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How To Calm An Overactive Mind?

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 90% (7827 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
How To Calm An Overactive Mind?

Everyone worries sometimes. However, if you find your mind is on overdrive all the time, you may need to find ways to calm it down or clear it. Meditation, yoga, and mindfulness can help you clear you mind, which can calm your thoughts down. However, you can also learn ways to distance yourself from your anxiety, so that it doesn't run your life. You may also find that your mind employs cognitive distortions, which are ways your mind plays tricks on you to convince of something that isn't objectively true; figuring out which ones your mind uses is the first step to combating them.

Write pressing thoughts down. If you find your mind racing before a bed or while you're trying to work on something else, take a moment to organize your thoughts. Write down the things you need to get down on a to-do list. Put any ideas down in a notebook or computer file for that purpose. Jot any questions or thoughts down on a notepad. Once you've taken a few minutes to organize your thoughts on paper or a screen, your mind will be freer to work on other tasks.

Use a journal. Another helpful writing technique is to make writing in a journal a part of your nightly routine. Taking time to write about your thoughts and feelings can have a similar effect to telling someone about them; that is, it helps draw out some of the tension and anxiety. Don't think you have to write about anything specific--just start writing, and see what comes out.

Focus on one task at a time. It's tempting in today's busy world to try to do more than one thing at a time. However, your brain isn't built to work like that; rather, it's built to focus on one task at a time. If you try to focus on more than one task, your work becomes sloppier and you'll feel mentally disheveled.

Learn to sort information. When you have too much information coming in, it can feel overwhelming. Try to develop a system to sort through information as it comes in, only keeping the important stuff. The extraneous details just bog down your mind. One way to know what's important is to listen to what's being repeated, as usually only the important stuff gets that treatment.

Yoga - How Does It Improve Your Daily Life?

Bnchy Wellness Medispa 85% (532 ratings)
Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), M.sc in yoga and naturopathy, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Ayurveda, Delhi
Yoga - How Does It Improve Your Daily Life?

Do you know about the various benefits of yoga for your body and health? Yoga is the answer for a lot of aspects which everyone desires, such as a peaceful mind, a strong and flexible body and a healthy, glowing skin. It is commonly perceived that yoga aims at weight loss, but there are numerous benefits, which you can get by practicing yoga regularly. Here are the various ways in which yoga is ideal for your everyday life. It covers lots of aspects associated with your health and body functioning.

Yoga for overall fitness
You need to be physically fit, as well as perfectly balanced emotionally and mentally. This ensures that you are healthy in the true sense. Health is like a dynamic expression of life based on how happy, loving and enthusiastic you are in life. The various postures of yoga help in maintaining overall fitness, and balance both your mind and body in an ideal way.

  1. It helps in improving health.
  2. It gives you enhanced strength of mind.
  3. Your physical power and stamina gets boosted.
  4. Your body is perfectly detoxified.

Yoga for weight loss
Yoga is excellent for weight loss purposes. The Kapalbhati Pranayama and the Sun Salutations are effective yoga practices, which help you to lose excess weight. With regular yoga practice for a long time, you become extra sensitive to the types of food your body demands. This is effective for keeping a check on your weight.

Yoga for stress relief
Some minutes of yoga every day is a good way of eliminating stress that you experience in daily life. It refers to both physical and mental stress. Certain yoga postures, meditation, and Pranayama are ideal practices for getting rid of stress.

Yoga and inner peace
In today’s hectic world and the hustle bustle of daily life, every person desires some peace. This peace can be found within your own self and you do not always need to escape to the mountain to breathe freely. Practicing yoga regularly will give you immense inner peace, which is equivalent to a mini holiday to some nice, serene place. Yoga is very essential for calming your disturbed and troubled mind.

Moreover, yoga poses massage your organs and help in strengthening your muscles. The various breathing exercises and meditation forms associated with yoga are great for releasing unwanted, undesirable stress from your system. This, in turn, improves your immune system and prevents you from getting affected by frequent diseases and health conditions.

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The Benefits Of Daily Meditation!

Dr. B Chandra 88% (93 ratings)
Diploma In Traditional Siddha, B.H.M.S
Sexologist, Bilaspur
The Benefits Of Daily Meditation!

The benefits of daily meditation can improve the health of the mind, body and soul.
When thinking of the practice of meditation and the benefits of daily meditation, some people may be put off by thinking it takes too much time or they can't just sit still when there are 100 other things to get done. Statistically, even just 20 minutes of daily meditation can have benefits on physical, mental and spiritual health. They may also perceive meditation as being part of some sort of religion. Think of the act of meditating as a form of stress relief first and foremost for the average individual. Here, you’ll find out what meditation is really about and be exposed to a whole new world of the benefits of daily meditation. 

Physical Benefits of Daily Meditation:
Physically, meditation introduces more prone, or energy, into your body to improve your health. Additionally, daily meditation lowers high blood pressure, and the lives of blood lactate, which helps in reducing anxiety attacks. It can improve your immune system, increase you energy level, as well as serotonin production which can help improve your behavior and mood. Been suffering from headaches lately? A benefit of daily meditation is that it can decrease some tension related pain that is inflicted on your body, such as insomnia, ulcers, muscle and joint problems and reduces tension headaches.

