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Hello, this is Dr. Tirthankar Dasgupta, a psychiatrist from the Moner Alo clinic. Everyone has various queries and questions during this lockdown period.
At this time, a very common question that  I have been faced is the Awareness of washing hands Which are spreading through media newspapers and a lot more places but the question is what would be the limit of washing hands as because too much washing hands is one kind of mental illness. This mental illness is known as OCD, Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Let me explain it in more detail.  If someone washes Hands now and then and even though it does not get satisfaction then it is known as an obsessive-compulsive disorder. particularly the obsession of Dirt, the obsession of contamination with cleaning which is repeated washing again and again.

Now, we have to know what is the normal behavior of washing hands. According to WHO, washing hands for 20-25  seconds with 70% of alcohol-based Sanitizer. is adequate for cleaning hands. If you do it 10 to 15 times in a day for 20 to 25 seconds it might get a maximum of 2-5  minutes.  

Now, the person who involves himself in washing hands for hours and hours and even after that feels like hands are not cleaned yet or the dirt is still on the hands and tries to wash more and more,  then It is not a normal Behaviour. It can be a mental illness known as an obsessive-compulsive disorder. lookout on this matter and if any surrounding person behaves like this then consult with the nearest Mental health professionals.  Take care of yourself.  Stay safe & stay home. Thank you !!


There is no doubt that the Outbreak of the deadly Corona Virus COVID 19 has caused great damage on all fronts. It has left even the most advanced nations of the world lurking. Spreading rapidly it has caused many deaths all across the globe. It has led to a complete lockdown of the global economy. The adverse impact of this pandemic has been severe across all sectors which would bring in great economic damage. The full scale of the actual loss would be evident in the time to come. What is worse is that how long this grave situation would last is still unknown. The result of all this has been that it is causing great panic and anxiety to many across the vast cross-sections of society.
Apart from the great physiological risks, the great mental health problems it is causing are what is making the challenges very difficult to cope within the case of many Indians. 

What the Statistics about mental health in India reveal? 

It is to be noted that more than 90 million Indians, suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This accounts for as much as 7.5 % of the country’s huge population of 1.3 Billion people. It is also quite alarming to note that of those who suffer many of them do not get any help. The findings of a countrywide 2015-2016 study by India’s National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS). This is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. They found out that as many as 150 million Indians needed active intervention while fewer than 30 million were getting it.

The outbreak has led scientists, doctors, public health officials, and the governments across the world scrambling for a cure. The question now is how will India cope with the mental health crisis?

Many spending Sleepless Nights

With the sudden Lockdown of the nation, when it would be normal is still very uncertain. For the many Indians who may not be very well off, how they would survive this Lockdown period is a big question. The result is that many of the people who are suffering are undergoing great mental stress. Some are spending sleepless nights during this time. 

Every 5th Indian Suffers from Anxiety Disorder 

Some studies reveal that the causes of mental health problems in general in India are by itself so high, so much so that 1 in every 5 Indians suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. With the impact of the corona virus the situation, in reality, the situation would only become worse.

In the face of such challenging times, it is important that along your physical health you take good care of your mental health too during such trying times. For this, in case you face any mental trauma as a result of the ongoing situation, it is best that you look for the best psychiatrists in Kolkata and elsewhere to take care of your mental health. 


What is ADHD?

ADHD symptoms

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type. ADHD characterized by problems paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling behaviour which is not appropriate for a person’s age.

The symptoms appear before a person is twelve years old, are present for more than six months.

Impacts of ADHD  in Teenage Children :

Teenage children are extremely difficult to deal with, most of the times. Their hormones are in a
state of rage, giving them mood swings. They are either very happy or suffering from loneliness.

This is also the age when they feel that every piece of advice given to them is a warning to them.

So, they are unable to listen to any word of advice, dismissing them as being something from people
who don’t know or understand them? These are very common among teenagers and parents
develop their own methods of dealing with these situations.

However, if your teenager suffers from ADHD, you need to get professional psychological help immediately.

