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How Depression Is Linked With Irregular Sleeping Pattern

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Rajkot
How Depression Is Linked With Irregular Sleeping Pattern

Depression is a clinical, mental and emotional condition that may give rise to feelings of hopelessness and chronic sadness. It slows down the way people process everyday activities and leads the patient to a sense of constant gloom and doom. It is a disabling mental condition as per who and may be caused due to reasons like genetics, changes in the balance of hormones, stress, grief, trauma and prolonged, chronic physical ailments.

Symptoms of depression are:

  1. Sleep irregularity: It relates to either insomnia or oversleeping that is, either you sleep too much or do not sleep at all. This could be because of work or other stress in your personal or professional life.
  2. Irritation or unnecessarily getting angry: You start losing your temper easily and that too for silly reasons. You think you are losing control.
  3. Feeling hopeless and sad: The first signal or symptom is the feeling of hopelessness. In this, case the patient loses the hope in everything. They feel like being trapped in some kind of cage, from which they are not able to come out.
  4. Lack of interest in anything: Everything seems to be of no use or interest, even your daily work. You don't want to do anything; even the things, which you loved to do like your hobbies and passions, which you no longer find interesting.

Here is a comprehensive list of homeopathic medicines which most doctors are likely to recommend for treating depression:

  1. Sepia: This medicine is beneficial to women suffering from post-partum depression (sadness or emotional conflict after giving birth) and menopause. Feeling of solitude and hopelessness with no energy to continue with life are some common symptoms that can be reduced with Sepia.
  2. Arsenicum album: This medicine is prescribed to control the symptoms like diarrhea, gastric problems, indigestion which patients often suffer from as a result of intense anxiety. Patients, appropriate for this medicine tend to be fastidious and restless. It is made of white arsenic and should be taken in prescribed potency because an overdose can cause gastroenteritis.

The above mentioned medicines are just some of the medicines, which should only be taken only after consulting your doctor, as causes and symptoms differ for each person.

Is Stress Reducing Your Sexual Moments?

Dr. Jaskirat Kaur 87% (280 ratings)
MD- Ayurvedic Pathology
Ayurveda, Amritsar

Depression and some antidepressants curb sexual drive. This has a negative effect on the depression as sex releases'happy hormones. Thus, depression and your sex life share a cyclic relationship. The effect of depression on your sex life is a result of both brain functioning and physical changes in the body.

Here are a few things you can work on if stress or depression is ruining your sex life:

Break the pattern: depression often makes a person withdraw from others and cease to enjoy any experience. This becomes a thought pattern that cannot be cured with medication. Talking to a counselor can help unlearn these thought patterns and help people form new social bonds. As part of the treatment, the patient will need to find and explore new ways of enjoying sex that can strengthen strained relationships. Talk to your partner.

Having an open conversation with your partner: it is the key to improving relationships and one's sex life. Talk about your sexual needs and help your partner understand your mental barriers to sex. Find forms of foreplay that appeal to both of you. It is also important for you and your partner to understand that there is no'standard' to how often you should have sex or how you should feel after it.Try to stay away from performance anxiety: don't let performance anxiety take a toll on your sex life. Studies show that being conscious about their performance in bed leads men to lose their erection, which takes all the pleasure away from intimate moments. Instead of being stressed about your sexual performance, focus on your partner's needs and attend to them for a more pleasurable sex life.

Don't make it seem necessary to have sex even if your partner is tired: if you find that stress due to problems at workplace or financial issues is affecting your partner considerably, then respect his/her decision of saying no to sex. Don't pressurise your partner to get intimate just because you want it. Your patience and understanding nature will increase your partner's admiration towards you, in turn leading to a more passionate and happier sex life.

