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Hey No, That’s Not True: Busting Six Myths About Depression

By Hvovi Bhagwagar Myth 1: Depression = Sadness Not True. Probably the most common thing I have heard in clinical practice is the assumption that any sad/dull/low feeling can be labelled “depression”. This is because people confuse any sadness with Depression. So I spend time educating patients that sadness is a healthy negative emotion, which is natural […]

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Mpower and Chal Rang De create the Art Express project in Mumbai

Art Express: Mental Health Awareness One Brush Stroke at a Time

By Sukanya Sharma It was an unusual Sunday in Bandra, Mumbai thanks to an art project called ‘Art Express’, organised by Mpower in collaboration with Chal Rang De (a non-profit that seeks to transform communities using art). With the aim to de-stigmatise mental health, the Art Express project attracted numerous volunteers who painted the streets […]

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Homesickness and loneliness

Urban Life: Is Homesickness Making You Sick?  

By Sukanya Sharma In the late 17th century, the term ‘nostalgia’ was coined by a Swiss physician named Johannes Hofer, according to this fascinating article in The Atlantic. “A longing to be back home”, nostalgia was “considered a psychopathological disorder” and there were a range of treatments prescribed. Leeching and bullying are two noted in […]

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Eight Things to Keep In Mind About Tele-Mental Health Therapy

By Scherezade Siobhan In a country as a densely populated as India, finding accessible and affordable help for mental health care is a daunting task at times. This is specifically true for several marginalised demographics who might not have necessary connectivity to approach institutional spaces where psychological and psychiatric help is readily available. As per […]

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Creating Art: From Self-Expression to Healing

By Jerin Jacob  “This is SO overwhelming. I need my book! and my colours! I need to switch off, right now!” We all have times when we absolutely, completely zone out and need a break, or rather, some me-time. ‘Me-time’ doing something or even absolutely nothing. Listening to songs, writing down the lyrics, doodling along, […]

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Heart Mothers: Adoption and Maternal Mental Health

By Swarnima Bhattacharya There are as many motherhoods as there are mothers. Their subjectivity, journeys and experiences all mould and galvanise, defining the experience of motherhood in a multiplicity of ways. Despite being an intensely personal, fluid experience, motherhood is mediated by external, socio-cultural prescriptions. There are spoken and unspoken codes around what a “good […]

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Emotional Abuse: Move Past Commentary to Compassion

By Scherezade Siobhan My client H is a bright-eyed software engineer with an envious fountain of noodle curls for hair. In her first session, we actually bond over the implicit politicisation of women’s hair as she declares she would do anything to have my poker straight tresses to which I respond with my barely contained […]

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Know Your Rights: Mental Healthcare Act 2017

By Arjun Kapoor This series will explore the rights of Persons with Mental Illness under the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 [“MHCA”]. This article looks at the MHCA, the lens of a rights-based approach, and your right to access mental healthcare in India. The next piece in this series will examine the basic rights of persons with […]

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