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Penis Health Primer: Too Tired for Sex?

Dr. Vinod Raina 94% (4668 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Health Primer: Too Tired for Sex?

When a man is in the mood to get it on, sometimes his body just doesn't agree. That's often the case when a man really wants to enjoy a little sexual pleasure but he's just too tired to bother. From ignoring the need to masturbate to telling a loving partner, "Not tonight, honey," a guy might find himself saying no to sex over and over again. If that's the case, there is something going on - and he needs to figure out what it is, not just for his own peace of mind (and his partner's!), but for the sake of his good penis care. After all, regular orgasms are necessary to "exercise" the organ and keep it in tip-top shape.

Too tired for sex?

Let's be honest: Sex is one of the most enjoyable things in life, and many a man thinks about it at least every day, if not multiple times each day. So it must be something serious to make him too tired for sex, right? Here are some of the issues that might lead to being too tired and other penis problems that are associated with it.

- Not enough sleep. When a man doesn't get enough sleep, it has a detrimental effect to every system of the body, including his penis health. But besides the simple fatigue that comes from not getting enough sleep, the lack of shut-eye can also lead to significantly less testosterone in the body, which in turn makes a man even more tired. It also affects his levels of desire in an adverse way.

- Insurmountable stress. When a guy faces burnout, lots of things happen. A man has more difficulty making decisions, insomnia and fatigue, anger and distress, a suppressed immune system and no desire for sexual activity - and that's all just for starters. Stress is the number one cause of many problems for men, but when it comes to sexual function, it's a true game-changer.

- Relationship issues. When a man has sudden penis problems, it might mean that he's dealing with something psychological. If a guy is also dealing with serious fatigue - the kind that means he would rather go to sleep than talk to his partner - the two might be related. Sometimes relationship issues can lead to a loss of libido that is so extreme it makes a man subconsciously avoid intimacy with that person.

- Problems with nutrition. A guy who isn't eating enough, or isn't eating the right foods, can suffer from serious fatigue that makes him too tired to engage in many things, including sex. This can also be the case if a man is getting plenty to eat but it's all the wrong things, such as the guy who lives on fast food and never touches a fresh veggie. Nutrition problems should be evaluated by a physician.

- Underlying medical conditions. Some men might have an underlying medical problem that translates into penis problems. For instance, a guy with diabetes might be tired all the time because his blood sugar is too high, which means his cells don't get the energy they need. Or a guy might suffer from serious depression, and as a result, he feels the bone-deep fatigue that makes him want to stay in bed all day - but not do anything in that bed but sleep. Only time spent at the doctor's office can lead to an investigation and diagnosis of these kind of problems.

Whether a man is really tired or full of energy, he should always strive to protect his penis health by engaging in excellent penis care. He can do this by reaching for a powerful penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). A good crème will contain multiple vitamins and nutrients, including amino acids for overall health, vitamin E and Shea butter for softness, and a plethora of vitamins to maintain tip-top health for the penis.

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Procrastination - 5 Ways To Beat It!

D.N.B. Psychiatry, Diploma In Psychological Medicine (Psychiatry), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Navi Mumbai
Procrastination - 5 Ways To Beat It!

The activity of delaying or putting off something is known as procrastination. Even the best individuals battle with it consistently. However, some people accomplish something that the majority of us do not- they push past it. They do not permit it to influence their work. They develop brilliant and beneficial techniques to break past mental obstructions and remain productive. Here are a few ways with which you can beat procrastination:

