Articles by Prateek Sharma
Apr 24, 2020
Re-thinking productivity during the pandemic: Forced busyness is toxic; the will to achieve things must be organicCapitalist culture has created an illusion of productivity by falsely connecting it with happiness. In such a system, if one isn't productive, one doesn't deserve to be content.
Mar 27, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak poses rising mental health concerns, as experts develop therapeutic frameworks to meet the challengeUnfortunate outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic are a lesson into public ableism as they provide an empathetic window into the lives of those who already live with psychiatric problems such as severe hypochondriasis (also known as illness anxiety disorder) and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Mar 12, 2020
Talking politics to children: Hiding truths is futile; honest, sensitive conversations can help build empathyTalking to children is of utmost importance, not just to help them cope with what they may get exposed to directly or indirectly, but also to raise responsible, non-judgemental and inclusive human beings. If they are prevented from being exposed to conversations, they may become more vulnerable to biased information.
Feb 20, 2020
The mental health cost of an economic slowdown in India: 'My hope is dying, I feel isolated and depressed'Many across the country are worried about the depleting state of the Indian economy. Despite being consoled by the Home Ministry, that it is temporary, the consequences of an unstable economy on psychosocial well-being cannot be overlooked.
Jan 07, 2020
Mental health in a time of national turmoil: Amid CAA protests, building resilience is key to healing from traumaWith the civil agitations and state crackdowns stretching over weeks now, could India be facing a possible mental health epidemic?
Dec 29, 2019
In India, one in seven suffered from mental illness between 1990 to 2017, new large scale state-wise study revealsBetween 1990 to 2017 one in seven people from the country have suffered from mental illness ranging from depression, anxiety to severe conditions such as schizophrenia, according to a study.
Nov 30, 2019
Transgender Persons Bill 2019 may cause more psychological harm than good with its stance on certification, 'self-perceived' identitiesPsychology does not seem to agree with the regressive stand of the Transgender Persons Bill. The draft discusses the right to a ‘self-perceived’ identity, a term which is problematic in itself. Seeing gender identity as ‘self-perceived’ shows a collective failure to learn that identities are never perceived as separate entities, but rather lived
Oct 27, 2019
Cognitive biases and false memories: The psychology behind fake news and their spread in IndiaFake news, a more systemised and tech-savvy methodology for rumours, has been strongly linked to people’s psychological mechanisms and their flaws, posing a danger to both individual and societal harmony.
Oct 10, 2019
On World Mental Health Day 2019, a look at how ignorance leads to pill-shaming and disempowers individualsThe idea behind putting an end to pill-shaming is to support the individual’s right to take care of themselves using means that are valid, reliable and universal
Jul 10, 2019
Should therapy be political? Influence of social factors on mental health may make a case for such an approachExpressing politics through therapy ultimately means having a political opinion in the first place, before eventually recognising that the issues of the client who comes for therapy also have socio-political roots.