Mental Health Books: Real Stories of Dealing With Depression

  We are delighted to share that pre-orders are open for the first book in the Mindscape series, published by Simon & Schuster India. ‘Real Stories of Dealing With Depression’ is truly a Health Collective effort, featuring 10 stories — 9 first-person stories you have shared with us, and built out further for the book, […]

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Choose Your Words Wisely: On Melancholy and Sadness

By Jayshree M. Tripathi Have you noticed the apparent stealth with which certain words are doing the rounds on Social Media platforms, in a flippant way? How some persons talk about counselling in belittling tones or alternatively, in nonchalant tones, saying that it is like going to the gym? We need to pause and consider […]

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Your Stories: How to Navigate Relationships and Love With Depression

By Shubhrata Prakash Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and to use a cheesy line, well, “Love is in the air”! However, love is not always romantic love. Love defines so many relationships in our lives. Love for our parents, love for our children, love for our siblings and the extended family. Love for […]

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How to Own Your Story and Move Beyond a Diagnosis of Depression or BPD

By Amrita Tripathi Last weekend at the Jaipur Literature Festival, it was a privilege to speak to Dr Shelja Sen, well-known psychologist, co-founder of Children First, and the author of Reclaim Your Life, as well as Shabri Prasad Singh, the brave author of Borderline, a novel on borderline personality disorder. Both women are inspiring, passionate […]

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Girl at Table; Depression; Health Collective

Hey No, That’s Not True: Busting Six Myths About Depression

By Hvovi Bhagwagar Myth 1: Depression = Sadness Not True. Probably the most common thing I have heard in clinical practice is the assumption that any sad/dull/low feeling can be labelled “depression”. This is because people confuse any sadness with Depression. So I spend time educating patients that sadness is a healthy negative emotion, which is natural […]

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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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High Functioning Depression and Me

by Anonymous   There’s too much noise inside my head. Constant. Cluttered. Cacophonous. Two years ago was the first time someone I knew professionally (who was also a therapist) told me that I was probably undergoing depression, I don’t want to use the term diagnosed because it makes me feel like death for me is […]

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Mental Illness, Stigma and Gender Stereotypes

By Shubhrata Prakash Mental illness is tough on everyone, men and women, and even tougher on children; and so is the social stigma surrounding its various forms. No one has it easier simply because they are a man or a woman. However, there do exist gender-based differences in the way families and society, and even the […]

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Overcoming Depression: A Non-Stop Fight

By Riya* I have had a difficult, tiring experience with depression. But I fought and overcame it all. Here is my story. I was a brilliant student until my 10th standard, when I had a nervous breakdown. The doctors in Chennai diagnosed me in a scary way. “She won’t be able to have a normal […]

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