Sona Kaushal

Recheck your abilities, reset your mind-the Dunning–Kruger effect

GUEST COLUMN I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do...

Gender issues beyond International Women’s Day

Guest Column International Women’s Day was observed recently (March 8) as a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marked a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The occasion may have gone but the issues remain relevant throughout the year. The theme was this year’s International Women’s Day was balance...

A Relaxed Mind Performs Better in Exams

GUEST COLUMN Stress is our body’s physiological and psychological response to a situation or challenge beyond our control. Stress depletes a child of his energy, makes him forgetful, scared and puts him into low self esteem. This further de-motivates him and he becomes more stressed. It’s a vicious cycle. Stress is a big hurdle to a child’s cognitive abilities,...

Practice empathy and teach it to your children

GUEST COLUMN Empathy is the ability to read another person’s emotions. It is the ability to identify with and feel for the other person by trying to put yourself in his or her shoes so as to be able to understand what he is feeling or going through emotionally. Ravi had failed his XII Board exams. He was feeling...

Mentally healthy or mentally ill ?

–Guest Column– Are you mental? A friend asked me this innocently when I asked him to do something he disagreed to and did not want to do. We hear many of our friends casually ask this question when they do not agree to another’s viewpoint. Let us not label anyone with such words which are so significant and have...

Adolescent mental health is crucial

GUEST-COLUMN  Dr Sona Kaushal Gupta  According to WHO, one in six people is aged 10–19 years and mental health conditions account for 16 percent of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10–19 years. Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated. Globally, depression is...

Let us not forget to love those who have forgotten

GUEST COLUMN  Dr. Sona Kaushal Gupta Monday, 01 October 2018 | in Guest Column– People suffering from Alzheimer’s have dementia and tend to live a futile life in a world of their own, away from reality. Mukesh is a 75-year-old retired pensioner. He was at the helm of affairs in his workplace, a dynamic officer, a guiding force for his subordinates...

Working Together To Prevent Suicide

GUEST COLUMN Thursday, 13 September 2018 | Dr Sona Kaushal Gupta | Dehradun— I got a frantic call from a student on the tele-helpline I operate to de-stress the stressed students during their exam time. He sounded very desperate and very scared. He told me that he had failed in his XthBoard exam and was very scared his parents would beat...

EMPOWER CHILDREN TO SAY NO TO DRUG ABUSE

“This is no quick fix. There is no band-aid big enough for this life.” —Daniel Abbott, The Concrete The story of an 18-year-old Shubam is a classic example of what is happening to our youth today and an eye-opener for us, especially parents. Shubam was a sincere student and loved by all at home and school. He was the...

LONELINESS CAN LEAD TO DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Approximately 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood. Between 10 to 15 per cent of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at any one time. The American Psychological Association (APA) has defined depression (major depressive disorder) as a common and serious...