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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Seasonal Depression and the Need for Self Care

By Scherezade Siobhan I am a psychologist who has a love-hate relationship with major holidays for several reasons. I love holidays because, well, who doesn’t enjoy a timeout from work, delicious food and a good sale on gadgetry? On the flip side, I am a therapist who works with people on the depression and anxiety […]

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Emotional Abuse: Conversation and Closure

By Scherezade Siobhan As I wrote in my previous column, emotional abuse is incredibly dissonant to process on several levels both psychologically and physically and at the onset of healing from it, the journey can feel a little like steering wheels within wheels. A lot of people struggle with the possibility of closure in the […]

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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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Taking Care of Ourselves: #MeToo & Mental Health

By Scherezade Siobhan The prominent writer Clarice Lispector once wrote, “Many were they who abandoned all they had and went in search of the greater hunger.” The emergence of #MeToo across India’s digital landscape has created a new social climate for awareness about the importance of restorative justice and making explicit the unspoken trauma of […]

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