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Dr. Sumit Chandak - Psychiatrist, Pune

Dr. Sumit Chandak

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MD - Psychiatry, MBBS

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Dr. Sumit Chandak 92% (23 ratings) MD - Psychiatry, MBBS Psychiatrist, Pune
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Dr. Sumit Chandak is an experienced Psychiatrist in Baner, Pune. He has been a successful Psychiatrist for the last 15 years. He has completed MD - Psychiatry, MBBS. You can consult Dr. Sumit Chandak at The Beautiful Mind in Baner, Pune. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Sumit Chandak on Lybrate.com.

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MD - Psychiatry - Goa Medical College, Bambolim - 2009
MBBS - Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education & Research (MIMER) - 2003
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Morning 11. 00 am I had lonazep 0.5 tablet, can I consume alcohol in the evening after 7.00 am?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
if it is necessary to consume alcohol, you can. But if it is not mandatory, then better if you skip. Alcohol is likely to worsen the underlying condition for which you have been prescribed lonazep.

4 Ways To Ease Out Frequent Mood Swings!

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
4 Ways To Ease Out Frequent Mood Swings!

What are mood swings?
Mood swings are defined as sudden and abrupt changes in mood. These mood swings can sometimes help promote problem solving abilities, but a stronger form of these can be associated to a more complex disorder namely, bipolar disorder that is characterised by the cyclical shift from manic to depressive and vice versa.

What causes mood swings?
There are several things that can trigger mood swings starting from your brain chemistry to substance abuse. The most common cause of moods swings can be-

  1. Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (NTs) in the brain (ex. Serotonin is majorly responsible for change in moods, changes in emotional state and sleep)
  2. Anabolic steroid abuse
  3. Borderline personality Disorder
  4. Autism or other pervasive developmental disorders
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Premenstrual Syndrome
  7. Schizophrenia
  8. Major depression
  9. Post traumatic stress disorder

How to deal with mood swings?


Mood swings can make life difficult for yourself and those around you as well. It is advisable to keep your mood swings under control in order to get along with your life normally.

  1. Try to remain positive: May be you have had a string of heartbreaks off late or failed interviews, but do not let that define a trend in your life. This can lead to depression and make you upset. Keep your mind open to other possibilities and never lose hope. Hope is something that keeps one going; it gives someone a purpose in life.
  2. Balance your life: Learn to maintain a balance between work and leisure. Don’t make your life all about work, take small breaks to do what you like (perhaps read a book, or play an instrument).
  3. Accept the grey in your life:  “Life is like a box of chocolates”. You will never know what comes your way. It is never just black and white. Learn to accept that life can go a little downhill sometimes, but don’t be too alarmed by that. Enjoy the best and always keep yourself prepared for the worse.
  4. Learn to laugh:  Enjoy and appreciate the little things around you. It might surprise you, if you consciously look around with an open mind, you will see the miniscule things that may make you laugh. Maybe that neighbour you find annoying is actually a fun guy to be with or that aunty who is always badgering you with questions is actually concerned about you. And most of all learn how to laugh at yourself! People have made a career over doing that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You are more fun than you expected to be.

What to do regarding my 22 years old son's anxiety disorder? He thinks people are villifying him.

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
What to do regarding my 22 years old son's anxiety disorder? He thinks people are villifying him.
It can be pretty distressing to see one's close one with problems and not being able to help him. Even though we feel we know the reason for his issues, it is always better to let an expert in the field assess him and offer help. What an expert sees can often be missed by an untrained mind. I would suggest let him see a psychiatrist who can assess him and then provide you with the appropriate solution. It would be difficult to provide solutions without talking to your son and have a better understanding of his problems. Take care.
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My child is in class 10th. Her past record in maths was best but in these days when she see the mats problems, she feels anxiety and her performance become poorer day by day. How to solve this problem.

