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Almost all of us at some point or the other come across a face, but couldn’t remember the name, or remember the name but couldn’t collate the face. There are some people who cannot remember their spatial location and tend to get lost. Sometimes, even when they are a couple of blocks away from home or office, they get lost. These people have little or no sense of where they are located and where they are headed. Such a problem is known as topographic agnosia, or place blindness.

Recently a mainstream newspaper in Kolkata talked about a few persons who were found loitering around the city aimlessly. On investigation, it was found that they were lost on their way. Sympathetic locals helped them find their home. A couple of them had strayed quite far from their destination. All of them admitted to have problems finding their way back or negotiating their way through the streets of the city. Such a condition is a textbook case of topographical agnosia.

As is evident from the name, topographical agnosia refers to the inability of the person to remember his topographical location. It is a problem caused by major injury to the head. A part of the brain is tasked with the job of taking care of where you are located and to give you directions about where you want to go. A traumatic injury to the head puts this function of the brain under jeopardy. There are also cases of topographic agnosia being hereditary.

The problem of topographical agnosia can be quite frustrating, leading to other mental health issues. It is best to get help,the sooner you realize that you are having issues with your sense of direction. A trained psychologist can help you get a grip on this problem through medication, but you have to ensure that you continue taking the right dosages on time. Looking back at the incidents of such cases reported from Kolkata, at least one of them admitted to have skipped their meds before they got lost on the road. So discontinuing MEDS are a strict no-no.

If you know someone who has symptoms of topographic agnosia, you should get in touch with immediately.


You must have read in the newspapers about personalities like Mike Horn. For the uninitiated, he’s the world’s most famous explorer with several unheard of feats under his belt. However, that is not his only identity. He’s also a motivational coach and was associated with teams like Germany when they won the football World Cup and with India when they won the cricket World Cup. He’s been associated with several A-list teams across the board, irrespective of the sporting arena.

It is obvious, therefore, that his expertise in motivation does not stay limited to sporting teams or particular sporting fields. In other words, it is not the sporting field which matters, what he does to help teams and individuals is what counts. In a way, he does the job of a psychologist, delving deep into the minds of sports persons to address their lurking fears and anxieties and bringing out positive energy. If professional top grade sports persons of the globe look up  a psychological boost for their performance, imagine what amateurs in this domain would need.

Amateur Sportspersons Need Sports Psychologist

A sports psychologist can help amateur sports persons lift their game, mostly by helping them in the mental prep work. Don’t assume that such psychologists are useful for sporting persons only when they develop some problem or fall into a rut. Even at the peak of their powers, sports persons may develop feelings of anxiety or choke up during key moments of the game. Unless they are sorted out in their minds, they will be unable to deliver their best.

Amateurs, especially, are threatened by these mind games because they are yet to find sure footing in their arenas.
Our trained and professional psychologists at Moner Alo have worked with budding sports persons for some time now. During these sessions, we have focussed on how to channel all your energy into an optimum performance and how to keep your mind clear from clouded thoughts. Our psychologists insist on enjoying the sports because that is the best way in which an amateur can perform better. If they are bogged down by expectation and fear of failure, it helps no one.

If you are an amateur sports person and need help with the mental side of your game, get in touch with


Unfortunate souls which have taken the trauma of heartbreak often ignore their agony. They lament their loss, mope around for days, but do not seek any kind of psychological help. Their only solace comes from the sympathetic words of friends or even family members. However, clinical studies have proven that people suffering from heartbreak should seek professional psychological help. Tossing it aside, as most people would ask you to do, can have long-term psychological complications, like trust issues.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Heartbreak

In this post, we will discuss why heartbreak isn’t something that can be ignored. It is a myth that the best way to get over heartbreak is to focus on something productive, like studies or professional work. But this kind of advice is usually given by those who have not been through a serious heartbreaking moment in their life. It is not just the loss of a romantic relationship that we are talking about here. Heartbreak can happen when you lose a dear one, or feel betrayed by someone you hold close to your heart.

