Your Stories: Living with Panic Attacks, Anxiety and Depression

By Anonymous Life events in my early twenties triggered the first onslaught of panic attacks and anxiety. And no, anxiety and panic attacks are not just (an) over reaction to nervousness. They can be severely debilitating, capturing your mind and body in their iron strongholds, until you start to feel your body and mind being […]

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In Plain Fright – Understanding Therapy for Phobias

By Scherezade Siobhan Awaiting the elevator to hit the ground floor, from the corner of my eye I am watching the Swiggy delivery guy sign into the visitor’s entry register and secretly praying that he speeds up so he can get into the elevator with me. No, this is not some warped fantasy or fetish, […]

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The Freedom Series: Interviewing an Advocate for LGBTQ Rights

Vandita Morarka interviews Koninika Roy, an Advocacy Manager at The Humsafar Trust, as part of our ongoing Freedom Series on The Health Collective.  Tell us a little about yourself? I am 24 years old. I am an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and a workaholic who is convinced no amount of work is ever enough. What […]

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The Freedom Series: Being Gay and ‘Manning Up’ in the Media

By Anant Zanane I have a story to tell. Of being a deeply closeted mediawala, who tried to fit into the cut-throat world of breaking news journalism. I lost myself in the process and even inflicted self-harm. But it has also been an interesting journey of self-discovery, confronting my demons, and shedding my inhibitions. And I […]

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Endometriosis: Steering Through Pain and Trauma

By Swarnima Bhattacharya Endometriosis is one of the most debilitating, excruciatingly painful, life-altering conditions you have never heard of. What is even more unheard of, is the narrative of empowerment, awareness and support that should necessarily run alongside crippling unpredictable diseases such as this. The causes and cure of endometriosis are famously unknown. We only […]

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Grey Hours: A Psychologist and Survivor’s Journey Through Depression

By Scherezade Siobhan A decade ago, when I was swept by a giant wave of major depressive disorder (MDD), I would step out of my room every morning with a well-rehearsed nonchalance, a permanent scowl to insert suitable distance between myself and anyone else who would ask me how I was doing, and mostly unironed […]

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Your Stories: A Message on Healing

सुनिये मानसिक स्वस्थ के एक छोटी कहानी, एक पत्रकार अनंत झणाणें की ज़ुबानी मुझे यह बताते हुए बेहद ख़ुशी है की @healthcollectif की बदौलत मैं अपनी #मेंटलहीलथ की चुनौतियों को परखने में और उनका समाधान तलाशने मैं कामयाब हो रहा हूँ। @amritat और उनकी टीम के दो साल की मेहनत उन्हें मानसिक स्वास्थ्य के समाधान ढूँढने में […]

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