  1. Try to start: Starting something can be very difficult. However, in case that you can get over that part, you will have some level of energy. Even your brain will probably goad you to continue dealing with the task. This happens because of a mental phenomenon called the Zeigarnik impact. It says that unfinished tasks will probably stay in your memory. This is exactly why planned things and to-do lists consistently appear in your mind until you finish them.
  2. Separate huge tasks into smaller assignments: Enormous tasks can frighten you, so you put them off. By taking that huge task and separating it into smaller assignments, you can decrease your burden make a start. This could include concentrating on one part of the research to begin with.
  3. Ask yourself “why?”: It is easier to inspire yourself to accomplish something you value. In case you are attempting to complete something, why not spend a couple of minutes asking yourself precisely why you need to do it and why it is so important to you. Weighing out the positives and negatives of the task and its benefits for you, can make you decide and perform better.
  4. Attempt to take a break: For those who procrastinate out of having worked too much, it does not mean you have to complete the task at once. This is known as the "sunk cost bias." The "sunk cost bias" influences players, speculators, and even a procrastinator. They feel that the task will need to be completed now and cannot be completed in the future. In some cases, a task simply does not mean you have to work on it more and more after hours.
  5. Go easy on yourself: To beat procrastination, you should be strict with yourself. However, that is not what science says. In case that you have procrastinated till now, you will probably begin on time going ahead. You need to show yourself some sympathy for your previous laziness instead of thrashing yourself about it.

Self-control is an important quality many successful individuals have. Having self-control permits you to carefully understand why you are procrastinating and can likewise, work towards it. When you understand why you are doing so, it will be easier for you to make a plan to beat it. This will allow you to see the underlying cause of your problem as well. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Computer Vision Syndrome - 6 Signs You Must Not Ignore!

MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, Fellowship in Cornea and Anterior Segment
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
Computer Vision Syndrome - 6 Signs You Must Not Ignore!

With everything requiring a computer to execute, more and more people end up looking at the computer screen for hours on end. This could range anywhere from a couple of hours to really long hours like 16 to 18. The effect of is a group of symptoms, which are collectively known as computer vision syndrome or CVS (syndrome means a collection of symptoms). The cause of this is the strain and pain resulting from constant staring at the monitor.

It is a type of repetitive stress injury, where a particular organ, the eye here, is subjected to repeated action (staring at a monitor) resulting in a group of symptoms. This is also compounded by age, where the flexibility to adjust to near and far vision is gradually reduced.

Symptoms of CVS:

There is no damage per se, but a constant strain on the eyes leads to:

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Double vision
  3. Dryness of the eyes
  4. Redness of the eyes
  5. Irritation of the eyes
  6. Headaches and neck/back aches

This could be a progressive condition, where the symptoms get worse with time. Treatment is definitely an option once the problem sets in, but this is a condition which can be definitely prevented with some simple, effective steps.

  1. Desk arrangement: Make sure the desk or monitor is slightly below eye level, about 30 inches away from the face. If you are straining the neck or the back to look at the monitor, it requires a change. The chair also can be changed in height to suit the seating. Also, prints can be pinned to the workstation when something is being typed, so constantly looking up and down while typing is avoided.
  2. Screen type: Move away from the older tube-style monitor with an LCD screen, which is easier on the eye. Check the computer settings so that brightness, contrast, and font size and shape and contrast are altered to suit your convenience. Ensure you are not requiring to strain to read.
  3. Alter the lighting: Look around you, and ensure there is adequate lighting with no glares on the monitor from surrounding windows or bright lights. A glare filter on the monitor is an effective way to manage this.
  4. Rest your eyes: Follow the 20-20-20 rule, with a 20-second break every 20 minutes where you look at something 20 feet away.
  5. Keep them moist: Blink your eyes constantly to ensure there is enough moisture. Eye drops can be used if required additionally.
  6. Frequent breaks: Not just your eyes, this also reduces strain on the neck and the back.
  7. Regular eye checkups: An annual visit, especially after 40, is a must for optimal eye health.

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

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Control Your Blood Pressure With These Simple Tips

Dr. Garima Sharma 90% (426 ratings)
General Physician, Fatehabad
Control Your Blood Pressure With These Simple Tips

Hypertension, also called as high blood pressure is a common but dangerous condition. It is also often referred to as a modern lifestyle disease, probably because the changing lifestyle habits such as poor diet, lack of physical activity are the main reasons for the high incidences of hypertension. And these habits, make way for an array of complications including diabetes, kidney failure, stroke, heart attack etc.

