I started Healing the moment I felt Heard

I am a PhD student . I had just finished the first semester in IIT and I had been feeling too low and depressed because I had never been through such an amount of stress. I developed severe anxiety. Initially it was low but then it  I became suicidal and only thing which was coming to my mind was run away. I was clueless and couldn't identify what the problem was where I was stuck. Friends tried to help but they couldn't understand and I found there was no solution.

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Counselling made me Mentally strong and Self-dependent Emotionally

 

Today I am sharing my experience of counseling. I can feel that I have become mentally strong and self-dependent emotionally; the major credit goes to counseling!

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Acceptance is more Important than Perfection

 

Towards the end of my PhD journey, when I ran out of energy, I was left with probably the last leg of the PhD- a few experiments and then thewriting up. The experiments were done in a month, but the paper writing seemed like never ending. It started to stress me out and I became veryanxious as to when it will finish.

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I thought only success meant happiness but I was wrong.

After clearing jee i entered iit bombay with big dreams...i wanted to be successful, famous rich. Classes started..it was tough for me to focus and understand what was going on in class.To compensate for it i tried to study all the time i was in my room.I didn’t take part in any  cultural activitiy to save more time for studies but it didn’t work out.Meanwhile i started to like a girl in my batch. But never had the courage to talk to her. I was thinking almost all the time about her.Coming from an orthodox family i felt guilty because of this.

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Crossing hurdles with Ease

I am a PhD scholar, married, and living outside the IIT Bombay campus. Initially, when I started my doctorate, I had trouble adapting to life in Mumbai. I had just got married and the pressures of studies were weighing on me. And, I felt, I couldn't focus on either. So, I decided to take the help of the counselor at the campus. I came to know about Mrs Amita Tagare and began seeing her regarding my troubles. From the first day itself, I knew I was in the company of someone who understood me. She made me feel comfortable.

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Over coming Fears...

I am a Ph.D student currently working in Chemical Engineering department. I have been through a very tough time with my previous guide in another department which I continued to suffer till last year, April 2015.  I was consoling myself to remain clinge to this professor though I was suffering a lot. It might be due to the fear of not getting Ph.D degree if I speak to someone about it or else I did not want to restart a new research work under another professor which would extend my Ph.D years to get it complete.

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A friend and a shoulder to rely on

I was suffering from a personal problem since a long time. As the day passed it was getting tougher for me to overcome my problem despite taking help from the friends. It was then I decided to take help the consultant. Initially I was too hesitant to take the help as I thought consulting is only for the losers and people who are mentally challenged and me being an IIT-ian, it will be against my pride to take help of some consultant, but I had no other option left and thought let’s give this a try. To my surprise, it was an overall good experience for me. It helped me a lot.

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Changed perspective

I went into depression and anxiety disorder just before coming to IIT Bombay. When I reached IIT, I was not able to concentrate on my studies. Not only on studies but each and everything in my life. After a few months I came to know about the student counsellors in IIT Bombay through my Professor. The Professor arranged a meeting with Mrs. Hima Anaredy, a student counselor of IIT Bombay. Initially I was hesitant to meet a stranger and tell him/her that I need help. But then I had already reached a stage where I wanted to vent out my emotions which I was not able to handle by myself.

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Letting go....

I was an undergraduate student in IITB. I participated in many extracurricular activities and it was fun. It was my 5th year when I got into a strange situation. I was having continuous thoughts about someone (my ex-girlfriend) after we broke up. I tried to ignore it for a few months. I was feeling problem in my routine. I tried to get busy with a lot of work load in academics. This didn't help and I felt as if I needed to meet a counselor in IIT. I talked to one of my closest friend in my wing and he suggested me that I should not hesitate to talk to counselor.

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Making a way for better and fearless Me...

Talking to Hima ma'am has been extremely helpful for me, in getting out of what I would call depression. She used to listen to me patiently and reason outmy uneasiness with the then-circumstances. It helped me think through the events, that were sort of disturbing for me, more clearly, making way for abetter and fearless me.

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