According to studies, heartbreak causes the same kind of pain that a physical injury can cause you. The only difference is that the physical problem may go away after a time, but heartbreak lingers for days, weeks and months, even years. Small acts or thoughts trigger the avalanche of memories and cloud the mind over again. You will have to start the tough path to mental recovery all over again. Some psychologists are of the opinion that heartbreak activates the same kind of withdrawal syndromes that happens to people who are quitting narcotics, alcohol or smoking.

The sad part about mental issues is that unless you equate it with a physical analogy, people are unable to understand the gravity of the situation. While you may seek immediate help for a physical problem, a grave and serious problem as heartbreak lie untreated. Speak to a trained and professional psychologist before matters get murkier. You wouldn’t want to carry on with your life with the baggage of a relationship that is not there anymore. You can do better if seek closure to a painful past with the help and guidance of a professional psychologist.


It is true that smokers cause greater harm to themselves and people around them than alcoholics. Moreover, smokers find it tougher to quit this dreaded habit because society is not as intolerant about smoking as they are about drinking. So, the social pressure to do something to kick the butt isn’t there. However, smokers know that they have a price to pay for their addiction and many of them actually feel that since they are doomed already, what is the point in quitting now? Your Ticket to Quit Smoking is now Cognitive Behavior Therapy .

Your Ticket to Quit Smoking: Cognitive Behavior Therapy

In fact, research tells us that smokers find it more difficult to quit because they are fatalistic about the repercussions of smoking. So they don’t find any stimulant to make them take that plunge. This is where cognitive behavior therapy or CBT comes into the picture. The primary function of CBT is simple: enable the smoker to find a reason to quit. It helps dispel negative thoughts that cloud the mind when the time comes to exercise will power.

Cognitive behavior therapy can be conducted individually or in groups. Keeping the key idea in mind, some of the areas which CBT focuses on include the triggers which break down the will and resistance of the smokers. For most, it is the stress of everyday life, professional and personal. Smokers feel that if they give up smoking, how will they handle the stress that life brings daily? They are unable to realize that smoking doesn’t actually help combat stress. When given another choice to fight stress, like CBT, smokers get an incentive to give up the killer habit.

There’s another area where CBT scores well with smokers: the need to give confidence that they can quit smoking. After prolonged smoking, with several failed attempts to quit the habit, smokers are unable to find the necessary faith that they can achieve it. This is more effective in group therapy sessions where everyone looks at the other as inspiration. Each day passing is another day without smoking and it is a great way to see through the extreme struggles of the initial phase.

If you want to quit smoking and have failed repeatedly, speak to the best psychologists in Kolkata at Moner Alo about CBT.


Each year, this is the time when all the major exams take place. Students all over the country are under tremendous stress because of these exams. There is pressure to perform because the competition is stiff and unless you get really good marks, your future plans will receive some cruel dents. However, it is more important than ever to keep a calm head during the exam season. It doesn’t pay to get yourself worked up by worrying about consequences.
Here are some psychological tips to fight exam stress from the desks of our trained psychologists at Moner Alo, the best psychiatric unit in Kolkata.

Psychological Tips to Fight Exam Stress

First up, planning is everything. If all your tasks are organized and ready to go, you will be in a better position to complete them. Write down your to-do list and stay organized. That way, you don’t forget things and they are done in time. Otherwise, you will wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat worrying when you will complete that final chapter of physics! If your planning is sorted, you are confident that all bases are covered.

Secondly, leave some time for yourself. For mental relaxation, you need some exercise, listening to music, watching TV or simply cleaning your own room. It depends on you what you prefer. Whatever your choice of leisure may be, make sure that you stitch it into your daily routine. Avoid studying for hours on end. It achieves little because after an hour, your brain starts to wander, even with a book open in front. So make allowance for a bit of de-stressing.

Thirdly, try and be a little innovative in your approach to studying. For example, you can change the room a little to pep up your study time. Organize a study group of like-minded friends. These little changes ensure that you are not bored of studies. Remember that your goal is not enough to bring your focus and perspective at all times.

You need something more tangible every single day to motivate yourself and keep going. How you innovate your study time will bring a sense of newness to this whole routine.
We at Moner Alo wish you all the best this exam season!


