Articles by Sneha Rajaram
Jul 24, 2019
Understanding mental illness: Treading the line between making space for our feelings and indulging themIt’s hard to say which is more dangerous: turning feelings into thoughts (self-pity, blame, rumination, paranoia etc), or turning thoughts into feelings (telling yourself what is okay and not okay to feel). But the beauty of being human is our ability to unlearn these habits and learn new skills.
Jul 09, 2019
Understanding mental illness: The balance between community support and personal growthAre we obliged to get help to relieve our family and friends of some of their emotional burden? My answer is yes, for those of us who have access. However, community is everything for those of us who can and cannot afford therapy, for without it, therapy can only take us so far
Jun 20, 2019
Understanding mental illness: The path to recovery from trauma, and the fight to regain the selfIn spaces of trauma, we are forced to see the other as a subject and ourselves as the object. It makes us abandon ourselves when the subjective pain becomes unbearable. By walling off some of the pain, we are able to continue to function. But we end up walling off some of our selves too.
May 30, 2019
Understanding mental illness: Vulnerability is essential for the mind's well-being and a sense of communityWe underestimate the role of being in touch with more invisible sources of strength and renewal that connect us to something larger than ourselves — art, sport and our connection with each other. Without the ability to turn to each other for succour, we are hamstrung, cut off from ourselves.
May 14, 2019
Understanding mental illness: Integrating our fragmented minds in a fractured world, by looking inwardsMental illness or not, each of us must do what we can to integrate the different parts of ourselves to whatever extent we can. Emotional integration is always a journey and never a destination, and when we learn to live with our feelings, we might just conserve a lot of energy.
Apr 09, 2019
Understanding mental illness: When insurance and psychiatry meet, what language do they speak?Insurance companies think mental illness can lead to physical illness or accident, and consequently reject what are termed bad lives or substandard lives. This is not surprising; viewed as a purely capitalist enterprise, insurance companies can be expected to only seek profit
Mar 22, 2019
Understanding mental illness: The all-consuming nature of anxiety, and why we should relax into itWhen you have chronic palpitations from anxiety, you’re forced to know that your heart is beating — which makes anxiety, in a sense, a sign of life.
Mar 03, 2019
Understanding mental illness: Examining the relationship between self-doubt and sanityFear of uncertainty is very human. But the ability to stand on shifting sands – and our sanity – depend on how flexible our perception of ourselves can be
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