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People often confuse kleptomania with shoplifting.

Shoplifting is when a person picks up something from a shop because they are unable to pay for it. Or, they simply want to possess something that they dearly want to own. Kleptomania is vastly different from this impulse. Kleptomaniacs are not interested in the monetary value of something that they pick up or steal. There is a strong chance that they might return the stolen object later on, surreptitiously. So, in the very principle itself, there is a difference.

It was important to clear out the difference at the very start to ensure that people trying to understand and find psychological counselling for kleptomania do not end up trivializing the problem by equating it with shoplifting. While a person can control the desire to steal something that they want, it is greatly problematic to stop oneself from picking up something that they don’t really need. They would probably just throw it away or keep it lying around somewhere, unused and forgotten.

However, kleptomania brings with it a lot of social stigma. People at large don’t care for a person’s reason or objective to pick something up, even if it has no material value. People don’t differentiate between a thief and a kleptomaniac. So, people who suffer from this problem should get psychological counselling at the earliest. Since kleptomaniacs don’t steal by planning their move, and is just an impulse call, they may end up getting caught sooner than later. But the mental disorder doesn’t rule out planning completely. For example, a kleptomaniac will not steal something right in front of a security personnel or the object’s owner.

It is entirely the thrill of stealing something, that sense of instant gratification that drives a kleptomaniac. It is form of addiction, to put it simply. Any scope of stealing something and the person concerned doesn’t feel themselves able to hold back. More often than not, they end up feeling very guilty later on, as is the case with other forms of addiction.

There are various planks of psychological counselling and therapy to combat kleptomania. For starters, there is behaviour modification therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Medicines like selective serotonin re uptake inhibitors or SSRIs are also useful.

Get in touch with Moner Alo if you know someone who is struggling with the problem of kleptomania.    


You must have read it in the newspapers how the CEO of Apple Inc., Tim Cook, stated that they are developing features and apps that help users limit their use of iphones and ipads. According to data collected and collated by Apple, overuse of gadgets is now the new menace that people have to fight with, especially teenagers. This excessive use is throwing up several psychological complications, like poor self-esteem and lack of concentration in studies and work.

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The question is, how do you deal with the excessive use of gadgets?

Firstly, you should make a self-assessment about your use of gadgets. For example, start by asking yourself if you check your phone or tablet right after waking up. Or you keep checking the phone for updates on social media networks every other minute, even when you are talking to your family or having a meal with them. Checking phones and computers compulsively is a problem area that you cannot relegate to the sidelines. You need to understand that denial of the problem will only complicate matters, not solve it.

Psychological counselling is useful when this problem takes an iron grip on your life. You are unable to focus on your work and relationships. A psychologist will help you limit the use of gadgets to the minimum requirement. It is quite alright to network through social media or pass away the time playing games and browsing. However, it is not proper that you allow technology to take over your life. After you reach home from work, there is really no need to check your email every now and then to catch up on work updates. You can log in next morning when you reach your desk.

A lot of it is actually discipline of the mind. You need to tell yourself that you can engaging in compulsive behavior every time you find yourself gazing into your gadgets unnecessarily. A psychologist will help you inculcate a fruitful hobby, like reading or writing. It will keep your mind off gadgets and technology. Long walks in the morning or evening and bit of exercise every day will help you gain concentration and keep you away from gadgets as well.

Dial up Moner Alo if you feel that gadgets are taking control of your life and ruining your personal and professional space.  


The figure of a psychologist in the cultural milieu of our society is quite vague. People tend to equate a psychologist as someone who is only interested in giving electrical shocks and is supposed to be the last resort of people who are raving mad! That, unfortunately, is what most perceive when you ask them about psychological counselling and psychologist. That is also why a family member or friend will recoil in pure horror if you even suggest to them that they need to see a psychologist for their mental health.

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In the western countries and society, the role of psychology in real life is not that neglected. People there understand and acknowledge that psychology is not for people who are obviously deranged mentally. It is also for people who are depressed, who suffer from some compulsive disorder or are simply not fit mentally to handle the complexities and challenges of daily life.

A major reason for this disparity in how psychology is culturally different in these two social frameworks is that people in India are often surrounded by well-wishers like families and friends. Anyone suffering from mental depression or feeling down and out can talk about their problem with these well-wishers. Often, the simple act of venting out the pent-up feelings can be therapeutic. After the words, which were simmering like poison, bubble over, a person feels calm and composed, in much better mental frame.

