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Your Stories: Autism Awareness


(By Kishore Mohan and Merryn John/ Health Collective)

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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 ab…

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Life Beyond Trauma: A Therapy Guide

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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 …

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Ask the Experts: A Psychologist's Journey

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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 a…

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Overcoming Depression: A Non-Stop Fight

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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…

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Solo's Sadventures: Episode 5

Art by Solo for The Health Collective

Also Read: More Sadventures by Solo

Solo is a writer and cartoonist from Bangalore. She likes reading, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix. Her life would have been rather unremarkable had it not been for her BPD fueled imagination. She als…

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Understanding Tourette's Syndrome

By now, you would have seen the trailer of the upcoming movie Hichki, starring Rani Mukerji, in the role of a character who has Tourette’s Syndrome, who finally gets a job as a teacher. While we'll leave the reviews for the bonafide critics, Shruti Venkatesh takes a closer looks at Tourette’s Synd…

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Carers: What You Need to Know


Ask the Experts with Dr Achal Bhagat



When we talk about caring for somebody with a mental health problem, the most important thing is not to be judgmental.

People can have all kinds of problems. What might be easy for you to solve might be very, very difficult for some…

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We Walk Among You

1 in 4 people will have a mental health problem this -- and every -- year

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Mental Health and You: The Work From Home Dilemma

By Vandita Morarka

I work from home on several days through certain months of the year, owing to the nature of my work and multiple commitments. It’s generally not been for longer than a week at a time, though, which is perhaps why I’ve always found it convenient. Of late, though, I’ve had to…

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Ask the Experts: What's Stressing Out Indian Kids?

Ask the Experts with Dr Amit Sen


Amrita Tripathi, Founder-Editor, The Health Collective
We’re in conversation today with senior psychiatrist Dr Amit Sen to take us through some of the most common stressors when it comes to child and adolescent mental health.

Dr Amit Sen, Fo…

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Understanding ADHD/ ADD

By Devina Buckshee

What comes to mind when you think of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?
“Unfortunately a child who has ADHD is always imagined/perceived as a child who has excess energy, fidgety and most probably bored and in my mind an under-…

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We Need to Talk: Suicide and Suicide Prevention

By Amrita Tripathi

A recent article in the Times of India highlighted that in India, a student takes his/her own life every hour. Every hour. Every year, we talk about exam stress, often ignoring relationship stress, the magnitude of pressure on the young, and certainly overlooking the fact that

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Hidden Illness: The Dr Vikram Patel Interview

As part of our series, Ask the Experts, The Health Collective is delighted to share PART TWO of this interview with renowned psychiatrist Dr Vikram Patel, the Co-Founder, Sangath.

Also Watch: Part One of the Interview



Amrita: Dr Patel, just to pick up a little bit from what we’…

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Mental Health and Illness in India

As part of our series, Ask the Experts, The Health Collective is delighted to share this interview with renowned psychiatrist Dr Vikram Patel, the Co-Founder, Sangath.



Amrita: How important is it to normalise conversations around mental health and mental illness, especially in India…

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Epic Fail: Transport Woes and Your Stress Levels

By Devanik Saha 

We tend to talk about mental health at the work place, because as individuals we spend more than 1/3rd of our adult lives there, which makes it an obvious place of intervention. However, what about before you even start your work day? What about the difficulties in reaching you…

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Talking Mental Health in the New Year

Ask the Experts: Three Things You Need to Know About Mental Health

Watch an excerpt of our interview with Dr Vikram Patel



What are two or three things you wished everyone in India to know about mental illness?

Dr Vikram Patel: First of all, mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. Secondly, that each and every one of us has a …

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Ask the Experts: What is OCD

Ask the Experts with Dr Achal Bhagat



OCD is a very common psychiatric disorder, where you have repetitive thoughts which come to your mind over and over again. Sometimes you know them to be absurd and illogical, but they keep coming back and you…

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The Law and You: Workplace, Tech and Mental Health

By Vandita Morarka

Our earlier piece in The Health Collective on employee mental health rights in the workplace looked at what the law says about mental health support at the workplace in India. While we wait for legislation to catch up to urgent realities, we must look to companies to implement…

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