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Ask the Expert : Everything You Want To Know About Mental Health

Dr Shreya Chakravarty

Psychologist, Apollo Hospitals

3 min read

You asked, we answered. Here are the solutions to all your mental health-related questions, to help you lead happier, healthier lives.
01

I believe overthinking is the reason behind my anger-related issues. How can I fix that?



Thinking is a natural mental process that helps in problem-solving, decision making and reasoning; whereas overthinking is an unhealthy habit that can lead to stress and anxiety—which are the main reasons behind anger-related issues. To curb overthinking:

  1. Practice the “stop” technique: the moment you realise you are overthinking instruct yourself loudly and in a stern voice to ‘STOP’.
  2. Don’t hold on to grudges and try to be more forgiving while also being grateful for all the good in your life.
  3. Focus on the present and take control of your emotions.
  4. Focus on finding the solution rather than blaming the problem.
  5. Reason your thoughts and challenge them.

02

Does taking progesterone affect our mental health?



A few studies show that taking progesterone may cause depression or anxiety but not everyone will have the same symptoms. Common side effects include mood swings and/or fatigue.

03

Ever since the pandemic started, I’ve been struggling with anxiety and insomnia. Are there any mental exercises that can help?



You can tackle anxiety and insomnia by incorporating the following practices into your daily routine:

  1. Breathing relaxation
  2. Progressive muscle relaxation
  3. Practicing mindfulness
  4. Exercising daily
  5. Meditation
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04

How can we handle the mood swings that come with hyperthyroidism?



Hyperthyroidism is not uncommon, but it should be treated as soon as the initial symptoms show up. You can keep your mood swings under control by abiding these simple set of guidelines:

  1. Managing your stress levels
  2. Regulating eating habits and pattern
  3. Getting enough sleep
  4. Exercising regularly
  5. Leading a healthy social life
  6. Seeking professional help
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05

Is it okay to feel exhausted and tired all the time?



No, it's not. It could indicate an underlying health issue like chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Feeling constantly exhausted could also be because of a vitamin deficiency, a sudden change in your diet pattern, lack of good sleep, excessive stress or depression. Please seek medical help before the symptoms get worse.

06

How do I overcome heartbreak?



  1. Accept all the facts and accept your feelings associated with them.
  2. Don’t let those feelings control or cloud your thinking.
  3. Find a way to keep your ex out of your present life.
  4. Don’t hesitate to seek support from your friends and family.
  5. Take care of yourself—develop a new hobby or take up an online class.
  6. Allow yourself to move on.
  7. Identify unwanted impulses and cut them off
  8. Think positive and be hopeful.
  9. Don’t jump into a new relationship as a coping mechanism.
  10. Be patient and give yourself an opportunity to learn from your past experiences and mistakes.
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07

Why is depression still considered taboo?



We perceive depression as a form of mental illness and mental illnesses are considered taboo in our society. The World Health Organisation declared India as one of the most depressed countries in 2018-2019, and in 2020 depression became the second most common health problem in the world. One of the reasons why people are still scared to open up about depression could be the ignorance related to mental health. Seek professional help if you notice symptoms like sadness, grief, loss of interest in day-to-day activities, loneliness, changes in sleep, appetite and remember that your mental health is just as vital as your physical health.

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