Anxiety Medications

Lorazepam belongs to a group of medications which are called benzodiazepines. The first one ever to be invented was Librium more than 50 years back soon followed by Valium. It was just like any other new drug was promoted as “ A wonder drug” i’m sure it was those people who are truly truly anxious they were using alcohol or barbiturates would much more side effects and toxicity unlike benzodiazepines it was safer and more effective for anxiety. Over the years they have added many benzodiazepines.
Let’s try to understand how are they acting in our body. They act through GABA which is primarily a neurotransmitter in our brain who’s function is to inhibit the nervous excitement and hence usefulness in anxiety and many other conditions were such dampening of excitement is required such as in epilepsy muscle spasm and so on
If you’re taking such medications it would be useful for you to understand what are the pros and cons
There is a lot of information available on the Internet so I am not going to go into that
My main purpose of posting this video is to help you understand those effects on your mind which you may not like in the long run such as loss of memory disordered sleep especially our EM sleep which is very vital for our brain to process our experiences.
If you want to use these medications in a smart way the best bet would be use them for very short duration and by time and during which time either get help with your anxiety through other medications or making changes in your living in dealing with the underlying issues which might be causing these anxieties.
The public perception as well as the authorities take on these medications take a pendulum kind of approach where in initially these were good drugs and now they are bad drugs. Because of this rental I’m like perception some of the patients really need these medications suffer. I need to stress that there are no good drugs or bad drugs and that would hammer home if you try to remember all medications in high doses are poisons and some of the poisons in small doses could be medications. Also if someone tells you that this particular medication doesn’t have any side effects I would urge you not to take it because probably it’s not a medicine at all In nutshell all medications do have side effects so the question is to weigh the desired effects with the undesired effects and if you find the desired effects outweigh the undesired effect that’s on medication you should take. Different individuals would have different expectations from a medication and if their expectations are not being met by that particular medication‘s and the undesired effects are unacceptable that is not the medication for that particular individual. Sometime it is difficult to figure out which one particular medication would work for who even though those medications may be similar and that’s where the genetic testing for how your body processes these medication‘s come in picture

Human Condition

Hi!Our life is full of both joys and sorrows. Mostly we handle our human condition well but at times some of us land at a rough patch and need help. A psychiatrist has training in dealing with such situations because of his/ her training in the workings of body and mind. We are able to offer remedies which could range from medications to psychotherapy. At times the involvement of family and social and spiritual support could be well warranted.I need to add that such situations are often times opportunities for growth and I would feel very privileged if I could facilitate 

Bio of Dr. Sunil Bhatia:

Know your Psychiatrist

Born and brought up in New Delhi – the capital of India, I completed my medical school and psychiatric education at the prestigious, Maulana Azad Medical College. After immigrating to the States, I trained at Brookdale Hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. I was the chief resident and a fellow at New York Psychoanalytic Clinic in my final year of training. Thereafter, I had a brief training in child psychiatry. I came to the Upstate in 2000 and since then I have worked in both clinical and teaching positions at mental health clinics, State Hospital, Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Hospital and PRISMA Health System. My approach in Psychiatry is Client Centered. I strongly believe that psychiatric problems can engulf our whole being and underlying causes are multi factorial – genetic, medical, psychological, social , spiritual and so on. The treatment modalities should be based on our knowledge in neurosciences, behavioral sciences, literature, philosophy and religion. My mantra is to promote “ physical, mental, social and spiritual well being.” Above all, my message to my future patients is that: “we are all struggling with the problems of life and helping them is a privilege and opportunity for learning more about life.”

“When, Why and What of Psychiatric Help!”

When, Why and What of Psychiatric Help”

Everyone reaches a point where they think: “we need help,” but if their healing processes are compromised, then they are unable to help themselves. Although our bodies and minds have the capacity to heal, sometimes the healthy part gets buried underneath the wounded self. For example, when a surgeon is treating a wound, he has to secure healthy margins of the wound, to put a suture to close the wound. Similarly, a psychiatrist assists with the mental wound; to secure those parts of the mind which are unaffected by the disease process. He appeals to those parts of your being, which are relatively healthy.  Simply by giving medications, this is not a cure-all solution. In addition, medications are like a surgeon’s knife. They can cure, as well as injure. Mere tools require skills to use them effectively. Because of the necessary required skills, that is the reason a psychiatrist has to attend medical school and to study psychology and sociology. He also has to know how the society functions, because the individual he is treating does not live in a vacuum. Under optimal conditions, he is required to understand his own mind; which is an important tool to understand others. In addition, he needs to know his own biases and develop some clarity to know what the patient’s problems are, and not to confuse his own issues with the patients. On HBO Max, there is a relevant TV show “in treatment,” which describes the hard work of the psychiatrist; to correct these processes and to be able to assist the patients.