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19/Sep/2019

Bullies are part of folklore and stories for centuries. They exist and everyone knows someone or the other who is a bully. Bullies exist in schools, colleges, work places and even in public transport like buses or trains. They are known by their loud, obnoxious behavior and their picking of targets to bully. That classical model of bullying has entered cyber space and internet for a long time now. Cyber bullying is equally damaging to the psyche as the traditional form of bullying. 

For this post, we asked some trained psychologists at MonerAlo.com, the best psychology clinic in Kolkata, about the harmful effects of cyber bullying among the most vulnerable: teenagers. With social media use rampant and reckless, teenagers put out a lot of information about their personal lives on the internet. That includes pictures, contact details and glimpses into their lifestyle and choices. Anyone who expresses opinions different from the popular, and henceforth accepted norm, are subjected to cyber bullies, broadly called trolls.

No one online is free from cyber bullying. Celebrities with millions of followers are also trolled and bullied. However, for teenagers, the bullying can get extremely personal. It will have a deep negative effect on the fragile mind and ego of a teenager. It gives rise to low self esteem and inferiority complexes. It can wash away confidence, motivation and sometimes, the will to live. Cyber bullying also happens in groups, where an entire gang of friends go up against one of their own who has defied the collective opinion. In such cases, the victim finds themselves friendless and without any support system whatsoever. 

Parents need to be very vigilant about teenagers subjected to cyber bullying. You will know about it only if you study the unusual behavioral patterns of your child. Mood swings, fading academic grades, hopelessness written large on the face and general disinterestedness about life, all of these are typical syndromes of cyber bullying. Sometimes the lifestyle of a teenager and their family can become an object of ridicule for cyber bullies. As a parent, you may not have the psychological training to bring out the facts from a rebellious teenager.

Consulting a psychologist in Kolkata is your safest and best option. With proper counselling, victims of cyber bullying can be brought back to lead normal lives.   


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19/Sep/2019

If you check out the full form of FOMO, there are high chances that you are not a millennial! Anyone on social media platforms for a large part of the day, or college goers, even school children know the word FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. While the terminology may give away the feeling that this is not a ‘real’ problem, it is actually so, say the psychologists of Kolkata. This perceived fear of not being part of a particular social circle, or a group, can be nerve-wrecking for youngsters, especially teenagers. 

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FOMO can have disastrous consequences in academia. Students who are constantly checking their smartphones for updates often neglect their studies. The worst part is that often they don’t care at all. They are so clued in about what is happening all around on the internet that they don’t really have a life, so to say. When they are faced with a real problem, they are unable to do anything constructive to solve it. Rather, their mind is always on what they are missing out. 

The psychological effects of FOMO can be quite damaging. It can turn young, impressionable minds into one that is constantly afraid and looking over their shoulders. They have very little self esteem and they fear that if they miss out, it will reflect poorly on their personality. They are also worried about what people will think about them if they miss out on something as trivial as the latest gossip in town. Moreover, they are deeply insecure about how friends view them. They are concerned that their friends are sharing something or the other among themselves, by leaving them out of the circle. 

You may think that FOMO is something that affects youngsters. Actually older persons can have a deep sense of missing out, too. You will find people checking news channels or newspapers continuously. That is also a case of FOMO. Is there actually any need of knowing every news story coming out if the matter doesn’t concern you directly? Psychologists say that these feelings of being left out, or abandoned, can have far-reaching consequences. If not treated earlier, they can give way to depression. 

If you have a strong FOMO, consult a psychologist on MonerAlo.com today. 


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19/Sep/2019

Did you know that for centuries, there was no such field as child psychology? Children were treated on the same scale as adults when it came to mental health issues! Thankfully, things turned around with child psychology now a field of study which is gaining popularity among parents. This is quite the scene in Kolkata, where there was a spate of incidents involving school children of reputed city schools. There are also disturbing reports of children buying drugs from peddlers in front of A-list Kolkata schools. 

All of these incidents have prompted school authorities and parents alike to look at children as living entities with minds of their own. For a long time now, parents have burdened children with their expectations and worries. When these hapless children could not measure up to their demands, the parents put the blame squarely on their young shoulders. Ask any psychologist in Kolkata and you would know that mental health worries of school children are often linked and tied with their parents. 

School children are being counselled across schools, with the state government joining the trend, albeit late. Child psychologists can help parents deal with difficult children. Urban schools have children with a lot of expectations from them, with mounting competition and contracting opportunities. You would find such children living a quiet life, with sad, disheartened faces. Unless they open up their bottled feelings and emotions, you cannot get a peek into their minds. A trained psychologist can do that. 

