हरी मटर का हलवा

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१ कप हरी मटर के दाने
४ स्पून घी
५० ग्राम खोया
१०० ग्राम चीनी
१ कप दूध
१/२ स्पून इलायची पाउडर
४ स्पून कटे हुए काजू बादाम
बनाने की विधि : सबसे पहले मटर को ग्राइंडर जार में पीस लें और पेस्ट बना लें। अब एक पैन में घी गरम करें और मटर का पेस्ट डालें। मध्यम आंच पर लगातार चलाते हुए भूनें। जब मटर का कलर बदलने लगे तब दूध डाल दें और धीमी आंच पर पकाएं। बीच बीच में चलाते रहें। ५ मिनट बाद मैश किया हुआ खोया और चीनी डालें और भूनें। ७ – ८ मिनट बाद इलायची पाउडर और कटे हुए काजू बादाम डाल दें। २ मिनट और भूनें और गैस बंद कर दें। हरी मटर का हलवा तैयार है।

All About Anxiety

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Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.

Signs and Symptoms

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display excessive anxiety or worry, most days for at least 6 months, about a number of things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine life circumstances. The fear and anxiety can cause significant problems in areas of their life, such as social interactions, school, and work.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:
Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
Being easily fatigued
Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
Being irritable
Having muscle tension
Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep
Panic Disorder
People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that come on quickly and reach their peak within minutes. Attacks can occur unexpectedly or can be brought on by a trigger, such as a feared object or situation.
During a panic attack, people may experience:
Heart palpitations, a pounding heartbeat, or an accelerated heartrate
Sweating
Trembling or shaking
Sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking
Feelings of impending doom
Feelings of being out of control
People with panic disorder often worry about when the next attack will happen and actively try to prevent future attacks by avoiding places, situations, or behaviors they associate with panic attacks. Worry about panic attacks, and the effort spent trying to avoid attacks, cause significant problems in various areas of the person’s life, including the development of agoraphobia (see below).
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Phobia-related disorders
A phobia is an intense fear of—or aversion to—specific objects or situations. Although it can be realistic to be anxious in some circumstances, the fear people with phobias feel is out of proportion to the actual danger caused by the situation or object.
People with a phobia:
May have an irrational or excessive worry about encountering the feared object or situation
Take active steps to avoid the feared object or situation
Experience immediate intense anxiety upon encountering the feared object or situation
Endure unavoidable objects and situations with intense anxiety
There are several types of phobias and phobia-related disorders:
Specific Phobias (sometimes called simple phobias): As the name suggests, people who have a specific phobia have an intense fear of, or feel intense anxiety about, specific types of objects or situations. Some examples of specific phobias include the fear of:
Flying
Heights
Specific animals, such as spiders, dogs, or snakes
Receiving injections
Blood
Social anxiety disorder (previously called social phobia): People with social anxiety disorder have a general intense fear of, or anxiety toward, social or performance situations. They worry that actions or behaviors associated with their anxiety will be negatively evaluated by others, leading them to feel embarrassed. This worry often causes people with social anxiety to avoid social situations. Social anxiety disorder can manifest in a range of situations, such as within the workplace or the school environment.
Agoraphobia: People with agoraphobia have an intense fear of two or more of the following situations:
Using public transportation
Being in open spaces
Being in enclosed spaces
Standing in line or being in a crowd
Being outside of the home alone
People with agoraphobia often avoid these situations, in part, because they think being able to leave might be difficult or impossible in the event they have panic-like reactions or other embarrassing symptoms. In the most severe form of agoraphobia, an individual can become housebound.
Separation anxiety disorder: Separation anxiety is often thought of as something that only children deal with; however, adults can also be diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder. People who have separation anxiety disorder have fears about being parted from people to whom they are attached. They often worry that some sort of harm or something untoward will happen to their attachment figures while they are separated. This fear leads them to avoid being separated from their attachment figures and to avoid being alone. People with separation anxiety may have nightmares about being separated from attachment figures or experience physical symptoms when separation occurs or is anticipated.
