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First things first

By | 2018-09-30T01:21:24+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Dreams, Psychotherapy|

John was very depressed. In therapy, he had not discovered anything moving about himself. One day, he was telling me about his daily routine. He would go to bed late at night watching Netflix and then would struggle to wake up in the morning. To [...]

What’s up with all the wandering

By | 2018-09-29T21:43:46+00:00 September 29th, 2018|Holistic Medicine|

Our body has many nerves that come out of our spinal cord and perform various functions, from controlling our muscles to carrying pain sensations. There are twelve nerves that emerge directly from our brain and brain stem. These are called the cranial nerves, and [...]

Getting off Medications?

By | 2018-09-29T21:38:12+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Holistic Medicine|

It is on a daily basis that I get consulted about using alternative modalities to treat various mental health difficulties. By alternatives, I mean “other than the conventional psychotropic interventions”. Following are the points to consider when thinking about treatment options.  -Mental health problems come [...]

Under the Umbrella of a sick role

By | 2018-09-29T21:40:14+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Psychotherapy|

In 1951 a sociologist named Talcott Parsons, coined the concept of Sick Role. It tries to define the role of a sick person in a society. Sickness or illness is viewed as a departure from the regular state of affairs in a society. Society tends [...]

Should we be medicating stress?

By | 2017-03-07T16:45:02+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Holistic Medicine|

The past few decades of medical research have shown unequivocally that those with chronic stressors in their lives are more vulnerable to disease. Chronic stress has a significant effect on the immune system that may ultimately manifest an illness. The illness can be physical (like heart [...]

The healing power of spontaneity

By | 2017-03-07T16:49:04+00:00 June 7th, 2014|Psychotherapy|

Spontaneity is a voluntary or undetermined action. It is frequently observed that in difficult times, spontaneity disappears. A state akin to freezing up happens. Security is desired. Predictability is desired. Spontaneous decisions tend to be a trade off for more predictable decisions; yet both [...]

Not afraid of the dark

By | 2017-03-07T16:54:05+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Buddhism, Holistic Medicine, Physician-Patient Relationship, Sufism|

Integrative or Holistic Psychiatry is an approach that considers and utilizes both conventional and complementary therapies in addressing emotional and mental challenges. I will try explaining it with the help of an anecdote about Nasreddin. Nasreddin was a Sufi wise man who taught important lessons about life through subtle [...]