Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}
Call Doctor
Book Appointment
Dr. Keerti Sachdeva  - Psychologist, Mumbai

Dr. Keerti Sachdeva

84 (24 ratings)
Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psycho...

Psychologist, Mumbai

35 Years Experience  ·  1000 at clinic  ·  ₹300 online
Get ₹125 cashback on this appointment (No Booking Fee)
Dr. Keerti Sachdeva 84% (24 ratings) Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psycholog... Psychologist, Mumbai
35 Years Experience  ·  1000 at clinic  ·  ₹300 online
Submit Feedback
Report Issue
Get Help
Services
Feed

Videos (1)

I am Dr. Keerti Sachdeva. I am a psychologist counsellor. I have done PhD in psychology. In my cl...

I am Dr. Keerti Sachdeva. I am a psychologist counsellor. I have done PhD in psychology. In my clinic, Positive Vibrations, there is psychological counseling, testing and therapy that takes place. Today I am going to talk about depressive disorders or commonly known as depression.

What is these depressive disorder?         Depressive disorder is a psychological disorder which comes under neurotic category and the symptoms are that person feels rejected, that person has got feeling of suicide, person feels lonely, worthless, hopeless and has got sleep problems, eating problems and have got no focus for concentration in work.

Now what are the types of depressive disorders?         There are three types-

Now, bipolar disorder is found more commonly with ladies and adolescence.

Now let us talk about the second type, which is the diathermic depression. It is a long rooted depression which may be present in a person for a long time and person may not come to know about it unless and until the person goes to a professional. It can also be treated with medicines and counseling as well as the other disorders which can also be very beautifully treated with medicine and counseling.

The third type which is most commonly found in ladies and adolescence is also called as clinical depression. Now clinical depression has also got the same symptoms as we discussed in the beginning. The symptoms are that first person feels low, depressed, lonely, dejected and has got sleep problems and eating problems. Person may also have suicidal tendencies and this can also be dealed nicely by taking counseling and with the help of psychiatric medicine.

Now how can depression be dealed and in what way people should you know take care about it?            They should first in fact seek the help of a psychologist who will take the first hand diagnosis. If that depression is beyond borderline cases, then the first psychologists will ask you to take help from a psychiatrist, who will give medicine and alongside counseling will also happen. Now this counseling can be taken by a professional counselor who actually should be a psychologist by profession. Meaning that person must have taken a higher degree in the field of psychology who is a professional in the field of mind and behavior.

Now what a counselor do?                 The person has got in depth knowledge about what are the various therapies used in dealing with various kinds of disorders. When we talk about depressive disorders, the most important therapy, which is used is cognitive and behavioral therapy. Sometimes people also use rational emotive therapy which people may not know about but cognitive therapy actually talks about dealing with your intellectual side and in what way you can change your thought process, perception, observation, analysis and in what way you can implement these changes in your behavior. Even reducing your emotions which is a rational emotive side of the therapy works very well with people when it comes to depressive disorders and they can actually have become perfectly all right when they take counseling and medicine both put together.

For more information you can contact me through lybrate come. Thank you.

read more

Personal Statement

I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
More about Dr. Keerti Sachdeva
Dr Keerti Sachdeva is an experienced psychologist whose practice has spanned 33 years. She did her BSc and MSc in Child Psychology from Bhilai Mahila Maha Vidyalaya in Bhilai. She obtained her M. Phil in Educational Psychology from JNU and did her PhD in Social psychology from University of Delhi. Dr Keerti Sachdeva has also over the years played an active role and been a member of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), Counselors Association of India . She specialises in social, educational and child psychology. Dr Keerti Sachdeva’s illustrious career of more than 3 decades have earned her a name in her field of psychology both in and out of Mumbai where she currently practices in Andheri West. Her past experiences include working with some of the biggest schools in Noida like and not limited to Amity International School, Gyan Bharati School, Lilavatibai Poddar School and Cambridge School in Noida. Dr Keerti Sachdeva’s holistic approach to treating her patients is what sets her apart from other practitioners and over the years she has become a force to be reckoned with.