Risk Factors
Researchers are finding that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Although the risk factors for each type of anxiety disorder can vary, some general risk factors for all types of anxiety disorders include:
Temperamental traits of shyness or behavioral inhibition in childhood
Exposure to stressful and negative life or environmental events in early childhood or adulthood
A history of anxiety or other mental illnesses in biological relatives
Some physical health conditions, such as thyroid problems or heart arrhythmias, or caffeine or other substances/medications, can produce or aggravate anxiety symptoms; a physical health examination is helpful in the evaluation of a possible anxiety disorder.
Treatments and Therapies
Anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. There are many ways to treat anxiety and people should work with their doctor to choose the treatment that is best for them.
Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” can help people with anxiety disorders. To be effective, psychotherapy must be directed at the person’s specific anxieties and tailored to his or her needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an example of one type of psychotherapy that can help people with anxiety disorders. It teaches people different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful objects and situations. CBT can also help people learn and practice social skills, which is vital for treating social anxiety disorder.
Cognitive therapy and exposure therapy are two CBT methods that are often used, together or by themselves, to treat social anxiety disorder. Cognitive therapy focuses on identifying, challenging, and then neutralizing unhelpful or distorted thoughts underlying anxiety disorders. Exposure therapy focuses on confronting the fears underlying an anxiety disorder to help people engage in activities they have been avoiding. Exposure therapy is sometimes used along with relaxation exercises and/or imagery.
CBT can be conducted individually or with a group of people who have similar difficulties. Often “homework” is assigned for participants to complete between sessions.
Medication
Medication does not cure anxiety disorders but can help relieve symptoms. Medication for anxiety is prescribed by doctors, such as a psychiatrist or primary care provider. Some states also allow psychologists who have received specialized training to prescribe psychiatric medications. The most common classes of medications used to combat anxiety disorders are anti-anxiety drugs (such as benzodiazepines), antidepressants, and beta-blockers.
Anti-Anxiety Medications
Anti-anxiety medications can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, or extreme fear and worry. The most common anti-anxiety medications are called benzodiazepines. Although benzodiazepines are sometimes used as first-line treatments for generalized anxiety disorder, they have both benefits and drawbacks.
Some benefits of benzodiazepines are that they are effective in relieving anxiety and take effect more quickly than antidepressant medications often prescribed for anxiety. Some drawbacks of benzodiazepines are that people can build up a tolerance to them if they are taken over a long period of time and they may need higher and higher doses to get the same effect. Some people may even become dependent on them.
To avoid these problems, doctors usually prescribe benzodiazepines for short periods of time, a practice that is especially helpful for older adults, people who have substance abuse problems, and people who become dependent on medication easily.
If people suddenly stop taking benzodiazepines, they may have withdrawal symptoms, or their anxiety may return. Therefore, benzodiazepines should be tapered off slowly. When you and your doctor have decided it is time to stop the medication, the doctor will help you slowly and safely decrease your dose.
For long-term use, benzodiazepines are often considered a second-line treatment for anxiety (with antidepressants being considered a first-line treatment) as well as an “as-needed” treatment for any distressing flare-ups of symptoms.
A different type of anti-anxiety medication is buspirone. Buspirone is a non-benzodiazepine medication specifically indicated for the treatment of chronic anxiety, although it does not help everyone.
Antidepressants
Antidepressants are used to treat depression, but they can also be helpful for treating anxiety disorders. They may help improve the way your brain uses certain chemicals that control mood or stress. You may need to try several different antidepressant medicines before finding the one that improves your symptoms and has manageable side effects. A medication that has helped you or a close family member in the past will often be considered.
Antidepressants can take time to work, so it’s important to give the medication a chance before reaching a conclusion about its effectiveness. If you begin taking antidepressants, do not stop taking them without the help of a doctor. When you and your doctor have decided it is time to stop the medication, the doctor will help you slowly and safely decrease your dose. Stopping them abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms.
Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are commonly used as first-line treatments for anxiety. Less-commonly used — but effective — treatments for anxiety disorders are older classes of antidepressants, such as tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
Support Groups
Some people with anxiety disorders might benefit from joining a self-help or support group and sharing their problems and achievements with others. Internet chat rooms might also be useful, but any advice received over the internet should be used with caution, as Internet acquaintances have usually never seen each other and what has helped one person is not necessarily what is best for another. You should always check with your doctor before following any treatment advice found on the internet. Talking with a trusted friend or member of the clergy can also provide support, but it is not necessarily a sufficient alternative to care from a doctor or other health professional.
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SPIRITUALITY
How To Use Reiki To Calm Anxiety
By Kelsey J. PatelSpiritual Coach & Reiki Master
Kelsey Patel is a spiritual empowerment coach and certified Reiki master who’s on a mission to help people around the world tap into their true power. In mbg’s newest class, Reiki Healing 101: Decrease Stress, Balance Your Body & Break Through Negative Energy, she introduces you to the healing powers of Reiki, covering everything from its history to modern applications and how you can use Reiki to transform your life.
The practice of Reiki can offer clarity, energy, and happiness, but the No. 1 feeling my Reiki clients usually emerge with is an immense sense of peace and calm. The energy healing practice is an amazing tool to add to your anxiety-fighting repertoire.
For those of you who are a bit skeptical of energy healing practices, I get it. Before I transitioned into this career, I worked as a staffer in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., for several years, and let’s just say we weren’t talking about crystals and chakras in the hallways. I was one of the biggest skeptics I knew about all things spiritual.
But by the time I first received Reiki in Los Angeles, I had massive anxiety. I was constantly worrying, doubting, stressing, and feeling nervous and agitated. There was a lot going on in my life, and it weighed on me in the form of immense physical back pain. The kind that makes you question how long you can keep living life.
When a friend recommended Reiki, I was hesitant, but I knew I needed a major change. Desperate for anything that might help relieve the physical and emotional pain, I went in for my first session. While I can’t even tell you how I felt that first time, I do know that I felt better by the end. My anxiety seemed to subside temporarily—which was practically a miracle—and my back felt better.
I didn’t get it. How could I feel so much lighter when the practitioner wasn’t even touching me for most of the session? After several months of going in for regular Reiki, I decided to go ahead and learn how to practice it at home whenever I felt my stress levels rising.
How I learned to perform Reiki on myself to deal with anxiety.
Reiki is an energy healing modality intended to help create balance and harmony in the body’s energy fields. By utilizing the secondary palm chakras, the practitioner is able to channel life force energy. This can be transferred to the areas in need with the simple movement of the hands. And the wonderful thing about it is you can learn to be your own practitioner and transfer some of this energy yourself.
In many ways, Reiki is like an active meditation. You are consciously connecting and releasing that which no longer serves you in order to allow the body, mind, and spirit to receive the energy it needs for balance. If you can imagine and remember that we are all made up of energy (thanks, Einstein!), then you can begin to believe that you hold the ability shift your energy any time.
Give this five-minute exercise a try to do so right now:
Lie down and allow yourself to get comfortable.
Place your hands behind your head, palms cradling the back of your skull.
For the next two minutes, allow yourself to breathe deeply and begin to imagine your palms are sending healing energy into the mind to release the energy and thoughts that no longer serve you, and see your mind being filled with peace, light, and calm thoughts. Once you feel your mind soften, place your hands over your heart.
Allow the same energy of light and healing to come into your heart space. See your heart releasing any heaviness, pain, stress, or undue burden as you slowly emit energy and light from your palms to heal your human heart.
Gently open your eyes and notice how the mind and body feel together.
If you’ve ever experienced an overactive mind like mine or struggled with feelings of anxiety, Reiki may be a new avenue for you to release them.