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
My child is in class 10th. Her past record in maths was best but in these days when she see the mats problems, she fe...
lybrate-user, it is very common for children to get performance anxiety which in turn worsens the performance and further worsens the anxiety. Children need proper understanding and guidance, can often be got from school teachers, school counsellors or psychologists. Psychiatrist are rarely needed for young children, but in the odd case can help where others can't. Suggestion - talk to her teachers or school counsellor first, try and understand what they have got to say about her problem and then move forward for additional help if required. This is a common problem and can be easily tackled with a bit of patience and care. All the best.

How To Deal With Anxiety?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
How To Deal With Anxiety?

Anxiety exists on a spectrum and each one of you experiences it at some level. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. Anxiety is a very normal response from a strong, healthy brain that thinks there might be trouble about, and instantly responds by making us stronger, faster, more powerful, more alert versions of ourselves.

Being constantly anxious impairs work performance and creates havoc in relationships. The best way to deal with it to accept that it is only a temporary phase which everyone faces. If you keep worrying and try to fight it, you will become even more anxious and your health will become even worse.

It is therefore important that you acknowledge it, first of all and try to cope with it. Controlling anxiety isn't a gigantic task. You can feel at ease with by doing these simple things:

  1. Self-soothing techniques: There are many physiological things for you to do as well which will allow you to relieve anxiety. Diaphragmatic breathing is a very good way to achieve this. Sometimes reassuring yourself is more valuable than you think. Practice saying comforting things to yourself and the stress and anxiety will automatically reduce. Muscle relaxation is yet another method which will allow you to decrease your anxiety.
  2. Deep breathing: A 5-minute breathing regime is a sure shot way to relieve anxiety. Sit straight with closed eyes and place your hands on your abdomen. First start with slow inhalation of air through the nose. Feel the breath through your abdomen and head and then reverse the process by exhaling it out through the mouth.
  3. Meditation: Meditation for a few minutes daily helps relieve anxiety. Meditation is the simplest way to beat anxiety. All you have to do is just sit straight with feet on the floor and closed eyes. Next just focus your energy on reciting a mantra.
  4. Get adequate sleep: Everyone feels bad when they do not sleep enough. However, did you know that lack of sleep is a major cause of anxiety. The more you sleep, the less anxious you will feel.
  5. Exercise regularly: You probably know that exercise is very important for maintaining good health. However, what you probably do not know is that exercise is perhaps more effective than even medication in relieving your anxiety. Therefore, it is imperative for you to get moving.
  6. Monitor your diet: Your diet is crucial in reducing your anxiety as caffeine and alcohol are two of the leading causes of anxiety in your body. However, abruptly stopping your intake of caffeine and alcohol also leads to withdrawal symptoms. Therefore balancing out intake of alcohol and caffeine is crucial.
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Depression Blues - How To Beat?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
Depression Blues - How To Beat?

A question – Are you healthy? And everyone starts checking their different body sytems, the heart, the liver, the kidneys and more. Discussions and consideration of ailments begin and end with those which pertain to the physical health of an individual. Matters of the body are inevitably prioritized over the matters of the mind. However it goes without saying that your overall well being is as much dependent on your mental health as it is on physical health. And they are very much interconnected and not two separate entitites.

Depression happens to be a very common ailment of the mind, but is often neglected.

There are few simple measures which can be undertaken to beat the depression blues. They are-

1. Exercises
What works for the body invariably also work for the mind and exercise is a leading example of that. It is recommended that every day you set aside some time for exercising. It will not only benefit your physical constitution but will also keep your mind healthy and active and capable to dealing with issues at hand in a better manner.

2. Converse
It is a given that depression alienates people, drowns them in solitude. However, seclusion is merely a temporary refuge, one that can hardly benefit you in the long run. Hard as it may be, try talking to people and engage in conversations with people. In the course of the conversation, try putting into words what exactly you are suffering from. Reaching out for an extended arm goes a long way in recuperating from this condition.

3. Meditation
When you suffer from depression, you inevitably are, in the process, trying to grapple with plenty of tumultuous issues. It is imperative therefore that you find a way to calm your mind and there is no other way to do it than indulge in meditation.

4. Find a confidante
When suffering from depression, it is helpful to find yourself a confidante. It is important to talk to others but it is perhaps more important to find the right person. Irrespective of your relationship with him or her, by all means find a confidante in whom you can unflinchingly confide.