Info

Education
Ph.D - Social Psychology - - University of Delhi - 1996
M.Phil. Educational Psychology - Jawaharlal Nehru University, - 1990
MSc. Child Psychology - Bhilai Mahila Vidhyalaya ,Bhilai - 1985
...more
B.Sc - Bhilai Mahila Maha Vidyalaya,Bhilai - 1983
Past Experience
Counselling Psychologist at Lilavatibai Podar School
Counselling Psychologist at Amity International School Noida
Counselling Psychologist at Gyan Bharti School Saket
...more
Counselling Psychologist at Cambridge School Noida
Languages spoken
English
Hindi
Professional Memberships
Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)
Counselors Association of India

Location

Book Clinic Appointment with Dr. Keerti Sachdeva

Positive Vibrations

Shop No. 4, Ground Floor, Heera Panna Mall, Oshiwara, Andheri West,Mumbai Get Directions
  4.3  (24 ratings)
1000 at clinic
...more
View All

Consult Online

Text Consult
Send multiple messages/attachments. Get first response within 6 hours.
7 days validity ₹300 online
Consult Now
Phone Consult
Schedule for your preferred date/time
15 minutes call duration ₹500 online
Consult Now
Video Consult
Schedule for your preferred date/time
15 minutes call duration ₹500 online
Consult Now

Services

View All Services

Submit Feedback

Submit a review for Dr. Keerti Sachdeva

Your feedback matters!
Write a Review

Patient Review Highlights

"Professional" 1 review "Very helpful" 1 review

Feed

Connection Between Brain Inflammation And Suicidal Tendencies

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Connection Between Brain Inflammation And Suicidal Tendencies

Ending one’s life is terrible. But often, instead of analysing the patient’s mental condition at that time, we tend to judge them. The most common cause for suicides is undoubtedly depression. Adverse social or financial conditions often contribute to the mental condition of patients. However, a recent paper published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology might change the way we think about suicides. Lena Brundin and her co-workers have come to the conclusion in the paper titled “Role of inflammation in suicide: from mechanism to treatment,” that our immune system can trigger off suicidal thoughts and tendencies. Let us find out how.

  1. There is proof that certain medicines that are used to treat cancer patients can affect the immune responses. This in turn can trigger off suicidal tendencies.
  2. Certain injuries can lead to brain disorders which are related to inflammatory responses that might be responsible for some changes in behaviour often leading to suicidal thoughts.
  3. Just like certain medications trigger of suicidal thoughts, there are some that might diminish them like Lithium. It is used to treat bi-polar disorder. What it does is decrease immune related chemicals. Another drug has proved to be very effective in reducing suicidal thoughts and tendencies – Ketamine. Ketamine, like Lithium, has been found to block certain chemicals that are related to immune response.
  4. Though the whole topic is still under extensive research, it can perhaps be concluded that certain drugs have the ability to lessen suicidal thoughts and depression because they block some chemicals that are related to immunity.

The suicidal mentality is very complex. It requires not just medicines, but counselling, empathy, love and understanding. Often, many patients cannot come out of their depression, resulting in therapy sessions that are fruitless. In those cases, medicines that might reduce the negative thoughts and moods will come handy. It will help the patient initially to deal with the situation and start with a lot of positivity. Every year, almost one million deaths occur due to suicide. Not only does it leave behind survivors who attempt to kill themselves but also broken families that struggle to get over the death. If this research is successful, several people will benefit from it, all over the world. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2399 people found this helpful

Effective Ways to Deal With Depressed Patient

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Effective Ways to Deal With Depressed Patient

Are you living with a person suffering from depression, and are facing a tough time in adjusting with him or her? Depression is quite a frustrating condition to deal with. A depressed person may be looking for ways to get help, but cannot find the right approach. If you have a person suffering from depression in your home, you can be of great help by recognizing the symptoms and signs of depression in that person. Here are some effective ways of dealing with a depressed patient, which you should follow:

