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 […]

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

Healthcare professionals reiterated the need for governments to bring together the whole society in raising awareness and providing help for patients and families of those who suffer from degenerative disorders

Devise strong strategy to care for the elders with dementia, say expertsAsha 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 […]

Decoding dementia: Need more dedicated professional carers, say experts

In the second of the four-part series on dementia, existing carers assert one of the ways dementia can be managed better is by changing the perceptions towards the elderly

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 […]

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

In the first of a four-part series on dementia, we focus on lack of care facilities available to the elderly population suffering from the ailment. Experts say despite the rising number of dementia patients, there is a lack of awareness about the condition and management among public as well as healthcare professionals

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 […]

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 […]

Ill-effects of demonetisation: Hundreds flock to psychiatrists for counselling

The sudden announcement of discontinuation of Rs500 and Rs1,000 currency notes has led to rise in numbers of people experiencing shock, anxiety, stress and heart attacks

Ill-effects of demonetisation: Hundreds flock to psychiatrists for counsellingSuraj Sethia (name changed), a 52-year-old businessman from Girgaum (Mumbai) had sleepless nights for days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation. His worry and stress came under control only after he consulted a psychiatrist. While it has been two weeks since the Centre’s announcement, city psychiatrists have been busy attending hundreds of people like […]