By: Rishikesh Behere | August 04, 2019

   Our country lost one of its self-made and passionate entrepreneurs – the founder of Café Coffee Day; to suicide. A high profile untimely death receives everyone’s attention. But to put matters in perspective this is probably one among the unfortunate 2 lakh suicides that occur every year in India.

 

    A lot has been discussed in the media regarding the circumstances from pressures of a business, stress of repaying a debt to income tax. But one thing that is forgotten is the underlying medical illness of ‘depression’ that leads a person going through a stressful phase to take his own life. 

 

   Depression is a medical illness which can affect 15% of the population in their life...

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By: Rishikesh Behere | September 10, 2017


September 10th is designated as world suicide prevention day. This year the topic is in the limelight due to the interest being generated over the ‘blue whale’ as a game that incites young vulnerable individuals to suicide as a part of incremental challenging tasks given to the victim. As a mental health professional I am often asked questions by anxious parents regarding this so called online game and its impact on their children and what they can do to prevent it. While this blue game controversy has helped bring the focus of the society at large on a very significant problem of suicides in the young, we are missing the larger picture by blaming an unknown perpetrator lurking on the dark side of the internet. The truth is and let’s face...

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By: Rishikesh Behere | April 07, 2017

WHY SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT DEPRESSION?

DEPRESSION – LET’S TALK - WORLD HEALTH DAY 2017

By the year 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disability. Recognizing this the World Health Organization has declared the theme for this year’s World Health day as “Depression Let’s talk”. The prime minister in his recent address encouraged to ‘express’ and not ‘suppress’ depression. The parliament passed the mental health care bill that decriminalizes suicide.


We have heard the old adage ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ which emphasizes the point that it is necessary to care for our health if we have to achieve economic prosperity. With a view to this there is increased awareness on how to keep physically...

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By: Rishikesh Behere | March 23, 2017

In recent months there has been an alarming rise in instances of violence against doctors resulting in grievous injuries. It is a worrisome trend which requires deep introspection by all parties concerned in health care. But before that we need to ask a vital question – How did it come to this?


Let’s start from the very beginning. When medicine was simple and was about ‘dawa’ aur ‘dua’. If the treatment worked it was the ‘dawa’ and when it didn’t work the ‘dua’ had failed. The doctor was placed on a pedestal. However gradually cases of malpractice and gross negligence did come to light culminating with the profession being placed under the consumer protection act. A vast majority of members of this profession continued to work with a positi...

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By: Rishikesh Behere | November 10, 2016

9th of November 2016 will be remembered as a red letter day for the Indian economy and a black day for black money. This was a day when the country took a strong step to extricate itself from the deep clutches of a monster that was hindering its progress. This was a day when the country decided to break free from its past in the hope of a new dawn. This move has been largely accepted and appreciated by most people as the right one.

Like the economy, our mind has its own dark recesses, like the sensex it can have its own highs and lows and be fickle to external influences. De-monetisation is good for the economy. But have we ever thought of a De-mentalisation?

Like the Black money we all may have certain thoughts and emotions hidden in the...

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