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Your Mind Reflects What Your Health Has to Say

Dr. Priya Jha 90% (99 ratings)
PG Diploma In Clinical Training, Psychology, MA - Psychology, BA - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Your Mind Reflects What Your Health Has to Say

So you love your job and don't mind working after hours, every once in a while. Are you plagued by hypertension, stomach disorder and sleeplessness often? It's probably about time that you started paying more attention to the dual functioning of your mind-body. Stressing on one, while neglecting the other will only bear dire consequences in the near future. This will render your body weak and your mind restless.

The regulation of the mind-body dualism is the most integral aspect of your being. Your mind has the potential of affecting your health in more ways than one. Having a better outlook towards life helps deal with health issues such as depression, headache, pain and stress. The dual functioning of mind-body is bound to have greater implications on your health and one needs to be well aware of that facet:

Your mind reflects what your health has to say
The brain creates gamma globulin and endorphins, which toughen your immunity and serve as natural painkillers, respectively. The production of these substances depends significantly on how you're feeling at the moment. Having a positive outlook even when you're down with feverpain or stress enables your body to create better regulatory hormones which accelerate healing.

On the other hand, if you're being too hard on yourself as a result of work overload, emotional crisis or any personal mishap, and adopt a negative perspective towards most things, your body will know and slow down its mechanism for creating endorphins and gamma globulin. This means you'll take longer to regain normalcy.

What you are doing to your body affects how your brain works 
On the flip side, if your body is under extreme pressure to perform and as a result, you're missing out on your regular, healthy regime, your mind is guaranteed to function differently. Eating differently, losing sleep, exercising less, and burn-outs will affect your mental well-being, negatively.
The fight-or-flight reaction and blood pressure levels are considerably influenced by how you're feeling and how you are dealing with things in life. As a result, you might feel depressed, moody, restless or sick. 

Therapies that improve your mind-body functioning
Practicing therapy and exercise, improves the dual functioning of your mind-body and is, therefore, indispensable for keeping well. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has suggested, some integrative measures that are sure to have a positive impact on your overall well-being: 

  1. Meditation
  2. Cognitive & behavioral management
  3. Yoga and relaxation
  4. Proper diet and regular physical exercise
  5. Active involvement in music, art or dance
  6. Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle

Despite everything else, if you're still willing to work beyond your deadline, at least don't forget to eat the salad that you had packed for lunch!

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Underlying Factors That May Trigger Aggression

Dr. Manish 88% (11 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Underlying Factors That May Trigger Aggression

Aggression or aggressive behavior can often lead to violence and destruction which can be really harmful to their loved ones. When dealing with an aggressive person, it is important to understand that aggression is not always an after effect of some provocations and can often be spontaneous. Excessive and frequent aggression can wreak havoc, affecting the person and their loved ones physically, mentally as well as emotionally. Reports suggest that cases of aggression among youngsters are rising at an alarming rate. It has also been noted that the boys exhibit more aggression than girls. Thus, proper action needs to be taken at the earliest to avoid serious consequences.

The following symptoms and behavioral changes may be observed in people with aggressive nature.

  1. The person may have mood swings and remain irritated all the time. Depression may be commonly seen in such people.
  2. The person isolates himself or herself from the outside world.
  3. Insomnia and eating disorders are common.
  4. An unstable mental health.
  5. The person may exhibit signs of self-destruction.They may also cause harm to the others, including their loved ones.
  6. There may be hallucinations, delusions, confusion and poor communication skills.
  7. There may alterations in his or her personality.
  8. Lack of concentration. A person may find it difficult to read or write.
  9. Lethargy is also common in people with aggressive behavior.

Underlying factors that may trigger aggression
A person may appear aggressive physically, mentally, verbally or even emotionally. The aggressive behavior can be an outcome of a myriad of factors such as:

  1. A negative environment during the growing period: How a child is brought up can play a significant role in shaping their character. A person who had seen a lot of fights, arguments or aggression in their childhood often grows up to be aggressive.
  2. Genetics: People who have a family history of aggression and aggressive behavior (immediate family) are more likely to be aggressive.
  3. An unstable mental health with conditions such as schizophrenia, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can also cause aggression. Aggression can also be triggered by traumatic brain injury, stress, meningitis, stroke or substance abuse (as well as withdrawal symptoms).