  1. Recognize the symptoms, how they appear, and what triggers them.
  2. Try to convince the person to seek professional treatment. In case of a depressed teen or child, help him to get proper treatment.
  3. Encourage the depressed person that he or she deserves better, and how treatment will help them feel much better.
  4. Recommend resources and ways for helping the patient.
  5. If the patient stops functioning properly, attend to him, and accompany him for treatment till his condition improves.
  6. If the patient is too unwell or very young to provide proper information to a therapist, act as a link or a mediator between the two.
  7. Arrange for hospitalization if the depressed person becomes suicidal, or experiences delusions and hallucinations.
  8. If the person stays functional, but refuses to seek treatment, take the assistance of others such as friends, relatives, doctors, and clergy. Find a way to convince the patient for undergoing the right treatment.
  9. Do not give up very soon and encourage the patient, as he or she may need your support and comfort, even after treatment is undertaken.
  10. Take some further action, in case all your efforts of encouraging and uplifting a depressed person fails over a period of time.
  11. If you are dealing with a depressed spouse, explore separation when the spouse denies treatment and continues living miserably.
  12. In case you are the parent of a depressed person, consult a mental health specialist and clarify the amount of assistance the patient requires.

Although it is not very easy to deal, cope, and live with a person suffering from depression, it is very important for you to reach out and help the person as much as possible, and make him or her feel better. Patience is key for you to positively manage the situation and the person. There are various modes of treating a depressed person, which you must avail.

2 people found this helpful

Q & A Session for Better Relationship

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Q & A Session for Better Relationship

Happily ever after is much more a choice these days than the fairy tales. It’s hard to find out someone who will love you for no reason, and if they have the reason, then you are immensely blessed. In an extraordinary relationship, it is just that ‘extra’ effort that situation demands gradually. The lack of it and the whirlwind courtship is over.

Keeping a realistic view about what may come in the future will help you with a healthy approach to every single thing and even your relationships. So even if visiting a relationship counselor can do the work for you, it should be considered as an option, culminating all odds.

The counselors interact with you in different sessions and bring out the actual reason behind your problems. Just don’t shy away and speak your heart out to get the most benefits out of these sessions.

  1. A realistic view: They bring you to the real world and tell you where the relationship is standing actually. They listen to all your problems, and you have someone to talk to without the fear of being judged.
  2. The working area: If you’re honest enough in your approach, they will tell you where to put in your effort to make your relationship work.
  3. Some private time: Spending some time together, trying to enact on the points you have been advised by the counselor, will form the bond again.
  4. Much needed space: Everybody needs some separate moments, and you are no exception. Think what you exactly want from this relationship and give some lonely time to your partner as well to work on it.
  5. Q&A sessions: The counselors tend to understand your real feelings by making you talk. Think of all those beautiful moments; you’ll have your answers there.
  6. Differences: Don’t expect your partner to change overnight and help him in fighting with his own flaws. Be on his side, even when you are in the counselor’s chamber to show your support towards the relationship. Listen to what the counselor has to say.
  7. Respect: Whatever you give will come back to you, and your relationship is not an exception. Your spouse is also a human and is expected to make mistakes. You learn how to deal with this part in your sessions.
  8. Honesty: The backbone of a relationship, honesty in future endeavors is the key to a harmony filled relationship. Work on it if it lacks because the counselors cannot help you without it.
  9. Communicate gently: Don’t interrupt; instead listen to what your partner has to say.
  10. Keep your cool: Control your anger while talking. It can be disruptive and destructive at the same time. You’ll not be able to even listen to what the counselor has to say.

Take a deep breath, approach a counselor, recreate the magic and make your relationship work. It is as special as it was in the beginning.
 

1 person found this helpful

Separation: How it Impacts Our Everyday Life?

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Separation: How it Impacts Our Everyday Life?

Human beings are designed to relish contact and interaction with one another. After all, it is what makes us different from quite a few members of the animal kingdom. Having said that, sometimes, separation between people is a fact of life and it does have an impact on the lives of the people who get separated.

One of the interesting things about separation is when it occurs between couples is not only a feeling of sadness, but also a feeling of insecurity. It is to be kept in mind that the entire process of adjusting is not only one that is to be gone through by the couple, but also by their children. While it can prompt children to become independent and not overly reliant on their parents’ love, separation can also lead to a deficit or inadequate love being provided to them in the years that they are in the greatest need of it. This is quite an unfortunate aspect of separation.

There are a range of feelings which a person is likely to feel when separation occurs and there is a lot to be done by the way of working through these emotions. The mix can include resentment, disappointment, as well as a longing for the partner, even for quite some time after the divorce has taken place. In a number of cases, the most tormenting phase of separation is the time leading up to separation and the few days following it. Facing legal challenges, letting friends and family know about their decision and undergoing the entire role change leaves the couple as well as their children fatigued.

