“My keen interest in Psychology arose from the different people I met and dealt with in the course of my journey. I was born in an agricultural family in Keshavaram, around 30 kms away from Hyderabad. We hardly had any money, due to which I started helping my parents with household chores and in the fields, right from the age of 12. The school in our village was only up till class 7, but I enjoyed studying, so everyday, I’d walk for over 6 kms each side, for school. Even though we weren’t well off, my parents never discouraged my decision to study further. We moved to Hyderabad when I was in my intermediate. I did all kinds of odd jobs from being a newspaper boy to riding an auto rickshaw, only to support my family. I started understanding more about human behavior and decided to pursue a Masters in Psychology.
In order to share all that I learnt, I also started conducting IMPACT programs to provide free training to unemployed youth, from 1996, which has benefitted more than 60,000 youths so far.
Through the years, I’ve learnt that a lot of the students these days suffer from anxiety and depression and there are many underlying factors associated with it. Depression is significantly associated with more hostile, negative parenting. If you turn on the television set and watch reality TV shows, most of them are about rejection and acceptance. Anxiety and depression can be tricky because they can cause students to act in unpredictable ways and teachers aren’t trained to recognize these signs. Even factors like what we eat can impact stress, anxiety and depression. It’s high time that the parents recognize the importance of acceptance. Our society has a set of ideas about how we expect men and women to dress, behave, and present themselves, but in today’s day and age of inclusivity, these stereotypes must be thrown out the window. To patiently listen to and accept every individual, especially family members, goes a long way in promoting mental well being.”
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