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 […]

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 adviceNimit (name changed) used to wake up suddenly in the middle of the night after having a nightmare which disturbed his sleep. The 20-year-old Andheri resident finally decided to seek medical help after it started hampering his daily activities. Dr Harish Shetty, his consulting psychiatrist at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital said that the nightmares were […]

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 […]

Patient commits suicide, psychiatrists highlight need for counselling

On the backdrop of this, psychiatrist have stressed on the need of psychiatric help before and after a major operation .Any major surgery takes an emotional and physical toll on a patient. Sometimes patients are worried about their recovery, they may also have some sort of financial burden. Counseling will help them overcome negative thoughts

Patient commits suicide, psychiatrists highlight need for counsellingToday morning at 10: 15 am, a 56-year-old patient named Ramsing Jaiswal, in Seven Hills hospital located in Andheri, Mumbai, committed suicide, by jumping from the 8th floor of the hospital. Five days ago, he had undergone a heart bypass surgery. According to the information provided by the hospital administration, he was responding well to the […]

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatrists

Doctors across the city have been receiving cases of teenagers, mainly girls, between 14 and 20 addicted to synthetic weed or Spice, which gives the same high as weed but cannot be identified through tests

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatristsSudeep and Megha Parab noticed a sudden change in the behaviour of their teenaged daughter, Natasha (all names changed), some time back. The 17-year old had bloodshot eyes and she was experiencing sudden mood swings. At times she would be dizzy, and there were instances when she would be constantly irritable. However, when the Parabs […]

Why do men expose themselves to women?

Exhibitionistic disorder is a condition marked by the urge, fantasy, or behaviour of exposing one’s genitals to non-consenting people, particularly strangers. The prevalence of exhibitionistic disorder is unknown, but is thought to be approximately two to four percent in the male population

Why do men expose themselves to women?Mayur Kadam (name changed) changed his profession about a year ago owing for a certain reason. He was a taxi driver who suffers from a type of sexual disorder since many years. The disorder called ‘exhibitionism’ is a kind of sexual disorder that gives Kadam, a 24-year old man, sexual pleasure by exposing his private […]