Hormones and women's mental health: what's the link?

​Mood swings, irritability, crankiness - these behaviors in women are culturally attributed to hormones or PMS. We understand that hormones have an impact on our behavior and can make us more emotional - but what is the link? How is our emotional wellbeing connected to the hormones in our bodies

Mental Healthcare Bill 2016

On March 27, 2017, the parliament passed the Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, that aims at providing healthcare services for mental illness and strengthening the individual rights of persons with mental illness. Here are some of the highlights of the Bill.

6 ways to help children regulate emotions

We often think of emotional regulation as just another fancy term for keeping one’s anger in control. In truth, emotional regulation encompasses much more including being aware of how we feel, learning to constructively express even the most unpleasant of our feelings. Clinical Psychologist Dr Nithya Poornima shares six strategies that you can use to help your child as they learn to navigate the complex world of emotions. 


What we mean when we talk about mental illness

Often, we use words related to mental illness in our daily conversation because they've become a part of the language we speak. Sometimes we're not aware of what the word actually means; at others, it's habitual because we've heard the same words used in such contexts all through our lives. But what do these words actually mean?

Signs of a Panic Attack

Our bodies naturally respond to fear or danger. But when an individual experiences a panic atack due to anxiety, they have intense fear in the absence of real danger causing a discomfort to an extent that it affects their daily functioning. Let’s see the possible signs of a panic attack.

Dyslexia: True or False?

Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects 10-15% of the school-going children worldwide. It is a disability that is neurological in origin and it affects the way information is processed by the brain. Like many other hidden learning disabilities, dyslexia is an invisible problem and is often shrouded in misconceptions. Take this quiz to find out if you can distinguish fact from fiction.

Signs of addiction

What are the signs that indicate that someone has an addiction?
A person who is addicted to a substance – whether alcohol, tobacco or drugs – is likely to show more than one of these indications over a prolonged period of time. 

What is a phobia?

A phobia is an exaggerated and irrational fear that can trigger severe anxiety when a person is faced with the source of the fear. A person who has a phobia of heights could get uncomfortable or even have a panic attack when they are in a high rise building.

Talking to someone with depression

When we talk to someone with a mental illness, we sometimes feel awkward because we want to convey our care for the other person, but we’re afraid something we do or say could hurt the other person. A person with depression may have some triggers that impact their mood; sometimes, well-meaning comments or advice may be stressful for them. Here are some do’s and don’ts:

Signs of Depression

Depression: A common mental illness that affects a person's thoughts, feelings, behavior, relationships, performance at work, and in very severe cases, may also lead to thoughts of suicide. Know the signs of depression...

Seven tips for caregiving

Caring for another person with illness can be overwhelming and exhausting. But, small adjustments in your daily routine can impact your life as a caregiver. Click on slideshow for more.

10 tips for staying mentally and emotionally healthy

We all exercise, diet, go to the doctor for annual check-ups and do several other things to care for your physical health. Caring for our mental health is equally important.

Read on to know what you can do to keep yourself mentally and emotionally fit.

Walking towards hope

With the right support, people with multiple disabilities can transcend the many obstacles they face, and find fulfillment in their lives. Here is a glimpse into the life of Sriram, who with support from Dr Devasagayam, has found sport to be the source of fulfillment.

Symptoms of exam anxiety

We all feel nervous and anxious before an exam. Normal levels of anxiety can motivate us to work harder and perform better. However when the anxiety becomes excessive and overwhelming it is referred to as Exam Anxiety and it may end up impairing the one’s performance in the exam. Learn about the symptoms of exam anxiety in the slides that follow.

Disabilities vs Abilities: What happens if you shift the focus?

Take a look at the mental health disabilities of some of the famous personalities. Masters in their respective fields, they garnered immense respect for their abilities. Imagine if they focused their energies on the disability. It would've been a colossal loss for the world in many ways.