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Dr. Srinivasa Sastry  - Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam

Dr. Srinivasa Sastry

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MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)

Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam

23 Years Experience  ·  500 at clinic  ·  ₹500 online
Dr. Srinivasa Sastry 91% (54 ratings) MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and G... Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
23 Years Experience  ·  500 at clinic  ·  ₹500 online
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I'm dedicated to providing optimal health care in a relaxed environment where I treat every patients as if they were my own family....more
I'm dedicated to providing optimal health care in a relaxed environment where I treat every patients as if they were my own family.
More about Dr. Srinivasa Sastry
Dr. Malladi Srinivasa Sastry did his MBBS from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam and MRCPsych in England. He completed dual CCST in general adult and geriatric psychiatry and worked as consultant psychiatrist in England for 4 years before moving to Singapore in 2010 where he is currently working as a senior consultant psychiatrist. He is available for consultations during his monthly visits to India.He has been instrumental in developing services such as memory clinic and led community mental health teams and inpatient teams. He is faculty member of YLL medical school, Singapore and Asst Adjunct professor with Duke-NUS medical school, Singapore. He had given several talks in conferences, workshops, training programs and public forums. He has had research publications and presentations in Conferences. He has been instrumental in setting up the innovative Arogyaraksha polyclinic and diagnostics, in Yelamanchili which aims to make good quality healthcare accessible to rural population in India.

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Education
MBBS - Andhra Medical College Visakhapatnam - 1995
MRCPsych (UK) - Royal College of Psychiatrists United Kingdom - 2001
CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry) - The Royal College Of Psychiatrists, Uk - 2006
Past Experience
Consultant at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust England
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Institute of Mental Health at Institute of Mental Health Singapore
Languages spoken
English
Hindi
Telugu
Awards and Recognitions
Best Reviewer Singapore Medical Journal
Professional Memberships
Royal College of Psychiatrists UK

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Hi Sir. I am suffering from depression for many many years. Visited many doctors. But no use. Now I am using velnafaxin 37.5 mg at night and feeling ok. Now I want to know how long should I use it? And should I increase the dosage? I tried many antidepressants. But no use. Best regards.

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
Hi Sir. I am suffering from depression for many many years. Visited many doctors. But no use. Now I am using velnafax...
If you have suffered depression for very long and struggled to get better with most other medications then please continue venlafaxine especially if there are no side effects. If your depression has been relapsing or chronic then stopping the medication may lead to relapse of depression. For further advise you should speak to your treating psychiatrist.
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My son is a 16 year old golfer and plays very well in routine course play but when it comes to participating in any of the tournament his performance is a disaster. He has been facing learning difficulties in academics but with tremendous effort he scored 83% in his 10th class board exam. He wants to excel in his golf and wants to take it up professionally but is unable to show results in it because of this anxiety maybe. What should I do? Pls help.

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
My son is a 16 year old golfer and plays very well in routine course play but when it comes to participating in any o...
It is important to seek help to address the anxiety problem. The key is to find a psychiatrist or psychologist who can conduct a thorough assessment and engage him in psychological therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy to teach him to learn to cope with pressure, reduce anxiety levels and enhance his performance.
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Hello doctor, last two months I am having some negative thoughts like death fear and anxiety. Doctor prescribed nexito10 mg and petril md. But after three days I have stopped nexito since it has bad side effects and also petril MD. I am trying now Ayurveda my symptoms now reduced little but I am having sleep problems now. Kindly advice what should I do.

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
Hello doctor, last two months I am having some negative thoughts like death fear and anxiety. Doctor prescribed nexit...
There are several different antidepressant medications available. My advise to you is to inform your psychiatrist that you stopped nexito due to side effects. He or she would be happy to prescribe an alternative medication. Similarly there are medications available to improve sleep. Please discuss with your doctor.
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My age is 30, I am suffering severe anxiety from one year, so doctor prescribe betacap 80 mg ,two times per day, now doctor reduce 40 mg ,two times per day, but now I am getting low bp 80/50, nw I am falling down 25 or 30 times per day. This is any problem sir, pls rply.

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
My age is 30, I am suffering severe anxiety from one year, so doctor prescribe betacap 80 mg ,two times per day, now ...
If it is due to betacap the BP would have been low even when taking 80 mg dosage. If betacap is the reason for your low BP and you have been falling down so many times - then you should stop betacap and consult psychiatrist for other options to reduce anxiety. If you are taking any other medications which may lead to drop in BP please consult a cardiologist immediately for further advise.
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Role Of Family And Psychiatrist In Caring for Patients with Serious Mental Illness!

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
Role Of Family And Psychiatrist In Caring for Patients with Serious Mental Illness!

Mental illness or disorders are not uncommon, and they continue to affect millions of people around the globe irrespective of their ages and sex. Such disorders often require thorough and prolonged treatment, which is extremely challenging and involves a lot of risks as well. If not treated appropriately, it can lead to further worsening of the condition of the affected individual.

To keep affected individuals grounded and on course for an effective treatment, it is essential for their family members to support them. Many people employ psychiatrists, whose expertise in handling mentally unstable individuals, can be the difference between the success and failure of treatments.

Role Of Family In Caring Affected individual-
No matter how distant you feel from your family, it is your one true support system. People with mental conditions are often misunderstood by their own families. But such people need family care, love, and affection the most. Many mentally disturbed people, both young and old, experience worsening symptoms, because no one seems to understand, or even empathize with them. Families can help affected individuals by listening to them without  being biased - like taking care of their needs that they can't take care of on their own.

Benefits of Family Involvement
The benefits that the mentally ill individual gets from family involvement, have far-reaching positive consequences on the overall effectiveness of treatment. First and foremost, the chances of recovery are highly increased. The rates of hospitalization and chances of relapse decrease significantly. In addition to this, the adherence to the choices of treatment is readily enhanced. A lot of money is saved as well, as family support often leads to an improvement in conditions within a short space of time. Whereas, without family support, the treatment may be prolonged.

