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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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Ask the Experts: Tips on How to Parent Teens and Tweens

By Dr Bhavana Gautam A large part of my counselling base comprises of young adults and teenagers. With the teens or tweens, the most common scenario is a call from a worried, anxious parent seeking an appointment. And despite a variety of reasons for seeking consultation, there are some common triggers which prod most parents […]

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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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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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How to Ensure Empathy as a Self-Care Tool for Your Child

By Mimansa Singh Tanwar Moving to a different country just (a few) months ago, it hasn’t been easy for my 5-year-old to adjust to school. New people, a new language and new surroundings made it seem like a new planet to her. Struggling with connecting and understanding her peers, she would feel quite angry and helpless. […]

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