Managing Aggressive Behavior
A person needs to have a lot of patience while dealing with aggressive people. Such people need your support, love, care, and affection.

  1. For an effective management, try and find out the triggers of aggression and then work towards improving the situation.
  2. Meditation can have a great soothing effect and can play an important role to calm down the person. Music may be equally helpful.
  3. Sound sleep and proper rest can work miracles in reducing the associated symptoms and complications.
  4. Maintain a positive environment around the affected person. Keep the person happy, cheerful and stress-free.
  5. Don't let the person live in isolation. Try and make them interact with people. Don't give them the impression that they are not normal. Don't over sympathize with them. They need your support more than the sympathy.
  6. Don't shy away from medical help. Love and care with proper medications can work wonders.
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Top 10 Psychologist in Delhi!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Psychologist in Delhi!

According to reports, anxiety disorders and multiple personality disorders are very common these days. An experienced psychologist can help you. Top 10 psychologist in Delhi are:

1. Dr. Vikas Khanna

BDS, Diploma in Hypnotherapy (DHT), Certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Certification course in Genes and Human Condition, Certification in Psychology at work

Dr. Khanna is a well experienced psychologist, in Delhi. He has 18 years of experience and runs his own chain of clinic - Dr Vikas Khanna's Counseling & Hypnotherapy Clinic, in Delhi & Gurgaon. He is also a hypnotherapist and practices past life regression that is helpful in treating phobia. Other areas of super specialities  are marital counselling, depression, anxiety and stress

Consultation fees: ₹1500

2. Dr. Pooja Anand Sharma 

Ph.D - Psychology, M.Sc. - Counselling and Psychotherapy,, M.A - Psychology , Certificate in Psychometric Testing

Dr. Pooja Anand Sharma is treating patients for more than 12 years now. She is known for her compassion, care and personal touch. She deals with problems such as behavior issues, anger, stress and anxiety, Counselling for drug and alcohol abuse, OCD. She also deals with family issues like parenting issues and doubts, premarital counseling. You can visit her at Vishwas Healing Centre- Rohini.

Consultation fees: ₹500

3. Dr. Rakhi Anand (PhD)

PhD - Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Clinical and community psychology, MA - Clinical Psychology, BA - Psychology

Dr. Rakhi Anand is a clinical and counselling psychologist, with 27 years of experience. She is associated with many hospitals like Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi, Sarita Vihar. She is an active member of the Delhi Psychiatric Society and has done her training from from NIMHANS (Bangalore)  in cognitive behaviour therapy. She is known for her counselling skills in psychological disorders especially in adolescents. She is also good at treating at anxiety disorder, stress and depression, phobias, personality disorders and family problems like marital counselling.

Consultation fees: ₹1500 - 1800

4. Dr. Prof. G.B. Singh (PhD)

PhD - Psychology, MA - Psychology & Behavioural Medicine

WIth 27 years of experience, Dr. Singh is a psychologist and counsellor, who is known for his ethical practice and warm nature. His special interest areas are relationship & marital counselling, anxiety , stress and depression therapy.  He is nationally and internationally, recognised for his role in revolutionizing approach towards cognitive-behavioural issues. He practices in Delhi and Gurgaon.

