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“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

― John Milton, Paradise Lost

The mind indeed is powerful enough to make our lives either hell or heaven. When we feel good, it seems that nothing can stop us from making a success of life. However, if we are feeling miserable deep inside, even small problems appear insurmountable and life seems to be a burden. The state of our mind is also intimately connected to our physical health. Our attitudes and emotional states can trigger chain reactions that affect blood chemistry, heart rate and the activity of every cell and organ in the body – from the stomach to the immune system. Emotions can also affect our body’s reaction to stress, which can cause headaches, backaches and other physical problems.

While we are very particular about our physical health and our social life, it is only rarely that we pay any attention to what our mind is doing. We keep our homes clean but do not think about decluttering our minds. Many times we do not even realise that our mind is tired or not performing well. We are unhappy, frustrated and miserable. We end up feeling tired and irritable, sleeping badly, not feeling hungry and not able to concentrate in our work which further adds to the stress. To help cope with the stress, we start using substances that make us feel better. These may range from the ubiquitous cigarette and alcohol to hard drugs like cocaine and amphetamine. We develop many medical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and so on, all the while not realising how much our mind has contributed to these illnesses.

Having good mental health is therefore necessary if we wish live fruitfully and perform to the best of our potentials.

About Dr Preeti Parakh

Dr Preeti Parakh has been in the field of psychiatry for more than a decade. After doing her specialization in psychiatry from Banaras Hindu University, she joined the prestigious Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh as a Senior Resident in the department of Psychiatry. During this period, she had the opportunity to work closely with people with addiction related problems and ended up developing a lifelong interest in addiction medicine. She realised that most psychiatrists easily give up on patients of alcohol or drug dependence, believing that these cases are hopeless.

What is Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are conditions involving changes in how a person thinks, feels or behaves, or a combination of these, resulting in distress and/or problems in one’s functioning.

Cause of Mental Illness

Mental illnesses, in general, are thought to be caused by a variety of genetic and environmental factors:


Mental illness is more common in people whose blood relatives also have a mental illness. Presence of certain genes increase one’s risk of developing a mental illness.

Biological Factors

Biological Factors

An abnormal balance of some naturally occurring chemicals, called neurotransmitters, in the brain can cause mental illness.

Psychological trauma

Psychological trauma

People who have suffered psychological trauma, such as severe emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are more likely to develop mental illness.

Environmental factors

Environmental factors

Stressful life events such as death of a loved one, divorce, loss of job or failing in exam, can trigger mental illness in susceptible persons.

What can I do to prevent mental illness?

Science still does not know any definite way of preventing a mental illness. However, one can prevent or limit complications arising from a mental illness by doing all one can to improve one’s mental health.


You don’t need a psychiatrist unless you are crazy enough to throw objects around’ this is the ideology I had since childhood. After I suffered a miscarriage a year ago, I was under severe depression. Finally, my husband took me for this consultation, despite all my protests. I am so thankful now, that he did. The sessions not only helped me to overcome the grief of my loss. But also it helped to rebuild my relationship. I urge everyone with a similar loss to consult for the same. Believe me, you need it
Rakhi Roy
To consult Dr. Parekh is an excellent doctor who gave me excellent advice regarding my career. I after the counseling, I am now confident and full of energy. I look forward to achieving my dreams that I almost gave up on.
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