articles by Divya Srivastava

India

Narendra Modi's insensitive remark on dyslexia reaffirms India's narrow understanding of learning disorders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticised for seemingly taking a jibe at the Gandhis — Rahul and Sonia — by making a reference to dyslexia and children who have been labelled as dyslexic.

News & Analysis

Ye PUBG wala hai: Banning games solves nothing, parents should monitor child's screen time

Parents need to set boundaries around their child’s internet usage, and not let them have unlimited, unsupervised access to smartphones.

Life

Ghosting and other perils of modern dating: Are apps prompting people to abandon their partners?

Ghosting is a shameful experience for the person who is ignored or blocked, but it is also an indicator that the person who has ghosted them wants to avoid their feelings of discomfort

India

Health ministry's 'misguided' tweet on depression an eye-opener; it reflects govt's narrow understanding of mental health

Health ministry's poster on depression is an eye-opener as it makes one realise how the govt itself lacks awareness and doesn't understand mental illness.

Life

#MeToo is just the start; each of us needs to speak out against sexual assault

After the #MeToo campaign, each of us can associate not one but several faces with the label of “sexual assault survivor”

Life

Sarahah: The latest fad in the virtual world highlights the dark side of anonymous messaging apps

Sarahah, like other social media apps, could be feeding narcissism, and creating opportunities for cyber-bullying

Life

What the Blue Whale Challenge's popularity tells us about vulnerable teenagers

The Blue Whale challenge has been in the news for allegedly driving teens to self-destructive behaviour. But the game isn't the problem — the real issue is why a teenager feeling so lost and lonely that self-harm and suicide appear more appealing than wellness and life

Life

Anxiety and depression are commonplace today: Does society breed disorders and phobias?

While it may not be clear whether we really are in the midst of an anxiety epidemic or not, it is evident that anxiety is a serious mental health issue.

India

Mental Health Care Bill: A much-needed reform that still has a long way to go

The largely-neglected field of mental health finally got some much-needed attention with the passage of the Mental Health Care Bill.

Life

Lack of medicines, patient privacy and support: Why is India not helping the mentally ill?

India can no longer afford to let the burden of mental ill health continue to grow unchecked, we need to enable our disabled people to live an 'able' life.

Life

Understaffed and overcrowded, juvenile homes are hell holes rather than reform centres

There is a lot of discrepancy between the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, on paper and in practice.

Life

'Pansexual', 'panromantic': Labels may sometimes help, but more often restrict us

Labels can help us better navigate the world. But they can also be restrictive, especially when used in the context of mental health and identity.

Life

Our silent relationship with mental health: Stigma is still strong in India

In India, mental health is a topic that is rarely discussed. But with cases of suicide and depression spiralling, it's time to do away with the stigma.

Life

The psychology of bad decision making: How to stop choosing the wrong thing

What are the factors that influence our decision making? And why do we make the wrong choices so frequently?