Consultation fees: ₹1400 - 1500

5. Dr. (Prof) RK Suri (PhD)

PhD - Clinical Psychology, MA - Applied Psychology, M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching, LLB

Prof (Dr) R. K Suri is a well known counsellor and a professor with 34 years of experience. He masters at different approaches like hypnotherapy, psychoanalysis, neuropsychological assessment to treat various cognitive, behavioural and personality disorders. He is recognized internationally for his contribution in the field of cognitive neuropsychology and brain neuroplasticity. His interest areas are depression, OCDs, anxiety, and cognitive behaviour problems like learning disorders in children. He runs his own chain of clinics- Psychowellness Centre at different places in Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹2000 - 3000

6. Dr. Deepali Batra

M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, M.A.- Clinical Psychology

Dr. Deepali Batra, is practicing psychologist in Delhi with 14 years of experience. She is considered as a specialist at psychological assessment for children as well as adults and at conducting child psychology workshops. Her interest areas are intelligence and dyslexia, ADHD, issues related to cognitive behaviour and marriage and relationship counselling. She is practising at PALS For Children & Adults, Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹1200

7. Ms. Anu Gehlot

M.Phil - Psychology, Masters In Psychology, BA-Psychology

Ms. Gehlot, is a psychologist with 6 years of experience. She is known for her skills of counselling especially in cases of anger management, abnormal behavior, sex addiction counselling, depression & stress. She is currently practicing at Monga Medical Centre, Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹800- 1000

8. Dr. Nisha Khanna

Ph. D - Psychology

Dr. Nisha Khanna, is famous as a marriage counsellor. She is amongst the most prominent name in Delhi. In 18 years of experience she has handled more than 3200 cases. Her clientage is worldwide and she can be often seen talking on various channels and media about issues of stress, depression and temperament issues in marriage.

Consultation fees: ₹500

9. Mrs. Upasana Chaddha Vij

MA - Psychology, PhD Psychology

With 8 years of experience Mrs. Vij is a well known name in Delhi, when it comes to clinical psychology. She is practicing in Panchsheel park & Malviya Nagar, Delhi. She has lots of patience and compassion that is very important to live a more productive and meaningful life.

Consultation fees: ₹1100

10. Ms. Jagriti Sharma

M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, BA(Hons.) Applied Psychology, MA - Clinical Psychology, PGD in Rehabilitation Psychology, Advanced Diploma in Behavior Testing

Ms. Sharma is a clinical psychologist, with 9 years of experience. She has given counselling a new dimension, by her skills and the methods used.She has handled some difficult cases in her career. Her special focus is on children who learning and behaviour issues like dyslexia or ADHD.

Consultation fees: ₹700

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Best Homeopathy Doctors in Bangalore!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best Homeopathy Doctors in Bangalore!

Homeopathy is considered safe, natural and holistic approach. With so many homeopathy centers and doctors, choosing best homeopathic doctor may be difficult. Here is list of best homeopathy doctors in Bangalore.

Homeopathy is an old science, and is based on the theory that "like cures like".  The solutions and remedies provided in homeopathy are personalized, basis symptoms and diagnosis. The medicines are totally safe with no side effects, even if taken for a long run. Homeopathic solutions are very effective in allergic conditions, metabolic and chronic disorders. 

1. Dr. Jyothi Rao

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), M.Sc - Clinical Nutrition, MSc - Psychotherapy And Counselling

Dr. Rao is a homoeopathic Physician, with 25 years of experience. She is also a clinical nutritionist and has done her masters in psychotherapy and counselling as well. This gives her counselling and treatment a holistic approach. She is known for her treatment of allergies, female disorders & fertility problems, thyroid disorders and joint and muscle pains. You can visit her at Apoorva Diagnostic and Healthcare, Bangalore.

Consultation fees: ₹500

2.  Dr. T.Kirankumar


Dr. T.Kirankumar is amongst the best Homeopaths in, Bangalore. In 22 years of his career, he has helped many patients. You can visit him at Positive Homeopathy clinic - either at Malleshwaram or Indira Nagar, Bangalore. He is known for his treatment for kidney stone, skin allergies and diabetes management.

Consultation fees: ₹300

3. Dr. Babitha Jayapal


Dr. Jayapal is an experienced homeopathic doctor. In 25 years of her experience, she has treated many acute & chronic disease. She is known for caring and holistic approach taking care of mental, physical and emotional health of her patients. She currently practices at Garden City Homeopathic Clinic, Bangalore. 

