Heart Mothers: Adoption and Maternal Mental Health

By Swarnima Bhattacharya There are as many motherhoods as there are mothers. Their subjectivity, journeys and experiences all mould and galvanise, defining the experience of motherhood in a multiplicity of ways. Despite being an intensely personal, fluid experience, motherhood is mediated by external, socio-cultural prescriptions. There are spoken and unspoken codes around what a “good […]

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Your Stories: Living with Panic Attacks, Anxiety and Depression

By Anonymous Life events in my early twenties triggered the first onslaught of panic attacks and anxiety. And no, anxiety and panic attacks are not just (an) over reaction to nervousness. They can be severely debilitating, capturing your mind and body in their iron strongholds, until you start to feel your body and mind being […]

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Alzheimer’s: The Need for Compassion, Care

By Kamna Chhibber In my work as a therapist I come across people who struggle with caring for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  The changes in life expectancy having altered the age to which human beings live has also created a dent in the issues that individuals face when they reach the later […]

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Exit Signs: Understanding Abusive Relationships

By Dr Samir Parikh While every relationship inevitably has its ups and downs, the experience of being a victim of abuse by one’s partner is very traumatic and painful. The consequences of being in such a relationship are equally devastating, if not more, than a physically abusive relationship, with the additional factor of the subtle nature […]

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Suicide Prevention Day: Creating the Space to Seek Help

By Kamna Chhibber Speaking, talking and sharing are not always given space in society. Often we shy away from discussing difficult issues. We find it a challenge to share our true thoughts and feelings. Many feel that what goes on within them may not be acceptable to others around them and in society at large. […]

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In Plain Fright – Understanding Therapy for Phobias

By Scherezade Siobhan Awaiting the elevator to hit the ground floor, from the corner of my eye I am watching the Swiggy delivery guy sign into the visitor’s entry register and secretly praying that he speeds up so he can get into the elevator with me. No, this is not some warped fantasy or fetish, […]

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Unravelling the Mystery of Anxiety Disorders

By Kamna Chhibber The unknown typically induces fear. Many mental health conditions — despite the stark statistics that show their prevalence — continue to be a mystery to a large segment of the population. Thinking prevails that mental health conditions are a sign of weakness, or an inability to control yourself, something you’re making up […]

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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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