Mental Benefits of Daily Meditation:
Studies on the physical benefits of daily meditation have uncovered some remarkable findings around the effects mental benefits of daily meditation on the brain and mental health.
There is, among people who practice meditation of any type, a 75 percent drop in the occurrence of depression. There was a 30 percent drop in anxiety with a 65 percent rise in feelings of well-being. Each of these benefits spills over into some very crucial areas of importance. With anxiety disorders often comes impulsive behavior. This can cause addictions which is now at epidemic proportions around the world apart from the East. There is a reason for this. We have vastly different cultures and lifestyles that yield very different results. One of the most valuable and long-term benefits of daily meditation is we will no longer be subject to the ills that a spoiled Western culture delivers. We will reduce cravings for the fast food we eat. If we adopt mindfulness meditation, which we will get into in a bit, we will be far happier with less.
So, does this mean that we are going to want to sell our worldly possessions and climb the Himalayas? No. That, is yet another misconception. What will typically happen over time is the very mechanisms in the brain and body, as well as the emotional body will cease to be on overdrive. Your need to be turned on to every piece of technology for long periods of time or short bursts all day and night will disappear. Your brain is a very trainable and miraculous thing; however, it is also a creature of habit and likes it that way so much it will do all it can to keep it there.
Your brain works tirelessly to do two things. One, avoid pain and two, seek pleasure. So, in the case of the daily benefits of meditation on the mental and physical bodies, you can see it this way. You will become essentially addicted to the feeling and the freedom the meditation gives you. In essence, you will not just become a different person but a person that is attracted to vastly different things.
The next benefit is resilience. Life brings pain and adversity at times. Sometimes we can’t prevent or change that, so, how resilient we are becomes very important. Daily meditation builds our resiliency muscles.
This last benefit of daily meditation, at least on the most popular list, is it will help us live a lot longer and healthier and here’s why. If we were to ask the average person how they thought daily meditation could make you live longer and healthier, the typical answer would be heart attack and stroke prevention. While that may be true to an extent, the benefits of daily meditation on our longevity goes deeper than just a calm cardio vascular experience. What meditation does in this sense is cease the cravings to smoke or overeat due to emotions being on overdrive. 
As you go along on your daily journey, to work or school or wherever your path leads you regularly, you’ll see that daily meditation is something that will improve your emotional intelligence. For people with a propensity to bouts of anger, or those who tend to become easily irritated, you’ll notice that you react less and less on this scale. Your social connections will be so much different and so much more meaningful.

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With practice, you can look forward to a lot of super changes in your mind that will start to come naturally and effortlessly. Within six months of daily practice you will notice a marked increase in your ability to focus and in your mental strength when you really need it. This is why meditation is great for students. Study time can be cut by 50 percent or more. Cramming will no longer be the way you will pass your courses and that means more free time for you!
There are many benefits of daily meditation for those in the creative arts. Dancers, singers and painters, as well as anyone who has to think creatively and have that special energy flowing through them are blessed through meditation. This is because when you train your mind in any type of meditation, you naturally remove energetic blocks and mental blocks from your existence. 

Spiritual Benefits of Daily Meditation:
Here we look at the spiritual side of meditation. Many people are so put off by meditation simply because they are confused as to whether they can or should meditate. Spirituality is the concept that we are connected to something bigger than ourselves. Meditation can help center that concept and even allows you the time to explore it within your own mind. Or not. If you want, you can sit there and think about the laundry you have to get done. 
One way to understand the benefits of meditation is to understand that yes, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. This means that the very act of being human, even being an atheist is still spiritual. It is who we are at our core. Who we are is not what we do or what we own. We are here to elevate ourselves through whatever belief system we have chosen. Meditation is simply another expression of who we are and a way to connect with our “source” whatever or whoever this may be to us.

Try Meditation for Yourself:
There are too many types of meditation to mention here. But, there is one type of very powerful meditation you can learn now, today and we are going to give you that bonus and teach you. So, can this really give you all the benefits that we’ve covered here if it’s really that simple? Yes. Why? Because less is more, period. With meditation you must keep this in mind.
When you are doing an activity like washing dishes or vacuuming or even walking, engulf yourself in that process. Stay there in the now. If you have thoughts let them pass through without judgement. Repeat how good it feels or the fact you can hear the wind or birds. No matter how corny it seems, it’s a way to keep your mind in one place, (where you are and no where else). The benefits we described come about when you develop the skill of being in the moment. You can do this for three straight months only three to four days a week and you will see a marked difference in being able to stave off distraction!
The second phase you can take a Hatha yoga class. Yoga was simply a way to deal with advanced meditation poses without falling asleep and was later developed into a more complex activity for health. This is the perfect second phase so you can begin to really enjoy the benefits of daily meditation. If you physically can’t participate in yoga, you can research other more complex meditation phases and you are guaranteed to see how mindfulness has honed your ability straight away. Meditation is a life-enhancing activity you can enjoy for many years. 
 

How Yoga Can Help Boost Immunity?