 

 

 

All About Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
There are basically three types of bipolar disorder-
1.Bipolar I Disorder— defined by manic episodes that last at least 7 days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least 2 weeks. Episodes of depression with mixed features (having depression and manic symptoms at the same time) are also possible.
2.Bipolar II Disorder— defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes described above.
3.Cyclothymic Disorder- (also called cyclothymia)— defined by numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms as well numerous periods of depressive symptoms lasting for at least 2 years (1 year in children and adolescents). However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for a hypomanic episode and a depressive episode

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Signs and Symptoms

People with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. These distinct periods are called “mood episodes.” Mood episodes are drastically different from the moods and behaviors that are typical for the person. Extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep go along with mood episodes.
Sometimes a mood episode includes symptoms of both manic and depressive symptoms. This is called an episode with mixed features. People experiencing an episode with mixed features may feel very sad, empty, or hopeless, while at the same time feeling extremely energized.

Bipolar disorder can be present even when mood swings are less extreme. For example, some people with bipolar disorder experience hypomania, a less severe form of mania. During a hypomanic episode, an individual may feel very good, be highly productive, and function well. The person may not feel that anything is wrong, but family and friends may recognize the mood swings and/or changes in activity levels as possible bipolar disorder. Without proper treatment, people with hypomania may develop severe mania or depression.

Scientists are studying the possible causes of bipolar disorder. Most agree that there is no single cause. Instead, it is likely that many factors contribute to the illness or increase risk.

Brain Structure and Functioning: Some studies show how the brains of people with bipolar disorder may differ from the brains of healthy people or people with other mental disorders. Learning more about these differences, along with new information from genetic studies, helps scientists better understand bipolar disorder and predict which types of treatment will work most effectively.

Genetics: Some research suggests that people with certain genes are more likely to develop bipolar disorder than others. But genes are not the only risk factor for bipolar disorder. Studies of identical twins have shown that even if one twin develops bipolar disorder, the other twin does not always develop the disorder, despite the fact that identical twins share all of the same genes.

Family History: Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. Children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are much more likely to develop the illness, compared with children who do not have a family history of the disorder. However, it is important to note that most people with a family history of bipolar disorder will not develop the illness.

General Treatment- Treatment helps many people—even those with the most severe forms of bipolar disorder—gain better control of their mood swings and other bipolar symptoms. An effective treatment plan usually includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”). Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness. Episodes of mania and depression typically come back over time. Between episodes, many people with bipolar disorder are free of mood changes, but some people may have lingering symptoms. Long-term, continuous treatment helps to control these symptoms.
Medications

Different types of medications can help control symptoms of bipolar disorder. An individual may need to try several different medications before finding ones that work best.

Medications generally used to treat bipolar disorder include:
Mood stabilizer
Atypical antipsychotics
Antidepressants
Psychotherapy

When done in combination with medication, psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”) can be an effective treatment for bipolar disorder. It can provide support, education, and guidance to people with bipolar disorder and their families. Some psychotherapy treatments used to treat bipolar disorder include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Family-focused therapy
Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy
Psychoeducation

Treatment By Reiki- As bipolar disorder affects just about every aspect of the human behavior and with the reiki as a means of channeling positive universal energy, there just could be a spark that could make the link in reiki bipolar disorder treatment. In most cases of bipolar disorders, the medications given can be quite uncomfortable hence patients are becoming referred to alternative forms of therapy and even therapies. Given that bipolar is what you can refer to as a manic depressive state, reiki could rather properly function in the relaxation and keeping at peace of the manic stage.

Reiki therapy relaxes and rejuvenates the inner state of the bipolar. This is the very same as eliminating or washing out all the negative forces and energies that are concealed inside the manic depressive individual and ultimately pushes itself to burst out in proportions that are not adequate. As bipolar disorder affects considerably the whole human behavior meaning thoughts, feelings, perception and all the rest, so shall the universal energy generated by reiki as channeled via the practitioner be proportionately distributed all through the locations with certain require to be soothed.

Swami Anand Rajnish

Master’s in Social Work

Post graduate diploma in Counselling & health management

Reiki Grand master & Crystal Healer

P. hD in Social work (Pursuing)

Mo. 7004693984 Email. krajnish1988@gmail.com

Mental Health

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We are happy to announce it’s iniative on causing public awereness about MENTAL HEALTH.
We welcome on board SWAMI ANAND RAJNISH who is working as a PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLOR in IGNOU. He holds MASTERS DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK, Post graduate diploma in COUNSELLING AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT and pursuing Ph.D in SOCIAL WORK from KASHI VIDYAPEETH.
We can reduce the stigma by learning more about it. Please join us for this lecture series about MENTAL HEALTH.