It may be ironic, but the fact of the matter remains that a person is not always rational after a divorce. Whimsically, it can be said that a separation of a marital bond does often affect the person’s ability of separation of rationality from irrationality!

While life as a single mother is quite tough, it is intriguing that women are the ones who initiate divorce twice as often as men do! After a divorce takes place, women are the custodians of the children they had in 90% of the cases; so it is true that women do have a high level of concern for their children. Often people in a separation emotionally act the same way children do when separated from their parents.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2605 people found this helpful

How to Manage Marital Relationships?

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
How to Manage Marital Relationships?

Every married couple undergoes relationship troubles, but these troubles should not linger for a long time otherwise you might end up facing dreadful consequences. If you want to save your married life by maintaining a smooth relation with your partner, then you have to look for the best solutions that can resolve marital issues.

How to manage marital relationships?

  1. Maintaining Trust: Since trust is the base of every relationship, therefore you should make special efforts in maintaining the same. Unresolved issues should be resolved quickly and there should be transparent communication between the married couples. Some of the special qualities that should be maintained in order to maintain trust within a marital relationship in long run are being on time, consistency, being sensitive towards feelings, avoiding lies, sharing feelings, respecting partner's feelings, avoiding jealousy and others.
  2. Healthy Communication: If the problems remain unresolved, then more and more conflicts will be invited. Have open discussions and clear up your points so that confusions can be eliminated. If you make efforts in understanding the real causes, then only the problems can be resolved. You need to put yourself in the shoes of the partner and understand where the person is coming from. Most conflicts occur because we only see our view points and not that of others.
  3. Giving time to the relationship: You can maintain your marital relationship in a healthy state only by considering the married life as the prior issue. Keep your marriage above every other social thing and then only relationship can be made secured. Give time for repairing all dubs and defects of your relationship. In this case, you can also take the help of any expert counsellor. Spend some quality time with each other so that the warmth of your relationship can be maintained.
  4. Tackling monetary problems: Do not allow any conflict to come into your relationship just because of a pathetic financial condition. It is important for both the partners to put-in efforts in saving money so that monthly expenses can be kept under strict control. A perfect budget needs to be scheduled so that financial strength can be restored. If you are incapable of catering financial support, support your partner at least mentally so that he can come out of the financial trouble as soon as possible.
  5. Maintain a Happy Sexual Life: Create a proper schedule for lovemaking in order to maintain a healthy sex life. You should try to know the sexual needs of your partner so that you can fulfil the expectations. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
2643 people found this helpful

Know More About Depressive Disorders

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Play video

I am Dr. Keerti Sachdeva. I am a psychologist counsellor. I have done PhD in psychology. In my clinic, Positive Vibrations, there is psychological counseling, testing and therapy that takes place. Today I am going to talk about depressive disorders or commonly known as depression.

What is these depressive disorder?         Depressive disorder is a psychological disorder which comes under neurotic category and the symptoms are that person feels rejected, that person has got feeling of suicide, person feels lonely, worthless, hopeless and has got sleep problems, eating problems and have got no focus for concentration in work.

Now what are the types of depressive disorders?         There are three types-

Now, bipolar disorder is found more commonly with ladies and adolescence.

Now let us talk about the second type, which is the diathermic depression. It is a long rooted depression which may be present in a person for a long time and person may not come to know about it unless and until the person goes to a professional. It can also be treated with medicines and counseling as well as the other disorders which can also be very beautifully treated with medicine and counseling.

The third type which is most commonly found in ladies and adolescence is also called as clinical depression. Now clinical depression has also got the same symptoms as we discussed in the beginning. The symptoms are that first person feels low, depressed, lonely, dejected and has got sleep problems and eating problems. Person may also have suicidal tendencies and this can also be dealed nicely by taking counseling and with the help of psychiatric medicine.

Now how can depression be dealed and in what way people should you know take care about it?            They should first in fact seek the help of a psychologist who will take the first hand diagnosis. If that depression is beyond borderline cases, then the first psychologists will ask you to take help from a psychiatrist, who will give medicine and alongside counseling will also happen. Now this counseling can be taken by a professional counselor who actually should be a psychologist by profession. Meaning that person must have taken a higher degree in the field of psychology who is a professional in the field of mind and behavior.

