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Practicing Self Love

Looking Beyond Imperfections: Practicing Self-love

People often feel the urge to hide their imperfections, but what happens when you face it? According to the World Health Organisation, depression might be more common in women as compared with men. (Source) Co-occurring factors like gender-based roles, stressors and negative life experiences are related to depression, anxiety and the high rates of comorbidity between them. This is particularly true for women who play various roles at once, as they have been conditioned to strive for ‘perfection’. This causes strain and distress, which can lead to mental health concerns.

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Eating Disorder

Food For Thought: Can Bad Eating Habits Affect Your Mental Health?

Feeling guilty after eating a sumptuous meal, skipping meals with the fear of gaining weight, starving to reduce those extra kilos and feeling conscious about our bodies is more prevalent than ever before. While many of us feel the need to be lean and reduce weight, the unwarranted and consistent fear of gaining weight could be a symptom of a distorted body image disorder.

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Grieving

Suicide Loss Survivors: Coping with Complicated Grief

“Today (October 16, 2014) I was told by my 20-year-old son in a hand written message that he ‘could not take this anymore’… A part of me still believes this is all someone else’s nightmare being played out in front of me…,” Dr. Sangeeta Mahajan, a mental health activist from the United Kingdom, who lost her son to suicide nearly 4 years ago.

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Routine

When Change is the Only Constant, why we Must Follow a Routine

The significance of embracing change in everyday life is often underscored. Although changes in life are inevitable, adjusting to them may not be the same for everyone. For some, they can be overwhelming, throw them off guard, and cause anxiety and stress, all at once. While some feelings are temporary, others can prolong over time causing what is called an adjustment disorder or situational depression.

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Mental Health Insurance

A Step Towards Breaking Stigma: Insurance to Cover Mental Illnesses in India

In a significant and historic move the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), has issued a directive to insurers in India to provide health insurance coverage for mental illnesses. The IRDAI has ordered “all insurance companies to comply with the aforesaid provisions of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 with immediate effect.”

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Bullying

Bullying and its Impact on Young Minds

In July 2016, a 14-year-old boy returned from school, went to the terrace of his apartment block, and jumped to his death. Investigations revealed that he was bullied by a schoolmate who travelled with him in a private school van. In another instance, a class 9 student studying at a reputed private school in a metro city reported suffering physical and psychological trauma due to alleged harassment by his classmates.”

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Mental Health Insurance

Women’s Mental Health: Multiple Hats, Multiple Stressors

Who Are You? A daughter? A mother? A wife? A homemaker? A working woman? A friend? A sister? And so on. Women tend to play multiple roles simultaneously in a single day.  For each of these roles, there are expectations thrust upon them due to social constructs and choices. Do we ever wonder if the pressures and expectations attached to these roles are even realistic?”

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5 Ways to Be A More Empathetic and Mindful Friend

5 Ways to Be A More Empathetic and Mindful Friend

Friendships tend to be one of the most intimate sources of support throughout our lives. We build and nurture this relationship with utmost empathy and trust. This relationship can improve our social and emotional competencies, thus increasing our self-confidence and mental well-being.

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On Friendship

How Well Do You Know Your Friendship?

Most of us claim to know our friends well, and our best friends even better, but how many of us understand our ‘friendships’ with them? Do we know, how different types of friendships can co-exist in a single relationship? Do we know, that the nature of our friendship with an individual, can affect our mental well-being?

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Depression in the Elderly

Why Do We Tend To Overlook Symptoms Of Depression In Elderly

As we inch closer towards an individualistic society, without adequate support systems in place, mental health concerns like depression are seen to be increasing at a fast pace. According to the World Health Organisation, over 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression, which tends to manifest differently in various age groups.

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Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Do you ever feel like you’re using drugs or alcohol to get some relief from stress? Have you ever found that you need some sort of drug or alcoholic stimulation to getting around to your regular activities? Have you ever had the people you spend a lot of time with suggest that you cut it back with alcohol or drug intake?

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Men and Mental Health

Men and Mental Health

Mental health disorders are on the rise. It is estimated that at least 13.7% individuals in India will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime. Women, in general are two times more likely than men to suffer from a common mental illness (CMD). While some of the reasons behind this discrepancy could involve hormones and biology, another reason involve the cultural that surrounds us.

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Depression in Men

Depression and Anxiety in Men

By 2020, the World Health Organization predicts that 20% of the Indian population will suffer from a mental illness. Women are 25% more likely to be affected by mental illness than men. This is particularly true for common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. These are further exacerbated by hormonal disturbances experienced by women.

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Women’s Mental Health

By 2020, the World Health Organization predicts that 20% of the Indian population will suffer from a mental illness. Women are 25% more likely to be affected by mental illness than men. This is particularly true for common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. These are further exacerbated by hormonal disturbances experienced by women.

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Trauma and Abuse in Women

Few can say that the recent cases of sexual assaults and rape, that have occurred in India, have left them unscathed. While it is important for the citizens of this country to push for justice and see the offenders punished by law, it is vital to understand that these incidents can have a profound psychological impact on the survivor and their family. It is, therefore, crucial to provide them with adequate support to deal with the aftermath of violence and abuse.

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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression is a mental health disorder that affects nearly 20% of Indian mothers within the first 12 weeks of childbirth. “The symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to depression in general; such as irritability, mood swings, crying, a feeling of being overwhelmed, lack of sleep, and fatigue.

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How India Perceives Mental Health: The Role of Awareness

In order to build a society where everyone is able to get the support that they require, we need to raise awareness about mental health concerns and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Stigma and awareness are two terms often associated with mental illness. In this article, we break down the importance of increasing awareness.

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Raising Awareness about Mental Health

It is imperative to inform and educate India’s population about mental health, it’s disorders and the various methods of treatment that are available in this country. At this stage, it is important to focus these programs at the following four levels.

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Reducing Stigma Against Mental Health

In order to ensure that Mental Health in India is addressed holistically, it is necessary to reduce the amount of stigma associated with Mental Illness. Less stigma in the community will encourage individuals to seek support and address their mental health concerns.

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How India Perceives Mental Health: The Role of Stigma

Sometimes, being a part of this collective can help relieve feelings of isolation and loneliness; however, at other times, we tend to ostracize people within our own community, who may not fit the norm. These individuals could include people with mental illness.

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