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Akansha Sahay
January 23, 2023
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is one of the most popular forms of psychotherapy mostly used in one-on-one counselling sessions. As the name suggests, CBT is based on a mix of cognitive (mental processes like thoughts) and behavioural approaches. This therapy was started by Aron Beck in the 1960s.  CBT helps identify negative thought patterns that impact your emotions and…

Akansha Sahay
January 17, 2023
Twelve-year-old Riya hated her nose. She wondered why her nose wasn’t pointy and tiny like her barbie dolls. When she started putting clips on her nose, her mom thought nothing much of it. A couple of years later, when the COVID pandemic struck, and masks became mandatory, Riya started wearing masks even at home. She would not remove it even…

Akansha Sahay
December 15, 2022
What is dual diagnosis? The term dual diagnosis is fairly common in the de-addiction realm. A person is said to have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders when they suffer from a substance use disorder as well as a mental health illness. There could be psychotic disorders, mood disorders, or personality disorders. More than half of the people who suffer…

Akansha Sahay
Children are precious and innocent, and we want to shield them from bad influences that they may come across in their lives. However, as they grow up, they will be exposed to many things, both good and bad. So, wouldn’t it be better if we start having conversations about things like cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs while they still look up…

Akansha Sahay
Mental illnesses and addiction issues are some of the most serious problems that affect human society. However, harmful stereotypes around it make it impossible for people to talk about it, let alone ask for help. Thankfully, in the last few years, conversations around mental health and addiction are moving from the private space to the public domain. With more and…

Akansha Sahay
November 13, 2022
Substance use disorder (SUD) can be termed as a chronic relapsing medical illness with relapses and remissions and a strong genetic component. Long-term chronic drug addiction requires a holistic treatment that includes pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and to an extent, exercise and diet. How does pharmacotherapy for addiction work? In simple terms, pharmacotherapy (pharmacology) is the treatment of a disorder/disease/health condition with…

Akansha Sahay
November 9, 2022
Battling addiction is a tough ordeal! While it is great to have the support of your friends and family, for some, that may not be an option. There is still not much education about drug addiction and how it is a disease that needs medical attention and care. Most people, especially the older generation, still view drug addiction as a…

Akansha Sahay
October 28, 2022
Eating disorders are behavioural disorders related to eating patterns linked to emotional and psychological problems. Like other mental health disorders, eating disorders can affect every aspect of a person’s life. There are various different types of eating disorders like bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder etc.  These disorders usually start around adolescence and are seen more commonly in women.…

Akansha Sahay
October 20, 2022
It would not be entirely wrong to say that smartphones have permeated most aspects of our lives. We shop online, we find our entertainment online, and we also do quite a bit of learning online, primarily through Apps. These Apps are a great tool to access knowledge and be a part of a community when it’s not physically possible. While…

Akansha Sahay
October 17, 2022
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which the person experiences episodes where their mood, energy and activity level change significantly. Approximately 46 million people suffer from bipolar disorder around the globe, according to a 2017 report. There are many different treatment options for bipolar and most people recover with a combination of these. What is Bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder…

Akansha Sahay
October 7, 2022
When it comes to drug addiction treatment, one would think of treatment methods like medically assisted detoxification, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 12-step programs and so on. Very rarely do we hear about ayurvedic treatment for addiction problems. Maybe it is because we assume addiction to be a western disease and hence western treatments. However, drugs and alcohol were available even in…

Akansha Sahay
October 6, 2022
Gaurav had always been an overachiever. He was an academic genius in school and college, as well as a sports enthusiast. By the age of 32, he was the youngest CEO of the international technology company he worked for. So, it came as a shock when news reached his friends and colleagues about his admission to a drug rehab centre.…

Akansha Sahay
October 2, 2022
National Anti-Drug Addiction day is celebrated on the 2nd of October of every year in India. Every child in India knows that the 2nd of October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti. One of the reasons why National Anti-Drug Addiction day is celebrated on the same day is because Gandhi Ji condemned the use of drugs. On this day, people across…

Akansha Sahay
September 18, 2022
What is the 12 steps program? 12 steps treatment is one of the most popular treatment methods available for addiction. It is a mutual-aid program for all types of addictions and compulsions. Many rehab centres in India incorporate this approach into their treatment plan.  It is conducted through a support group system. This helps them connect with people who are…

Akansha Sahay
August 31, 2022
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the world. It is estimated that one in five people suffer from depression at some point in their lives.  It causes problems in the person’s functioning, affecting their personal, social and professional life. Depression is also a major risk factor for suicide. According to WHO, about 700,000 people die…