However, it is always possible to stay healthier and control your blood pressure by simply following a healthy lifestyle. Adopt healthy eating habits, which include:

  1. Regularly eat walnuts: Heart disease is directly related to physical reaction towards stress. Regular eating of walnuts will help in controlling this response, hence, well-managing your blood pressure. It is also a great source of antioxidants and fibre, which add to the benefits of eating it.

  2. Sufficient mineral intake: Eating a diet rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium is extremely beneficial for the heart. Sweet potatoes, bananas, dry fruits, dairy products, etc., have shown to reduce blood pressure.

  3. Limit salt intake: The processed variety of salt that almost everyone consumes these days is devoid of all minerals and this is one of the major contributors for high blood pressure. Even studies have shown that reducing salt intake greatly helps in controlling blood pressure. Also, processed food items, everything from bread to cookies to cheese has salt, so avoid these eatables as much as possible.

  4. Include a colourful meal in you diet: Fill your plate with peppers, berries, dry fruits, and organic fruits and vegetables. Pomegranate juice is believed to control angiotensin, converting enzyme, which is responsible for controlling hypertension. They are also rich in antioxidants and help control blood pressure by reducing inflammation.

  5. Keep a tab on your cholesterol level: There is good and bad cholesterol and the bad one should be avoided. Read the labels properly, and ensure you are eating less of the bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol is required for the production of hormones and proper body functioning.

  6. Don’t eat medicines unnecessarily: It may seem pretty easy to just pop an ibuprofen when there is a headache or a backache, it is advisable to watch out. Don’t take medicines if not needed and best is to avoid them, as they can induce hypertension and heart disease.

Apart from adopting these healthy changes, you can also practice relaxation techniques, consume green tea, have dark chocolate, red wine and quit smoking. All these together will definitely help to keep your blood pressure under check.

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Learn to Laugh

MBBS, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Kota
Learn to Laugh
  • No matter how busy you are or how tensed you are, try to laugh. Also, try to make others laugh. Laughing is the best medicine and makes your stress disappear in few moments.
  • While watching television, make sure that the whole family sits together and often choose shows full of a good sense of humor. You can also read out jokes or funny stories to your kids at bedtime to have a happy and distressed atmosphere before falling asleep.

Eat Your Stress Away

Homeopath, Panipat
Eat Your Stress Away
  • Prevent low blood sugar as it stresses you out. Eat regular and small healthy meals and keep fruit and veggies handy. Herbal teas will also soothe your frazzled nerves.
  • Eating unrefined carbohydrates, nuts and bananas boosts the formation of serotonin, another feel-good drug. Small amounts of protein containing the amino acid tryptamine can give you a boost when stress tires you out.
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The Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music

Ms. Parveen 93% (99 ratings)
Bachelors In Psychology, Masters In Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma In Guidance & Counselling
Psychologist, Jalandhar
The Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music

The Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music

Listening to music can be entertaining, but is it possible that it might make you healthier? Music can be a source of pleasure and contentment, but research has also shown that there are many different psychological benefits as well.

The notion that music can influence your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors probably doesn't come as much of a surprise. If you've ever felt pumped up while listening to your favorite fast-paced rock anthem or been moved to tears by a tender live performance, then you easily understand the power of music to impact moods and even inspire action.

But the psychological effects of music can be more powerful and wide-ranging than you might assume. Music therapy is an intervention sometimes utilized to promote emotional health, help patients cope with stress, and boost psychological well-being. Some even suggest that your taste in music can provide insight into different aspects of your personality.

Music can relax the mind, energize the body, and even help people better manage pain. So what other potential benefits might music provide? 

1-Music Can Improve Your Cognitive Performance.

2-Music Can Reduce Stress.

3-Music Might Help You Eat Less.

4-Music Can Improve Your Memory

5-Music Can Help Manage Pain.

6-Music Might Help You Sleep Better.

7-Music Can Improve Motivation.

8-Music Can Improve Your Mood.

9-Music Might Reduce the Symptoms of Depression.