5. Break monotony
Monotony not only triggers depression but in most cases, breeds it. It is important therefore than you break the monotony. If not a drastic change, go for small changes initially and try to change your daily routine as much as possible.

2723 people found this helpful

Borderline Personality Disorder - What You Need To Know?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
Borderline Personality Disorder - What You Need To Know?

Borderline Personality is a behavioural pattern that includes mood swings, self-esteem issues, impulsive behavior and recurrent ideas of self-harm. It causes lot of turbulence in one's life and can lead to psychological distress.

People having borderline personality traits fear abandonment and loneliness. At the same time, they have may also experience mood swings, sudden emotional outburst or anger and hostility. This often prevents them from having a smooth and long lasting relationship in life. It usually starts affecting the patient's life from early adulthood. It however seems to improve with age. The patient can have distorted self-image, validate his/her standing in the society based on how others look at them. He or she can be unclear about what they want from life or even have doubts about themselves. Even minor incidents can trigger intense reactions in people with BPD.

Symptoms of BPD:

  1. Disturbed self-image: People have self-esteem difficulties, they may at times be very happy about themselves or at times hate self too. They have ambivalent goals, views, beliefs and often end up changing their friends, partners, jobs, etc. 
  2. Emotional instability: Intense feelings of rage, sorrow, anger, guilt and emptiness or loneliness are experienced by some sufferers of BPD. Extreme mood swings, lasting for a short span of time, are common in BPD. They may also have issues with their self-image where they cannot place themselves and don't know what they feel about themselves or who they are. 
  3. Dysfunctional relationships: It can be difficult to maintain a smooth relationship for people with personality disorder. They tend to have turbulent short-lived relationships and get put off very easily which leads to a lot of heartbreak. Suicidal tendencies and frequent self-harm behaviour like cutting skin using blades/ sharp objects are common. Drugs and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and sexual indiscretion are other forms of self-destructive behaviour commonly encountered in this population. Extreme aggression, delusions, transitional psychotic states are other possible symptoms of BPD.

Causes for BPD:

  1. Usually it has been found by researchers that it occurs to patients who have had a disturbed childhood. Complex and unpleasant happenings in the childhood may leave a deep impact on the patient's personality, which comes back as a disorder in his or her early adulthood. From mental, physical to sexual abuse in the childhood can lead to this condition in adults. 
  2. Besides, researchers have discovered recently that this illness has hereditary links. Some genes may be responsible for BPD. Improper functioning of the brain is also another factor. Especially, the portion of brain that controls emotions might not be functioning properly in co-ordination with other parts of it.

Diagnosis for BPD:

There is no particular clinical test that can diagnose BPD. It can be diagnosed by a series of interactive session with the patient by a psychiatrist.

Love and support from family and friends are crucial for patients suffering from this disease. Prolonged counseling sessions, therapies and the effort to break away from the chronic gloomy thoughts will definitely lead one to a better life.

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Borderline Personality Disorder - Signs & Symptoms To Watch Out For!

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
Borderline Personality Disorder - Signs & Symptoms To Watch Out For!

Borderline Personality is a behavioural pattern that includes mood swings, self-esteem issues, impulsive behavior and recurrent ideas of self-harm. It causes lot of turbulence in one's life and can lead to psychological distress.

People having borderline personality traits fear abandonment and loneliness. At the same time, they have may also experience mood swings, sudden emotional outburst or anger and hostility. This often prevents them from having a smooth and long lasting relationship in life. It usually starts affecting the patient's life from early adulthood. It however seems to improve with age. The patient can have distorted self-image, validate his/her standing in the society based on how others look at them. He or she can be unclear about what they want from life or even have doubts about themselves. Even minor incidents can trigger intense reactions in people with BPD.

