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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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Gaming and Mental Health

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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Covid-19 and You: Tunes for Troubled Times

By Ilina Acharya The Covid-19 world has changed the topography of how we lead our lives. It has also triggered anxiety and affected our mental health. Uncertainty and the resulting stress can take over the mindscape. My oxygen mask for stress is music. It automatically soothes and calms me. Songs take you back to who […]

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Lockdown Comics: Applying Lessons Learned Coping with Depression

By Ishita Mehra           Views expressed are personal. The Health Collective cannot substitute for expert advice from a trained mental health expert. Your Stories: What Helped Me During Depression ALSO READ: YOUR STORIES: BATTLING STIGMA, DEPRESSION AS A YOUNG ADULT About the Author: Ishita is a mental health youth advocate and […]

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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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Affirmations in the time of Covid-19: I Allow Myself to Transform

By Adwaita Das     The world is facing enormous changes in industry and lifestyle. We are manoeuvring with new modes of existence. Change can be good. Yes, it can be disorienting. But, we can emerge evolved. It is ok to allow this transformation towards wellness.     Check Out More Affirmations by Adwaita Das […]

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Covid-19 and You: Therapist Dr Shelja Sen Shares a Message for the Batch of 2020

We asked noted Child & Adolescent Psychologist and Family Therapist, Dr Shelja Sen, a noted author and co-founder of Children First, to share her thoughts for the Batch of 2020 and their parents. Here is her message below! Do read or watch, share with those who might want to hear this, and stay well, stay […]

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You are Unique: A Therapist’s Message to the Class of 2020

By Varkha Chulani I’m addressing the graduating class of 2020, congratulations on your graduation! You must remember at this time when the world has turned on its head and Covid-19 has disrupted every aspect of life, you are a unique graduate!     You are unique because of this pandemic, you will be able to […]

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