10-Music Can Improve Endurance and Performance.

Final Thoughts

Music has the power to inspire and entertain, but it also has powerful psychological effects that can improve your health and well-being. Instead of thinking of music as pure entertainment, consider some of the major mental benefits of incorporating music into your everyday life. You might find that you feel more motivated, happy, and relaxed as a result.

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Various Ayurvedic Treatment Modalities In Gynaecology

Dr. Aarti Kulkarni 89% (105 ratings)
MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Thane
Various Ayurvedic Treatment Modalities In Gynaecology

Various Ayurvedic treatment modalities in gynaecology

  • Reproductive tract infections are being increasingly recognized as a serious global health problem.
  • They can have severe consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, miscarriage, low birth weight babies etc.
  • To treat these disorders, along with ORAL AYURVEDIC treatment, local treatment also plays an important role.

Treatments that can be helpful are 

  • Uttarbasti: Uttarbasti is instillation of sterile medicated oil or ghee into uterine cavity at particular period of menstrual cycle. It acts as a purification treatment for uterus & fallopian tubes. Active principles of medicine get absorbed & helps to maintain the health of reproductive organs. It is common treatment for infertility, anovulation, endometriosis, tubal block, heavy bleeding & recurrent abortions.
  • Basti: As the reproductive organs are under influence of Apan Vayu and Basti is an important intervention of diseases related to Apan Vayu. Basti is medicated oil, milk or decoction enema. Enema gets absorbed from the micro-channels of intestine & gives the desired effect according to cause and medicine. It is also done in 9 th month of pregnancy to clean the bowels and facilitate the normal labour.
  • Basti Chiktsa is very helpful in for irregular menses, painful menses, heavy bleeding, anovultion, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Backache and Obesity.
  • Katibasti: Katibasti is keeping warm medicated oil on the lumbar region for some specific period. It is helpful in sciatica, low backache, lumbar spondylosis, muscular spasm at lumbar region.
  • Yoniprakshalan: Yonidhavana is nothing but irrigation of vulva and vagina with warm decoction. Medicines for decoction are used according to the cause. Yonidhavana is helpful in vaginal infections and white discharge.
  • Pichudharan: A sterile tampon soaked with medicated oil or ghee is kept in posterior fornix of vagina for 4-5 hours, the procedure is called as pichudharan. It is useful in narrow introitus, vaginismus, cervical erosion, cervicitis, infertility, cystocele, rectocele, 1st degree uterine prolapse etc. Medicines for pichu are used according to the cause. Pichudharan is also done in 9 th month of pregnancy to soothen reproductive tract and facilitate normal delivery.
  • Vartidharan: Yonivarti is vaginal suppository or pessary. It is indicated in white discharge, vaginal infections and cervical erosion.
  • Dhoopan: It is the process in which fumigation if vulval and vaginal region is done by herbal medicines. Mostly, it is done after delivery to reduce watery secretions, pus and wound discharge.
  • KsharPratisaran: It is an application of Kshar (ash obtained by burning herbs) over affected areas, mainly cervical erosion and cervicitis.
  • ShirodharaShirodhara is continuous & gentle pouring of medicated oil, liquids or decoction on the forehead. Shirodhara immediately calms, relaxes and has a cleansing effect on mind and nerves. It can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, menopausal stress, stress due to infertility, fatigue & hypertension. Shirodhara has been used to treat vertigo, sleeplessness, disturbed sleep, psoriasis, depression, headache, etc.



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Skin and Hair: How stress affects their conditioning?

Dr. Vikram Gidwani 91% (57 ratings)
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Skin and Hair: How stress affects their conditioning?

Stress is an inevitable occurrence in the life of all individuals. It takes many forms, such as social, mental and physical to name a few. Anything from work deadlines, commuting burdens, financial obstacles to raising a kid stress doesn't stop. Whilst some personalities take it with ease and find means of dealing with it, others crumble to states of depression and even resort to suicide the obvious winner here being stress itself. 

