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Is your kid hooked on smartphones? Here are 5 tips for parents

There is growing concern among parents, educators and mental health experts that excessive smartphone use may be contributing to the recent surge in adolescent depression and suicide. But what qualifies as “excessive”? At this point, no one’s sure. Specific, evidence-based guidelines take time to determine—years, and sometimes decades. And the pace at which kids have […]

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Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatrists

Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatrists

Doctors say that suggestions in tweet seem insensitive as it trivialises depression and over-simplifies it. Mental health professionals state that the message of the poster could be misleading. There have been several responses on twitter in regards to this poster. The poster advised people to go for walks, follow a routine, do yoga, eat fruits, […]

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38% Indians face mental health problems, reports survey

Why mental well-being at the workplace matters

A negative work environment can trigger physical and mental health problems. It can also push someone towards substance abuse or alcoholism and also can affect productivity of an employee or individual. To highlight the importance of mental health at the workplace, the theme for the World Mental Health Week 2017 is ‘Mental Health at Workplace,’ […]

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On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia

On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia

“We didn’t realise it was a major illness unless we started noticing behavioural changes in my mother about a year ago. She was just becoming very reclusive. Something like, “You are not giving me food” she would say, exactly 10 minutes after eating. She started getting very violent. My dad, on the other hand, had […]

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‘Centre’s guidelines to rehabilitate mentally ill should be implemented without manipulation’ demand experts

‘Centre’s guidelines to rehabilitate mentally ill should be implemented without manipulation’ demand experts

On July 10, the Supreme Court ordered all the states and Union territories of India to implement the guidelines formulated by the Centre to ensure social security and a rehabilitation program for persons treated and recovering from mental illness. Social workers and experts in the field have welcomed the judgment but they have also raised […]

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Decoding dementia: Devise strong strategy to care for the elderly, say experts

Devise strong strategy to care for the elders with dementia, say experts

Asha and Praveen Bhosle (names changed) have been living at Aarambh, a residential care centre for the elderly at Powai in Mumbai, for a month now. While Asha has been diagnosed with dementia, Praveen suffers from Alzheimer’s. Their family made a decision to hand them over to professional carers to improve the quality of their […]

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Decoding dementia: Need more dedicated professional carers, say experts

Decoding dementia: Need more dedicated professional carers, say experts

“Our centre takes care of about 40 dementia patients. We have around 30 trained carers, apart from general staff. The biggest challenge we face is finding people who want to engage in care giving, and retaining them,” said Mansi Atre, administration manager at Dignity Lifestyle Township, Neral. She echoed the larger issue of lack of […]

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Dementia: India needs a separate national programme, say experts

Decoding dementia: 4.1 million patients in India, only 20 care centres

  It’s 3am, and Seeta Chidambaram is crying inconsolably. “Everyone is ignoring me. You all will leave me,” the 87-year-old tells her daughter, Vijayalakshmi Mani. The family says this happens often. “My mother suffers from dementia. There are days she cries uncontrollably, and there are days when she does not talk. There are times she […]

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