Symptoms of BPD:

  1. Disturbed self-image: People have self-esteem difficulties, they may at times be very happy about themselves or at times hate self too. They have ambivalent goals, views, beliefs and often end up changing their friends, partners, jobs, etc. 
  2. Emotional instability: Intense feelings of rage, sorrow, anger, guilt and emptiness or loneliness are experienced by some sufferers of BPD. Extreme mood swings, lasting for a short span of time, are common in BPD. They may also have issues with their self-image where they cannot place themselves and don't know what they feel about themselves or who they are. 
  3. Dysfunctional relationships: It can be difficult to maintain a smooth relationship for people with personality disorder. They tend to have turbulent short-lived relationships and get put off very easily which leads to a lot of heartbreak. Suicidal tendencies and frequent self-harm behaviour like cutting skin using blades/ sharp objects are common. Drugs and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and sexual indiscretion are other forms of self-destructive behaviour commonly encountered in this population. Extreme aggression, delusions, transitional psychotic states are other possible symptoms of BPD.

Causes for BPD:

  1. Usually it has been found by researchers that it occurs to patients who have had a disturbed childhood. Complex and unpleasant happenings in the childhood may leave a deep impact on the patient's personality, which comes back as a disorder in his or her early adulthood. From mental, physical to sexual abuse in the childhood can lead to this condition in adults. 
  2. Besides, researchers have discovered recently that this illness has hereditary links. Some genes may be responsible for BPD. Improper functioning of the brain is also another factor. Especially, the portion of brain that controls emotions might not be functioning properly in co-ordination with other parts of it.

Diagnosis for BPD:

There is no particular clinical test that can diagnose BPD. It can be diagnosed by a series of interactive session with the patient by a psychiatrist.

Love and support from family and friends are crucial for patients suffering from this disease. Prolonged counseling sessions, therapies and the effort to break away from the chronic gloomy thoughts will definitely lead one to a better life. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2660 people found this helpful

My husband is under depression due to stress. He is not able to sleep at whole night. whether should i go for a Psychiatry treatment?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
My husband is under depression due to stress. He is not able to sleep at whole night. whether should i go for a Psych...
You definitely need to take your husband to a psychiatrist. However do have a word with him first and agree on your immediate next step. Stress and in turn depression are often the root causes of many of our physical complaints as well, and may aggravate existing physical ailments. It is always better to get a stitch in time, would save nine later. Medications are just one of the inputs that a psychiatrist would help you with, life style modification and counselling are equally important to ensure that the improvement persists in future as well. Get well soon and take care.

6 Symptoms Of Gender Identity Disorder

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Pune
6 Symptoms Of Gender Identity Disorder

Born as a male but feel like a female OR born as a female but feel like a male. Some persons are unable to feel comfortable in the physical gender that they are born in; their mind, brain, feeling and thoughts are all of the opposite sex. This uncomfortableness in their mind about their physical gender is termed as Gender Identity Disorder.

What's the cause?

We do not know the exact cause of this disorder, but it is hypothesized that developmental changes in the brain and the body do not sync, and the brain/mind is left with a different gender than the body. This is mostly an unidentifiable and unpredictable change.

What are the symptoms?

1. Children might express a desire to dress up as the opposite sex.
2. They might express replusion at one's own sex organs/genitals.
3. As adolescence begins, they do not develop feelings of attraction towards members of the opposite sex. Some complain of revulsion about their pubertal changes.
4. Males want to pee while sitting down, while females want to do it standing up.
5. Their behavior is often more like that of the opposite sex, e.g. boys might display feminine gestures, while girls might indulge in risk taking and reckless behavior.

6. As they become adult, a realisation that they are stuck in a body that they do not like causes depression and anxiety.

Diagnosis:

A diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is made based on a detailed assessment by a Psychiatrist, who is specially trained in this assessment. WPATH standards mandate that this is an ongoing assessment, and involves facilitating the process of Hormonal Treatment and eventual Sex Reassignment Surgery. The whole process can take 2-3 years.

Treatment:

For those who have severe GID, eventual sex reassignment surgery is the treatment and outcome. However, support of family, friends and a Good Psychiatrist can enable a smooth transition. Psychiatrists will often use antidepressants and anxiolytics to make it easier for the person to cope with societal and family pressures. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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