#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Here’s how you can spot the signs of suicidal behaviour in 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: Here’s how you can spot the signs of suicidal behaviour in 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 […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: 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

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: 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 […]

Mental health: People in cities getting more open to the idea of counselling

Nowadays people have become more open to the idea of visiting a counsellor to solve their problems. As mental health is as important as our physical health, it is heartening to see that the trend in cities is changing for the better. This is slowly but steadily helping in breaking barriers and aiding in reducing the social stigma on mental health problems. This is also helping people in an effective manner by giving them a vital way to discuss their problems without fear

Mental health: People in cities getting more open to the idea of counselling“One of my classmates was suffering from study-related stress. When we discussed the issue with our teacher, she referred her to a psychiatrist. After undergoing a few counselling sessions and some other treatment she recovered and is studying without any stress now,” said Meena Patil, a student from the 9th standard in Pune. The culture […]

LGBT mental health: It’s just a matter of orientation

The recent judgment by the Supreme Court of India, decriminalising consensual same-sex intercourse, enables the process of acknowledgment and de-stigmatisation of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community, furthering their assimilation into the society

LGBT mental health: It’s just a matter of orientationDr Kedar Tilwe, Psychiatrist, Sexologist and Geriatric Psychiatrist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares how to deal with the patients with most personal and private concern – ‘sexuality’ And also, how seeking mental health professional’s help will aid them in dealing with different turmoil and distress. Sexuality, for a long time, has been one of our most […]

One in 13 children affected by PTSD by age of 18, finds landmark UK study

A large UK study has found that almost one in 13 (8%) young adults suffer from PTSD following a childhood trauma, which may be linked to a rise in the diagnosis of mental health disorders in the adult population

One in 13 children affected by PTSD by age of 18, finds landmark UK studyOf all 18-year-olds in England and Wales one in 13 have had post-traumatic stress disorder at some point, half of those within the previous 12 months, researchers have said. The study’s findings have been met with alarm among experts, who raised concerns that few of the young people who experienced trauma accessed support for their […]

Last minute tips for children studying for their SSC exams

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

Last minute tips for children studying for their SSC examsIt 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 […]

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, suggests study

Too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television is linked to heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age 2, according to a new study

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, suggests studyEven after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability to finish tasks, reports San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge and University of Georgia psychology professor W. Keith Campbell. Twenge and Campbell’s results were published in an […]

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 […]

#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 […]