Understanding Therapy: Are You Looking For a Quick Fix?

By Kamna Chhibber The thing with a lot of people seeking therapy is that they wait for a crisis to emerge, which needs urgent resolution. This often translates into the need for a quick appointment, something that is available the same day or the very next day, accompanied by the provision of some magical solution […]

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Indians: Do We Know What it Means to Individuate as Adults?

By Aqseer Sodhi “The day my mother dies, I’ll also die.” Recently, a dear friend told me he’d just met another man who felt the same way as him. “The day my mother dies, I’ll also die.” I’ve known proud, desi mama’s boys all my life, but this seemed extreme even to me. So I […]

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We Need to Talk: On Mental Health, Self-Care and Preventing Suicide

What are some of the major issues stressing out young Indians? What should we be talking about when we talk about Mental Health? Why are we not discussing the critical issue of Youth Suicides and the need for preventive mental healthcare? Read on for edited excerpts of Sukanya Sharma’s interview with Dr Soumitra Pathare, consultant […]

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Understanding Therapy: Are You Ready for an Intervention

By Kamna Chhibber As you ponder over starting therapy you are likely to reflect upon a number of variables – the finances, availability of time, finding the right person, and so on. The one variable most people forget to look at is their own selves. In fact you as the person seeking therapy are as […]

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Anger Management: Tips to Deal

By Sukanya Sharma This is part two of an interview with Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Hozefa A Bhinderwala.  Read Part One: Anger and Us  What are tips to have an emotionally healthy relationship with ourselves?   The most important thing is to accept that you are a human being and have limitations Chasing perfection and always trying to do […]

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Anger and Us: Are You Over-Worked, Stressed and Lashing Out?

By Sukanya Sharma It probably is no surprise to any of us, that most adult Indians suffer from stress. Last year, a survey by Cigna TTK Health Insurance, as reported by Economic Times, revealed that about 89% of the population suffers from stress, and 75% of the respondents do not feel comfortable talking to a […]

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PSYCH-Ed: Talking Positive Mental Health, One School at a Time

By Dr Samir Parikh Having closely worked in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health with various schools over several years, we have realised the necessity of understanding the kind of problems faced by children and adolescents from their perspective itself. ALSO READ: RELATIONSHIP STRESS AND MORE: WHAT’S TROUBLING OUR KIDS In fact, given […]

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What is a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Health?

By The Mariwala Health Initiative This post seeks to explain what a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Healthcare looks like, and why it is important. A History of Rights-Violations Human rights violations in mental health care have reached such epic proportions that practitioners refer to it as an ‘unresolved global crisis’. In many countries, including India, people […]

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Relationship Stress and More: What’s Troubling our Kids

By Dr. Samir Parikh I have been working with children across the country for almost two decades now. As a part of the Fortis School Mental Health Program, our team works at various levels, from close interactions with students, teachers, to parents. In this process, there is an evident disconnect between the adults’ perception of the […]

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Ask the Experts: Dr Google and the Problem with Self-Diagnosis

By Ratna Golaknath Don’t we always know when something doesn’t feel quite right with us? Aren’t we the first to figure out when our mood is low, irritable or even exuberant or aggressive? Sometimes we pick up on the pattern in our moods- ‘I get really low around my period’, ‘ I find the holidays […]

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