Articles by Sneha Rajaram
Feb 04, 2019
Understanding mental illness: Metaphors that cause you harm, and metaphors that help you healIs metaphorising – some might even say romanticising – mental illness a privilege of those who have access to private psychiatry, medication, therapists and readings? Or does it belong just as much to those who travel from all over Karnataka and beyond, wait hours in the NIMHANS out-patient department and then stand for 90 minutes in the three-pronged pharmacy queue?
Jan 14, 2019
Understanding mental illness: Depression as comfort zone — and why we shouldn't normalise itApart from the usual factors that contribute to non-recovery – being enabled, the foregone conclusion of a lifetime diagnosis, etc – depression is especially crippling because the desire to get better is hamstrung by depression itself
Dec 10, 2018
Understanding mental illness: The question of identity — and allowing oneself to be defined by sufferingThose diagnosed with a mental illness often ask themselves: What if my sense of self is dependent on my illness, even decades after diagnosis?
Nov 26, 2018
Understanding mental illness: The question of perpetrators' minds — and why they need therapy tooWhen the mental illness at the heart of our society is diagnosed, perhaps a solution to violence can finally be found – and this is why the trauma of perpetrators warrants attention too
Nov 09, 2018
Understanding mental illness: When Psychology fails to politicise, socialise its understanding of traumaThe mental health sector, with its flawed language and perspectives, regularly helps the system wield the weapon of 're-traumatisation'
Oct 23, 2018
Understanding mental illness: Internalised stigma is real — and psychiatry must change its approachThere is an inherent shame in taking psychiatric medication for many of us, no matter how well-informed we are, how scientifically we view the topic, or how much compassion we have for ourselves
Sep 21, 2018
Understanding mental illness: To tackle stigma, we need to stop the blanket denial of individual perceptionThe blanket denial of individual perception has a demoralising and stigmatising effect on the sufferer, as opposed to treating harmful perceptions of reality in as gentle a way as possible
Sep 03, 2018
Understanding mental illness: Finding a balance between personal well-being and political perspectiveAny social community, movement or struggle must find a balance between personal well-being/survival and political perspective. Otherwise, it risks either burnout/death or being duped by the powers that be.
Aug 23, 2018
Understanding mental illness: How to embrace and drop the 'storylines' we create for our disordersNone of us can escape emotional trauma. This is why it’s so important to wonder about mental illness itself as a ‘thing’ – to identify when to “drop the storyline” and when not to
Apr 01, 2016
Of wide eyes and torn shirts: Stock images of rape propagate the notion of women being helpless victimsThe picture captures the rape victim in a moment in which she is broken, and pictures don’t change – so we think that she will never recover, even though some women recover.