Parents of school children are finally awake to the benefits of child psychology. They are not stigma-wary anymore of taking their child to a psychologist or psychiatrist in Kolkata. Even state-run hospitals and clinics are seeing parents with teenagers lined up for psychological counselling. With more parents willing to offer children the help they need for mental issues, child psychology will reach out to many more who are yet to get help. 

MonerAlo.com, the top psychology clinic in Kolkata, has a reputed and experienced team of child psychologists to help your child find their feet, and mojo, back again. Children with healthy minds are the future.    


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19/Sep/2019

Losing a job can have disastrous consequences on the mind. If you have worked somewhere for years, leaving behind all those co-workers and the many relationships you have forged during your time there, can be a harrowing task. The sudden financial insecurity is another problem that job losers have to work on, especially because almost everyone has EMIs to pay. The abrupt landing from a financially secure place to a totally vague future is a lot to take in. 

Many job losers get really angry and depressed, losing every desire to get up from bed and look for another job. Even if they try to get over the period by working feverishly on their resumes and touching base with professional contacts, that initial euphoria dies down in a while when you don’t get a job immediately. This period of rejection from potential employers is too tough to handle because it only makes you more desperate and worried. 

Such a mental state is never idle for job seekers. If you are depressed and look beaten, you will find it tough to convince interviewers that you are ready for a new job. Your state of hopelessness shines through and you don’t get the job despite having the qualifications. This is when you need to work on your mind with the help of a psychologist. A trained, professional psychologist will work on your mental issues and address your fears. 

More often than not, it is the fear of living as an unemployed person despite several financial commitments on the table is what scares the living daylights out of anyone. But if you continue to dwell on the fear, you will remain cooped up in this sorry state. You need to meet this phase of your life with a positive outlook. This is something that a psychologist in Kolkata will help you attain. There are group therapy and individual sessions that you can attend. It will reinstate your faith in your ability. That will go a long way in developing the right frame of mind for a job seeker. 

Get in touch with MonerAlo.com for trained psychologists in Kolkata for your personal issues like job loss stress, among other reasons. 


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19/Sep/2019

Anyone watching the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 or the Wimbledon Men’s Final 2019 will know what pressure games are like! As a member of the audience, we got hooked to the proceedings on the field. We jumped in our seats, sweated and at the end, were either elated or disheartened. Now imagine what the situation was on the ground for these sportsperson? They were playing a game with millions of fans hanging onto everything they do. A mistake and everything would be lost. 

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If you thought that this pressure was meant only for high profile sportsperson, you cannot be farther from the truth. Any youngster playing the sport today, at any level, is subject to scrutiny. For them, the expectations of fans may not be there, but the weight of proving themselves is surely there. There are overbearing parents waiting for them to succeed, the players have high demands from their own skills and there is competition from peers to take the pedestal to the next step. All of this can be quite daunting. 

Any sportsperson wilting under pressure is bound to falter. This is where sports psychologists come into the picture. Earlier on this Moner Alo blog, we had talked about how sports psychologists can help. The demand for trained and professional sports psychologist in Kolkata is getting denser by the day. Sports aren’t just fun and games anymore, after all. It is a career option and unless youngsters settle their mental issues first, they are not going anywhere forward. Teams are hiring sports psychologists for mental conditioning. If professional sportsperson need psychological counselling, you can only imagine what rookies will need. 

What is the job of a sports psychologist? To put it simply, all they do is to help you turn your negative emotions of fear and anxiety into hope and tenacity. Fear of failure, for example, can be quite a challenge. If you convert this fear into energy to perform better, you will be a better player. A sports psychologist can help you achieve that. A sports psychologist in Kolkata will help you understand yourself better, in turn helping the process of preparing for a match and staying stable through it. 

Contact MonerAlo.com if you want to improve your mental strength as a sportsperson.  


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19/Sep/2019

The educational scene of Kolkata is vitiated because of the shocking suicide of a teen-aged school girl in the school premises. We wrote about this earlier in a blog post as to how teenagers need psychological counselling in order to deal with stress in school, and beyond. Of late, the school in question, along with several other schools in Kolkata has engaged trained psychologists to speak to the children enrolled with them. However, the general consensus is that the buck cannot stop with psychological counselling only for the kids. The parents of these teenagers should be kept in the loop as well. 

Many parents of Kolkata schools are writing to school authorities to get access to the psychological counselling sessions that are arranged by the school. Their view is that parents have a right to know what is going on in the minds of their children. While this is important, it is also crucial that children get a platform to share their concerns and fears without parental interference. More often than not, the parents themselves are the cause of the child’s worry and anxiety! That is why they will not be able to open up their minds and hearts when parents are around during counselling or therapy sessions. 

