Mental health Day 2019

Ask the Experts: How to Care for Yourself in Tough Times

By Kamna Chhibber Situations around you can act as triggers, making you experience strong negative emotions or leading to thoughts which are difficult to manage. They can act as reminders of past negative experiences, challenge your current sense of comfort with how your life is progressing and make you wonder about how the future will […]

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Understanding Therapy: What to Expect in Your First Session

By Kamna Chhibber This is a matter of intrigue for most people who are interested in knowing about therapy or are considering taking therapy for themselves or others they know. The curiosity about what happens, what to expect, how to prep is immense. The thought about the first session can lead to intense anxiety. I […]

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Girl at Table; Depression; Health Collective

Understanding Therapy: Let’s Talk About Dependence

By Kamna Chhibber The word ‘dependence’ in the context of therapy has received much criticism and negative commentary over the years. Most who enter therapy or know loved ones who are in therapy tend to be apprehensive about the ‘dependency’ that can get fostered in therapy towards the therapist. There is an underlying hesitation that […]

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तनाव बढ़ रहा हो तो इन बातों का रखें ख़्याल

कामना छिब्बर अपनी आदतों में बदलाव लाकर भी हम तनाव से काफ़ी हद तक बच सकते हैं, कैसे जानना चाहेंगे आप.  ज़िंदगी है तो तनाव भी होगा. इसे यूं भी कह सकते हैं तनावों से घिरा ही जीवन होता है. जीवन में तरह तरह की चुनौतियां हमारे सामने आती हैं. जब बात संबंधों और रिश्तों […]

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Television

Ask the Experts: What to do if the News is Triggering Anxiety?

By Kamna Chhibber Anxiety is an adaptive response, an indication being provided by our mind and body to protect us from a difficult and threatening situation. In olden eras, the threat may have been posed by wild animals and fires or storms. In today’s day and age, the threats can be multi-fold: it’s not just […]

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Art Self Care and Mental Health April 2019

Young Mental Health: A Message to End Bullying

By Amrita Tripathi It’s an incredible thing to meet young people — an event that can often spark hope and the strong belief that things will change for the better. Thanks to Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chhibber and the Fortis Mental Health team, I met a bright young group of Mental Health advocates last month. […]

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Understanding Therapy: Are You Ready for an Intervention

By Kamna Chhibber As you ponder over starting therapy you are likely to reflect upon a number of variables – the finances, availability of time, finding the right person, and so on. The one variable most people forget to look at is their own selves. In fact you as the person seeking therapy are as […]

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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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Me Too and Mental Health

ACJ Student Pritha Mallick reached out to us with some questions around Mental Health and #MeToo. Here are some edited excerpts of an interview with psychologist and Health Collective contributor, Kamna Chhibber. 1. One of the first reaction to women’s account on sexual harassment and assault in social media spaces is the prevailing tendency to […]

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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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