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Your Stories: What It’s Like to Deal With an Anxiety Disorder

What does it feel like to have Anxiety? Is it any easier to talk to friends and loved ones about Anxiety these days, or has the popular use of the words anxiety and depression made things a bit more complicated? The Health Collective’s Amrita Tripathi speaks to journalist and commentator Pragya Tiwari for a first-person […]

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Anxiety and Us: What We Need to Know

By Amrita Tripathi I interviewed Dr Soumitra Pathare of the Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, ILS Pune, for a book I’m working on called ‘The Age of Anxiety’ (co-authored with psychologist Kamna Chhibber). You can read more about the latest in the book series here. ALSO READ: Five Tips to Talk about Mental […]

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Game On: How Playing Video Games Helped My Mental Health

By Ananya Borgohain While Covid-19 and the lockdowns have made the world a smaller place, they have also reduced it to the status of a narrow portal, where students, the elderly, professionals and homemakers alike live in unison with uncertainty, stress and the gripping fear that they may not meet loved ones this year. Much […]

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Solo’s Sadventures 12: Things some ‘friends’ say

  Check out more Sadventures by Solo About the Artist: Solo is a writer and cartoonist from Bangalore. She likes reading comics, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix. Her life would have been rather unremarkable had it not been for her BPD fuelled imagination. She also has 4 cats. Views Expressed are Personal. The Health Collective is not […]

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Mental Health and Books

Learning to Grieve with Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

By Arpita Das Grief lives in the body, someone said. After my father’s death I began to understand what that insightful set of words meant. At inopportune moments, especially in a closed room with several people, I would feel my chest contracting till I felt I had to fall back on the Lamaze breathing I […]

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Covid-19 and You: Grief, Mental Health and Julian Barnes’ Nothing to Be Frightened Of

By Arpita Das We are being told by mental health practitioners and armchair experts time and again as the pandemic rages that what we are feeling right now, this heaviness, the lassitude, the pain in our gut, is grief. As if grief were as novel an experience as the novel coronavirus. So novel, we would […]

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I Allow Healing Thoughts: An Affirmation for You

By Adwaita Das     These are trying times when we have to be sensitive to ourselves. It is fine to feel fragile. It is normal to feel despair. It is also ok to allow healing thoughts.   Check Out More Affirmations by Adwaita Das About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. Her books Colours […]

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Mental Health and Us

You’re Not Alone: Sharing your Thoughts in Solidarity

I put up a short video to kick off part of our #NotAlone campaign and conversations for those of you who want to share how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, and if you want to send a message of solidarity to others going through what they’re going through. No pressure to join in! If you […]

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Covid-19 and You: Managing Worries About Loved Ones

By Kamna Chhibber Recent times have exposed all of us to extensive worries, not just about our own selves and the lives we lead, but also about those we love. For some of us who are lucky, those we worry about are right there with us in our very homes or somewhere nearby where we […]

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Managing Anxiety during Covid-19: Learning ‘Mind Control’ with Professor Steve Joordens

Several months ago, I did an Intro to Psych course on Coursera helmed by Professor Steve Joordens, Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough. It taught me a lot. More recently and more personally somehow, I feel, during this pandemic crisis as I was feeling “a lot” of feelings (including being overwhelmed from time to […]

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