January 3 , Sunday
Teku , Kathmandu
The fourth edition of Psychbigyaan Kurakani was successfully held on January 3, in ihub Teku. This time we had Renuka Rai working in the field of psychology and behaviour sciences. The topic for the session was ‘Use of Arts in the Trauma Work : Focussed in Children who survived in the aftermath of Earthquake”. The event saw more than 20 participants.
The speaker of the program shared with us the relationship between art and trauma . The session was started off with practical work in which the participants were divided in three groups and gave them the simple task to answer about the characteristics of the children and the effects of trauma upon them . The topic was contextualized with the recent earthquake. The group then presented with their answers . While talking about trauma, Mrs Rai opined that we tended to focus on the major event of the trauma but overlook the culminating small events after the big event of the trauma that might contribute to the trauma.
Mrs Rai then talked about art and its efficacy in trauma. She talked about some simple stages in the art in trauma works and gave the practical demonstration how the art works in the children. She had a case study from Srilanka which was demonstrated and explained to validate her points.
The session lasted for about 1 hour 30 minutes with Q&A session at last. After the end of the formal event the speaker and the participants had tea and cookies and had socialization among themselves. Before departing all the participants took the group picture with the speaker of the event .
To listen the full program , click the following link:
It’s been nearly 4 months of the earthquake. But frankly the remnants of the fear are still lurking in my mind. On top of that the frequent jumpy aftershock reinforces the fear. I guess people are slowly coming to the terms of the earthquake and want to dump it into their sub-consciousness as best as possible. But it seems the scar of the earthquake is to be here for some time in the people’s mind.
In this article I would like to share my own experience. I didn’t experience the major earthquakes because I was outside the country. In that sense I might be lucky. But the ripple effect of the earthquake definitely touched my mind. After 18 days of the earthquake I came back to Nepal. It was very much disheartening to see the fragile mental condition especially of my family members and the people. It is true that fear is contagious and this constant anxiety of the people and the uncertain nature of the earthquake have made the environment fearful. That fear has somehow sipped inside me as well. And aftershocks are there to make the matter worse.
The peculiarity of my anxiety is that at day time the fear doesn’t come in but at the night-time when I lay on the bed to sleep then slowly my mind ruminates about the questions such as what if the earthquake is to come while I’m sleeping. And the thought spikes the fear. The fear slowly replaces the sleepiness. Even the dogs barking begins to bother. Initially I have found this to be very much distressing as I didn’t have any ways to solve my fear. But aftersome time I learned to trick my mind. As soon as the fear starts to creep in then I close the door of my mind and get myself immersed in my fantasy and wonderful imaginations. I would like to call this fantasy and imagination as ‘mental storytelling’. It is like telling a story to your mind, feeding your mind with escapism. And the next thing I would be waking up not knowing when I fell asleep the last night. I try to make my imagination and fantasy as exciting as possible. For example one time I fantasized about receiving Nobel Prize and becoming famous in the world. In another instance I imagined to be a rich person and what I would be doing with the money. Like this I fantasize which doesn’t let the mind to fall prey upon the fear. This method has proved its worth to me and has given me a good sound sleep.
Mind should not be let to be your commander but instead you should able to control and manipulate to your own benefit. The mastery over one’s own mind empowers the person. Sometimes our thoughts get distorted and we might think in the wrong way. This happens to everybody but we should be able to manipulate our mind to make it think in our way to diffuse the distortions. This strategy of mine follows the same classic example of cognitive behavioural therapy.
We don’t necessarily have to seek help from others all the time. Often the times we are equipped with enough resources to solve the problem on our own. For that we have to acknowledge it as a problem, the problem of faulty thinking then channelize out thought to its rightful course. The wonderful thing about mind is that it can trick you or it can be tricked by you. The choice is yours !!
( The writer is the president of PNN and chief editor of psychbigyaan blog)
When so many schools have already resumed its classes and even schools of most affected areas are scheduled to reopen from Jestha 17, we team thought of making a podcast and talk about its effects, benefits and consequences. We are talking about:
– Psychology of students, teachers, parents in reopening schools
– what should be consider before resuming classes
– how to handle students post crisis in schools
– many more,
We have been doing various works related after crisis specially for children and adolescents. And, information circulation through series of podcast is continuation of our work post crisis.
Feedback will be highly appreciated. So let us know if you want to hear discussion on certain issues related to Psychology or Mental Health or post crisis situation.
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Deepika Padukone, is a well known bollywood actress. Apparently nobody would think she might be suffering from mental problems because she was famous and rich. But sadly she was alone. This article features her experience going through the episodes of depression. She has put to it bravely and going by her example we can be motivated to fight depression and anxiety. To read her experience click the following news link:
In todays Nagarik news article, it is reported that use of alcohol , smoking and drugs are the major causes for psychological problems like depression, anxiety and psychosis. Mostly the male population from cities and the outbound workers returned from overseas have been reported for such problems. For the full news click the link below
www_nagariknews_com_main_story_story_26772_html (pdf file )