How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer advice

People experiencing recurring nightmares face difficulty in sleeping again. By relaxing and actively coping with nightmares, one may be able to sleep with content, say experts

How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer adviceNightmares are very vivid and bad dreams that occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep. Although, it is very common in children, nightmares can happen to anyone, say doctors.  If the nightmares are persistent, psychotherapy and counselling can serve to be useful in addressing a person’s underlying emotional issues. Also listen to calm […]

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Beware, 2-year olds can also suffer from mobile addiction

A lot of parents pat their backs when they talk to each other about how smart their kids are, as they can access YouTube or use the Internet. However, in a surprising case, a two-year-old kid from Mumbai has an addiction to gadgets, so much so that ‘no gadget’ time is his only therapy at the moment. My Medical Mantra takes a look how mobile addiction is increasingly affecting children these days

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Beware, 2-year olds can also suffer from mobile addiction‘Gadget-free hours’ are the need of the hour. With most parents showcasing their children’s talent of using gadgets efficiently, it seems to be like a qualification of intellectuality. However, psychiatrists say that the ‘gadget nanny’ for kids and newborns is more than just harmful. “A 2-year-old boy had come to me with his elder brother […]

Suicide awareness: Psychiatric society releases documentary on Blue Whale

The film aims to spread awareness about Blue Whale by portraying the psychology of a depressed teenager’s mind. It shows how vulnerable a person is, as they would kill themselves just to win a game  

Suicide awareness: Psychiatric society releases documentary on Blue WhaleThe world is moving towards a rather competitive phase. Practically everyone we meet today is said to suffer from depression. Several things have been discussed in September over the Blue Whale fiasco. An increase in the non-acceptance of rejection and a rise in the need for instant gratification were identified as key factors which would […]

‘Send those caught driving drunk to psychiatrist’

Drink-driving can be harmful for the person who does it as well as the others too, as, it can lead to fatal accidents and gruesome deaths. Dr Sagar Mundada has written a letter to Devendra Fadnavis and demanded that drink and drive cases should be referred to psychiatrists

‘Send those caught driving drunk to psychiatrist’Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle – car, truck, motorcycle or any other motorized vehicle – after consuming alcohol is a serious crime. Drinking and driving is referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).  And often, the unfortunate accidents because of drunken driver come to forth. Huge penalties […]

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 […]

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 […]

ADHD more prevalent in Indian children, says study

In a first, ADHD guidelines created and released at National Level as a study done in southern India shows a significant prevalence of this brain disorder. According to health experts, ADHD is a very prevalent disorder among children in India

ADHD more prevalent in Indian children, says studyA report issued by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) noted that Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder (ADHD) is highly prevalent in children in India. According to the report, it could be the most common neuro-behavioural disorder among children in the country. “One of the biggest problems is that there was no one guideline or consensus […]

Mumbai doc to help answer mental health queries on ‘Sarahah’

Everyone has two faces, one that we present to the real world and another face which generally comes out in anonymous platforms like the Sarahah app, or so say experts. Now a Mumbai psychiatrist has signed in to this popular social media app to answer anonymous questions regarding mental health

Mumbai doc to help answer mental health queries on ‘Sarahah’An honesty app titled, ‘Sarahah’ has been doing the rounds on social media for various reasons. A Mumbai psychiatrist named Milan Balakrishnan has now gets signed on to this popular social media app to answer anonymous questions regarding mental health. Anonymity can act as a boon in disguise, if used rightly. This is somewhat the […]

THRIVE: An initiative towards socio-economic rehabilitation for people with mental illnesses

The training aims to boost their self-confidence. After the training, this group will be helping them find suitable employment opportunities. Registrations for this initiative are open and families willing to enrol for the same can do it at the earliest

THRIVE: An initiative towards socio-economic rehabilitation for people with mental illnessesA group of mental health professionals in Pune are working towards the social and economic rehabilitation for those who have been affected by mental illnesses. Through an initiative titled as ‘THRIVE’ – ‘Together for Health, Research and Innovation for Vibrant Employment’, this group is helping these patients in the acquisition of life skills which will […]

Women exposing themselves for attention, could be a disorder

Exhibitionistic disorder is a condition marked by the urge, fantasy, or behavior of exposing one’s genitals to non-consenting people, particularly strangers. For women, it is about getting attention while for men, it’s a sexual behaviour to gain pleasure

Women exposing themselves for attention, could be a disorderKaran and Reema Panjwani (names changed) were puzzled with the way their daughter, Priya was behaving when she grew up to be 17-years-old. She was this funky and cheerful teenager who had a peculiar problem. The Panjwani’s came knocking at the doors of Dr Avinash Desousa, consultant psychiatrist at Sion Hospital and founder-trustee of De […]
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