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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