The symptoms of ADHD:

  1. Teenagers suffering from this mental condition are unable to focus on anything.
  2. Gives no close attention to details.
  3. Unable to sit still in a single place.
  4. Has a short attention span and is easily distracted.
  5. Is unable to stick at tasks that are tedious or time-consuming.

ADHD can very harmful?

Research shows that teens suffering from that type of disease often end up in dangerous driving accidents because they lose their attention and focus while they are on the wheel!

Parents who have teens suffering from this are better advised to keep them away from driving.

ADHD is also affecting their studies. They are very inattentive in class. You can even find them playing with the piece of paper while the lessons are on.

According to Psychologists, teens who are suffering from that disease require more care and nurturing than others who don’t suffer from this problem.

How to cure ADHD?

A good way to deal with this problem is to keep calm at all times. It is natural for you as a parent to
get frustrated with their low grades or poor behaviour.

You may feel that they are wasting their potential and talent in trivial pursuits. Losing your own calm won’t help, but complicate matters.
Take note that pressure from your side as a parent can lead them to alcoholism or drug abuse.

Finally, consult a professional psychologist. Medication isn’t always necessary. But therapy is a must
to deal with ADHD.

Delay in treatment can be quite damaging for the teenager.






There are many who have equated the task of finding the right therapist to finding the right life
partner! Surely, things don’t have to be that serious when it comes to finding a therapist who can pull you
out of a compromised mental state, but this saying is not very far from the mark. Unless you
land with the therapist best suited for you, your improvement will suffer. You will be unable to
open up your heart and mind to just about any therapist. It has to be someone you are
comfortable with, and that sense of comfort doesn’t always come with established names in this

You may visit a psychologist or psychiatrist who is very famous and is reputed to have helped
numerous people with diverse problems. That, however, doesn’t assure you that this person is
best suited as your therapist as well. On the other hand, a lesser known therapist may just be the
person you are looking for, and feel comfortable and assured about. You are the best judge in
this regard, especially about the comfort part of the equation.

There are pointers, of course, that can lead you to make an informed choice. During the
reconnaissance period, when you are looking at options through online searches or asking your
friends for recommendations, you can find out about the body of work done by the psychologist
or psychiatrist. If you find that the person specializes in the kind of treatment you are looking
for, you can go ahead and book an appointment. Or you can look further till you find a person
with the relevant experience.

There is also the factor of methodology. Some psychiatrists prefer medication while others rely
on other forms of therapy, like group or music therapy, depending on the case. If you are
someone who feels that medication should be the last resort in therapy, you can pick a
psychiatrist who thinks likewise. There are tons of online data available for you to do your
homework on the psychologists of your choice. Again, this is very similar to finding as much
information about the person you’re about to date!

Sometimes, you are unsure whether you need a psychologist or a psychiatrist. It depends on the
severity of the situation, which the person affected may not be in the best position to judge. A
general physician can direct you towards the right channel of treatment. You can also speak to
counselors at Moner Alo who can guide you on the path to recovery.


In our legal system, there is little value for criminal psychologists, though there are provisions for much value addition to the investigating process. Criminal psychologists evaluate the mind of a criminal, the thinking process, the motives behind their criminal behaviour and why they do what they do. In Western countries like USA and UK, criminal psychologists are often called to testify in court and their words bear a lot of weight on how criminal investigations are done.

The police and other criminal investigation authorities can get a lot of help by engaging the services of a psychologist. There are crimes committed which are difficult to decipher. An investigator, no matter how much experienced, ends up at their wit’s end because criminal behaviour is often unique. They cannot bank upon their years of experience to catch a criminal at all times. There are also those cases where you need to pre-empt a criminal’s next move to catch them in the act. The task force needs a criminal psychologist to help them out.

Hardened criminals biding their time in prison houses need psychological evaluation at regular intervals. They may be hatching some plan or the other or making escape plans. They may have diabolical ideas piling up in their mind, waiting for the right trigger. A criminal psychologist can talk to them and find out what they are up to. Security arrangements can then be made to stop them from carrying out what they are intending to do. Ordinary police personnel cannot get into their mindscape to find this out.