Support of the Psychiatrist
Apart from the complete support of the family members, the psychiatrist plays an important supporting role that can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment. Psychiatrist undergo the study of psychiatry, a branch of medicine that deals with diagnosis, study, prevention and treatment of disorders related to the mental health of human beings.

A psychiatrist conducts a detailed clinical assessment of the mentally ill individual and chalks out a treatment plan accordingly. The family can help as per the directions of the psychiatrist, and hence the support is quite vital. Psychiatrists regularly conduct counseling sessions to assess the condition of the affected individuals, so that they can recover soon.

Recovery may be difficult initially, but with support systems like families and psychiatrists, the problems are bound to be resolved eventually.

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

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Importance Of Family Therapy For Treating Mental Health Problems In Children!

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
Importance Of Family Therapy For Treating Mental Health Problems In Children!

Often, issues faced by dysfunctional families take a toll on a child’s mental health, and various factors can lead to a child's mental health problems. Physical and verbal abuse and parental divorce are among other causes of mental health problems in children. Family therapy is one of the proven effective psychiatric procedures that help a child cope with mental health issues, and helps to direct the child’s life.

The Role of Family Therapy
Family therapy is also known as family focus therapy or family systems therapy works with families, to help them in dealing with a wide range of family problems. One such problem is a child’s mental illness.

Children, pre-teens and teens are continually going through a developmental phase during their formative years. This is the time when they are most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of life. Sometimes parents are not equipped to deal with the suffering child properly. This is where family therapy can significantly benefit families and children. The psychological process can help children in dealing with major issues such as bad conduct, mood disorders, drug abuse, and eating disorders.

It can include individual sessions amidst a series of family meetings, and when required. At times, even the social networks around families can be included.

Mental Issues That Family Therapy Focuses
Family therapy offers possible treatment for a wide range of conditions including a long-term illness such as depression. It is based on two principles. A mental illness is made only worse by a dysfunctional family. Immediate family relationships are the strongest support system for a child. This is what makes them most important during long-term treatments.

Family therapy focuses on treating and molding the way families, and parents interact with the child facing mental issues. It helps in strengthening parent and child bond, and also helps instill faith and confidence in the child dealing with mental issues. All these measures combined to bring the child on the road to recovery.

How Does It Work?
Family therapy is not a time-bound process, so its effectiveness depends on the child and family. The therapy has its various forms and can be integrated with one another, as and when the psychiatrist thinks it is necessary. Among its multiple forms are teaching coping skills, psychoeducation, behavioral models, structural family therapy, systematic models, and solution-focused therapy.

Family therapy has proven most effective during the childhood and adolescent stages, where it has shown significant improvement among children suffering from anorexia, inattention, hyperactivity and severe long-term illnesses such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, drug abuse and anxiety disorders among others. Family therapy can be very effective in wide range of psychiatric conditions.

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

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Joint Treatment Methods For Treating Mental Illness!

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
Joint Treatment Methods For Treating Mental Illness!

Mental health is as important as physical well-being, but due to the stigma attached to it, the issue has always been ignored. But long gone are the days when people used to think that mental illness is something that can never be treated. With the progress of medical science, mental illness such as depressions, stress-induced disorders or other mental issues has become very much treatable. As a number of factors can be responsible for causing mental illness, sometimes understanding or diagnosis, it may become difficult or time-consuming, but not impossible with the help of certain methods.

Typically, a psychiatrist works with a team to provide the care required. This team might include trainee psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, psychologists and others as applicable. Thus, they work together as a single entity to serve the purpose. And they adopt a combination of treatment methods to provide due care.

  1. Prescribed medications: Considering the physical distresses that a patient may experience due to his or her mental illness, such as sleeping disorders, poor digestion or headaches, certain drugs, and medications are prescribed to patients by the psychiatrists to restore the chemical balance inside the brain that mental illness seems to alter.
  2. Psychological therapies: Among the various psychological therapies, it is talking with a patient and listening to all his or her troubles is the most important one. In such therapies, the psychiatrists talk to the patient about their concerns and discuss different ways of considering and managing the same. One can go for either behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, or humanistic therapy as they can help deal with certain types of mental illnesses.
  3. Practical problem solving: Practical problem solving is another treatment method of psychiatry, in this, the patient plays a crucial role in planning and implementing the treatments and activities performed during the treatment sessions. This helps the psychiatrists in understanding the mental state of patients and then treating them accordingly.

Why are the treatments most effective when done together?
In several cases of mental illness, relying solely on medications or therapies may not be that effective. Whether it is for helping the patient regain the sense of control or enabling him to differentiate between reality and disillusions, joint treatment methods work best.

Mental illness is one such sensitive issue that demands a collaborative approach. To ensure a good mental health, it is essential to identify the symptoms in the initial stages and address it immediately by seeking medical assistance. Though the road to cure may be a long one, with the right assistance, it can surely be achieved.

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

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I am regular patient of schizophrenia last 20 years I was on clozapine 12.5 mg once in night. But now we feel good sleep with clozapine but due to some side effect weight loss ,liver enlarge my Dr. has changed my medicine as risperidone 1 mg .So I am recently taking risperidone but I feel sleeplessness. Sir can I take clozapine sos to skip my risperidone in night once in a week?

MBBS, MRCPsych (UK), CCST (General Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
It is not advisable to take clozapine only for Sleep. There are several other alternatives to use to improve sleep especially if you find risperidone is helping to improve your condition and there are no major side effects. If so Please stay on risperidone and ask your Psychiatrist to add sleeping tablet.
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