However, that group of well-wishers in the form of families and friends are now no longer an option for urban citizens living in the busy cities of India, like Kolkata. As a result, just as people in the European countries and USA, you actually have no one to talk to. Your friends and family members have their own set of problems and frustrations to deal with. They cannot take on your own issues. But your need to talk about your problems remain the same.

That is where the psychologist walks into the picture, just as it did for those citizens of first-world countries. You can now set up an appointment and talk about your fears and insecurities. Moner Alo does exactly that for you: give you a patient ear to voice your concerns in a city teeming with disparate and difficult living conditions.


Arrogance is not a quality that you are alien to! You certainly know someone or the other who is arrogant and is always trying to intimidate others. They are like classroom bullies, enjoying the act of putting down other people, completely disregarding their emotions and feelings. While reading this, are you getting a sinking feeling in your stomach that maybe these are the traits that define your own personality? If the answer is yes, you need to work on your arrogance before it consumes you.

There are several ill-effects of arrogance. We are not getting into them in this blog. This blog is about dealing with your arrogance once you have identified that you have this problem. You may ask at this point, how do I know if I am arrogant? After all, I am not able to take an objective view of my own attitude! The answer to this problem is that you can find out if you are arrogant through the opinion of friends and family. Are they afraid of sharing things with you that you may not approve? Do they feel intimidated by the high ground that you take in matters of achievement or moral compass? When you tick these boxes, you can be sure that you are arrogant.

Dealing with arrogance is a long, hard way. To be honest, the heart and the mind likes being arrogant. There is a certain joy in proving people wrong and then seeing them agree to your viewpoint. It is quite invigorating and addictive as well. However, you should understand that people are agreeing with your view simply because you are dominating them and subjugating them to surrender to your opinion. That is not called agreeing or supporting. That’s the technique of a bully and the effect is short-lived. You should learn to accommodate the views of others and respect them, just as you do yours.

Secondly, wake up to the fact that not all are uniformly talented, gifted or able. That does not make others inferior or unqualified. It may be that they did not have the same opportunities like you had. Take them in your stride to work with them. Be generous and give ample room to others. This will enable them to do their best, instead of arm-twisting them into doing things.

Arrogance can threaten and end careers and personal lives. Get in touch with Moner Alo for psychological counselling to handle your uncontrollable arrogance.


In a traditional line of thinking, schools considered teachers to be the only help and guidance that they need. Teachers were expected to take care of every need of a student, including academic and psychological requirements. However, with more recognition and acknowledgment pouring in for psychological counselling in the recent years, schools now feel obliged to have a psychological counsellor present during school hours. Why is there such a pressing need for a counsellor when there are trained teachers on board?

For starters, teachers are well-versed in the tenets of teaching and not experts in psychological evaluations. Yes, when they are trained to be teachers, they undergo learning to understand the psychology of a student and how to handle classroom situations. But these lessons are on a superficial level. The teachers are not equipped to handle psychological situations like a child thinking of harming themselves or people around them. In such cases, identifying and dealing with the situation is of primary importance.

There are so many complications in the life of a student these days. There is peer pressure, competition to get ahead of the curve, the need to pick up and master so many different disciplines like drawing and dramatics, the need to manage time without crumpling down and so many others. For a child, it just becomes too much after a point. The child is bound to feel mental fatigue and think of simply chucking it all away one fine morning! A professional psychological counsellor will set such thoughts to rest without sounding patronizing or condescending.

Students are in perennial fear of failure. Failure to attain good grades, failure to fulfill the dreams of parents and family, fear of living up to expectations and the fear of not being successful in life. These fears take a student on a downward spiral. They are totally at sea to deal with this fear and yet come up trumps in their respective fields. When the fear of failure grips a student, their grip on studies and even general behaviour goes for a toss. Students need to hold on to a firm hand in these dire straits, something that a professional counsellor can provide.

Moner Alo believes everyone can reach the peak of success with proper motivation, and parents, peers and school can contribute towards such development. So, don’t wait for disaster to happen, take the right measure before it’s too late because mental health is the most neglected topic and it’s time now to take a necessary step.


