I just hope our men's hockey team has good support staff to look after their mental well being leading up to the Semi Finals. Till now they have played with nothing to lose. Now they will play with an entire nation glued to them. Wish them all the strength! 1/n
Chances are that still an average sports watcher will not be able to name more than 5 players of this team but now they have an opportunity to become household names. The pressure can be tremendous. 2/n
"Take this as just another game, boys" I know it's cliched but they will have to find ways to somehow maintain their equanimity. Remember the Yerkes Dodson law. If all our players can somehow find themselves in the middle of this curve, they will give their best!
3/n
May be someone like @msdhoni should talk to them. That will settle some nerves. I hope the @TheHockeyIndia is paying attention to this aspect of the game.
Role of sports psychologist can be crucial here.
All the best!
You've already made us proud! 😍
#GoForGold
#Olympics 4/4
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22 Jul
A father in his 60s came to our OPD in the morning with his 30 year old son.
The father looked visibly distressed and tired.
I offered him a seat. 1/n
I asked him the reason for his visit. He told it was for his 30 year old son. As is the norm, we generally interact with the patient first to establish the rapport. 2/n
I asked the patient if he was willing to talk to me and if he would be comfortable talking alone or in presence of his father. I got no replies. I waited for a few moments. No replies again. He was seen muttering something in faint voice.3/n
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Today is #WorldNoTobaccoDay
Having had the privilege of working in a deaddiction set up as a part of my residency, I would like to reiterate even if it sounds cliché -
Tobacco is the single biggest enemy of the country and tough one to get rid of. 1/n
It's important to realize that addiction is disorder with deeply rooted neurobiological and psychosocial implications.
It messes up our reward pathways and makes us a slave.
"It's not you who is smoking the cigarette, it's the cigarette that's smoking you." 2/n
Practically any person who can read knows about the major side effects of smoking. But let's revise.
Btw, did you know smoking can even cause erectile dysfunction? Not cool, right? 😉 3/n
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19 ways to take care of your mental health during COVID 19 pandemic. A thread 1/n
1. Accept and talk it out.
If you feel stressed, acknowledge it, accept it and talk with someone you trust. 2/n
2.Use Decision tree.
If you are worried about something, use this decision tree to understand whether your worry is real or hypothetical/imaginary.
If its hypothetical, then ignore it or use distraction techniques. If its real, try to use problem solving skills. 3/n
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24 May
#WorldSchizophreniaDay
A thread to understand the basics.
The word "#Schizophrenia" was coined by the Swiss psychiatrist and eugenicist Eugen Bleuler in 1908, and was intended to describe the separation of function between personality, thinking, memory, and perception.
1/n
Let us understand the symptoms.
Delusions involve a firm, fixed, unshakeable belief which is not in keeping with the person's sociocultural setting and not amenable to reasoning
Hallucinations involve perception in the absence of a stimulus
2/n
Apart from that, there are disturbances in-
Language and speech processing
Auditory perception
Social interaction
Higher-order cognitive functions like decision-making, evaluating, brainstorming, and learning.
In short there are 5 major symptom domains-
3/n
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#Mindfulness

It's now a part of my routine to regularly watch the sunset whenever I don't have an afternoon shift duty. 1/n
Switch off the Wi-Fi/ turn off your notifications, and just observe and absorb the sound of the birds, the cool breeze and the mesmerizing colours on the canvas of the sky. And you have a wonderful mindfulness session. 2/n
For people who are stuck at homes and feeling anxious, don't underestimate the healing power of nature. That tiny window in your room is calling you. Be there this evening. 😊 3/n
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#Gratitude
Many a times we don't appreciate small acts/gestures because we overvalue our work.
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What is it that stops us from appreciating small acts of kindness/empathy? If Lord Rama could be so pleased with a squirrel's contribution, then why should we be so fastidious? 2/n
My suggestion in public interest is to practice the art of gratitude. And no better time to do this than in the middle of a pandemic.
Be thankful to people rather than demeaning them. Bahut sare Kabir Singh dekhe hai jo iss hi arrogance se kabhi Upar nahi uth paaye! 3/n
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