This is a question which may occur to many people whether anti-psychotics improve the quality of life. So let me put it this way- anti-psychotics are NOT meant to improve the quality of life, but just reduce the symptoms of psychosis in the short run. Why do I say 'short run'? Nobody ordinarily can have … Continue reading Anti-psychotics and quality of life
The date above will remain significant for long, until memory fades, if ever. I was 20 then. The footsteps of winter had begun to descend and it was the last year of college. Or nearly so! It turned out to be the day my life would be changed forever. I stood in the college auditorium … Continue reading 6th Nov 1992
In recent years, a cultural movement has emerged online that takes a positive attitude toward eating disorders. So-called pro-anorexia (or, more commonly, ‘pro-ana’) organisations differ widely. Whereas the majority claim to provide a non-judgmental environment for those diagnosed with anorexia, others go further, denying that eating disorders are mental illnesses and casting them instead as … Continue reading Despite their dangers, pro-anorexia forums have much to teach us
This page does not talk about recovery resources from all over the place, only those that are already available on this blog, so that one does not have to look up various corners in search for something. I repeatedly say that recovery is something most people can accomplish. But let me also say that most … Continue reading Recovery related resources on the blog
This is my first public interview, in which I spoke about recovery and why it is a justice issue, more than the right for people to get mental health treatment. It aired on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day, this year- 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIDYF6zF39I&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3co6NOgcCRuCoEfHvYMZdXL8RdKNqnEWGLw3nnuctJ5y8ioFQxbT7gSLA My interview in Hindi, whose title is somewhat misleading for … Continue reading The idea of recovery in an interview
These are figures in a museum in Greece. My idea was to think of the word 'supporting' and look for an appropriate picture. I thought everything needs support- even the past needs support and appreciation before it can be preserved and presented to another time. This picture is representaional of that support. This is a … Continue reading Enabling dialogues- how I work in my ‘counseling’ practice
Someone asked me this question, a few days ago and I waited awhile to respond to this. So today I finally wrote down a response to it, and here it is. I am writing their full question and my response>>> Is it wrong that I want to die? I’m only 23 and I really don’t … Continue reading Is it wrong if I want to die?
In a majority of cases people approach me, in my counseling practice, for their loved ones- who have a mental illness diagnosis. Their hope is two-fold: to understand recovery and to meet someone who is recovered and then present the same to their diagnosed loved one. Secondly they hope to help their loved one. I … Continue reading Recovery- a personal quest
In the US the rules, checks and balances in the system will catch up with everyone. But what about in India? In the US, an Indian psychiatrist was recently caught...but had this happened in India, perhaps nobody would have got to know! Here is an excerpt from something that came on Somatosphere When clinical trials … Continue reading They will be caught in the US, but what about in India?
Many a person- whether who suffers themselves or a family care-giver ask me what is the most effective, non-drug treatment in Mental 'Illness'. If I say offhandedly 'counseling' most are not able to understand why or how it can make a difference in a scenario where there is a 'chemical deficiency' in the brain. In … Continue reading Why I insist on counseling/dialoguing