Now what a counselor do?                 The person has got in depth knowledge about what are the various therapies used in dealing with various kinds of disorders. When we talk about depressive disorders, the most important therapy, which is used is cognitive and behavioral therapy. Sometimes people also use rational emotive therapy which people may not know about but cognitive therapy actually talks about dealing with your intellectual side and in what way you can change your thought process, perception, observation, analysis and in what way you can implement these changes in your behavior. Even reducing your emotions which is a rational emotive side of the therapy works very well with people when it comes to depressive disorders and they can actually have become perfectly all right when they take counseling and medicine both put together.

For more information you can contact me through lybrate come. Thank you.

3095 people found this helpful

5 Ways Stress Knocks Your Love Life Way Off Track

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
5 Ways Stress Knocks Your Love Life Way Off Track

Stress affects every part of your life including your love life. If you’re feeling too overwhelmed and tense, chances are that you’re libido and appearance will suffer. Studies have shown that being stressed increases the production of cortisol in the body, which makes you less appealing to members of the other sex.

Take a look at five ways stress can affect your love life.

  1. It changes your perception of the relationship: Being under pressure makes you irritable and snappy. Relationships exposed to high levels of stress most often turn negative with time. This is because stress alters our perception of reality and understanding of people. When you’re stressed, you tend to focus more on what’s wrong with the relationship than what’s right. This can lead to an increase in conflicts between partners.
  2. It lowers your confidence: For any relationship to work, you must first love yourself. Stress causes self doubt and lowers your self confidence. If you’re looking to start a relationship, this can increase your inhibitions in talking to new people or going on a date. If you’re already in a relationship, this lowered self confidence can lead to problems in bed.
  3. It affects your appearance: Stress affects not only your emotional and mental frame of mind but your physical state as well. Being under pressure to perform can result in binge eating and make you put on weight. Stress itself increases the production of cortisol in the body which in turn makes the skin secrete more oil. Stress can also cause brittle nails and hair loss. Stress also lowers your energy levels and makes you withdraw from social life.
  4. It lowers your sex drive: Stress makes it difficult to focus on anything other than whatever is troubling you. It has a direct connection to your libido; the higher the stress, the lower your libido. For men this can lead to erectile dysfunctioning while for women it can reduce the amount of natural lubrication produced and make sex uncomfortable.
  5. It can suppress fertility: Cortisol can also prevent women from ovulating. This can lower your chances of conceiving a child. this is noticed especially in cases of sudden spikes in stress levels and varies from woman to woman. It can also cause fertility problems in men.

The good news is that stress can easily be managed to improve your love life. Meditating and exercising are two effective stress busters that can enhance your love life. Doing this along with your partner not only helps reduce stress but can also bring you closer. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult  the doctor and ask a free question.

2669 people found this helpful

Understanding Dissociative Amnesia

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Understanding Dissociative Amnesia

In many cases, the body responds to a stressful or traumatic situation by disassociating with it. This can result in the development of a dissociative disorder. A dissociative disorder or dissociative amnesia is a mental illness that involves the breaking down of memory, consciousness, identity and perception. It can interfere with a person's general functioning, social life and relationships. People suffering from dissociative amnesia can have long gaps in their memory of the accident and the time before and after it. 

Women are at a higher risk of suffering from this condition as compared to men. It has also been found to have a genetic link as people suffering from this condition often have other members of their family who experience something similar. Manmade and natural disasters such as wars, floods, earthquakes etc that cause overwhelming stress is said to trigger this disease. 

The inability to recall past events is a primary symptom of this disease. Other symptoms include

Treatment for this disease is a two step process. The first step involves relieving symptoms and controlling any behavioral changes. The second step aims at helping the person to recall and process their memories. Developing coping skills and rebuilding relationships is also focused on. Depending on the individual and the severity of symptoms showcased a doctor may choose to treat the patient using any of the following forms of treatment. 

  1. Psychotherapy: This form of treatment is designed to encourage communication and give the person insight into their problems. It uses a number of psychological techniques. 
  2. Cognitive therapy: Changing dysfunctional thinking patterns and their resulting emotions and behavior patterns is the focus of this form of treatment.  
  3. Medication: Dissociative amnesia patients who also suffer from depression or anxiety can benefit from medication such as anti depressants and anti anxiety drugs. However, this medication does not treat the dissociative amnesia itself. 
  4. Family therapy: In some cases, along with the patient it is also necessary to counsel the family. Family therapy involves educating the family members about the disorder and symptoms of recurrence. 

