Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatrists

A tweet regarding depression posted by the Health Ministry on its twitter account, has generated a backlash from psychiatrist and mental health professionals over the issues

Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatristsDoctors say that suggestions in tweet seem insensitive as it trivialises depression and over-simplifies it. Mental health professionals state that the message of the poster could be misleading. There have been several responses on twitter in regards to this poster. The poster advised people to go for walks, follow a routine, do yoga, eat fruits, […]

Mental health: UGC directs universities, colleges to establish student counselling centres

The problem of suicides among Indian students is worsening. In the three years since 2014, as many as 26,476 students have killed themselves in India, according to the latest data sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs by all Indian states and union territories. The central government is considering to include mental health lessons in school syllabus. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed to establish student counselling centres in colleges and universities

Mental health: UGC directs universities, colleges to establish student counselling centresSchool students are a vulnerable population group. They are in a period of their lives that is crucial for development of their mental health. Children will be taught how to handle stress, depression and so on. UGC Secretary  Professor Rajneesh Jain has written this letter to all the colleges and universities on March 01 to […]

Why does ‘she’ fear crows and dead bodies?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychological disorder in which people have unwarranted yet repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), and behaviours that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions) again. A 47-year-old Mulund resident suffers from a one-off bizarre OCD due to the fear of seeing dead bodies 

Why does ‘she’ fear crows and dead bodies?For Sulekha Shah (name changed) seeing dead bodies has been a reckless nightmare. She can’t bear to see any corpse simply because she feels it is gross. So gradually since the past two years, she has stopped stepping out of her house. “If she happens to see a dead body pass by, she will immediately […]

Pune: Suicide prevention helpline reports rise in calls

An NGO in Pune has witnessed an alarming rise in the number of calls being received by it. With the focus on preventing suicide, psychiatrists have said that family members and friends need to reach out to people who are feeling suicidal or are going through a rough period emotionally. A nurturing and caring family is important to prevent suicide cases

Pune: Suicide prevention helpline reports rise in callsWhile the rate of suicide is rising in India, a helpline for suicide prevention in Pune has seen steep rise in calls its helpline number. The largest numbers of calls are from people who belong to the age group of 15 to 25. ‘Connecting NGO’ has been running a helpline for suicide prevention since the […]

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 […]
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