February 1, 2018

JK, 44 years old, who had a three decade long history of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) was referred by his physician with complaints that emerged after an unexpected job loss – sleeplessness, worry, anxiety and depression. His IBS related symptoms had also worsened fo...

January 21, 2018

The Pain in Perfection

Mr RK, 47 years old businessman, came to the Psychiatrist with a trolley full of investigation reports. An Indian national, he had travelled as far as Germany, UK and the US to get help for his various aches and pains.

He reported a nine year histo...

March 16, 2017

Jane, 34 years old, mother of three children, found herself irritable and losing confidence in managing routine day to day issues.  She started worrying on trivial matters. For example, if the school bus was late, she imagined that there was an accident. If her husband...

February 20, 2017

Shane, 31 years old chartered accountant, was referred by his physician to a psychiatrist.

Shane told the psychiatrist that he felt sad and fearful. He said that he had lost his confidence and had negative thoughts about himself and his future. He also reported poor con...

February 13, 2017

Shama, 27 years old, started feeling low and irritable during the fifth month of her pregnancy. Her doctor had informed her that her pregnancy was progressing well. So, she attributed her mood change to the fact that her husband had long working hours and was away most...

Ravi, 8 years old, is an intelligent boy. However, his parents and teachers observed several issues and this led to a psychiatry consultation. Here is the list of complaints compiled by Ravi’s mother at the initial consultation:

  1. His school work is incomplete, he ove...

The fear of driving (Vehophobia) is a common phobia in which the sufferer may experience intense anxiety while driving. 


Anita had a marketing job – this required her to drive around meeting clients – often over long distances. She had been driving for the last 18 year...

April 21, 2016

Rakesh, 21 years old, had appeared preoccupied, scared and distressed over the previous two months. He then reported to his mother that he had been hearing voices – and these voices were coming from the adjacent building. He clearly felt that these voices were from a g...

April 7, 2016

It all began with headaches for Ramesh. An otherwise fit and athletic young man, he began to experience chronic headaches from time to time. Doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him, yet he persisted in his belief that there was something that was causing these he...