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Ask the Experts: Mental Health 101

July 19, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychologist Arpita Anand for The Health Collective

1. What is some generic advice you would give readers about mental health -- what do you wish for people (to know) across the board?

The first thing would be acceptance: A lot of people with emotional difficulties end up suffering because they are in denial. For example, a person with depres…

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The Law and You: Mental Health in India

July 10, 2017

Mental health can be simply understood to mean a state of mental well-being. The World Health Organisation looks at understanding mental health and its definition quite comprehensively here. Mental health in India has long been a misunderstood issue; there is a lack of awareness on issues of mental …

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Relationships, Happiness, Living the Life You Want

July 1, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychotherapist, radio host and the author of
HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS: At Home, Work and Play (Fingerprint Rs 250), Lucy Beresford. 


1) You host a Sex and Relationships show on radio... Can you tell us some of the common themes/ questions that come up?

The most common …

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Ten Things to Know About Domestic Violence

June 25, 2017


“I would leave if my husband/ partner ever hit me, cheated on me or treated me like dirt”.

How often have you thought that in the past or even in the present? All of us have an internal moral standard on abuse and dignity and we instinctively want to protect ourselves. Yet, unless you ha…

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Breaking up and Moving On: A Psychologist's Perspective

June 18, 2017


It is said that the second most common stressor after death is separation and/or divorce. But it needn’t be so if we can…

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Lost Voices: Losing a Pregnancy

June 12, 2017

This article is a part of a series called “lost voices”, where Ratna Golaknath writes about issues that are often unspoken about and that hardly ever reach the therapy rooms.

Many of my friends, acquaintances and clients have shared the experience of losing a pregnancy. This could be for med…

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Healing Room: Part Two

June 10, 2017

Part Two of our interview

Amrita Tripathi speaks to family therapist Reena Nath in a wide-ranging conversation about her work, the changes in the mental health scenario for urban India over the past 30 years, and her book HEALING ROOM, as well as very personal life-changing events.

This conver…

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Healing Room: In Conversation With Reena Nath

June 9, 2017


Amrita Tripathi speaks to noted family therapist Reena Nath about her work, the changes in the mental health scenario for urban India, and her book HEALING ROOM, as well as very personal life-changing events from her own journey. This conversation has been edited slightly for length. 


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Ask the Experts: Learning to be Kind to Yourself When You're Low

May 17, 2017

By Ratna Golaknath

A few weeks ago, I was caught in a minor pile-up on the road near my home. I got a bad jolt and the seat belt gave me a bad burn on my neck. I came out shaken but fortunately quite unharmed. My family and friends all called in and checked up on me and offered a kind word. I was…

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'Justice Denied: State of Karnataka Vs. Pascal Mazurier'

May 1, 2017

Guest Post

By Siddharth Pillai/ Aarambh India

Despite ‘access to justice’ being a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution, one comes to realise that access doesn’t really frame the experience. Access feels like connecting to a wi-fi and entering a password. While the fight for justice…

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Ask the Experts: How Does Therapy Work

April 23, 2017

This piece is part of a wider series, Understanding Therapy

By Ratna Golaknath

Deciding to give therapy a chance can be daunting, you might be worried about trusting someone, anxious that it should not prove to be a waste of time and money and in a vacuum about how and where to find a suita…

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Suicide in India: Do we Need a New Approach to Prevention?

April 14, 2017

India has finally moved to de-criminalise suicide -- can we hope that this is a step towards understanding the nature of the issue? With treatment and prevention options long seen through a prism of "Western" best practices, is there a need to take a closer look at some of the factors that are uniqu…

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Reporter's Diary: Male Suicides in India

April 12, 2017

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Ten Myths About Child Abuse and Boys

April 2, 2017

This is the second of a two-part series. Read Part I of this piece here. Part II deals with myths on child abuse and the male child --  myths we need to collectively address and debunk, urgently.

By Ratna Golaknath

Here are some myths about male sexual abuse that we need to challenge and info…

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'Lost Voices' & the Bigger Picture of Abuse and Trauma

April 1, 2017

By Ratna Golaknath

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Ask the Experts: Is Pseudoscience Setting You Back?

March 25, 2017


Science is the ability to deal with facts, rather than what someone says about people, situations or things. Yes I know this is a rather simplistic way of defining science but from a perspective of emotional wellness, it by and large suffices. And pray why do I wish to talk about science when …

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Ask the Experts: Is Therapy for Everyone?

February 23, 2017

By Varkha Chulani

First of all let's break the myth that only mentally ill people need therapy.

First of all let's break the myth that only mentally ill people need therapy. 

I'd love to illustrate this with an example of a gymnasium. If you notice, a gym is often made up of people who ar…

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Ask the Experts: Dr Thara of SCARF on Schizophrenia, Stigma and Conversations

January 29, 2017

Dr R Thara of the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, India (SCARF) answers some questions on schizophrenia, common myths and misconceptions and what people should know about the disorder.

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Racing to the Brink: Mental Health and You

January 9, 2017

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Ask the Experts: Dr Amit Sen

December 19, 2016
When it comes to pre-teens and adolescents in India, pretty much the most only time we hear about anything to do with mental health is the much-dreaded "exam-related stress". Every year, around Board exams and a little before, we wake up to the enormous levels of pressure young people operate unde…

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