कश्मीरी कहवा

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आवश्यक सामग्री :
२ कप पानी
१ स्पून कश्मीरी चाय पत्ती
१ छोटा दालचीनी टुकड़ा
३ स्पून चीनी
३, ४ स्ट्रिंग केसर
२ हरी इलायची
४ बादाम कुटे हुए
बनाने की विधि : एक पैन में पानी गरम करें। उबाल आने के बाद चाय पत्ती, दालचीनी, इलायची और चीनी डालें। केसर और कुटे हुए बादाम डालें। ५ मिनट उबलने दें और गैस बंद कर दें। कप में छान लें। कटे हुए बादाम से गार्निश करें। कश्मीरी कहवा तैयार है।

पनीर बर्गर

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आवश्यक सामग्री :
२ आलू उबले हुए
१०० ग्राम पनीर
१/२ स्पून काली मिर्च पाउडर
१/४ स्पून गरम मसाला
नमक स्वादानुसार
१ स्पून चिली फ़्लेक्स
२ स्पून कॉर्नफ्लोर
२ स्पून मैदा
१ स्पून निम्बू रस
१/२ स्पून जीरा पाउडर
१ स्पून जिंजर गार्लिक पेस्ट
१/२ कप ब्रेड क्रम्ब्स
२ स्पून टोमेटो सॉस
२ स्पून मेयोनीज़
२ स्पून बटर
४ टोमेटो स्लाइस
४ अनियन स्लाइस
२ बर्गर बन्स
आयल
बनाने की विधि : एक बाउल में उबले हुए आलू और पनीर को मैश कर लें। जिंजर गार्लिक पेस्ट, काली मिर्च, चिली फ्लेक्स, निम्बू का रस, गरम मसाला, नमक और ३ स्पून ब्रेड क्रम्ब्स डालें। सभी चीज़ों को अच्छी तरह मिक्स करें। अब तैयार मिश्रण के २ भाग कीजिये। दोनों हाथो से दबाकर टिक्की तैयार कर लीजिये। एक बाउल में मैदा और कॉर्नफ्लोर डालिये। थोड़ा पानी डालकर गाढ़ा घोल बनाइये। अब एक टिक्की को घोल में अच्छी तरह डिप कीजिये और ऊपर से ब्रेड क्रम्ब्स से कोट कर दीजिये। इसी तरह दूसरी टिक्की भी तैयार कर लीजिये। १५ मिनट के लिए फ्रीज़र में रख दीजिये। अब एक पैन गरम कीजिये और आयल डालिये। टिक्कियों को पैन में रखिये और धीमी आंच पर सिंकने दीजिये। दोनों तरफ से ब्राउन और क्रिस्पी होने तक सेंकिये। टिक्की तैयार है। अब बन को बीच से काट लीजिये। अंदर की तरफ बटर लगाकर सेंक लीजिये। अब बन के नीचे वाले हिस्से में टोमेटो सॉस लगाइये उसके ऊपर एक टिक्की रखिये। टिक्की के ऊपर टमाटर और प्याज़ के स्लाइस रखिये। बन के ऊपर वाले हिस्से में अंदर की तरफ मेयोनीज़ लगाइये और इसे ऊपर से रख दीजिये। इसी तरह दूसरा बर्गर भी तैयार कर लीजिये। पनीर बर्गर तैयार है।

All About INSOMNIA

When speaking  about  health   today,  changing  lifestyle  and the  ever increasing  amount of  stress  is  the  main concern becoming  the  root cause  of  all health issues. The frantic  pace  of  life has  an enormous  impact  on us. Fortunately, the  human  body  is  very  adaptive and  many  of  the unwanted  stimuli/events  can  be  filtered  away…. But  stress gets  to all ultimately  and  disrupts  the normal adaptive mechanism and prevents normal  function. The  first  indicative parameter  of  a normally functioning  body  is  Sleep. “Sleep is as vital as sunshine or food or the air we breathe. some of the most important processes like repair, rejuvenation, detoxification, growth and balance  occur  during  deeper stages  of  sleep. Lack  of  sound  sleep indicates ill health”- Luke Countinho (wellness &  lifestyle  coach)

