Anti-psychotics and quality of life

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

6th Nov 1992

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

The idea of recovery in an interview

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

Enabling dialogues- how I work in my ‘counseling’ practice

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

What I mean by ‘Recovery Oriented Counseling’

It is difficult for me to explain to people what is the meaning of recovery oriented counseling. Why? Because 'recovery' is a controversial issue, yet something which ought to be known by a wider number of people who are given mental 'illness' diagnosis. The major controversy about recovery lies in the fact that the idea … Continue reading What I mean by ‘Recovery Oriented Counseling’

Life beyond ‘hearing voices’? Here’s one way (republished from Aeon)

Contemplate how a person’s life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can’t. Now imagine it could offer something good. A research team from Hull University and associated NHS trusts in the UK suggest that, among the tumult, hallucinations can also offer opportunities for growth. Writing in the Journal of Psychology … Continue reading Life beyond ‘hearing voices’? Here’s one way (republished from Aeon)