It is important to keep our rational thinking alive and not be driven by irrational thoughts in order to keep our mental health in check in the time of Covid-19, says psychiatrist Dr. Gaurav Kulkarni. He says people may not be able to control the biological or social causes of … [Read more...] about What to do if we experience depressive symptoms during Covid
Helping people can bring us joy, especially in the time of a pandemic. Psychiatrist Dr. Gaurav Kulkarni says doing selfless things for others, however small they may be, has great benefit for our mind. It gives us a sense of purpose and promotes mental well being. It also helps … [Read more...] about Helping others can reduce anxiety during Covid, says psychiatrist
We should be fair to our mind like we are to our body; we should acknowledge mental illness just like physical aches and pains, and visit a therapist or a psychiatrist even if we have a small feeling that we aren’t mentally fine, says Dr. Gaurav Kulkarni. The … [Read more...] about Depression: When should we seek help?
People, who enter a depressive state after experiencing trauma, usually have acute symptoms of depression, but there are others with a chronic condition or dysthymia that they may have learnt to live with. The second kind makes it difficult for people to experience pleasure or … [Read more...] about Psychiatrist talks about causes of depression and what is it like to live with it
Depression is a serious medical illness characterised by a constant feeling of sadness, a lack of interest, difficulty in expressing and experiencing positivity, and a sustained low mood, says Mumbai-based psychiatrist Dr. Gaurav Kulkarni. For the condition to be medically termed … [Read more...] about What is depression?
A history of mental health issues, unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, prenatal depression, difficulty breastfeeding, and relationship or financial troubles can put new mothers at risk of postpartum depression, says clinical psychologist Dr. Poojashivam Jaitly. New fathers, with a … [Read more...] about Postpartum depression: Clinical psychologist talks about symptoms and risk factors
It is normal to feel some amount of sadness, stress, exhaustion, or anxiety during childbearing and after childbirth as a woman’s body and her life undergo big changes, but if these feelings intensify and last longer than 2-3 weeks, it may be postpartum depression, says clinical … [Read more...] about What is postpartum depression?
If people experience abnormal sleep patterns that are interfering with their physical, mental, and emotional functioning, it may be time to seek professional help for it, says clinical psychologist Dr. Poojashivam Jaitly. Stress and anxiety during the pandemic may be leading to … [Read more...] about How the pandemic is impacting our sleep
People who are prone to anxiety, or are suffering from anxiety disorders don’t always have access to resources and professional help. It has been even harder for them as they come to terms with an unprecedented situation in the form of a pandemic. The spread of the coronavirus … [Read more...] about What should you do when you have anxiety
When our brain perceives something as a threat, it leads to a fight or flight reaction, which can trigger anxiety. It is normal to feel a little anxious but if it hinders your everyday functioning, it can be treated using therapy and, in some cases, medication. Bengaluru-based … [Read more...] about Why do we feel anxious?