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

In various countries of the world, September 21 is observed as the World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the theme for this day is ‘Remember Me’. Dementia is a disease that commonly affects the elderly. Here in this article, we look at where we have reached so far in terms of its treatment

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 […]

The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fiction

One in 100 people is affected by schizophrenia during their life, but 45% of those surveyed thought the illness was much more common. Half mistakenly thought the illness was defined by a split personality and a quarter believed it definitely led to violent behaviour. But the reality is very different, a new campaign by Rethink Schizophrenia campaign claims

The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fictionSchizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned. Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it […]

Depression not just a mental illness, says study

Those suffering from depression have commonly reported both insomnia and oversleeping, along with chronic fatigue and decreased appetite for both food and sex

Depression not just a mental illness, says studyFor those living with it, depression can be all-consuming. It casts a haze over work, relationships, and everyday social interactions, affecting every aspect of a person’s life. People often think depression solely affects the mind because it’s classified as a mental disorder. A new study has shown, however, that depression is more like a systemic […]

Confused and disoriented? It could be a mental disorder?

Confusional psychosis, is a condition that is often caused due to severe head injury or high emotional stress. Severe stress or disappointment is often the reason for this condition. In this condition, the person is often disoriented with realities like place, time and people

Confused and disoriented? It could be a mental disorder?A week ago, the country was proudly talking about a 16-year-old boy named Harshit Sharma from Chandigarh. This was about his induction in Google for the job of graphic designing with a salary of whopping 1.44 crore annually. It was shortly realised that the whole episode was hoax and that there was no truth to […]

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soon

Human rights are equal for all and should be kept that way. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with a mental illness

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soonThe basic idea of human rights is the fact that they are not excusable; therefore these are rights that are granted by virtue of being ‘human’. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with […]

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

Social workers and experts in the field have welcomed the judgment but they have also raised concerns over the implementation of the guidelines and demanded that the court’s orders should be implemented without any manipulation

‘Centre’s guidelines to rehabilitate mentally ill should be implemented without manipulation’ demand expertsOn 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 […]

Doctors hail ‘Kaasav’ as a movie which aptly conveys what people in depression go through

Movies are a strong medium to connect with the masses; ‘Kaasav’ is a movie which strikes a chord among people. Depression is a matter of concern; urban metros are witnessing a growing burden of mental health problems and spreading awareness goes a long way in helping people speak out

Doctors hail ‘Kaasav’ as a movie which aptly conveys what people in depression go throughThe Bombay Psychiatric Society (BPS) held a special screening of ‘Kaasav’- a Marathi movie which won this year’s national award at BYL Nair Hospital. Appreciating the movie’s attempt to spread awareness on depression, the BPS said movies are a strong medium to communicate with masses. “Spreading awareness through entertainment is a tough task and the […]

After fighting depression for 10 years, 54-year-old says it’s possible to beat it

Goregaon resident Vijay Nallawala was 48-year-old when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003. After this life-changing experience, he has dedicated his life to help others battling with mental disorders. He not only spreads awareness about it, but has also authored a book, has a website and is a digital storytelling coach

After fighting depression for 10 years, 54-year-old says it’s possible to beat itAt the peak of his career as an entrepreneur, Vijay Nallawala had no hint of how life would confront him with a depressive illness and put him into a phase, which he today defines as ‘a very tough time’. Nallawala, a Mumbai resident, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, at the age of 48. […]

Psychiatrists welcome PM Modi’s talk on depression, say it will help remove stigma

In his radio programme Mann ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks about depression, encourages people who are a victim of it to speak up about it with others. He also spoke on how to identify if a person is depressed and how to deal with them

Psychiatrists welcome PM Modi’s talk on depression, say it will help remove stigmaIn an address to the nation through his radio programme Mann ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about depression. This year, depression is the theme of World Health Day, which falls on April 7. In his speech which was broadcast on March 26, Modi said, “Suppression of depression is not good. Expression is always […]