I would like to cite a metaphor for the stress-the elastic rubber band. When one holds an elastic rubber band between the thumbs and when the band is left slack, it is symbolic of people being in a restful state such as sleep. When the band is pulled out to a comfortable stretch, it is comparable to people having a regular working/functioning day before returning to a relaxed state. However, when the elastic band is pulled out to an over-stretched position then it is a warning to the individual to take note and get back to a comfortable position. The overstretched position has two places to go. It can deplete completely and crumble or break if it continues to overstretch itself. Like the elastic rubber band, every individual is equipped with getting back to the comfortable state provided the effort and will exist.

The amount of stress we wish to take in is in our hands as is the amount we wish to neglect. Apart from the various sizes and shapes, stress comes in as mentioned above, stress can be an important external indicator of internal health. One such indicator is the largest organ of our body, the skin. The skin & hair are generally referred to as mirror images of internal body system functioning and are often the first indicator/sign of disease activity originating from within. We dedicate this write-up to our skin& hair, for, they are our shining armour in the fight against a merciless opponent- stress. 

Effects of stress on the skin: 

When we are stressed, our body releases a hormone known as cortisol. The long-term activation of the stress-response system and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones can disrupt almost all body processes. This puts an individual at increased risk of numerous health problems, including anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, memory and concentration impairment. The mind and skin are connected at many intricate levels. One theory is the target organ theory: some people get ulcers, some people get migraines and other people get skin rashes as the skin is their target organ to channelize stress. As the skin is exposed to view, skin conditions elicit reactions from the patients' environment and the easy accessibility of the skin allows patients to interact directly with their rashes, adding further to emotional and mechanical stress. So, a skin disorder in itself can be a cause of concern and thus lead to stress, while on the other hand, stress can be considered as a triggering/perpetuating/aggravating factor in the causation of various skin diseases. 

1. General conditions:

Dryness: periods of chronic stress will release the hormone cortisol that in turn damages the skin's ability to retain water leading to dryness. One must drink plenty of water throughout the day. Application of a non-allergenic, fragrance-free moisturizer while the skin is slightly damp traps moisture, thereby protecting the skin from dryness. 

Sleep: poor quality sleepers have increased signs 
Of intrinsic skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced elasticity and hollowness in the under-eye region. On an average 6-8 hours of sleep is warranted along with plenty of fluid intake. There are a multitude of under-eye creams in the market with moderate benefits. Dermal fillers can be injected into the tear trough, a hollow groove in the under-eye region, which thereby replenishes the sparse hyaluronic acid there. early to bed, early to rise makes the skin healthy, worthy and nice- is the mantra here for sure. 

Fine lines: Constant use of the muscles of facial expression, like frowning and pursuing one's lips when one is stressed or angry can lead to deeper wrinkles in these areas over time. Topical retinoid creams, botox injections and platelet-rich plasma therapy are some of the useful modalities to target fine lines and wrinkles. 
Immune system: chronic stress usually suppresses the immune system, increases susceptibility to infections and exacerbates some allergic and inflammatory diseases. A balanced and healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, oral antioxidants along with a proper exercise regime will definitely give a boost to one's immune sytem. 

Others: Smoking and air pollution have been confirmed as critical chronic stressors that impact skin aging significantly. Air born particle exposure from traffic is associated with significant increase in pigment spots and facial wrinkles. Avoiding smoking and using sunscreens on a regular basis along with physical sun protection can go a long way. 

2. Skin conditions: 

Acne: The exact cause by which stress worsens acne is not known but a possible explanation is that during periods of stress, stress hormones are activated. The cells that produce sebum have receptors for stress hormones. Sebum is the oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, leading to a pimple or acne cyst. 

