Ask the Experts: Three Things You Need to Know About Mental Health

Watch an excerpt of our interview with Dr Vikram Patel What are two or three things you wished everyone in India to know about mental illness? Dr Vikram Patel: First of all, mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. Secondly, that each and every one of us has a very unique life […]

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Ask the Experts: What is OCD

Ask the Experts with Dr Achal Bhagat WHAT IS OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER? OCD is a very common psychiatric disorder, where you have repetitive thoughts which come to your mind over and over again. Sometimes you know them to be absurd and illogical, but they keep coming back and you… Also See: Understanding Therapy Also Watch: Carers: What […]

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The Law and You: Workplace, Tech and Mental Health

By Vandita Morarka Our earlier piece in The Health Collective on employee mental health rights in the workplace looked at what the law says about mental health support at the workplace in India. While we wait for legislation to catch up to urgent realities, we must look to companies to implement mental health management strategies and policies. Alongside, it is […]

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Understanding Therapy: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Shruti Venkatesh What is OCD? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterised by recurrent, unwanted, and sometimes bizarre thoughts, impulses, or doubts that evoke affective distress (obsessions – e.g., dirt, germs, or specific situations) and repetitive behavioural or mental rituals performed to reduce this distress (compulsions – e.g., cleaning, washing, or checking). Symptoms begin gradually and […]

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What’s Mental Health got to do With Pets and Animal Care?

What does mental health have to do with animal care? In our Health Collective special, Amrita Tripathi interviews Canine Behaviourist Rajvi Mariwala for insight into some extreme stressors. Edited excerpts of our interview: 1) Can you share a little bit more on what you highlighted wrt mental health stressors in the animal care environment? Companion animals or pets have been historically […]

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Your Story: Living with Depression, Healing…

By Karishma Let’s start with giving you an insight on how I was growing up. I was a complete tomboy, always on the roads, troubling our neighbours, talking to whoever would listen to me. My mom started bribing to keep quiet, which didn’t work too long. Though talkative, I was a teacher’s pet and a […]

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