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Insomnia  is  defined  as:  Subjective  perception of difficulty  with  sleep  initiation, duration, consolidation  or  quality  that  occurs  despite  adequate  opportunity  for  sleep  and  that  results  in some  form  of  daytime  impairment.

Insomnia  is  a  fairly  common sleep complaint  characterized  by  presence  of  the  following:

  1. A hard  time  initiating  sleep
  2. Struggling  to  maintain  sleep-  frequent  waking  during the  night
  3. Waking  up too early  and  inability  to go  back  to  sleep.
  4. Non  restorative  or  poor  quality  sleep.

The  vitally  important  function  of  sleep  is  based  upon  the  inner  biological  requirement  to   insert  periods  of  pause  into  our  psycho-physical  life cycle. Sleep  and  wakefulness are  governed  by  two  parallel  systems:  the  arousal  system and  the  sleep  system. For  sleep  to  occur,  the  arousal  system  should  subside. Chronic  Insomniacs  tend  to  have  an   overcharged/ overactive  arousal  system-  resulting  in  increased  periods  of  wakefulness  with  broken,   fragmented  and  unsatisfying  sleep.

COMMON CAUSES AND  SYMPTOMATOLOGY

Insomnia  is  caused  due  to  a  myriad  of  biological,  psychological  and  social  factors.

Anxiety, pain, habit  consumption  of  stimulants  like  alcohol/tea/coffee,  over  exposure  to  electronic  gadgets,  uncomfortably  bedding, noisy  surroundings, excitement, hunger….. to be  frank  any  and  every  stimulus  has  possibility  of  making  the  individual  loose  sleep  and  hence  the  subjective  understanding  of  each  patient  is  essential  in  making  the  diagnosis.

The  ICSD-2  classifies  insomnia  into  8 subtypes. What  is  important  is  to  understand  the  causes  and  effects  of  this  disorder rather  than  the  nosology.

Insomnia  is  considered  a  disorder  only  when  it  causes  significant  amount  of  distress  or  anxiety  or  when  it  results  in  daytime  impairment.

A  higher  rate  is  now  seen  in  young  and  middle  ages  along  with  elderly.  Insomnia  is  quite  commonly  related  to  psychiatric  illnesses  more  commonly  Anxiety  disorders  and  mood  disorders.  Also  individuals  with  a  long  standing  medical  condition  show  insomnia prevalence  either  due  to  the  condition  itself  or  due  to  the  medication.

Common  effects (these  usually  are  the  presenting  symptoms  of  consultation): fatigue,  moodiness,  irritability/ anger, lack  of  concentration,  poor  memory,  poor  quality  of  performance, lack  of  energy/ enthusiasm, anxiety  about  sleep,  frequent  headaches/stomach  upsets/  such  other  recurring  physical  symptoms.

Insomnia  is  a  disorder  that  is  Psycho- Somatic (i.e affecting  mind  and  body)  at  level  of  causes  as  well  as  effects.

VARIOUS TREATMENT METHODS

Insomnia  is  a  public  health  problem.

This  disorder  is  primarily  diagnosed  by  clinical  evaluation  through  a  detailed  sleep  history,  detailed  medical  and  psychiatric  history. People  with  insomnia  often  misjudge  the  amount  of  sleep  they  get  each  night.  A  ‘sleep  diary’  is  an  effective way  of  estimation  of  the  sleeping  hours  and  pattern. While  assessing  a  probable  insomniac,  both  the  duration  and  quality  of  sleep needs  to  be  considered.

The  goals  of  treatment:

#1  a. improve  sleep  quality  and  quantity

  1. improve insomnia  related  daytime  impairments/ issues

#2  a. forming  a  positive  and  clear  link between  sleeping  and  sleeping  environment (eg. Bed)

  1. improve sleep  related  psychological  distress.

