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Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan

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I am 40 year old man. My profession put me to work whole day in the office under pressure. I felt little nervous and loose my concentration, can' t control my anger and frustration at most of the times. Please advise.

M.Phil - Psychology, PhD Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
You need to prioritise your task and need to delegate work and spend more time with family and friends u could be helped with counselling sessions.
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Brain Size: Does It Really Matter?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, Fellow In Pain Management, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Delhi
Brain Size: Does It Really Matter?

When it comes to the brain and IQ, is bigger better? Does size really matter? Is there really a connection between the size of your brain and intelligence? With the help of findings by neurologists and scientists, we seek to find out!

  1. Ailments and the brain: Scientists have found that children with autism have a brain that has grown in a disproportionate manner in the very first year of their life. This prevents the child from making connection in a normal manner. On the other hand, children and adolescents who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD show sign of having a much smaller brain size. Many scientists have shown that the size of the brain shrinks as we age and this does not have any visible effect on our cognitive abilities.
  2. It’s all relative: The size of the brain does not really have a bearing on the way a person’s cognition gets shaped. Even large mammals like elephants and whales are finally hunted and tamed by humans who have smaller brains in comparison. The brain is made up of billions of neurons, which need to function properly. It may be seen that scientists consider the brain mass in relation with the rest of the body so as to speculate about the cognitive abilities of the person. Why is this required? Large animals need a well functioning and proportionate brain size to control and run their organs with proper cognition for satisfactory results, which is what we humans seem to have done.
  3. Neanderthal brain: Historically, the earliest man or the Neanderthals are said to have had larger brains than we do. These people are believed to have brains that are at least 10% larger than the brains that we have in our modern times. The shape of their brain was different too. They were also heavily muscled people which had a bearing on the size and shape of the brain and bodies as well as the lean tissue within the brain. They also survived very successfully for a period of over 200,000 years, which obviously points to some form of elevated cognition, as per many scientists.
  4. Animals: While animals with small brains like lizards and reptiles do not perform too well on IQ tests, the animals with bigger brains like elephants and dolphins perform much better. But the medium sized brain of monkeys, lemurs and other animals are said to perform in the best manner. The correlation between the body size and the brain does not seem to hold good here, as per various researches.

So the verdict as per medical science and research stands divided!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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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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I'd faced lots of difficult time from past two years and now many things have settled down but for some reason my mind always think negative like, oh something will happen I'll loose it again how can I relax my mind.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I'd faced lots of difficult time from past two years and now many things have settled down but for some reason my min...
Hi Sneha.. you may take homoeopathic treatment to regularise the thoughts.. and feel fresh... it acts very well on mind... You can consult me through lybrate..
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Hello sir, I want my old relationship. Even I can not sleep and in starting we live like a live in relationship. Even we get intimate with each other many time and many days. Breakup reason was misunderstandings and lack of trust. Nd I am addicted for my boyfriend (whom I love the most) even in my mind there was many thoughts about suicides. Nd I dont wanna live without my boyfriend

MA - Psychology, M-Phill Psychology, B.Ed, C.I.G, ECCE, B.A. Psychology
Psychologist, Ghaziabad
You can talk about the misunderstanding and. Try to clear things between you. After then see what to do next. Need to talk about suicidal thoughts with counsellor. Counseling will help you.
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I was smoking from past 3 years and now I stopped and switched to vape. I would like to know if vape is still dangerous for health. Pls help me.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Vape is also harmful and is best avoided.
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I've recently changed to a new school. But sometime I feel too anxious about something which I can't figure out and suddenly the next moment I feel too energetic. My mood swings are too frequent nowadays and I don't know why. Sometime I also feel of quoting everything and kill myself but the moment I feel very active. What can I do? Is it any mental disease?

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
I've recently changed to a new school. But sometime I feel too anxious about something which I can't figure out and s...
Dear user. I can understand. Depressive disorder or depression is a neuro chemical disorder. Suicidal tendency is one main symptom of depression. You must be able to distinguish between mental disease and mental disorder. Your problem is a mental disorder. Not a mental disease. These mental disorders are usually treated with a combination of medicines and other means like awareness, meditation, Psychotherapy techniques, life style changes etc. Take care.
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How Can You Improve Mental Health?

M.Phil - Psychology
Psychologist, Bangalore
How Can You Improve Mental Health?

Mental Health is - mental/emotional wellbeing. Being mentally healthy means being peaceful from within, being able to deal with life's challenges and being able to manage emotions and relationships, etc.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about "mental health" and 60% of mentally sick or disturbed people are not taken to doctors or other mental health professionals. Instead, they are taken to astrologers, or tantriks. Some are even punished for being crazy.

In today's highly stressful world people do not have time to think and plan their lives. Because of modern lifestyles and nuclear families people do not have outlets to share their feelings and express their intense emotions.

Sometimes emotional wounds like deep hurts, insults, neglect, shaming, physical and/or sexual abuse in childhood, may cause Personality or Behavioural disorders.

A person who loses temper for any small thing, or who is suspicious all the time or the one who breaks down or cries at slightest provocation, or who is jealous and possessive to the extent of being obsessed, or who is anxious all the time etc. needs to understand his/her feelings and find out the root cause of such feelings and behaviours.

Here are a few tips to develop/improve your mental health:

  1. Learn to express your feelings assertively
  2. Become aware of your own feelings and emotions
  3. Understand how to manage your emotions on day to day basis (anger, fear, jealousy etc)
  4. Review and nurture your relationships and infuse new life into them
  5. Periodically get rid of past baggage, deep hurts, spoilt relationships, unresolved issues, by resolving them in your mind
  6. Have a daily routine where your own needs and others' needs are balanced
  7. Reward yourself
  8. Develop positive attitude: focus on good events in life and positive affirmations.
  9. Introspect how often you succumb to negative emotions.
  10. Keep company of positive people
  11. Devise own methods for de-stressing
  12. Keep away from any kind of substance abuse.
  13. Have some routine exercise regime.
  14. Do not hesitate to seek professional help from - Counsellor/Psychiatrist/Psychologist

Pay attention to your Mental Health and enjoy life!!

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Hello my grandmother after heart surgery she lost memory ist it forever or it CAN BE CURED please HELP ME.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
It should first be investigated for the reason. Like any clot to the brain and caused ischemia etc.. Then we can give you right prognosis.
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I am 26 year old guy. I am unable to sleep in night which left my body suffering in pain. Please guide me.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I am 26 year old guy. I am unable to sleep in night which left my body suffering in pain. Please guide me.
YOu have to from a bod sleeping pattern and keep mind calm, do get get good sleep. DO not eat spicy foods and ahve dinner 3 hours before sleep and do not smoke or see mobiles or TV before sleep, tough you can read and sleep
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