‘What does it mean when someone says they have Anxiety?’
‘I’m stressed and nervous all the time, do I have Anxiety?’
‘Will I ever get better?’
These are some of the questions we want to answer in this book. Is this the Age of Anxiety? Well, how could it not be – when so many millions of us feel that persistent combination of heart palpitations, impending doom, dread, even lack of control, as one of our contributors describes it.
The question is, what can we do about it?
Through this book we will learn how to distinguish between anxiety as 'an attack of the nerves' or something that will come and go, and Anxiety as a disorder, which will need treatment, including possibly therapy or medication. The conversations are even more pertinent given the global Covid-19 pandemic, prolonged periods of social isolation and an increased focus on mental health and wellness.
We learn from coping with Anxiety Disorders, sharing their journey to healing, explaining exactly what would have helped them along the way, as they seek to bust common myths and misconceptions.
Amrita Tripathi is the founder-editor of The Health Collective, an online portal dedicated to stories of Mental Health and Mental Illness in India. The site features more than 200 stories, including original reportage, expert commentary and first-person stories. Tripathi has been a journalist for a decade and a half, including several years as Health Editor for a national news channel in India. She has written two novels, Broken News and The Sibius Knot, both of which look at the darker side of relationships and urban realities. Tripathi is presently working in the field of social media and co-authoring a 3 book series for Simon & Schuster India on mental health.
Kamna Chhibber Heads Mental Health for the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare. She is a trained therapist working with children, adolescents and adults. She is passionate about working in the space of child-adolescent mental health, relationships, trauma and abuse. She designs and creates programs for implementation in schools, corporate organisations and NGO's that are directed towards enhancing mental health and well-being.
She is a writer - her books include Let Him Not Sink, 2 DIY Life Skills books for children titled Life Skills for Children and Life Skills for Teenagers,A to Z of Empathy, Laugh n Learn with Dr. Parikh – Study and Exam Skills, A Mental Health Curriculum for Schools and Raising Confident Children - A 52-week Guide for Parents. During this COVID-19 crisis, she has co-authored two kindle e-books with Rupa Publications titled Don't worry! Here's how you can keep your mind fit during the pandemic and How to engage with your kid while working from home: 21 tips for 21 days.
Kamna is regularly featured on both online platforms as well as print publications for her views on mental health-related topics and is a TedX speaker.
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