Parents have to take care of their psychological counselling needs on their own, separate from what the schools are doing. They should get in touch with the best psychological counselling institute in Kolkata, MonerAlo.com. Parents have to discuss a variety of topics that affect their teenaged children. For example, lack of adjustment between parents or violence, be it physical or emotional, can have a strong effect on the child. Parents have to be aware of how they are behaving around children in order to stop any negative impact. 

What has really shone through after psychological counselling sessions with parents and children is the lack of time that parents devote for family bonding. Buying expensive gifts and goodies for children to compensate for lack of time is not an option. Most children get frustrated because their dad or mom is seldom around. It’s true that they have the compulsions of modern life that keep them away. But psychologists advice to strike a balance. Neglect can play havoc with the minds of children. 

Get in touch with our team at MonerAlo.com if you are a parent looking to be a better and more compassionate one. 


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19/Sep/2019

It was only in the late 1980s that the topic of depression among toddlers first came into the picture. Earlier, just as most people today, depression among toddlers was unheard of, primarily because no one bothered to evaluate. With modern psychologists expanding the ambit of their study, and interest, toddlers are now diagnosed with depression and even bipolar disorders. So, if your toddler looks depressed, like an adult would look when they are feeling down, there are chances that your toddler is actually suffering from depression. 

There are different types of depression that can happen to very young children:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: This is linked to daylight. During winter, when daylight goes away quicker, children can get depressed. 
  • Dysthymia: In this condition, depression is not quite strong but the problem can be quite persistent. Dysthymia can lead to a full-blown depression if not treated at the right time. 
  • Adjustment Disorder: This kind of depression sets in when a child loses a particularly favourite family member or friend. It can also happen if the child is uprooted from a particular location when the family moves homes. 
  • Bipolar Disorder: As in adults, bipolar disorders make children swing from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. Sometimes the child is happy while at other times, they are sad. This kind of depression is rare, though. 

The question now arises, how do you get help for your depressed child? The first job is to take the child to a professionally trained psychologist. Only such a professional can say for sure if your child is depressed or there is some other issue. Through individual sessions, a psychologist can take a peep into the child’s mind. Sometimes, studying the behavior of a child, or asking them to answer questionnaires, can open up the mind to the psychologist. Treatment usually is free of medication because the child is too young. 

Therapy sessions, individual and group, are the way to take your child on the path of recovery. Because there cannot be any particular cause for depression among toddlers, addressing individual cases is the only way forward. To get such help for your child, contact the best psychology clinic of Kolkata, MonerAlo


19/Sep/2019

Signs of child abuse may not be obvious in most of the cases. This is because children may feel afraid or ashamed to tell anyone about it. They might feel that no one would believe them or they might be scared of the abuser. Many times, the child even doesn’t realise that he/she’s being abused. World Health Organisation reveals that 20% of women and about 5 to 10% of men accepted being sexually abused as children. While 25-50% of people accepted of being physically abused as children.

How can you tell whether a child is been abused? Check for these warning signs:

1. Change in Behaviour

Has the child turned hostile lately? Is he or she showing aggression or hyperactivity? Does the child lack social skills and develops poor bonding with parents? If yes, then it can be a sign of child abuse.

2. Depression and Loss of Interest

Does the child withdraw from activities that once gave him/her pleasure? Does he/she refuse to meet friends? Have they begun to lose confidence in whatever they do and suffer from anxiety?

3. Reluctance

Abused children often avoid places where they are likely to confront their abuser. Did you notice similar reluctance in any child around you? Does he/she refuse to go to school, board the school bus, return home or visit a particular relative’s place? Is he/she reluctant in sharing information?

4. Trouble Sleeping

Does the child face difficulty in sleeping? Does he/she constantly wet or soil the bed? Do they have nightmares and other sleep problems that are beyond explanation? These can be signs of possible child abuse.

5. Self-Injury and Substance abuse

Bruises and burns are early signs of child abuse. Children might harm themselves (by cutting or burning) to relieve the emotional pain. They might even begin drinking at a very young age. If you have noticed unexplained wounds in your child’s body then don’t ignore it.

Child abuse can leave permanent scars on a child’s mind and if neglected, this can result in impaired mental or physical health. Children can forget the pain afflicted due to abuse and live a normal and healthy life, which is why it’s important to immediately consult a psychologist. If you are looking for a child psychologist in Kolkata, get in touch with us. Call us today at +91 9051 680 953.






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