It is only natural as a parent to expect from your kids. After all, it’s not just about their own life, is it? You live a bit of your life through them. The most probable reason why parents burden their children with expectations is that they try to achieve whatever they couldn’t on their own. For example, if you wanted to be a professor in a college and couldn’t reach those heights for some reason, you want your child to achieve that. The problem crops up when your child is not academically inclined at all!

Why You Need to Handle Your Expectations from Your Kids

Parents who can’t handle their expectations for kids have a very rough life ahead. The first step in this direction is that you end up alienating the very child from whom you are expecting this and that. Children feel terrible when they are unable to meet your expectations. They feel that they are letting you down and this feeling stems strongly from a sense of love. However, this disappointment doesn’t last long. Before you know it, the child becomes bitter and all their love for you turns sour. They feel that they are being unduly put to task.

More often than not, the reason your child can’t meet your expectation is because of you! After all, you have contributed to the genetic structure of the child, something that is largely responsible for ability and intelligence. So, if you are not able or intelligent enough, the child may already be at a disadvantage. There are welcome exceptions, but what if those are not in your case? In other words, you are putting the blame on your child for something which you are responsible, and something that the child has no control over.

If you feel persistent as a parent to keep expecting the skies and the stars for your child, you should consult a psychologist. A trained psychologist, like those with us at the best psychological counselling center in Kolkata Moner Alo, will help you keep a handle your expectations and how to encourage and motivate your child with positive energy. Keeping them under pressure to perform will only pull them down, instead of enhancing their achievement. On the other hand, a level-headed parent is so much more healthy for a child’s development.


It is part of your normal life to worry about your kids. That comes with the territory of being a parent. However, there are times when the stress becomes too much to handle. It has a deep effect on your life in the personal sphere as well as the professional. After all, you have a life of your own too, and you have to play the other roles in your life, other than being a father, with conviction. You cannot allow excessive anxiety to ruin everything you have. And the  main thing is what to do with parental anxiety.

What to Do with Parental Anxiety

More often than not, anxious parents tend to reflect their anxiety and stress on the children as well. When your kids see you flustered and at your wit’s end, or see you lose your temper all too often, they become scared and tearful. It shakes the little confidence that they have. Instead of burdening them with your worry, your job as a parent would be to make things easy and relaxed for them. You cannot do that unless you are relaxed and breezy yourself.

We asked some of the best psychologists in Kolkata about the various effective ways to cope with parental anxiety. Some of the answers we got were quite illuminating. For example, most parents worry that their children may get kidnapped or come across a major accident. While there is no saying for sure about such uncertainties, the percentage of children facing these mishaps is abysmally low. If you continue to worry about it, you are not helping your child in any way to combat such situations or be safer than they already are.

So that’s trick number one: eradicate unfounded fears from your mind. Secondly, take steps to deal with accidents as much as you possibly can and then stop worrying about it. Like, if you have a raised bed at home and you are anxious that your kid may slip from the bed and fall to the floor, consider getting your bed lowered or movable side attachments fixed to the bed so that your kids don’t step over. Take calculated measures for risk management and then let things flow.

You can do the usual tricks like deep breathing or meditation for a while every day. Moreover, except that you are doing all you can and leave the rest to situations that each day brings.


In the age of social media and urban dictionaries, you must have heard about the phrase ‘drama queen’. Irrespective of gender, this phrase is used to describe people who have a special liking for drama in order to attract attention toward themselves. They want to be at the center of the limelight at all times. The moment someone else draws away the focus from them, they feel threatened and throw tantrums.

On the surface, it may seem like something harmless. After all, we all have friends and family members who fit this phrase perfectly! However, there is more to this than meets the eye. People who have a passion for drawing attention often go overboard in their effort to do so. They may adopt unhealthy practices and actions so that they focus remains of them. A case in point is that student in the class who wouldn’t obey the teacher simply because the teacher paid him attention, however negative that attention might be.

