Depression

Depression is a mental illness which results in feeling sad, loss of interest in daily activities, irritability, mood swings, and sleepiness. It is a state of mind which develops over a period of time due to various reasons. A depressed person might have difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and might get suicidal thoughts.

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I worry a lot, along with a lack of motivation. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I worry too much and lack motivation for doing anything.  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Worrying too much and lack of motivation are commonly reported problems. Depending upon the exact cause, different solutions can be provided. The good news is that this can be handled. Before I advise you I need to know if this is a recent phenomenon. Are you feeling this...  Read Full »

I get mood swings regularly. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I used to be very kind, warm and confident in life. My mother has been suffering from cancer for the past six years. Now, I feel barren and has become immune to anything in life. I have changed a lot. I get mood swings regularly. I am taking HCG 400 for palindromic rheumatism. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry to hear about your mother's condition. You are indeed brave to have taken on all these changes at such a young age. Your decision to seek help is absolutely right and extremely brave. Let me first congratulate you for that. Given the circumstances and the symp...  Read Full »

Why do I keep thinking about my stomach disease all the time?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from stomach disease and I did not get it diagnosed for almost for 10 years. Sometime, my doctors say it as GERD and sometimes as irritable bowel syndrome. Now, they said that my stomach is not transferring food to my colon normally and that means my stomach muscle i...  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Dear, Welcome to icliniq.com. First and foremost, do not be disheartened as I see patients with similar problems every day and they get better. You definitely have a psychological problem similar to depression and anxiety. My opinion is that you will need long-term psychotropic medicines to get you ...  Read Full »

I am extremely emotional and self-harm because of childhood abuse. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old girl. When I was 7, my older brother (12) used to molest me. I do not know if it was traumatic as I do not remember crying or anything. Does this count as sexual abuse? Because of the young age of my brother, I do not know if it is related. But, I am extremely emotiona...  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Although what happened to you in your early childhood is beyond doubt, I would advise you to desist from making any correlation between your current problems and the abusive incidents. Like you accurately pointed out, at that age, you were unaware of the nature of the ac...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a medicine for my sleep issue.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from depression and anxiety since 10 years. I went to a psychiatrist and he prescribed too many medicines, which made matters worse. My family doctor has put me on Mirtaz 7.5 and due to severe problems of falling asleep I am on Zolfresh 10. My depression is a little ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A number of issues need to be addressed here. Before we talk about medicines, it is important to give much attention to sleep hygiene as your medications. Regarding the medicines, Zolfresh (Zolpidem) is a medicine that has a short duration of action and starts working imm...  Read Full »

How to get treated for panic disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, I often get a feeling that my heart is going to stop. I have panic disorder also. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As dramatic as the panic disorders may seem, it also responds very well to medicines. The first thing we do need to check whether the diagnosis is indeed panic disorder. We also need to see if you have any associated phobias including anxiety in crowded areas or public...  Read Full »

How to tackle depression until I meet my psychiatrist?

Query: Hi doctor,I have chronic depression as a result of trauma and abuse. I was taking Wellbutrin. I changed my job and moved to a new place. So, I ran out of the medication. Now, I am experiencing lethargy, fatigue and loss of interest. I am a bit concerned. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is quite obviously appears to be the re-emergence of depression due to stoppage of medications. It should ideally be treated by reinstitution of the medicines. If that is not possible, then certain temporary measures can be used. Sleep deprivation is s...  Read Full »

Does Buspirone have any sexual side effects?

Query: Hi doctor, I was prescribed Fluvoxamine 100 mg a day for my ego-dystonic homosexuality, major depression and OCD. Also, I am on Oxcarbazepine 300 mg twice a day for my laugh without any reason continuously for a long period of time. Now, I started using Buspirone 5 mg for sexual side effects. I did...  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No medicine or counseling can alter sexual orientation. Be absolutely clear about this. Any attempt to change orientation by a doctor is considered unethical by professional organizations including the Indian Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and ...  Read Full »

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