How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer advice

How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer advice

Nightmares 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 […]

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#MentalHealthWeek: Family plays a vital role in reintegrating schizophrenia patients in society

Schizophrenia is the most disabling of all the major mental disorders. Schizophrenia is an illness that interferes with an individual’s ability to think, feel and to receive and understand sensory information. It is a severe mental disorder in which a person cannot understand the difference between real and imaginary. An individual’s behaviour may also be […]

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Doctors organise mental health campaign to reach out to people in rural areas

With each passing day, the spates of mental health issues are rising in the country. Now with better awareness, more people are coming forward and speaking about the state of their mental health. More and more people are opening about depression and we read about cases of suicide in newspapers caused due to peer pressure […]

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Yerwada Mental Hospital faces acute shortage of psychiatrists

Pune’s Yerwada Regional mental hospital is facing an acute shortage of the doctors and the support staff. The government-run hospital which is one of the largest in India currently hosts 1200 patients suffering from mental illness. According to the administration, there are only eight psychiatrists at present in the hospital to look after over 1,200 […]

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Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophrenia

World Schizophrenia Day: The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fiction

Schizophrenia 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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Pune: Sexologists witness a rise in women using sex toys

Psychiatrists and sexologists have witnessed a rise in the number of women using sex toys. Not only more women are coming to experts and asking about it, but experts mention that women’s sexuality is now going beyond procreation. Dr Vaibhav Lunkad, a sexologist from Pune, said, “The number of women coming and asking us on […]

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Medicines, counselling, therapy and family support - the four pillars to treat schizophrenia’

Medicines, counselling, therapy and family support – the four pillars to treat schizophrenia

People affected with severe mental disorder, wandering on different streets, is the common picture seen in all the major cities in India. A person affected by schizophrenia is disowned by the family and left alone on the streets as a destitute. Doctors and psychologist say that support by the family is crucial in reintegrating the […]

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Maharashtra: Memory clinic 1,028 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia, since its launch

The proposal for a memory clinic had been put forth by state health minister Deepak Sawant and has now been implemented across government hospitals in Maharashtra. Under the memory clinic initiative, patients affected with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are treated in the geriatric ward in the district hospitals in the state. But the numbers of […]

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Maha: Patients with mental health issues outnumber psychiatrists

People in Mumbai and Maharashtra are leading stressful lifestyles and have to deal with work pressure, cut-throat competition, isolation, and depression on a daily basis. In a survey carried out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation during a period of two years, from October 2015 to September 2017, it was revealed that 1,74, 379 patients sought […]

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Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatrists

Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatrists

Doctors 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, […]

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