Dr. Janaki Raman 86% (97 ratings)
Diploma In Diabetology, Diploma In Cardiology
General Physician, Kolkata
How Yoga Can Help Boost Immunity?

Yoga has been touted amongst the best and the most effective, time-tested and natural ways to eliminate various diseases and problems with the body as well as the mind. It is an antiquated craftsmanship that strengthens the body as well as relaxes the brain with the right dose of mindfulness as well. Yoga tends to stimulate the nervous system and the endocrine, digestive and circulatory systems and improves the functioning of the same.

The postures mentioned below affect at least one of these systems, thereby clearing the path for a strong immune system. These postures are as follows:

  1. Shishuasana (child posture): Shishuasana is a phenomenal stance that de-congests the abdomen and constructs a superior and stronger immune system.
  2. Setu Bandhasana (bridge posture): Setu Bandhasana opens the heart and enhances the blood flow. It increases the energy in the body to build a strong resistance against pathogens.
  3. Halasana (plow posture): Halasana is a pose that requires a backward bend. It discharges white cells in the body and strengthens the immune system.
  4. Bhujangasana (cobra posture): Bhujangasana is a mid-section opening posture which discharges white cells that enhance the body’s resistance.
  5. Dhanurasana (bow posture): Dhanurasana is yet other posture that enhances the flow of white cells by putting weight on the working of the digestive system.
  6. Matsyasana (fish posture): Matsyasana stretches the abdomen and chest and strengthens the thymus. This enhances the body's invulnerability level.
  7. Vinyasa Adho Mukha Svanasana (flowing downward facing dog pose): Begin with the plank pose, palms lying on the floor just underneath your shoulder and extend the legs backwards. The whole body should form a straight line like a board. Taking a full breath, lift your hips off the floor. Hold yourself on the hands and heels. Your head needs to point towards the ground. Take full breaths, two or three times, as you hold the position. Breathe out a deep breath, relax and return to the plank posture. Gradually bring down your body. Slide your hands backwards, allowing your palms to rest alongside the chest. Toes need to be in contact with the mat or the floor.

Yoga is a holistic routine that strengthens the body physically and also mentally. Subsequently, the body’s immune system additionally enhances in such a condition. A sound life can be effortlessly accomplished if we figure out how to embrace a healthier way of life, healthy food decisions, and standard routines of yoga and meditation. Ayurveda, yoga and meditation are the perfect variables to carry on with a sound life.

Yoga is not an alternative option to medicines. It is a careful step to keep infections under control. Along these lines, one need not sit tight waiting for the seasonal flu to affect the body because it can be cured effortlessly with yoga.

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How to strong memory power. What kind of food or yoga meditation required tell me.

Gowtham G 85% (25 ratings)
BAMS
Ayurveda, Chennai
Go for an ayurvedic pharmacy, ask for saraswata arishatam it will be around 700rs. It's an alcoholic preparation. Take thrice daily after food (10 ml. It contains gold and certain medicines. It will promote your brain activity and immune system.
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Depression - In-Depth Knowledge Of It!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Depression - In-Depth Knowledge Of It!

Depression
Depression is a medical condition that leads to unrelenting sadness or interest deprivation. It is also referred to as mood disorder, depressive disorder to clinical depression. The disease affects the feeling, thinking pattern or behavioural pattern of the patient leading a several emotional or physical issues.

A lot of people relate depression with weakness and do not pay heed to the treatment of the disease, which results in several complications. Often, depression requires long-term treatment. Most depression patients can lead a healthy lifestyle with the help of proper medication or psychotherapy, and in some case the blend of both.

Types of Depression:
There are several types of depression. Some of the many types of depression are:
-  Anxious Distress (Restlessness)

-  Mixed Features (Concurrent depression and mania)

-  Melancholic Features (Depression involving feelings of agitation or guilt)

-  Atypical Features (Depression accompanied by hunger, or sleep disorder)

-  Psychotic Features (Depression accompanied by hallucinations or delusions)

-  Catatonia (Depression with persistent or uncontrollable movement)

-  Peripartum/Postpartum Onset (Depression during or after pregnancy)

-  Seasonal Pattern (Depression during change of seasons)

While these are the common types and variations, depression is not limited to these and it may occur in manifold ways and at manifold times in one’s life. It is imperative to stay vigilant, not only for the patient but for those who are around them, since unlike other diseases, often depression cannot be noticed by the person who is experiencing it, and those around them have to initiate inquiry.

Disorders that Lead to Depression:
In addition to the different types of depression disorders, some other disorders may also lead to depression. Some of these disorders are: 
-  Bipolar I and II Disorders (Extreme high or low mood)

-  Cyclothymic Disorder

-  Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (frequent extreme temper outbursts)

-  Persistent Depressive Disorder

-  Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

-  Other Depression Disorders

While it is common to have disorders or other reasons that lead to depression, it is important to remember that sometimes the reasons or situations may not be clear. Processing emotions become incredibly difficult when one is depressed, which only makes it worse.

It is insensitive and downright uninformed to seek clear reasons and outlines from a depressed person as to why they feel the way they feel, as is to ask them to go out more or just focus on other things.

