WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

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How To Stay Sane With Your Insane Loved One

I remember longing for tenderness when I was given tough love, I remember longing to be treated, held and comforted like a child when I was given silent support. If you look at the above two statements, you'll see I was given love and support, except it wasn't the kind I needed. I didn't know how to articulate it then and my family didn't know what I needed. A complete breakdown of communication ensued and no one got any support.
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We're Not Mad, You And I

"You have not seen what happens after drinking, young lady! I have seen how these things ruin your life!" I sat across this thundering man, wondering how I could've offended him so. Next to me, my mum squeezed my hand in hers, caught my eye and smiled a bit. It was my first visit to a psychiatrist ever, and within 20 minutes of being there, we had established I was a bipolar, schizophrenic, alcoholic, drug-addled child who did not know what life was about.
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The Truth About 'Shock Therapy': Don't Believe The Movies

At the very mention of the term 'electroconvulsive therapy' (ECT), people imagine something shocking, barbaric, demeaning, undignified, inhuman and so on. The reason lies partly in the history of ECT and partly in its media portrayal. In the popular Hindi movie Kyon Ki for instance, we see a draconian Om Puri (the psychiatrist) delivering ECT to a restrained Salman Khan (the patient) who is left to scream in sheer agony. However, this mindset about and portrayal of ECT is far from the present-day truth.
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I Won My Battle With Anorexia And Bulimia. Here's My Story

For the greater part of my teenage years, I found comfort in throwing up. I would throw up, then binge eat and then forcibly throw up again. I never realised what I was slipping into. In fact, for the longest time, it didn't strike me that there is something definitely not right about wanting to puke all the time. And that's how I courted anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
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The Disturbed Body And Mental Illness

A person with cancer will garner sympathy while someone with a so-called mental illness will most likely engender fear in others. Partly, this fear comes about because we perceive the mind as superior to the body. So, it's not hard to see why we fear illnesses that seem to be of the mind, not the body. But if there's one thing I learned while writing The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self, it's that this dichotomy between the body and the mind is false and misleading.