The Monologue of a Young Indian Man Struggling with Mental Health — Part 1: Let’s Get Anxious!

Read the prologue here. As I walked back to the grandstand after winning the first round of our traditional Saturday afternoon game of squash against Moe, I could sense its return and presence not so far away. At this point, I should make it clear that I have been diagnosed with OCD and anxiety, and…

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The Calm After The Storm

I have anxiety, probably as a result of experiences that will haunt me forever. At times, I still have panic attacks — moments where I feel like I can’t breathe, it’s getting hot, and I’m overthinking but can’t think at the same time. For a long time, I didn’t know how to get past these moments,…

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Five Minute Sanctuaries

In my day job, I meet all kinds of patients. People with lives in between the medicines they use, with smiles and tears, triumphs and fears. On this typical day, someone wants to speak to the pharmacist. Inside the consultation room, I sit down with the lady in question and let her talk. When I…

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I Forgot To Be A Teenager

When I was young, I would run around my backyard playing out imaginary scenarios. I remember my mind feeling a lot “lighter.” I felt freer, as it should have; I was only a child. Now I am twenty — I don’t really have a backyard to run around in, and my mind feels a lot…

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