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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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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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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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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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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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Sexual Harassment and Healing from Trauma

November 30, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

The recent #MeToo campaign has brought to light again how sexual harassment is an everyday occurrence for many women and men. There’s no question about some of the major after-effects of dealing with an experience like this.

“Trauma is at its core an emotional response to a…

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Ask the Experts: Understanding Therapy

November 12, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

As part of our special series, Understanding Therapy, The Health Collective features Dr Bhavana Gautam. Dr Gautam is a wellness consultant and certified Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) counsellor practising in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She speaks to The Health Collective

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Spread the Word on Dangers of Blue Whale: Supreme Court to DD and TV Channels

October 28, 2017

By Team Health Collective

On October 27, 2017, the Supreme Court (SC) took cognisance of the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ and termed it a national problem. While asking the government for a time-bound plan to ban the game, it has also directed the state-run channel Doordarshan and private telev…

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Your Stories: How to Travel Light

October 24, 2017

The Health Collective is delighted to feature an interview with Shreevatsa Nevatia, author of How To Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia (Penguin RandomHouse India, 2017). We highly recommend the book, which releases October 25, 2017 in India. 
 

Nevatia speaks to Amrita Tripa…

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Understanding Therapy: A Psychotherapist's View

October 22, 2017

Pragya Lodha, Research Assistant at De Sousa Foundation, speaks to Sukanya Sharma for The Health Collective in our special series Understanding Therapy.

Edited excerpts of the interview:

Q: What exactly is therapy?

A: There is a difference between counselling and therapy. Counselling most…

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Severe Side Effects: One Woman’s Journey Through Antidepressants

October 10, 2017

By Bee Rowlatt

Antidepressants can save lives, but they made me want to kill.”

Katinka Blackford Newman learnt the hard way. When the British film-maker’s marriage fell apart in 2012 she began having sleepless nights. She went to see her family doctor, who diagnosed anxiety and prescribe…

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Your Stories: Anorexia

September 30, 2017

 

Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective
(Art by Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective)

 

Editor's Note: If you or anyone you care about might be at risk of anorexia/ bulimia/ body image disorders, please reach out to a trained professional for help. You will find a list we're building out of therapists and other mental health pr…

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Understanding Therapy and Challenges En Route

September 5, 2017

Battles in the Mind: An Excerpt

September 3, 2017

We feature a moving excerpt from Battles in the Mind, a book written by Anna Chandy, chairperson of Deepika Padukone's Live Love Laugh Foundation (and Padukone's therapist). This excerpt is published with kind permission of Penguin Random House India.

 

Battles in the Mind
by Anna Chandy

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Faith, Reason and the Mindset of a Follower

August 30, 2017

 

‘Faith is what I die for, dogma is what I kill for’ is the saying. And we saw much of that unfolding in the aftermath of the verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. All faith is dogma. And faith is nothing but belief unfounded on facts. Epistemology, a branch …

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