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Your Stories: Battling Stigma, Expectations and other Burdens as a Young Adult with Depression

By Ishita Mehra I used to think that the inability to work was an excuse most people would make to get off work. Until I reached that inability to work and function and then I became ‘that person’ with ‘that excuse’ to get off work. ‘That person’ with ‘that excuse’ of not knowing how to express […]

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Mental Health and You

Event Listing: Mumbai

We’re curating a space for conversations on mental health, drawing upon the narratives in the book, “Real stories of dealing with Depression” by Amrita Tripathi & Arpita Anand, to reimagine what mental health, self and community care can look like – especially with a focus on the intersections of work and mental health. Date: 2nd […]

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Wellness by any Name: Of Language and Expression

By Scherezade Siobhan I must start with a confession― I used to detest those listicles that courted the allure of ‘untranslatable’ words from ‘foreign’ languages. Partly because a lot of them were poorly structured, also because I found them teetering at the hem of cultural appropriation. The idea that something is being deemed ‘foreign’ from […]

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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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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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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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Gaslighting: Red Flags

By Scherezade Siobhan In recent times, we have all observed widespread and complicit attempts at gaslighting women in public and personal spheres. Whether it is questioning the veracity of assault survivors and their stories or continued social media targeting of a woman journalist to dissuade her from doing her job, we are all watching these heinous […]

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How Bullet Journal Helped Me Deal with My Anxiety & Why I Will Never Force It on You

By Rajashree Gandhi It has been over a year since I started using a bullet journal. It feels like possessing an extra mind that works towards a better ambience for the existing one. A simple Google search suggests how massive a trend bullet journaling is. It has benefited a variety of people, including mental health survivors. This […]

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Ask the Experts: A Psychologist’s Journey

The Health Collective/ Image courtesy Raw Pixel This Women’s Day, as part of our special series, we’re bringing you more from and about our wonderful contributors. Here are edited excerpts of an interview with Kamna Chhibber, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head, Mental Health at Fortis Healthcare’s Dept of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences.   1) Tell us […]

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