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When the brain misfires: Understanding psychiatric illnesses

Psychiatric illnesses – by which we mean conditions that affect a person’s mood, thinking, feeling, and / or behaviour – affect one in seven or eight people around the world, and even so, experts believe these conditions are under-reported. The term includes but isn’t limited to depression, anxiety, bipolarity and schizophrenia. But even though billions of people are coping with these conditions right now – dealing with their own conditions or those of their loved ones – they remain shrouded in mystery and stigma. In this episode, Anshu Bahanda explores the roots of psychiatric illnesses and how they can be managed well, through a conversation with Aparna Piramal Raje, a well-known columnist and thought leader, and eminent psychiatrist Dr. Kersi Chavda, who is associated with Sir H N Reliance Hospital and Hinduja Hospital. Dr. Chavda shares his insights on the complex nature of psychiatric illnesses, including their genetic and environmental roots, and he also talks about the various treatment options available – including Aparna’s seven therapies-model, which includes medication and love therapy. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on this important topic, so you can learn how to recognise psychiatric problems better, talk about them more openly, and play your part to create a more inclusive world.

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