Homesickness and loneliness

Urban Life: Is Homesickness Making You Sick?  

By Sukanya Sharma In the late 17th century, the term ‘nostalgia’ was coined by a Swiss physician named Johannes Hofer, according to this fascinating article in The Atlantic. “A longing to be back home”, nostalgia was “considered a psychopathological disorder” and there were a range of treatments prescribed. Leeching and bullying are two noted in […]

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Parenting in Urban India: A Quick Take

By Sukanya Sharma “Yeh freelancing kya hota hai, beta?” …As I try to explain my work profile to my parents. I’ve been repeating this for about 3 years now, almost. And every time, I have to come up with ‘acceptable’ definitions. “Yeh toh bhaut struggle ka kaam lagta hai”, says my father.   (Editor’s Note: […]

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Relationships 101: What We Need to Know

What is the deal with relationships? How do we heal emotionally or even process conflicts or misunderstandings in a relationship? How do they even work in this day and age? Sukanya Sharma asked Clinical Psychologist Pragya Lodha for some insight. Here’s what we gleaned. Talk, Write, Communicate: Communication and trust are the most essential in […]

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Body Image and You: Digging Deeper

By Sukanya Sharma Just last year, social media was flooded with notifications about this new app called Sarahah, which everyone seemed to be obsessed about! it was an app that allowed people to send anonymous messages. Realising the opportunity for an honest conversation, Swarnima Bhattacharya, founder of TheaCare, a women’s health website (formerly called Women’s Health […]

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Mental Health in the News

THE HEADLINE: AIIMS explores link between yoga and mental health (The Indian Express) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said that there are 20 research projects at the premier medical institute looking at the potential health benefits of yoga, including for preventive medicine. The Indian Express references a recent study “showing […]

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Holding the Rain: Short Film Aims to Fight Stigma

The Health Collective speaks to Stewart Hannah, a filmmaker from Scotland who recently released Holding the Rain, a 2 minute silent film aimed at raising awareness about OCD. Stewart says he’s been fascinated by story-telling and filming since childhood, and graduated from the London Film Academy in 2011. He tells Sukanya Sharma that the short film […]

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