Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are a group of antidepressant medications, which act by restoring the balance of serotonin in the brain. They are used to treat the symptoms caused due to depression and are comparatively safer than other antidepressants. Citalopram, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, Paroxetine, and Sertraline are few examples of SSRIs.

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What is the cause for having sudden mood changes and fear of losing people?

Query: Hi doctor, I often feel very low, anxious, and stressed. I try diverting myself, but I still get into a trance, where I feel sad. I am afraid of losing people, and keep thinking about what they think and how they feel. Even though they are not worthy of my sorry at times, I still apologize out of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I do not think these are symptoms of multiple personalities. Your main symptoms are related to mood like low mood, feeling bad at times, and anxiousness. Fear of losing people is also related to depression. Your behavior to say sorry desp...  Read Full »

How to get rid of anxiety, anticipation, and negative thoughts and improve focus?

Query: Hello doctor, My thoughts are always racing, and I cannot focus. I am always worried, and I think for the worse. I get emotional over things which happened in the past, every day. I have gained 20 lbs over the past year. I stress about going for trips or gatherings in advance, but in the end, I alwa...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You have a problem with racing thoughts and always think worse. If these thoughts are unwanted, dominating, and are resulting in distress, then that could be due to anxiety or possibly these could be obsessive thoughts. These thoughts ar...  Read Full »

How to provide relief for my mom's back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, My 68 years old mother is having severe back pain since last few months. Whenever she stands up for some time, her back pain starts, and it goes down to the entire legs. It becomes so intolerable that she has to sit down somewhere immediately to avoid pain, and she gets relief after sh...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your mother's reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your mother seems to be suffering from radiculopathy, due to nerve compression as a result of disc prolapse. The treatment of this problem needs patience and takes a long time. For pain,...  Read Full »

I have memory problems with worsening insomnia. How to rectify my issue?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past three months I have been suffering from worsening insomnia. I fall asleep with great difficulty. I used to get a light fragmented sleep, where I wake up several times and have many dreams. In fact do not even know if I have fallen asleep or not. I just know that time has pass...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaint. From what you have mentioned, it seems that you may be suffering from anxiety or stress related disorders. The symptoms that points towards anxiety or stress related disorders include tremors, twitching, sweating, insomnia, tiredness an...  Read Full »

My 30-year-old suffers from an anxiety disorder. Is it curable with medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, My 30 year old daughter is suffering from anxiety disorder and washes her hands two to three times, as she fails to remember. Also, she faces the same problem during a bath. But with reasoning, she is trying to overcome. We are trying hard by talking to her to reduce her fear and compu...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it appears to be a case of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). It can be treated with both medications and psychotherapy, although the best result is when both modalities are combined. Fluoxetine is a relatively safer drug considering future pr...  Read Full »

My husband belittles me to avoid going out anywhere. How to change this one?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it normal to not want to be anywhere near your husband? He is not abusive in any way, he just belittles everyone around him. I do not want to go to work or anywhere, I just want to stay home while he is not at home. I am unhappy and I do not feel like myself. I just want to feel no...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. It is painful to have such feeling. Before going into the details, I would like to know few details. He is not abusive, but is there any particular dispute between both of you? You have mentioned that he belittles everyone. Does he belitt...  Read Full »

When I hear the word 'not,' my mind starts having negative emotions. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Since the last six years, whenever I read or hear the word 'not', my mind becomes a pool of negative emotions. I feel heavy headed and lose focus, after this, I cannot read with a free mind. This 'not' word is stuck in my mind. Once or twice during my exams, I took SSRI for a mont...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Your symptoms are occurring due to some intrusive thoughts or anxiety. These intrusive thoughts are a part of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and should be evaluated. As you are a doctor, you must be aware of obsessive compulsive diso...  Read Full »

I scream a lot while having panic attacks with anxiety. Please suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I am not sure if I should be doing this, but I am worried. I really want to die. I have always considered it, but I have goals like seeing my books published. But, for the past few months, I have cared less for the books and more for how to die. I am trapped in school to study engineering...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms suggest some adjustment issues related to ongoing problems. These issues are resulting in the lack of pleasure and thus deteriorating the depression. The symptoms like a wish to die, inability to find pleasure in anything, feeling weak and tired, panic sympto...  Read Full »

Why do I have severe panic attacks without reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. Recently, I had a breakup. Currently, I do not have a job and so, mentally I am feeling insecure. I am getting severe panic attacks for no reason. Even, I do not want to go out of my room. I feel sleepy all the time. Whenever I go out, I feel that I am going to...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Recurrent severe panic attacks should be evaluated. Thyroid function tests should be done to rule out hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is an important cause of panic attacks. You have a fear of getting stroke or heart attack and this could b...  Read Full »

I suffer from severe anxiety and depression after my husband's death. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My current issues are depression and anxiety. Honestly, it all started when my husband passed on our son's 1st birthday. I have just let it build up and now I cannot control the way I feel. I cry over crazy things and I get mad over little things. I cannot sleep at night, because I have n...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry for your loss. It is common to develop severe anxiety and depression after any significant loss in life. Prolonged grief results in development of depression. Please try to keep yourself busy. Spend time in outdoors with your son and this will help to reduce t...  Read Full »

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