Clinical hypnosis: This type of treatment uses intense relaxation and focused attention techniques to access the unconscious part of the mind and allow people to explore their thoughts, emotions and repressed memories.

3221 people found this helpful

Why Early Risers Tend to Be Healthier

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Why Early Risers Tend to Be Healthier

Early to bed and early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy and wise. We have all heard this age old adage since time immemorial. Yet, how many of us actually adhere to it? Staying up late and waking up even later has become a lifestyle problem that many of us have succumbed to. It has become common to hear people complaining that they simply cannot make it out of bed on time. This can lead to various health problems in the long run.

So what are the health advantages of rising early. Read on to find out more!

  1. Healthier Appetite: When you wake up early, you have given your body a six to eight hour period of fasting time, which has been recommended by doctors for ages now. This basically helps the body in asking for the right food at the right time, which creates a healthy appetite and healthy food intake as a consequence. When you wake up early, you eliminate healthy eating because you end up grabbing whatever it is that can quell the ravenous hunger that you feel after prolonged hours of sleep.
  2. Depression: People who wake up early are generally less prone to depression. A medical study has also shown that there are definite links between the tendency to hit the bed late and depression. It is a well known fact that a lack of routine can lead to a state of imbalance in the mind and body. This can also have an adverse effect on the hormonal balance of the person and lead to depression and mental conditions along the same lines.
  3. BMI: People who wake up early and work their way into the day with proper meals and eating habits tend to have a more balanced BMI. A healthy BMI is where you weight is appropriate for your height. This may differ for men and women with the same height.
  4. Exercise: When you wake up late, you actually have that much more of catching up to do, which can lead to grogginess and sudden jerks to the nerves and neurotransmitters as well as the signals that they emanate. All this has a profound effect on the amount of time that we allot for other activities like exercise, which can help one destress even as it keeps us healthy.

From being more sedentary to leading a lifestyle where eating right is the last priority, the lives of those who wake up late seems to be bereft of a proper life rhythm. Waking up early leaves people with the energy to pursue a little bit of everything for a balanced day and life, in the long run.

5282 people found this helpful

Why Having a Pet Improves Your Mental Health?

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology , B.Sc
Psychologist, Mumbai
Why Having a Pet Improves Your Mental Health?

Pets can be amazing companions and help you cope with your life problems. There can be times when you might feel low and lack motivation to do anything; a pet can change that scenario and bring about a positive change in your life. They keep you engaged and help you take your mind off from various problems in your professional and personal life.

Here are few reasons why having a pet can significantly improve your mental health:

  1. Petting lowers stress levels: Petting your furry friends is a major stress buster. It has been observed that petting a dog or a cat releases the hormone called oxytocin, which is associated with lowered anxiety and stress levels. When you connect with your pet and engage yourself in grooming and petting, it naturally reduces your blood pressure and lowers the level of cortisol, thereby, producing a calming effect. 
  2. Pets reduce loneliness and isolation: Pets can constantly keep you company, if you don't like being lonely. Dogs and cats can make friends easily and due to their intuitive nature, they can sense it when you are feeling low. They refuse to leave you alone and provide your mental support. Pets also help you socialize especially if you take them out for a walk. They help you interact with other pets and their owners.
  3. Pets are great listeners and they keep you engaged: Pets can distract you from your problems and stressful situations, which plague your mind. You and your furry mate can spend a wonderful time playing games or by simply clicking pictures together. Pets are also good listeners and hence you can vent out your feeling without the fear of being judged. They help you heal and get over certain things which would otherwise be a lot more difficult to overcome.
  4. They love you unconditionally and keep you happy: Seeing your pet welcoming you after a hard day at work can instantly lift your mood and make you smile. They love you no matter what mistakes you made and keep you energized, positive and motivated. Caring for your pet and reciprocating their love can make you less self centered and more motivated towards your goals.

Related Tip: "Effects of Alcohol on Mental Health"

4323 people found this helpful
View All Feed