There are deep psychological reasons why some people simply cannot bear to be a part of a group, or fall back in the background. They have to be at the forefront at all times. These reasons could be rooted in their childhood when they did not get the necessary attention from their parents. Usually, a quieter sibling may find it difficult to grab the attention of parents in the presence of a more extroverted child. Such children grow a sense of fear and insecurity. They are worried that people will ignore their presence and forget all about them. They want to be remembered, no matter what.

All goes along fine as long as the attention-seeking behavior is limited to a certain extent. If that boundary is breached, psychological counseling becomes crucial. If unchecked, such behavior can lead to substance abuse and self-harm. It may also cause other psychological problems that are more harmful to the person concerned and everyone around them. So, if you know someone who is a bit of a ‘drama queen’, make sure you give them a balanced sense of attention. Ignoring or indulging can both be detrimental to their mental state.


We are living in the times of debt. There are so many avenues in which people incur debt. It can be in the form of home loans, education loans, credit card bills or simply personal loans. The ease and simplicity associated with getting a loan these days has encouraged people to incur more debt.

Since the process is easier and the number of agencies offering loans at competitive interest rates, it is a viable option to resolve your financial woes with borrowed money. It has only later than the gradually mounting EMIs become too much to bear.

Being overburdened with debt and outstanding loans can be a very damaging psychological state of mind. If you are worried about your finances, you may feel that you are constantly worried about it. Often in the night, you may wake up in cold sweat. Loans to pay can lead to depression and anger issues. You may find that your social life is up for a toss because all you can think or talk about is money. That can be quite off-putting for friends and family members. Your loans take center-stage in your life and that is not a good mental state to be in.

If you are feeling that all the above descriptions match with your mental being now, you need psychological counselling. Let’s face it, you can pay off your debts only if you are mentally stable enough to work professionally. Unless that is possible, you will find yourself out of work very soon and that will not help matters when it comes to paying off your debts. So, for your own good, you need to be in sound mental health and professionally capable. With a hangover of debt, you will find that mistakes are being made in your work and that is never a good sign.

A trained and professional psychologist will help you handle your debt worries. People in debt often get sucked into a spiral of borrowing money. You borrow money to pay off debts and it keeps getting murkier. A psychologist will help you understand the mental aspects of handling worries about finances and stop the temptation of borrowing money to combat debt.

When you get a grip on this easy way out of borrowing more money, with the help of a psychologist, you will be in a better position to pay off debts.


In the countries of Europe or America, there are group therapy sessions under the banner of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to deal with the problem of alcoholism. However, in India and especially in the city of Kolkata, there aren’t many such groups that will help you come out of the problem of alcoholism. This has a lot to do with the taboo surrounding the problem of drinking. Most alcoholics are unwilling to acknowledge that they have a problem and they need help. This is the biggest hurdle in dealing with the problem.

Many alcoholics do not think that they qualify as one. They live in a state of denial and get defensive, even abusive and violent, if they are pressed on this issue to seek help. What makes the problem more complicated is that when they are not under the influence of alcohol, they lead respectable, social lives. It is only when they hit the bottle that they turn into a completely different person, ignoring the interests of family, friends and their professional lives.

Psychological Counselling to Deal with Alcoholism

The job of a psychologist dealing with an alcoholic is tough because the ego and morale of the person concerned cannot be hurt. If they feel threatened or humiliated, the treatment will not go a long way. Additionally, abstaining from alcohol after prolonged addiction can lead to tremendous stress on the body, sometimes leading to seizures. So a psychologist has to be ready for such situations and discuss medications beforehand.

A major reason for alcoholism is relapsing into the habit even after kicking the bottle. Alcoholics require constant motivation so that they are encouraged to keep abstaining, despite the temptations.

Friends and family members of alcoholics have to play a strong role in their treatment. Without their support, the affected person cannot go the whole way. The worth of the person concerned needs to be emphasized regularly so that they know that their efforts in fighting alcoholism are being met with appreciation. That will motivate them further. A psychologist will have to take their family into confidence when required.

In terms of psychological counselling alone, both group and individual therapies are effective, depending upon the individual in question. However, it is wrong to think that only will power will help fight alcoholism. Alcoholics require professional psychological counselling as well.

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