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

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health- some thoughts about the special issue

Finally the special issue of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (JEMH) is released by the McMaster University in Canada. The whole process has lasted over two years, for we began in April 2017- when I was still in the midst of collecting my empirical data- narratives of people with lived experiences of mental … Continue reading Journal of Ethics in Mental Health- some thoughts about the special issue

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)

How schizophrenia illuminates the nature of pleasure (republished)

Schizophrenia is one of the most widely misunderstood of human maladies. The truth of the illness is far different from popular caricatures of a sufferer muttering incoherently or lashing out violently. People with schizophrenia are, in fact, not more likely to be violent than people without schizophrenia. About one per cent of the worldwide population … Continue reading How schizophrenia illuminates the nature of pleasure (republished)

Understanding ‘Recovery’ in Mental Illness- The truth and the myths

I just wrote this article and put it out on Linkedin- thought it good to share here, since I am unable to write much on the blog nowadays due to so much writing in other fora- journals, dissertation, etc. Here it is-  Yes, you heard correctly. The idea of recovery in mental illness is  real … Continue reading Understanding ‘Recovery’ in Mental Illness- The truth and the myths