Acne excorie: It is a skin condition seen particularly in adolescent girls under emotional stress, who pick and squeeze pimples leaving behind an unsightly dark, pigmented scabbed wounds. Such patients are the ones who usually spend hours in front of the mirror trying to correct any self-perceived body dysmorphisms. Treatment of the wounded areas is essential with topical antibiotics and wound healing agents. Similarly, anti-acne therapy may be initiated. For areas where dark flat stains are left behind, topical skin lightening creams (preferably azelaic acid) or chemical peels may be initiated provided there are no wounded areas in the vicinity. 
Rosacea: stress increases blood flow to the skin that causes capillaries to expand. Stress also triggers flushing, a condition known as rosacea wherein the skin of the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead becomes persistently red and with possible development of red bumps similar to acne. Sometime small blood vessels can also become visible in such patients. It may be affiliated with a weakened immune system and temperature changes. Topical and oral antibiotics, sunscreens of spf 30 or above, topical retinoids, topical azelaic acid cream etc. Are all helpful in the treatment of rosacea. 
Psoriasis is a chronic recurrent autoimmune skin disorder, the cause of which is unknown wherein the skin cells multiply very rapidly leading to red, rough hard plaques surmounted with silvery scales, commonly seen on elbows, knees, palms, soles, nails and/or scalp. Stress is a very well known trigger factor for psoriasis. Chronic psoriasis in itself also leads to psychological difficulties, including poor self-esteem, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. It is of utmost importance to moisturize the skin as frequently as possible along with the prescribed medication given by the dermatologist (which may consist of omega-3 fatty acid capsules, antihistamines, topical corticosteroid / topical vitamin d analogues or oral medicines, etc.). 

Atopic eczema/dermatitis: A condition is commonly seen in childhood, appears as oozing red rashes on cheeks (usually in infants), elbows or elbow folds and behind the knees to name a few. The condition is severely itchy at times. Children with atopic dermatitis have higher levels of emotional distress and more behavioral problems than healthy children. Teasing and bullying by children at school along with the social stigma of visible skin rashes can cause social isolation adding to further stress. The onset or exacerbation of atopic dermatitis often follows stressful life events. A treatment plan often includes medicines (topical corticosteroids / topical tacrolimus, topical antibiotics oral antihistamines, etc.), skin care (regular and frequent moisturizer use), and lifestyle changes. Skin care and lifestyle changes can help prevent flare-ups. 
Severe emotional stress may exacerbate preexisting urticaria, a condition more commonly referred to as hives. Hives are red itchy swellings that can occur anywhere on the body. Due to the severity of itching and visibility of the rashes, patients feel embarrassed when the rashes crop up during important meetings and this can further lead to a state of depression. The dermatologist usually prescribes oral antihistamines and topical calamine-based lotions. 

Vitiligo: It is an autoimmune condition wherein in white patches develop on the skin. Stress and pre-existing thyroid disorder are common triggering events. Social stigma is very highly connected with vitiligo as patients get marriage proposal rejections and social isolation from friends and family alike. Such individuals are very depressed and have very low self-esteem. There are a host of treatment modalities available to stop further progression of the disease and also to get normal color back (topical and oral medicines, phototherapy, surgical skin grafting, etc.)

Effects of stress on the hair: 

Graying of hair is very common due to the stressful lifestyle and nutrient-poor foods individuals consume these days, yet the exact cause remains unknown. Usually topical solutions and b-complex vitamins / biotin based tablets may be prescribed for the same. 

Telogen effluvium is a condition wherein a person sheds more than 100 hair per day (shedding 50-100 telogen hairs per day is considered normal). It occurs when an increased number of hair (i.e, more than one in ten) are in the telogen stage (shedding stage) of the hair growth cycle. This abrupt shift of anagen (growth phase) hair into telogen results in increased shedding several (approximately three) months later since that is the length of time hair stay in the telogen stage prior to falling out. Stress, childbirth or the cessation of oral contraceptives, surgery with general anaesthesia, severe systemic illness including fever, thyroid disease and inadequate nutrition (especially lack protein intake), ferritin and vitamin d3 deficiency, any and all of which may trigger the onset of hair fall. Along with hair fall, the hair starts getting thinned in such states. Treatment is dictated by its cause whenever known. Generally, a healthy protein powder, topical hair growth serums and minoxidil solution, oral multivitamin tablets (containing biotin and other supplements) and platelet-rich plasma therapy all play a vital role in hair fall reduction. 
Trichotillomania is a condition wherein a person pulls out his or her own hair with an obsessive-compulsion, which occurs as a result of stress, anxiety, depression, behavioural disorder, mental retardation and delusions. Children who engage in such hair pulling usually are ones that are neglected by parents or friends at school, those who undergo child abuse, have broken relationships etc. Behavior modification therapy along with medications may be prescribed by the treating dermatologist or psychiatrist. 
Stress is a very well known aggravating factor in a condition known as alopecia areata. In this condition, there are circular circumscribed patches of hair loss commonly on the scalp or beard areas. Sometimes hair regrowth may occur without any medicinal intervention. 