Consultation fees: ₹200

4. Dr. Bhagyalakshmi


Dr. lakshmi is a renowned name in homeopathic doctors of Bangalore, especially for her knowledge of treating allergies and fertility problems. She has 22 years of experience and has worked with several reputed institutes. She is currently practicing at her own clinic- Ribha Homeopathy.

Consultation fees: ₹300

5. Dr. Amrita Dewan

BHMS, B.Sc - Botany, MSc - Counselling & Family Therapy

Dr. Amrita Dewan is a BHMS, B.Sc - Botany, MSc - Counselling & Family Therapy. She has 11 years of experience and a reputed homeopath in Bangalore. She runs her own clinic- Dewan's Homoeo Clinic in Ramamurthy Nagar, Bangalore. Her area of special interest are metabolic diseases like- diabetes, lipid management, thyroid and weight.

Consultation fees: ₹200

6. Dr. Shruti Modak


Dr. Shruti Modak has become a popular name in Bangalore, in a very short span of 7 years. She is known for her compassion and warmth as well as a holistic approach for treating her patients. She is associated with Baptist Hospital, Bangalore and also practises at Mithi Goli in Bangalore.

Consultation fees: ₹500

7. Dr. Amarjeeth Chilargikar


Dr. Amarjeeth Chilargikar has 13 years of experience and specializes in Homeopathy treatments. He is known for correct diagnosis and effective medication. You can visit him at homeosquare homeopathy. He has done his studies from Dr. Malakreddy Homeopathy Medical College & Hospital Gulbarga. He is an active member of Media Association of Karnataka. 

Consultation fees: ₹200

8. Dr. Vinod Kumar

BHMS, International Academy of Classical Homoeopathy, Alonissos (GREECE)

Dr. Kumar has completed his BHMS at  International Academy of Classical Homoeopathy, Alonissos (GREECE). He has 7 years of experience and has treated many acute and chronic diseases effectively. He is known for treatment of skin allergies and hair loss along with male disorders. You can meet him at Pavithra Clinic, Bangalore.

Consultation fees: ₹400

9. Dr. Ranga Sai


He  is a popular Homeopaths in Bangalore with 18 years of experience in this field. He currently runs his own private practice at Tristha Homeopathic Clinic in Malleswaram, Bangalore. He completed his studies from one of the most reputed college- Bharati Vidyapeeth Homeopathic College in 2000. His services include treatment for depression, psychological & neurological problems, hormonal disorder etc.

Consultation fees: ₹200

10. Dr. Aparna. J


Dr. Aparna. J, has 13 years of experience and practices at Aayush Homoeo Clinic in Wilson Garden, Bangalore. She has completed her BHMS from Nashik. Her areas of interest are acidity, acne, backaches, blood pressure (high or low), cervical spondylitis, depression and migraine

Consultation fees: ₹200

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How Homeopathy Can Help Fight Depression?

Dr. Renu Dwivedi 87% (38 ratings)
Homeopath, Lucknow
How Homeopathy Can Help Fight Depression?

In this advanced ultra modern world most of us are leading a mechanical life in which they don’t have time to spend for their loved ones and family or even to share their problems and worries. It ultimately ends up with a serious psychological problem called as depression in which the person looks apparently worthless, pessimistic and even end up with suicidal thoughts.

Lack of interest in doing any activities, loss of appetite, insomnia, diminished emotional bonds, persistent sadness, poor concentration, guilty feeling and weight loss is the common symptom noted in depression. It not only affects the mental health it also affects a person’s physical health and sexual interest also.

Homeopathy is the ancient form of medicine which helps the person to relieve from depression in a very natural way without causing any side effects and even sedation.