Psychological  and  behavioural  interventions  are  very  effective  in  treatment  of  chronic insomnia. Initial  approaches  of  treatment  usually  include  behavioural  intervention  therapies  or  cognitive  therapies. The  combined  approach  is  highly  favoured  due  to  its  success:  Cognitive  Behaviour  therapy for insomnia

CBT-I

Cognitive  therapy→ changing  attitudes  and  beliefs  that  hinder  sleep

Relaxation  training

Sleep  hygiene  training→ correcting  bad  habits  that  contribute  to  poor  sleep

Behaviour  intervention  techniques.

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Pharmacological  treatments  in  conventional  medicine  are  also  available,  but  popping  the  sleeping  pill  is  not  always  a  very  effective  solution  as  it  fails  to solve  the  underlying  problem.

 

HOMOEOPATHY  AND  INSOMNIA

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Homoeopathy  is  the  healing art  that  gives  a  lot  of  importance  to  the  underlying  cause   of  any  problem.  Prescription  of  the  homoeopathic  remedy  largely  depends  on  the  identification  of  cause  of  problem based  on its  presenting  symptoms. Homoeopathy, thus,  reflects  on  both  sides  of  the  Cause=Effect  equation  and  is  a  successful  modality  in  treatment  of  the widespread  new  age  psychosomatic disorders  such  as  insomnia.

Just  to  consider  the  symptom  ‘Sleeplessness  or  insomnia’  we  have  about  300 homoeopathic  remedies  that  can  be  considered. The  brilliance  of  homoeopathy is  that  each  minute  detail  the patient  provides  further  classifies  and  clarifies  the  search  for  the  exact remedy  that  is  needed  for  the  patient… this provides  a  subjectivity  to  the  treatment – what  we can  call  tailored  to perfection. (this  is the  exact  reason why  homoeopaths  ask  so  many  questions. Every  minute  detail  amplifies  the  individual  aspect  of  the  complaints)

The  beauty  of  homoeopathy  is  that  we  have  a medicine  for  every  kind  of  sleeplessness  and  for  every  kind  of  impairment  arising  due  to  that  sleeplessness;  and  hence  it  is  necessary  to  consult  an  expert  homoeopath  who  would  analyse  the  issue  and  provide  with  a most  feasible  solution (rather  than  relying on  heresay  over the  counter  medication -which  act  only in a limited  manner)

 

LIFESTYLE CHANGE  TIPS

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With  shifting  focusses  on  career  and  changing  mindsets  regarding  self  growth,  the  most important  treatment  modality  in  any  psycho somatic  disturbance  is  necessary  changes  in  lifestyle. When  considering  insomnia,  modification  of  sleep  habits  is  the most essential  change  one  needs  to  make. Maintaining  a  healthy  sleeping  schedule, avoidance  of  use  of  electronics  and  gadgets  around  scheduled  sleep time,  reducing (or  completely  discontinuing) consumption  of  stimulants, managing good  meal  timings,  etc  become  basic  necessities to  initiate  good  sleeping  hygiene.

Utilizing  breathing  techniques  and  meditation  for  purpose  of  mind  body  relaxation is  a very  valuable  way  of  regulating  effects  of  stress. A lot of self help books and videos are readily available to us for the purpose of initiating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One should not feel any embarrassment or shyness to ask for expert help.

The  key  to  wellness  is  balanced  nutrition, exercise, adequate  sleep and  emotional stability. Integration  of  these  into  our  lifestyle  needs  some  Vitamin-E(effort) from  our  side.

“Lets  build  wellness  rather  than  treating  diseases.”

-Dr. Apoorva Deshpande

M.D.(Homoeopathy), M.S( counselling & psychotherapy), MA( clinical psychology)

Consulting  homoeopath, psychologist  and  counsellor

@  Nachiket Clinic- Homoeopathy & Counselling

Contact: 9970949513

Email: drapoorvadeshpande@gmail.com