Moner Alo has some experienced and professional psychologists who can help investigative teams in this regard. Our psychological evaluation will give a clearer idea of a criminal’s motives. This job includes profiling a criminal to get hold of them. For example, a criminal may not get nabbed unless the investigation develops a profile of how the criminal is in real life and what can be their life stories. Then, potential suspects are matched against this profile to figure out who might have done the criminal activity. It takes time but usually yields results.

Criminals don’t often commit crimes in broad daylight. You need to get into their minds to stop and nab them. Criminal psychologists help you do that.


In the current scenario, with increasing sexual assaults on infants, toddlers and children growing toward adolescence, this alarming social evil should be dealt with extreme caution and severity. As we all know that in a typical Indian household, sex is still a highly prohibited subject. There are ways parents can protect their children from sexual predators and decrease the risks to a huge extent. Few things you can do it yourself or take the help of child psychological counseling if the situation demands. Here are few essential tips to train your little ones in order to recognize the possible abuser and safeguard them from such offenders:

Teach your child right – Make your child absolutely comfortable to talk about sex and the organs in a direct manner rather than using indirect expressions or euphemism. Give them age-appropriate response when asked ‘how babies are born’ instead of some false propagation.

Make the kid aware of the boundaries – Teach him/her that certain body parts are not allowed by any adult to touch. And if any such thing happens, the child should never hesitate to inform his/her parents right away!

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Allow him/her to have body ownership – its high-time that parents should teach their kids to say ‘no’ to a stranger’s or even a known person’s caress or slight pinch if he/she doesn’t feel comfortable with the gesture.

Become your child’s safest retreats – Get rid of unnecessary boundaries between you and your little one. Remember, your child wants someone who they can trust completely and share their tensions, irritation and problems with an open heart.

In addition to the aforesaid pointers, there are other ways to make a child aware of and battle such trauma effectively. In extreme cases, one should not shirk taking professional help like Moner Alo. Here we offer the best psychological counseling in Kolkata for children. Be there by his or her side, pay attention to their story as it’s the first step to fight against sexual offense against children. Remember, a knowledgeable child can be a powerful deterrent for molesters as their innocence and ignorance are mainly abused in such cases.


Schizophrenia is an exceedingly complex mental illness; in fact, it is probably many illnesses masked as one. A biochemical imbalance is believed to be as one of the root causes behind it.

What are the causes of Schizophrenia?

The actual cause of schizophrenia remains unknown till today. According to the psychiatrists and scientists, changes in brain functions, such as perception, emotions and behavior, indicate that the brain is the biological site of it. Some of the researchers suspect that neurotransmitters are the substances by which cells communicate might be involved in this mental or psychological disorder. There might be changes in dopamine, serotonin or other neurotransmitters. The limbic system (which is an area of the brain involved with emotion), the thalamus (which coordinates outgoing messages) and several other areas of the brain also get affected.

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Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Personality and behavior changes that last a period of time are the signs of a person in need of psychological assistance. When a lot of symptoms persist, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. There might be lot of reasons why a person with schizophrenia does not seek medical or psychological assistance, including lack of insight due to the illness. In this case, since the brain doesn’t function as it should, it cannot tell the person what is wrong. Also, the society’s prejudices about mental illness discourage common people from disclosing their symptoms and seek Schizophrenia treatment. There is fear of mental disorders stigma and subsequent rejection and isolation. But, it is advisable to take up psychological counseling if someone is facing such issues.

Treatment of Schizophrenia

Though Schizophrenia is fully not curable, it is surely a treatable and manageable chronic illness, just like diabetes or heart disease. As of now, there is no surefire method for preventing Schizophrenia and there is no cure. Minimizing the effect of the illness will depend mainly on early diagnosis and appropriate psychosocial treatment and medication. Accepting and taking medication overcoming the mental disorders stigma and prejudice caused by ignorance, avoiding stress as much as possible, having a social life, continuing going to school/college, finding a job and having a place to live, establishing and maintaining stable and healthy relationships are some of the important steps for mental health recovery.

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