  1. Aurum met is the commonly used homeopathic medicine for depression with suicidal thoughts
  2. Gelsemium and caladium is the best used medicine for depression caused due to impotency and excessive body temperature.
  3. Arsenicum album used to treat person with excessive worries and mood disturbances.
  4. Aurum metallicum is best used for person with symptoms like restlessness, feeling of worthlessness and suicidal thoughts.
  5. Causticum is used for person with depression after a loss of loved ones or an unbearable loss in financial state and grief.
  6. Ignatia amara is the best homeopathic medicine for sensitive persons who often and easily get mood disturbances.
  7. Lachesis muta, used to treat depression caused by suspicion, guilt feel and excessive jealous.
  8. Pulsatilla nigricans is used for treating person with sadness, and social withdrawal.

Homeopathy also insists on several natural ways that helps to relieve a person from signs of depression. Setting a routine work, physical exercises, meditation, healthy food habits and adequate sleep helps to get rid of depression in a better way.

How To Help Someone To Deal With Depression?

Dr. Lav Kaushik 88% (10 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry -, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Delhi
How To Help Someone To Deal With Depression?

Most mental and emotional health issues are inconspicuous in nature and, therefore, cause more harm than they otherwise should, most people still live with a number of symptoms of depression without even realizing it or do little to address it. When the depressive symptoms last for more than 2 weeks and affect the individual's personal, social or occupational life, it is known as clinical depression or major depression. There is often a delay in opting for the treatment because of the social taboo associated with depression.

Depression makes a person miserable, disappointed, restless or numb for long and tedious timeframes, and is debilitating, particularly when they can't demonstrate their feelings and worries to anybody. It can meddle with their productivity and can become a concern not only in workplaces, but also in social circles.

So here's how to deal with a friend or family member in a depressed state of mind:

  1. Be considerate: Do understand that depression doesn't mean" trouble". Melancholy is a condition with an assortment of side effects like exhaustion, confused mind state and rest issues. These are all side effects of melancholy. Crabbiness is an exceptionally basic side effect, which once in a while is encountered by many individuals, and can lead to an expanded sensitivity. Normally, it's difficult to be sympathetic with someone who is behaving grumpily. But you need to make a conscious effort to still see the positive in depressed individuals and lead them to hope.
  2. Encourage and support: Try not to shame people for being negative. Dejection changes the world into a scene of pessimism. Discouraged individuals don't just focus on the negatives, but they also disregard the positives.
  3. Do validate: Approval can help manage a depressed state, and can wean a friend or family member out of depression. Remember that someone with dejection is not living in the same universe as you. The laws that oversee your universe don't exist in theirs.Depressed individuals require your understanding, your empathy, and your affection, considerably more when they are having a troublesome day, week or month. It is hard, but possible. Discouraged individuals value a positive backing in particular.
  4. Never say 'you're too much': When someone with depression is told "you're too much" particularly by somebody near them, it can send them spiralling into blame and nervousness and bitterness. Being encouraging and empowering is likewise useful.
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Psychological Tests - How Are They Helpful?

Dr. Juhi Parashar 96% (4123 ratings)
Masters In Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Psychological Tests - How Are They Helpful?

Psychological assessment — also known as psychological testing — is done to help a psychologist better understand an individual and provide valuable insights into the individual’s behavior, skills, thoughts and personality. Psychological testing commonly includes intelligence testing, personality testing, and skills testing, among other areas.

Psychological assessment is never focused on a single test score or number. Every person has a range of competencies that can be evaluated through a number of methods. A psychologist is there to evaluate the competencies as well as the limitations of the person, and report on them in an objective but helpful manner. A psychological assessment report will not only note weaknesses found in testing, but also the individual’s strengths.

It has often been said that 'you are what you think'. It is the human mind which enabled the entire race to dominate over the planet over millions of other species. How can this very complex instrument is so difficult to understand? The human mind is capable of extreme highs and lows in terms of every aspect such as emotions, achievement, empathy anger and so forth. One field of study is Psychology which does help us in its understanding. 