It is only when the basic activities like sports, music, hobbies, etc stop entertaining a person that they get depressed, so asking them to do those things reflects immaturity and lack of any knowledge about the subject.

Symptoms of Depression:
Often signs and symptoms of depression often go unnoticed. Some people ignore depression symptoms like weakness or temporary mood swings. But it is important to understand the symptoms of depression and get adequate treatment for the same. 

Typically, symptoms of depression include:
-  Extreme emotions of hopelessness or sadness

-  Extreme angst, irritation or frustration

-  Loss of interest/pleasure

-  Sleep disorder (too much sleep or insomnia)

-  Exhaustion

-  Appetite loss

-  Weight gain

-  Restlessness or anxiety

-  Slow reflexes

-  Emotions of guilt

-  Problems in concentrating, thinking, or remembering things

-  Suicidal tendencies

-  Back pains

-  Headaches

Depression Symptoms in Children
Symptoms of depression in children are almost same as that of adults. However, there are some differences. In children of younger age, depression symptoms may involve body aches and pains and/or emotions of sadness, clinginess or irritability. In some cases, depression may cause loss of weight in younger children.

In teenagers, depression symptoms may include emotions of sadness, agitation, negativity or worthlessness. Teenagers suffering from depression are extremely sensitive and avoid social interactions. In some cases, such teenagers may also start using recreational drugs or alcohols. In some extreme cases, teenagers suffering from depression also form suicidal tendencies.

Depression Symptoms in Adults
Depression takes several years to be treated completely. In adults, the symptoms of depression may include:

-  Memory loss

-  Personality changes

-  Body aches or pains

-  Exhaustion

-  Appetite loss

-  Sleep disorder

-  Loss of interest

-  Loss of interest in socializing

-  Suicidal tendencies

-  Exhaustion, severe tiredness

-  Suicidal thoughts

-  Changes in appetite

-  Sleep disturbances

-  Panic attacks

-  Headaches, aches and pains, bloating, digestive issues,  cramps, breast tenderness, etc.

-  Inability to concentrate

-  Loss of interest

there can be many other symptoms of depression, and a person of any age group may experience the disease without even exhibiting all or any of these symptoms. To identify depression and its occurrence, sensitization and awareness are key.

What Causes Depression?
Medical fraternity has not yet been able to find out the exact cause of depression. 

However, some of the most common factors of depression may involve:
-  Neurological Disorders

-  Brain Chemistry

-  Hormonal Disorders

-  Family History

-  Social Causes

-  Biological Causes

-  Psychological causes
 

Depression Risk factors:
Often depression is found in the age group of 20 to 30 years. However, this disease can strike anyone at any age.

 Listed below are just some of the many risk factors associated with depression, due to which a person may be susceptible to the disease:
-  Personality traits (low self-esteem, self-critical or pessimism)

-  Traumatic events (physical abuse, sexual abuse, death of loved one, difficult relationship, or financial problems)

-  Family history (blood relatives with depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism or suicidal tendencies)

-  Mental health disorder history (anxiety disorder, eating disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder)

-  Alcohol abuse

-  Recreational drug abuse

-  Chronic illness (Cancer, stroke, chronic pain or heart disease)

-  Side effects of some medicines (some high blood pressure medicines, or sleeping pills)

 

Complications:
Depression is a serious medical condition that may lead to several complications if untreated. Some of the most common complications of untreated depression include:
-  Obesity

-  Body ache or pain

-  Cramps

-  Tendency to consume alcohol

-  Tendency to drug misuse

-  Extreme anxiety

-  Panic disorders

-  Social phobia

-  Personality disorders

-  Social isolation

-  Suicidal tendencies

-  Self-mutilation

-  Premature death

Other than these as well, there are several complications that may be case specific. as the complications of the disease are physiological and psychological at the same time, it is very important to handle a case effectively and be extremely careful with a patient of depression.

Prevention from Depression:
There are no scientifically proven ways to prevent depression. However, there are few things that may help prevent depression:

-  Controlling stress

-  Taking help from family and friends

-  Starting treatment early

-  Ensuring long-term treatment and help

 

Diagnosis of Depression:
In order to diagnose depression, following tests may be conducted:

-  Physical Examination

-  Lab Tests

-  Psychiatric Evaluation

 

Treatment of Depression:
Often psychotherapy and medications remain the preferred ways to treat patients suffering from depression. Treatment of depression involves several drugs and medicines in addition to psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

Those suffering from severe depression may also need to stay in hospital for treatment till their symptoms subside.

 

Medications
Patients suffering from depression may be prescribed several types of antidepressants. Be advised to consume antidepressants only after consulting a certified medical professional. Some of the most common antidepressants prescribed to depression patients include:

-  Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) – [fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), vilazodone (Viibryd) and sertraline (Zoloft)]
-  Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) – [levomilnacipran (Fetzima), venlafaxine (Effexor XR), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq, Khedezla) and duloxetine (Cymbalta)] 
-  Atypical Antidepressants – [mirtazapine (Remeron), vortioxetine (Trintellix), nefazodone, trazodone and bupropion (Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin SR, Aplenzin, Forfivo XL)] 
-  Tricyclic Antidepressants – [amitriptyline, doxepin, trimipramine (Surmontil), desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor) and protriptyline (Vivactil)]

Note: Tricyclic Antidepressant drugs have severe side effects.  
-  Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) – [phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate) and isocarboxazid (Marplan)]

 

Other medications
Doctors may add other medications along with antidepressants to fasten the effects of the drugs.
For some patients, the regular dosage of antidepressants may not be very effective, and doctors may not prescribe them straight away due to the associated complications and risks of extreme side effects.

