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We Walk Among You

February 11, 2018

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

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6 Things to Know Before Entering Therapy

February 9, 2018

By Kamna Chhibber

People frequently equate therapy with ‘simply talking’, just like you would with a friend or a family member. To us therapists, it is far more than that. A therapeutic setting creates the environment for you to explore experiences, thoughts, feelings and ways of responding withi…

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Mental Health and You: The Work From Home Dilemma

January 22, 2018

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?

January 20, 2018

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

January 17, 2018

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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What is Love?

January 15, 2018



Relationships 101 with Dr Achal Bhagat 

One of the commonest questions I’m asked is: What is this thing called love?

I say to people and it’s not about falling in love it’s about working on a relationship; it’s about working in love you’re always standing and working in love. L…

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We Need to Talk: Suicide and Suicide Prevention

January 13, 2018

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

January 9, 2018

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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Love, Understanding, and a Boyfriend with Bipolar Disorder

January 7, 2018

By NN* 

I fell in love when I was 19. A seemingly innocuous statement that could have underlined the life of any person in the last year of their teens. But when I write love, I mean it was really love. The kind that matures over years of being together, tethered by a shared life and the love th…

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Mental Health and Illness in India

January 6, 2018

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

January 2, 2018

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

January 1, 2018

The World is My Mirror

December 28, 2017

By Unnati Sethi

It's such a cliche but it's true -- I've always been my daddy's girl and I've known it all my life. For my dad, I’m perfect. If you ask him he'd tell you I was brilliant, beautiful and charming, destined for greatness. And yet, when I look back, I realise, I was also a deeply unha…

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

December 22, 2017

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

December 20, 2017

Ask the Experts with Dr Achal Bhagat

 

WHAT IS OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER?

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

December 15, 2017

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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Understanding Therapy: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

December 13, 2017

By Shruti Venkatesh

 

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterised by recurrent, unwanted, and sometimes bizarre thoughts, impulses, or doubts that evoke affective distress (obsessions - e.g., dirt, germs, or specific situations) and repetitive behavioural or mental ri…

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Understanding Mental Health: Talk, Listen, Stay Informed

December 10, 2017

Ask the Experts with Dr Achal Bhagat

 

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

We all have thoughts, feelings...We all interact with people. What do we want to achieve? Dignity for ourselves, to fulfil our purpose in life, we want to aspire to some things, we want to feel good about ourselves… This s…

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Sadventures: Understanding Therapy and Denial

December 6, 2017

Art by Solo for The Health Collective

Art by Solo for The Health Collective

 

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-fuelled imagination.

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What's Mental Health got to do With Pets and Animal Care?

December 4, 2017

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What does mental health have to do with animal care? In our Health Collective special, Amrita Tripathi interviews Canine Behaviourist Rajvi Mariwala for insight into some extreme stressors. Edited excerpts of our interview:

 

1) Can you share a little bit more on what you highlighted wr…

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