Dermatologists recommend medical therapy in the form of topical minoxidil solution, topical corticosteroids, hair growth serums, zinc based tablets and injectable corticosteroids all aid in hair regrowth.

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Ways to Help Your Child During Exams

Ms. Meeta Verma 89% (22 ratings)
M. Sc Psychology, MS Psychotherapy and Counselling, Internship Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Greater Noida
Ways to Help Your Child During Exams

Examinations are a time when both parents and children may experience a lot of stress. As a parent, you may get so preoccupied with your concerns for the child’s future that you may end up adding to the stress instead of helping. Here are some ways that you can be there for your child during this time:-

  1. Be available and supportive – Your child may be anxious and may want to share her feelings with you. Simply setting aside whatever you are doing and hearing her out can be a great help. Acknowledge her worries and let her know that it is normal to experience some level of stress at this time. A little reassurance can work wonders.
  2. Transfer the initiative – Allow your children the space to study in the manner that suits them best and ask them if they need help from you in any way. You don’t need to take over their studies, it only increases dependency.
  3. Refocus on the present – At times children get too caught up with thoughts like ‘what if things go wrong’, ‘what if I don’t get good marks’, and so on. Remind them that focusing too much on the future only increases anxiety and robs them of vital energy to focus on the task at hand, whereas the efforts that they put in today will definitely ensure a better outcome.
  4. Help them break the syllabus down into manageable parts – Children often view the whole syllabus as a cumulative, undifferentiated mass that seems overwhelming. Help them break it down into manageable parts, such as number of chapters per subject, time required for each topic, topics that are manageable or difficult, can he take help from someone for the difficult topics.
  5. Handle your own stress – Go for a walk, talk to other parents, relax, acknowledge your feelings or worries and remind yourself that this is normal. Remember your children learn by observing you. They are likely to emulate your patterns of handling stress when faced with challenges.
  6. Share your concerns with the child and encourage – If you are worried about her future then have an open chat, share your concerns and encourage her to do well keeping the long run in mind. Avoid indirect, sarcastic comments, taunts, negative statements or nagging. A remark like ‘I am happy to see you studying’ is much better than ‘you are not doing enough’.
  7. Realign expectations – If your child has been scoring around 60% then expecting a sudden jump to 90% may be unrealistic and create unnecessary stress. An expectation of around 75-80% would be more realistic to keep her motivated. 
  8. Create an atmosphere of lightness and factor in some physical activity – Very often our homes seem to be ‘’Under Siege” during exam time. It is good to factor in breaks for some music, entertainment, laughter, a light walk, a few minutes of exercise, a quick game etc. Such activities loosen the muscles, get our metabolism going and lead to the release of certain feel good chemicals that make us feel refreshed and rejuvenated. 
  9. Keep nutritious, healthy snacks handy – We often reach out for highly salty, sugary foods when stressed, anxious or tired. Such foods give an immediate lift but do not provide sustained energy. Have some nice smoothies, dry fruits, roasted grams, boiled chick peas or kidney beans, fruits, salads etc handy which will benefit your children in the long run.

In the end, remember this is just one set of exams that your child is facing in a series of exams and challenges that she will be facing in her lifetime. When you value your children for who they are and not just the marks that they get, they will also learn to value themselves and grow up to be well balanced individuals.



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