Endometriosis: Steering Through Pain and Trauma

By Swarnima Bhattacharya Endometriosis is one of the most debilitating, excruciatingly painful, life-altering conditions you have never heard of. What is even more unheard of, is the narrative of empowerment, awareness and support that should necessarily run alongside crippling unpredictable diseases such as this. The causes and cure of endometriosis are famously unknown. We only […]

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Body Image and You: Digging Deeper

By Sukanya Sharma Just last year, social media was flooded with notifications about this new app called Sarahah, which everyone seemed to be obsessed about! it was an app that allowed people to send anonymous messages. Realising the opportunity for an honest conversation, Swarnima Bhattacharya, founder of TheaCare, a women’s health website (formerly called Women’s Health […]

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The Phantom Pain Monster: My Battle with PTSD and Fibromyalgia

By Sohni Chakrabarti How do you begin to chart the cartographies of pain? Where do you really start? Is there ever a starting point to your pain? A certain location within the map of your mind where you can pin-point and say this is where it all started. As I started to think about this […]

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Life Beyond Trauma: A Therapy Guide

By Scherezade Siobhan The recent months have seen the emergence of a resounding global movement that is countering the unfortunate prevalence of sexual, emotional and physical violence against women and woman-identified folks. There is a developing social consciousness that is rightly affirming a zero-tolerance policy against exploitation and harassment of women in all walks of life. […]

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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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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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