Often the following alternative therapies are used to treat depression. they are not always successful and sometimes can be pointless in specific cases; but patients have been seen to benefit from them otherwise, especially when used alongside prescription medications.

-  Yoga

-  Herbal remedies

-  Reflexology

-  Acupuncture

-  Meditation

-  Massage

-  Exercise

-  Guided imagery and relaxation

 

Risk of Stopping/Missing Out Antidepressants Dose
It is recommended not to stop consuming antidepressants without confirming with your doctor. Antidepressants usually are not of addictive nature but may lead to some physical dependencies. Abruptly stopping antidepressants or missing out a dose may lead to withdrawal symptoms. It is important to consult doctor and gradually decrease the dose. 

 

Consumption of Antidepressants in Pregnancy
Antidepressant consumption is not advised to pregnant women as it may pose a risk to the unborn child. Likewise, breast-feeding women are also not advised to take antidepressants as it may adversely affect the newly born. It is important to consult a doctor before starting antidepressants in the state of pregnancy.

 

Suicidal Tendency
Mostly antidepressants are safe to consume. However, consume of some antidepressants may increase suicidal tendency in kids, young adults and even senior citizens. The suicidal tendency starts showing in the very first week of consumption of antidepressants.

It is imperative to keep an eye on the patients who are on antidepressant dosage for unusual behaviour pattern. In case the patient experiences suicidal tendencies when consuming antidepressants, it makes sense to consult a certified medical professional immediately.
 

Common Myths About Depression:
Myth #1:
 Depression is not real disease

Reality: A lot of people believe that depression is not a serious medical condition, but just some random personality trait or weakness. This is wrong. Depression is a serious medical condition that can affect anyone. It is one medical condition that may lead to several life-threatening complications right from physical disabilities to neurological disorders and even suicidal tendencies. 

 

Myth #2: Depression is just an extreme form of sadness or grief.

Reality: This is yet another popular myth about depression. However, the fact is that depression is different from ordinary sadness or grief. Ordinary sadness or grief subsides with time; whereas in depression, sadness or grief doesn’t really subside. Successful treatment of depression takes months, in some cases years.

 

Myth #3: Depression patients are required to take medications lifelong

Reality: Depression requires longer treatment, but it doesn’t require lifelong treatment. Doctors decide the tenure of the treatment of depression. And once the treatment culminates, the patient doesn’t need to get the treatment again. The exact time period of depression treatment depends upon the severity of the disorder of the patient and widely varies from person to person. In fact, latest research and studies reveal that patients can successfully complete the treatment of depression with a combination of psychotherapy and medications in as little as 24 weeks. 

 

Myth #4: Those with family history of depression are sure to have it

Reality: While it is true that depression can be passed on from parents to their children, it is not likely that everyone with family history of depression will have it. Genetic predisposition of depression is rare.

 

Myth #5: Depression patients need treatment lifelong.

Reality: This is entirely untrue. Depression patients are required to take medications for as long as their treatment continues. In addition, the duration of consuming medication for depression depends upon the time period prescribed by a certified medical professional after a careful analysis of symptoms, intensity and severity of the disease. Once a patient has substantially improved and integrated into a healthy lifestyle, there is no need to continue treatment. However, it is only a doctor who should decide when a patient is ready to go off of therapy.

 

Myth #6: Antidepressants always cure depression

Reality: Antidepressants have huge side effects and terrible withdrawal symptoms, which is why doctors only prescribe them after careful consideration in case results are not noticeable otherwise. Antidepressants sometimes fail to work on individuals with specific cases. Antidepressants work by altering the brain chemistry of the patient and thereby helping improve the situation. But when the cause of the patient’s depression does not coincide with the effect of the antidepressants at all, results may be few. In such cases, doctors prescribe other forms of treatment which may be beneficial on their own, or alongside medications and antidepressants.

 

Myth #7: Depressions only happens because of a sad situation in someone’s life.

Reality: This is sometimes the case indeed, but often times is false since a sad situation is not always even present in the patient’s timeline of disease. sometimes a tragic situation is a trigger which brings out the underlying disease to the surface after denial or pretending, or sometimes by worsening it. Medical experts have been trying to identify causes of depression for a long time but this task is not easy. some identified causes are brain chemistry, hormones, social factors, but very often the precise cause of a patient’s depression is not possible to be pointed out.

 

Myth #8: Talking about depression makes it worse.

Reality: nothing could be far from true on the list of myths associated with depression. very often, depression is a consequent or bottling up emotions and not expressing oneself. This tendency, over a prolonged period of time, may cause depression, and may be caused due to feelings of hopelessness, feeling unimportant or invalid, etc. Then, not talking about it is a solid cause for depression to worsen. Talking about one’s feelings, questions, and expressing opinions requires a lot of work when one is suffering from depression, as the various causes of these must be targeted and solved first. But once a patient is able to express themselves, their condition is seen to improve in most cases.