What are psychological tests?

Psychological tests are a method to gauge various parameters of an individual’s mind and how it works. There are not one but multiple psychological tests which help with determining various aspects of a person’s mental functioning and capabilities among others. Like medical tests such as X-rays and various types of blood reports help us get a better picture of the condition of your body, similarly, psychological testing helps us a get a better view of a person’s thinking and if at all there are any problems with it. Just a few examples of psychological testing are as follows – 

  1. Aptitude testing in children to check for learning disabilities 
  2. Testing for skills such as dexterity or flexibility, and reaction time to look for brain damage or dementia
  3. Memory tests to look for psychological disorders as well as dementia
  4. Testing for anxiety related disorders especially in social conditions, both in children and adults

How are these helpful?
More than pinpointing psychological disorders, these tests are meant to help an individual point out problems and then start on a treatment or therapy to overcome the problems. These tests can help a person in many ways such as – 

  1. Identifying problems early on when they are mild, thus making treatment more effective
  2. Help them further in studies or their career where certain conditions or problems were becoming an impediment
  3. Provide methods to tackle a phobia
  4. Sometimes, psychological testing is very helpful in diagnosing serious mental issues such as depression which may force many to take their own lives; thus preventing it
  5. Helping to combat physiological problems in cases where no pathological causes are found. In many cases, stress and anxiety lead to other disorders like diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal troubles and others. Once the psychological side is treated after correct diagnosis, the physical problems also tend to dissipate. 
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World Suicide Prevention Day: Causes, signs and ways to prevent it!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
World Suicide Prevention Day: Causes, signs and ways to prevent it!

The world is observing the 16th World Suicide Prevention Day on December 10, 2018. But unfortunately, many of us do not know anything about it, and of course have never done anything to take the movement forward.

The awareness day was first observed by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), keeping in mind the increasing number of suicides across the world.

As per a data released by WHO, a person commits suicide in every 40 seconds in this world which takes the total to over 40 lakh suicides in a year. The shocking number is the result of people misunderstanding mental illnesses with madness and hesitating to visit a doctor. People believe that psychiatrists are only for mad people.

What are the causes of suicide?

The cause of suicide can vary from person to person, but some common reasons are:

  • Mood disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.
  • Substance abuse (primarily alcohol abuse)
  • Family history of suicide
  • Difficulties in relationship with girlfriend/boyfriend, wife, other family members or close friends
  • Losing hope of something really important
  • Death of a loved one, loss of an important relationship, loss of employment or self-esteem
  • Unbearable emotional or physical pain

How to trace if someone has a suicidal tendency?

  • The person will show the signs of clinical depression
  • Will cut off from family and friends
  • Will always look sad and hopeless
  • Will show no interest in the activities happening around them
  • Will always look short of energy
  • May have different sleep patterns
  • The body weight may decrease or increase
  • Keep speaking negative about oneself
  • Keep mentioning about suicide or death while talking or writing

Many people believe that people willing to commit suicide always seem sad, but they may also be filled with excessive amount of energy. Restlessness, agitation and hyperactivity may indicate an underlying depression that is being concealed.

It is often believed that someone might be talking about suicide, but he will not do it. But to be very precise, this is a warning sign that the person is at greater risk.

How we can help?

We should never shy away from talking to someone about suicide. If you find that any of your acquaintances is considering suicide, you yourself go to him/her and talk about their situation. It will lighten up their heart and their intensity of ending their life will diminish.

Apart from this, we can also keep asking them direct questions about their wish instead of ignoring to talk about it.

If these things do not help, try inspiring the person to visit a doctor and narrate the entire story.

The other possible ways to prevent suicides is to spread awareness about mental ailments through more such campaigns like ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’, by bringing the issue in the mainstream companies, schools, colleges and other such institutions, so that we collectively create a group of such people who suffer in silence.

Once the people will get to know their condition better, they will be more equipped to deal with these issues.

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