#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Recognising signs of suicidal behaviour can save a loved one

Different reports suggests rise in the incidence of suicide deaths in India. Experts say that stigma attached to it restricts people from being vocal about it. But only when we can identify the signs of suicidal behaviour of our  family members and love ones, only then suicides can be prevented

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Recognising signs of suicidal behaviour can save a loved oneWorld Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) observed every year on 10th September is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).The aim of this day is to create awareness among people about the fact that suicide can be prevented. According to WHO, worldwide about 800,000 people die […]

Appoint psychiatrists as mental hospital’s heads: Nagpur doc appeals to High Court

A Nagpur-based doctor, Dr Nirmala Vaze, has filed a petition the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court. She has demanded the court to direct the State government to appoint the psychiatrists as the head at their mental hospitals. She says that a psychiatrist understands a patient well and it is an appropriate choice.

Appoint psychiatrists as mental hospital’s heads: Nagpur doc appeals to High CourtSpeaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nirmala Vaze’s advocate, Smita Singalkar, said, “We have made two demands in the petition. One is to ensure proper implementation of the rules in the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, and second is to hire a psychiatrist for the post of medical officer. The psychiatrist has to play an important […]

There is always a better option than suicide

Dr Pritam Chandak, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, advises on how to identify a suicidal person and how to speak with them

There is always a better option than suicideThe intense emotional pain that one experience when depressed/stressed can distort his thinking, so sometimes, it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems or to connect with those who can offer support. At times, committing suicide may seem like the only way to stop the pain. Although it might seem as if your pain […]

#StressFreeExam: 9 important tips for students 

Exams are a testing time for many students. As the exam date approaches closer fear and anxiety begin to increase. One exam does not determine your outcome in life. Dr Harish Shetty lists useful tips for students to put themselves at ease and continue studying without worrying unnecessarily

#StressFreeExam: 9 important tips for students 10th standard exams are hyped beyond a reason. The performance actually does not make much difference to the lives of students but there is a general air of tension around them. As the exams get closer there may be some confusion related to many aspects. Following are some possible scenarios that may unfold: I am […]

These last minute exam tips are really helpful

Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrist at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, shares 51 tips for students and their families on what needs to be done a day before board exams

These last minute exam tips are really helpfulIt is again that time of the year when students who are appearing for their board exams are under immense stress. Not just them, but even their parents and family members are under pressure. Most of the times, the expectations set by parents and family members prove to be an impediment in exam preparations for their […]

Rare: Treatment saves hypochondriasis patient’s marriage

With age, one of the most undeniable complications that come to the forefront is that of illness. Like in the popular film ‘Piku’, hypochondriasis is a real problem and can, in every sense, be quiet frustrating for the one who deals with the person. A Mumbai couple almost got divorced because of the same

Rare: Treatment saves hypochondriasis patient’s marriage  Divakar Kapoor (name changed), a 50-year-old senior banker, walked into a city clinic with his wife, almost on the verge of divorce. As he sat across the table to talk about himself, he started explaining about excruciating pain in his left eye. “The way Kapoor was talking, it was way too disturbing. In great […]

Patients find it awkward to ask for help from the psychiatrists, says study

Last week, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind stated that the country is reeling under the issue of serious mental health epidemic. Further pointing at the lack of mental health interventions in the country, he also pointed out that according to the National Mental Health Survey of 2016; nearly 14 per cent of the country’s population requires mental health interventions. Now, a study reaffirms that visiting a psychiatrist is still very awkward

Patients find it awkward to ask for help from the psychiatrists, says studyOur focus is on whether we need a psychiatrist these days, with so much pressure on the mind not merely because of stress but also due to another obvious reason which can hold a person back from resorting to pay a visit to the healers of the mind, and what likely is the reason?  It […]

Improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients is Dr Joyita’s mission

Palliative care is still a neglected aspect in our healthcare system. Palliative care intends to provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms to the patient. While our healthcare system still hasn’t embraced the concept of palliative care. Dr Deodhar throws a light upon what can be done to improve its condition

Improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients is Dr Joyita’s missionWhen a person encounters any life-threatening disease (cancer, diabetes, neurological conditions, coronary heart disease, HIV/Aids etc.), a traumatising battle for physical and emotional well-being begins. A life-threatening illness not only takes a toll on the patient but also on the family members. Palliative care is an approach which addresses these issues and tries to improve […]

iPhone craze lands Pune youths at doctor’s doorstep

While newer smartphones with latest features being introduced every day in the Indian market, the craze for buying the most latest one is leading youngsters to fall prey to having a case of personality disorder

iPhone craze lands Pune youths at doctor’s doorstepA doctor in Pune has received two cases of personality disorder wherein two young boys have shown a maladaptive pattern of behaviour for buying ‘the latest version of an iPhone’. A craze for buying the latest version of a smartphone is one of the telling traits of a personality disorder; that is seen in modern […]

‘My passion is to talk to people, that’s what keeps me going’

Family, a passion for life and people. Encompass the universe for Dr Harish Shetty, a man who is a jack of all, yet the master of many

‘My passion is to talk to people, that’s what keeps me going’Could a well-known psychiatrist have the time to learn a new language every year while working for more than 10 hours a day? For someone with a packed schedule like Dr Harish Shetty who examines more than 40 patients a day, making time for oneself could be a problem, but he still manages to learns […]