Let me tell you something about sleep One of the most common complaints I get is “difficulty sleeping”. Insomnia is one of the most common presenting symptoms in psychiatry, and is present in almost all mental disorders. Not only that, stress and excitement with ordinary life events can also rob us of a few Z’s.Continue reading “the problem with sleep”
Let’s celebrate World Mental Health Day! Wondering what you can do today to practice mental wellness? All of us can take part in advocating mental health today. May we do it for ourselves, a loved one, or the community. Here are 10 things you can do on World Mental Health Day: You can practice anyContinue reading “10 things you can do on world mental health day (10.10.20)”
YOU can make a difference. WARNING: This post may contain material that is sensitive. This post is for psycho-education purposes only, and is intended for lay-persons. Suicide prevention strategies are not included in the scope of this blog post, but websites for reference are mentioned. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contactContinue reading “suicide is preventable”
There can be times when we feel alone and isolated. More so now that physical distancing hampers our sense of social connectedness. Sometimes, we need someone to talk to, to make us to feel better. But sometimes, we may be hesitant to reach out to our friends and family. We may be afraid to shareContinue reading “mental tele-health and online psychosocial support”
Warning: this post contains material that may be sensitive. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide claims the lives of more than 800,000 persons a year. That’s one life lost every 40 seconds (1). A lot of people talk about suicide, but what do we really know about it?Continue reading “8 myths versus facts about suicide”
ahh, 30. 16 years ago, when 13 Going On 30 was released, I was 14 and all I wanted to be was “thirty, flirty and thriving”. Jennifer Garner made it seem so effortless and enjoyable. While I did have a blast on my 30th birthday, nobody told me how stressful the past few years (andContinue reading “handling stress at thirtysomething”
I recently had the honor of guesting on my friend’s podcast, where we talked about practicing self-compassion — a timely “note to self” in the middle of this pandemic. What is self-compassion anyway? But doesn’t this sound like self-pity or, being too selfish? Absolutely not. According to Dr. Kristin Neff, a pioneer of mindfulness andContinue reading “self-compassion: be kind to your mind”
As the popular Netflix series ends (no spoilers please!), we grow a bit lonely again and live in the existential crisis of “what do i do now?” The world keeps moving forward, but we kind of feel like we are not moving along with it. Quarantine status shifts every 2 weeks, yet we feel unadjustedContinue reading “it’s okay to not be okay”
We all have it — that restless, jittery feeling we can’t seem to shake off. It comes and goes, sometimes in the middle of work, often before we close our eyes to sleep. I’ve never felt anxious before, why am i feeling this now? Am i the only one like this? Does this mean iContinue reading “what’s driving my “coronavirus anxiety”?”
It’s 2020, yet the stigma of mental illness is still strong. It is one of the hindrances in seeking professional help. In other cases, people don’t know what to expect when they visit a psychiatrist. This is understandable, since psychiatrists have long been depicted in movies and TV as ‘scary’, ‘quacks’ or even ‘crazy’ themselves.Continue reading “what happens when i visit a psychiatrist?”
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