 

Myth #9: Depression is a result of lack of willpower.

Reality: This is terribly misinformed statement, since depression is not the result of lack of willpower, it is instead the cause for it. People of high stature who have made great contributions to the development and changes in the world have been patients of depression, and it would be stupid to say that these people lacked willpower and commitment. A lazy attitude, low self esteem, lack of self conviction are not direct causes of depression, rather they create lifestyle problems which together, with other factors, contribute to depression or its worsening.

 

Myth #10: Depression is a woman’s disease. Real men do not get depressed.

Reality: Few things could be as sexist as labeling a disease that affects the mind and body as a disease of women on the pretext that men are strong, physically and emotionally, and do not malfunction in any way. Depression affects men and women alike and both genders experience the disease the same way. Through history, this sexist assumption has lead to misdiagnosis and mistreatment of patients of depression. Women have often been diagnosis with depression due to forced domestication but that is only part of the issue, and there are endless reasons one may be suffering from depression.

 

Myth #11: Antidepressants alter one’s personality.

Reality: a common misconception is that those taking antidepressants are unable to experience emotions in an attempt to not feel the sadness that comes associated with a disease. Some patients do experience a ‘flatness’ where they do not experience much feelings, but this is not the desired effect of antidepressants. If one experiences this, it should be reported to the doctor immediately because it is highly likely that the dose of antidepressants prescribed to the patient is higher than what is needed. A change in the dosage will ensure this does not happen and the unnecessary changes in one’s personality are reverted. One must always remember that the point of antidepressants is to provide better adjustment and not change one’s personality.

 

Myth #12: Depression is a sign of mental weakness.

Reality: This myth is shaped by the stigma that is associated with depression. Depression is observed in patients who are extremely intelligent, have performed high-pressure jobs very well, perform great under stress and duress, have high mental capacity as exhibited by past actions. This shows that mentally strong people are just as likely to be depressed as anyone else. Research has also shown that people who are smarter often experience more stress and pressure to perform well, have positions of responsibility assigned to them, along with a stronger ability to feel what they are going through. This together can make them more susceptible to depression.

 

Myth #13: Teenagers also develop depression have to live with its consequence forever.

Reality: Lifelong depression is a reality, however gruesome; but is mostly not the case. Teenagers are prone to many negative feelings due to a lot of reasons, internal and external. In such a situation where the pressure is high on them, they may experience depression. But this does not mean that this disease will plague them for the rest of their life. As they grow older and get better accommodate to their environment and adjust better, they are certainly going to be well-coped adults and be healthy.

 

Myth #14: All LGBTQ persons are depressed, being gay means being depressed.

Reality: Being gay, trans, bi, or queer means being a unique and colourful individual, and does not mean being gay at all. However, studies have indicated that people of the LGBTQ community are often plagued with the deadly disease of depression. This is not because of a link between the two- depression is a disease caused due to several reasons, free of gender identities. This, instead, is because how the society has failed its LGBTQ community and mistreated them, denying them the respect and freedom that they deserve. When any individual is mistreated like so, denied the freedom to express themselves, and forced to fit into monochromatic heteronormative roles, they are going to go through an emotional turmoil. This is the cause for the multifold mental health issues that the LGBTQ persons have to go through. But it is clear that depression is not a disease which selectively attacks a specific group, community, or gender.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Depression:
1) Who is at risk of developing depression?

Ans: Here is a list of those who are at a greater risk of developing depression:

-  Those with family history of depression

-  Those who have experienced traumatic or abusive experiences in childhood

-  Those with history of suicide/suicide attempt in the family

-  Those experiencing stress or tensions

-  Those who are often socially isolated

-  Pregnant women experiencing postpartum

-  Those with serious illness

-  Those who consume alcohol

-  Those who partake in drug abuse

-  Patients taking certain prescribed medications

2) Why is depression more common in women than men?
Ans: It is believed that depression is twice more common in women as compared to men. There are many potential reasons and causes why more women experience depression than men. Unique hormonal and psychosocial factors contribute to depression in women, alongside the heaving weight of social oppression, and gender roles and expectations.

3) What is Postpartum Depression (PPD)?
Ans: After pregnancy, women become particularly vulnerable to depression. This is because of physical and hormonal changes and the overwhelming responsibility of the newborn. A large number of new mothers experience ‘baby blues’, a brief period of mild mood changes. Postpartum Depression is serious medical condition that not only requires apt medical attention and treatment but also requires emotional support for new mothers.

4) What is treatment resistant Depression?
Ans: Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is medical condition of major depressive disorder. This type of dispersion disorder doesn’t respond to standard treatment. This type of depression may range from mild to acute and may require a number of treatment methods.

5) Are there any exercises that can help in treatment of depression?
Ans: Aerobics is known to offer relief from mild depression. This is because it stimulates the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which is related to mood. In addition, it also increases the endorphin level.

