk to them -try to have a peaceful sleep for at least 7-8 hours at night -have a well balanced diet with more of fruits & vegetables, whole grains & 7-8 glasses of water for proper digestion -if not much relief consult your doctor for medication.
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My friend is 40 years, she is a single mother. Her son is 14 years of age. She is working for children with disabilities. She was in love with a married man. It gave her a lot of stress and guilty consciousness. She has become so addicted to him. But she has now received an offer of marriage from her relative who has lost his wife recently. She is not in a position to decide. She is worried about her son and worried whether she can adopt to the new life or stick to the old one.

Advance Diploma in Child Guidance and Counseling , Masters in Child Psychology, Bachelors in Child Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
My friend is 40 years, she is a single mother. Her son is 14 years of age. She is working for children with disabilit...
Hello as a single mother, it is challenging to handle the responsibility of your son. You may be feeling lonely and helpless at times. It has made you to seek a support from a married man. To go for another marriage is your decision. You have a right to choose your decision, as every person has a right to made choices in a given moment. All d best!
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My wife isn't well. She has really bad cough now and always keeps coughing. I ask her not to smoke but she refuses and smokes. Is there anyway to reduce the effects of smoking while not quiting smoking? Pls suggest some ways to cure her cough without any medicine, only through natural way.

MBBS
General Physician, Allahabad
Take10 guava leaves wash and boil with one glass water add a pinch of salt and. Sugar and8 pieces of black pepper and boil till it is half then sip like tea morning and bedtime for5 days then let me know response for further advice on my phone after7 days.
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I am having memory loss. I forget few things. Immediately and could not remember what I read. How to increase memory power.

Psychology hons, Masters in clinical psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Memory power can be increased with few concentration techniques such as deep breathing excercise for atleast 2 min n the increasing regularly. You can move ahead by relaxing you mind and think of the different kind of sounds you hear when your in a relaxed state. You can increase the amount of time you spend doing this excercise. This helps you in concentration. Hope my suggestion helps you.
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