Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques help in reducing stress and the effect of stress on the body. It allows you to overcome daily stress and the health problems associated with stress like heart diseases. It helps reduce heart rate and blood pressure, soothe breathing rate, improve digestion, maintain blood sugar level, enhance blood flow, improve concentration, decrease frustration and anger, improve the quality of sleep, boost confidence, alleviate muscle tension, diminish fatigue, etc. Deep breathing, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, music therapy, art therapy, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, massaging, biofeedback, etc., are few types of relaxation techniques.

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Can thyroid problems cause stress and anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I have TSH 6.01. My T3 and T4 are normal. I feel stressed with anxiety. I cannot sleep at night. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Though your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is raised, it does not require treatment with Thyroxine but needs monitoring. Follow steps of sleep hygiene such as sleeping and waking up at regular time, avoiding caffeinated drinks at least 8 hours before sleep, avoid u...  Read Full »

I am having nightmares at night. How to stop having it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have nightmares in the night. How can you help me not have them?  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Nightmare in adults can be due to various reasons. The most common of them being not having a good sleep.Practice sleep hygiene such as sleeping and waking up at the regular time, avoiding caffeinated drinks for at least 8 hours before sleep, avoid using television, mobi...  Read Full »

I suffer from self-harming behavior. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from self-harming behavior. Whenever I feel emotional, I am doing it without my knowledge. It happens all the time. I am very scared to go and meet a doctor, so I diced to come here. I am just confused. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Certain things that will help you are instead of self-harm express your emotions through painting or writing down. Practice relaxation techniques like breathing exercise and yoga. Whenever you feel like harming yourself, please take a hot shower or listen to music. Eve...  Read Full »

I feel lonely and depressed without friends. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I feel that I cannot make friends. My friends keep themselves away from me. They get bored of me and avoiding me. I feel lonely and depressed. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What others do is not in our control. We can only work on ourselves. In fact, a real friend is one who accepts you as you are; otherwise, it does not matter if they are not your friends. You just try to be assertive and practice relaxation techniques like yoga and pran...  Read Full »

How to manage antidepressant discontinuation syndrome?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21 year old female with a history of the major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, including an extensive family history of both as well. Currently, on 300 mg of Bupropion (Wellbutrin) and 150 mg of Venlafaxine (Effexor), each once daily, taken in the mornings. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Antidepressant discontinuation is unlikely here as there had been no change in drug dosage recently unless you had missed a dose. These brain zaps could be due to stress or the medication itself and usually stops on their own after some time. In my opinion practising r...  Read Full »

I get paranoid and scared when I am alone in a dark room. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, If my wife sleeps before me, I get paranoid and then cannot sleep till morning. I am generally paranoid when I am alone or in dark, otherwise. everything is normal with me. When I was a kid around 6 years old, I was attacked by a relative who was supposed to be possessed by a ghost. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The best option is to consult a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist in-person, for a detailed evaluation. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) can then be used for treatment. Practice relaxation techniques like breathing exercises daily. PMR (progressive muscle relaxat...  Read Full »

Why did I get a panic attack after smoking Marijuana?

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I decided to smoke marijuana with some friends, as I have several times before. Everything was going as usual, but when I took the second drag, I instantly had a panic attack. I decided to go to my room to try to wait it out, and after a while, the high went away, bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Substance-induced anxiety disorder seems unlikely here as one month had passed since you last smoked and the intensity of symptoms also goes against it. In my opinion, you should first go with non-pharmacological methods like: Practice relaxation techniques li...  Read Full »

I am an angry and a miserable person. How can I change myself?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an angry and a miserable person to live with. My poor fiance is constantly getting sucked into my expert level fight tornadoes. I am a master at it. It is like I am enjoying every bit of it. I truly do not want to. I wish I could change. I know it is a problem but it is alwa...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following tips can help you tame your anger. We are basically trying to prevent you from acting out. Practice relaxation techniques like breath relaxation exercise daily. Whenever you feel like getting angry, breathe slowly and deeply from your diaphragm. You can e...  Read Full »

I lost 10 lbs, and I have abdominal pain from the past seven weeks. Is it due to IBS?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had abdominal pain for the last seven weeks. I experienced the same kind of pain three years back. I had all the imaging examinations, extensive lab workups, and all were normal. I was on 25 mg of Zoloft and 10 mg of Pamelor for the last two years, and I had little discomfort. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears to be a case of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Zoloft (Sertraline) usually help in IBS. We will first talk about insomnia, for which, follow steps of sleep hygiene as follows: Sleeping and waking up at a regular time. Avoid caffeinated drinks at least ei...  Read Full »

Though I have a good job, I am not happy with my life. Kindly guide me.

Query: Hello doctor, I am not able to overcome the past experiences I have faced due to an orthodox family background. I am trying to compete in this big IT sector in a rat race but even after trying my best, I am not content, happy and satisfied. I have quite literally fought a battle with my family to g...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, I would like to mention that sometimes you do not have control over the situations and what others do but what matters is how you cope with it. You are trying and only that matters. Regarding in-person consultation, you have to visit a nearby psychiatrist as a...  Read Full »

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