When seasons change, especially in a city like Kolkata, the effect on your daily life is wholesome. For example, spring gives way to summer, a sultry time when you don’t feel like doing anything. It is expected that people will feel a little down and out because there is so much of humidity in the air, making you sluggish and sweaty. With more heat coming your way in the coming weeks, you are bound to feel depressed. For some people, this state of depression overstays, even after summer is on in full swing.

In other countries, where winter is severe and prolonged, the same kind of feeling takes over people after the autumn season gives way to the monotonous days of winter. Psychologists call this feeling of depression as SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. As the name suggests, this disorder is brought about by the change of seasons. Through poetry and other literature dating back centuries, we have known that nature and seasonal changes have a distinct effect on human minds. This feeling of depression is just a manifestation of this feeling, just like you feel happy when there is a burst of rain after a hot, humid day.

SAD is not easily diagnosed because it blends in so well with other normal feelings. Like, you may feel lazy and upset because of the weather, but you term this phase as a normal passing one. However, SAD creeps up slowly and takes a vicious grip on your mind. In such cases, you are unable to focus on your work or studies for days on end. You have mood swings and find it irritating to socialize, even with close family and friends. During these times, you psychological counselling. Otherwise, the vicious grip tightens on you.

There are various reasons why Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD occurs in people. The most common one is the effect of sunlight on our body clock. With daytimes varying due to change of seasons, it upsets the normal secretion of the serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls moods and triggers feelings of depression. There is long-term cure for SAD but its most pronounced hurdle is that people are unable to recognize its danger or its mere presence.

If you are feeling unduly upset or low because of seasonal changes, contact Moner Alo for a professional psychological evaluation by the best psychologists in Kolkata.


It is most common for teenagers to display a rebellious streak. As parents, guardians or teachers, you know and understand that the teenage years are when the hormones rage through the body, with the teenager having no clue on how to handle emotions. This is the time when the fallacies of childhood slip away, revealing a dark, dispassionate world full of failed expectations. The weight of expectation that a teenager carries, coupled with lack of opportunity to vent their creative energy, all add to make a teenager rebellious against accepted norms and customs.

Psychological counselling is the best way to handle these tumultuous years, especially when matters slip out of control. Psychologists are trained to help teenagers open up their fears and anxieties, something that they cannot do in the presence of adults like parents or teachers. There’s no harm in taking a teenager to consult a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

There are three different kinds of sessions that are undertaking by psychologists in such cases: individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy.

As the tags suggest, individual therapy is one-on-one interactions with the teenager in question. No one else gets to sit on these sessions, with the conversation taking place in absolute confidentiality, even to the extent of legal boundaries. No one can ask the psychologist to reveal what was conveyed during these conversations, unless the teenager concerned is a threat to someone’s life, including themselves. So, the teenager can speak out their minds in these sessions, opening up their mind to talk about aspects that they wouldn’t express otherwise. Such sessions are cathartic and help a lot.

Group therapy is useful for teenagers when they show low self-confidence or are too self-conscious about their problem. When they are put in a room with several other teenagers with similar issues, they feel that they are not alone. This gives them the boost they need to face and overcome their problem. When they find others with similar problems, they don’t feel singled out anymore.

Finally, family therapy is conducted to reintroduce the teenager to the family. Here the concerns of the teenager are conveyed to the family and the family’s viewpoint is put across to the teenager. This opens up a channel of communication between the two parties which have regarded each other as a threat till now. With a new relationship established and trust regained, teenagers tend to curb their rebellious self to a large extent, hoping for a fresh, positive start.


According to our psychologists and psychiatrists here at Moner Alo, the biggest hurdle for people who need psychological counseling is that they are ashamed of asking for it.

While people are okay with going to a doctor for a headache, fever or an upset tummy, they are not so prepared to seek help for depression, mood swings or emotional insecurities. The general feeling of people around the world is that when you go to a psychologist or a psychiatrist, the impression you give out is that you are ‘mad’. People with mental issues often do not realize that they need psychological help, and when they do, their own concerns about being perceived as ‘mad’ stop them from seeking professional advice. As a result, complications ensue.

Asking for psychological counseling isn’t abnormal; doing the opposite is!