6) What is Brain Stimulation Therapy?
Ans: Brain Stimulation therapy is a therapy used to treat depression. In this therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation repeatedly sends magnetic pulses to the brain. This therapy has been found to be effective in the treatment of some major depressive disorder.

7) What is Electroconvulsive therapy?
Ans: Electroconvulsive therapy is mostly used as treatment to cure acute depression and treatment resistant depression cases. This therapy is particularly helpful in treating psychotic depression.

8) Is there any remedy for prevention of depression?
Ans: Though there are no ways to prevent depression, it is easy to control the signs and symptoms of depression. One can easily make changes to their lifestyle and control their depression from getting complicated.

Here are just some of the many things that one may do:

-  Setting a routine lifestyle

-  Setting up personal and professional goals

-  Regular exercise and healthy diet

-  Taking sleep

-  Regular screening

9) What are some of the best anti-depression supplements?
Ans: Some of the best anti-depression supplements are:

-  Fish oil

-  B-Complex vitamin

-  Amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan

-  GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)

-  Vitamin D

Though these supplements are readily available in the market, it is important to consult a certified medical professional before taking these.

10) What is manic depression? 
Ans: Bipolar disorder is also called manic depression. It is a serious medical condition. It is major mood disorder, where the patient experiences abnormal moods of highs (mania) and lows (depression). The state of high and low mood is referred to as manic and hypomanic disorder. Bipolar disorder or manic depression is a chronic recurring medical condition.

Six Tips For Reducing Stress And Anxiety!

Ms. Pallavee Walia 90% (100 ratings)
PGDRP Rehabilitation Psychology , M.A Clinical Psychology, Certificate in Guidance and Counselling (CGC)
Psychologist, Agra
Six Tips For Reducing Stress And Anxiety!

Six tips for reducing stress and anxiety-

  1. Although stress is a normal part of life and impossible to avoid, there is good news. You can manage your stress so that it reduces its impact on your stomach. Here are six tips that can help you reduce stress and the related tummy troubles.
     
  2. Take short breaks and breathe. When done right this can really help. Every couple of hours, stop what you’re doing and do one minute of slow, quiet deep breathing. You’ll be amazed at the results. Your breathing should be very slow, silent, and through your nose. Push your stomach out when you inhale and let it deflate as you exhale.
     
  3. Just say “no.” trying to do everything and please everybody all the time is a surefire recipe for stress. Know your limits and when you’re close to reaching them, don’t accept additional responsibilities.
     
  4. Exercise or do yoga. Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes a day. When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins which interact with receptors in your brain and trigger a positive feeling in your body.
     
  5. Instead of stressing over things you can’t control focus on the things you can control, such as how you choose to react to problems. Your reaction is your choice, including how you react to your stomach issues. Accepting stomach problems will reduce your anxiety and curb your symptoms. Worrying about your stomach, only makes your symptoms worse.
     
  6. Listen to a guided relaxation exercise daily. You’ll not only feel relaxed while doing it, but most people also experience a sense of calm that lasts for hours afterward. 
     
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Breathing Techniques- Know The Benefits Of Learning Good Techniques!

Xcell Physiocare 87% (22 ratings)
MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy)
Physiotherapist, Delhi
Breathing Techniques- Know The Benefits Of Learning Good Techniques!

Breathing is the most vital of all functions, one which ensures the body functions seamlessly. It also becomes so effortless that we do not make a conscious effort to breathe. However, if we learn to do it properly, good breathing techniques have multiple benefits, with improved efficiency being the most important. Those who have mastered the art of good breathing techniques, be it pranayama or otherwise, will vouch for this fact.

Some of the other benefits of learning good breathing techniques are:

  1. Improved lung capacity
  2. Improved circulation
  3. Increased energy levels
  4. Relaxes body and mind
  5. Improves digestion
  6. Improved sleep
  7. Stress management
  8. Reduces anxiety
  9. Reduces migraine
  10. Improves body function at a cellular level

When learning breathing techniques,

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Choose a quiet place
  2. Be comfortable in terms of clothing and seating
  3. Try to get it into a routine – same time of the day, each day
  4. Build it into your pattern – helps ease stress.

Techniques: Listed below are some highly effective, tried and tested measures for improving breathing.

  1. Deep breathing: Sitting in a comfortable position, keep one hand on your belly and the other on your chest. Breathe in through your nose and exhale slowly. Feel the air move through the nose, windpipe, and into the lungs and the same way out. There should be a sense of peace filling your body as you do this. Doing this for 15 to 20 minutes daily can vastly improve lung capacity
  2. Equalized breathing: The focus here is to provide an equal amount of time for filling in the lungs and exhaling it. Seated comfortably, try to breathe in, to your lung’s full capacity, by counting to a particular number (5 to 6). Similarly, try counting out and exhale. Repeat this for about 10 to 15 times.
  3. Pranayama: In time-tested yoga, pranayama is the name for controlled, deep, relaxed breathing. Learning to control breathing also improves overall health and reduces stress. It helps to realize the flow of air through the body, which also leads to improved function at a cellular level.
  4. Muscle relaxing breathing: In a lying down position, when breathing in, the feet and calf muscles are tensed. With breathing out, the same muscles are relaxed. With each cycle, the muscle group addressed should be moving from the legs, calves, abdomen, chest, arms, shoulders, neck, and face. This ensures the muscles are relaxed totally.
  5. Modified Lion’s breath: When the lungs and abdomen are filled with air, then the air is released totally using an “aaahhh” sound.