Mental health is as important, if not more, than physical well-being. Unless you are mentally free and liberated, you cannot focus on anything. For example, if you are depressed at all times, no amount of workout will help your physical state. There is no shame in admitting that you are feeling depressed or worried all the time. There are so many variables in our life. We don’t have the power to control them, despite our best efforts. There is only one way to work out the path: seek help when you need.

Visiting a psychologist also doesn’t mean that you are mentally weak. Why do you think sports persons who have conquered the world in their sporting arena, engage the help of psychologists? Are they mentally weak? Surely not, because they have won whatever there is to win. Yet, they are calling for help. It proves that even the best in the business require a mental boost now and then to keep them in their orbit. The same goes for those who are still struggling to find their feet.

There are times when you don’t realize you need the help of a professional psychologist. It’s because you don’t have the bird’s eye view of your own life. Only a family member or close friend, even a co-worker, can point it out to you. When that happens, try not to be defensive and think with an open mind. Ask for professional help and sort out your issues.

You owe it to everyone you love to be on your best mental faculties.


The morning newspapers reports that Mike Horn, a globally renowned motivator and inspirational speaker, would be camping with the Kolkata Knight Riders cricket team for a week here in Kolkata. This guy is not a cricketer, not a coach and neither is he connected to the game of cricket in any way. Yet, he was part of the cricket team contingent that won the cricket World Cup in 2011. He was also part of the team for Germany when they won the football World Cup in 2014.

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Why is he being hired by well-heeled teams across the world?

The reason is that sports persons need someone to take care of their mental health while they focus on their game. Each of these players knows how to play. Where they need a bit of push is their mental strength. Because of the level of competitiveness around, and the stakes getting higher each day, with more performers crowding the arena, they have to play their A game at all times. The insecurity and the fear of failure grip them by the throat.

Performance anxiety is the greatest hurdle to an excellent performance. That is the hurdle that is taken care of by sports psychologists. They delve deep into the psyche of the sports persons, bringing out their fears and weaknesses. Once laid bare or written down on a piece of paper, the faceless fear does not seem as intimidating anymore. Players are able to talk freely and voice their various concerns. The sports psychologist cuts through their baseless concerns and motivates them to play with confidence.

Sometimes, players are laid out with injuries. They miss entire seasons, sometimes a year or two. Being out of the actions for so long, they are crippled with doubt. They cannot figure out if they still have what it takes to compete on the big stage. Even for players who are playing regularly, they can get nervous before a big night on the field, like a semi-final or a final. They are worried about letting their fans, the team or the country down. Such thoughts only add mental burden and push their hand toward failure.

Psychological counseling can deal with this in an effective way. For fledgling players struggling to find their feet, psychologists can help you take your game to the next level. You can get the mental push from our experts at Moner Alo.


Exams and pressure comes hand in hand. Exams like boards, Joint Entrance Examination and NEET comes with a lot of pressure. So, students are under a lot of pressure to perform. The funny part is that this pressure to perform is what ultimately affects the performance adversely. Students often bungle up easy questions and solutions because they are too worried about the results. They want to get everything correct and in the process, make a hash of a lot of otherwise easy questions.

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There are students who are more critically affected by examination trauma, something that is quite normal for learners. The fear of assessment doesn’t allow them to study freely, affecting their health and general well-being. These juniors should immediately consult the best psychologist in Kolkata that they can find at Moner Alo. If not treated properly, examination fever can lead to long-term mental and behavioural disorder.

The most common form of stress is the urge of the student to not appear for the test. They are so much under pressure that they feel easier to just let the year drop, promising themselves and their parents that they will prepare better next year. For 9 out of 10 undergraduates, dropping the year will prove to be a blunder. Once out of the race, with their friends surging ahead with the flow of tide, they will feel depressed and unmotivated. It is better if they decide to appear for the assessment, with a few sessions of psychological counselling.

The pivot of psychological counselling provided at this stage is the assurance that the stress is as normal as studying and applies to scholars all over the globe. So, they don’t have to feel any different or ostracized. They will feel confident if they are rid of the guilt-feeling of not having prepared enough for the examination. Yes, some of them may have left too many things for the last minute but what’s done cannot be undone. The psychologist will not dwell on the past but what can be done to prepare the student mentally for the event.

With so much riding on these young minds, you can hardly blame them for being so stressed. Professional guidance and assurance, with confidence building measures, is the way forward for these students.

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