Try these techniques to see your breathing efficiency and lung function increase. Your overall health will definitely increase.

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Yoga - Different Poses That Can Help In Managing Arthritis!

Dr. Gajanan Manamwar 95% (2883 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Pune
Yoga - Different Poses That Can Help In Managing Arthritis!

Yoga is recommended for people with joint inflammation or arthritis. In the case of certain individuals with different sorts of arthritis, studies have shown that consistent yoga practice can lessen joint pain, improve flexibility of the joint and release the stress and strain to provide better rest. Yoga comes with a wide range of practices; however, for the most part, it includes adopting specific bodily postures. It also includes breathing and meditation exercises.

Some of the yoga postures to cure arthritis are as follows:

  1. Sun salutations: They are the perfect way to begin a day. They can be reflective and calming as you develop the strength to breathe fresh air. Stand with both feet touching, and afterwards, join your hands, palm-to-palm, and place them on your chest. Breathe out and raise your arms upward. Gradually twist backwards and extend your arms over the head. Unwind your neck and breathe in. You must keep in mind that it is one breath for every movement.
  2. Kid's pose and child's pose plus: This is a truly gentle and simple approach to stretch the lower back. Get into the stance by dropping down onto your knees, spread your knees wide and join your toes. Place your hips back onto your feet or heels and stretch your arms forward onto the ground.
  3. Bovine pose (cow pose): Get on all fours with your hands; keep your wrists directly under the shoulders, and spread your fingers wide. Your knees need to be at the hips' width and directly under your hips. Point your abdomen upwards, as your shoulder bones push down towards your abdomen, and tilt your pelvis up and back so that you are sitting.
  4. Furious cat: Turn around the cow pose to do the furious cat pose. From all fours, pull your belliy in and your back arches into a back bend. Point your hips back toward your lower legs to build the space between every vertebra.
  5. Prostrate twisting: Bending should be very useful, but if the bending or twisting brings on any pain, leave it quickly. Lie on your back, draw your knees toward your abdomen, and wrap your arms around your legs, giving yourself a little hug. Shake yourself from side-to-side or forward and backward.
  6. Bridge pose: Lie in a straight position on the floor, twist your knees, and set your feet on the floor. Breathe out and press the inner parts of your feet and your arms into the floor. Push your tailbone up, tighten your hips, and lift them off the floor until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Keep your knees right above your heels and lift the upper part of your hips toward your stomach.

Fistula And Its Treatment!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Fistula And Its Treatment!

What is Fistula?

A fistula is an abnormal tunnel or tract that connects one surface in the body to another. Fistulas are two types: anal fistula and rectovaginal fistula. 

Symptoms of Fistula-

  • Ongoing pain
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Childbirth
  • Sexual violence
  • Fever 

Causes of Fistula-

  • Bacterial infections
  • Damage to surrounding intramuscular tissue
  • Cancer of the rectum
  • Crohn’s disease 

Risk factors of Fistula-

  • Sex: male
  • Crohn’s disease 

Complications of Fistula-

  • Severe Infection
  • Anal Sphincter muscle damage 

Diagnosis of Fistula-

Doctor will ask about symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Doctor may need to examine the rectum by a gloved finger to determine the presence of a deeper abscess or swelling.

Precautions & Prevention of Fistula-

Establish normal eating habits
Timely treatment of anal sinus and anal papillitis
Control constipation and diarrhea

Treatment of Fistula

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Fistula
  • Acupuncture Treatment of Fistula
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Fistula
  • Surgical Treatment of Fistula
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Fistula
  • Other Treatment of Fistula


Treatment of Fistula-

Homeopathic Treatment of Fistula-

The homeopathic medicines first work to control the infection in the area thereby preventing attacks of the abscess formation. Homeopathy is popular in curing fistula. Some of the homeopathic remedies for fistula are:

  • Aur M
  • Calc P
  • Silicea
  • Nit Ac
  • Berb
  • Sil 

Acupuncture Treatment of Fistula-

Acupuncture therapy is very helpful for decrease the Swelling and tenderness Acupuncture has become a common therapeutic procedure for pain control worldwide. 

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Fistula-

Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can relieve stress and anxiety. Sessions are normally hourly, each week or fortnight. 

Surgical Treatment of Fistula-

The surgical procedure involves getting rid of the fistula tract and sewing together the surrounding healthy tissue to close the opening. A tissue graft from a nearby part of the body may be needed. liquid diet for several days before the surgery may be necessary. Right before the surgery, the patient will also get an enema. 

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Fistula-

  • A high-fiber diet
  • Eat plenty of light, vitamin-rich foods
  • Eat fresh vegetables and fruits 

Other Treatment of Fistula-

Yoga therapy offers another effective way for treatment fistula. Magnetic therapy is another effective way used regularly in the treatment fistula. 

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