Chemical Khichdi: How I Hacked My Mental Health

Aparna Piramal Raje


In Circulation

Some said children were out of the question, but she is a mother of two boys.

Some said she couldn't handle business life, but she has interviewed over a hundred CEOs, and counting.

Some said she wouldn't be able to write a book on mental health, but here it is.

Aparna Piramal Raje is happy, thriving and bipolar. And this is her story.

Part memoir and part self-help guide, Chemical Khichdi provides a pathway for anyone with a mental health condition and the family, friends, colleagues, and medical professionals that love and care for them.

Empathetic, candid and accessible, it outlines 'seven therapies' that have enabled Aparna to 'hack' her mental health and find equilibrium over the years, and shows how you or someone you know can also do the same.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Personal Journey: The book chronicles the author's personal struggle with mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, and her quest to find effective treatments beyond conventional medicine.

  2. Holistic Approach: Raje advocates for a holistic approach to mental health that incorporates various modalities, including traditional medicine, alternative therapies, lifestyle changes, and self-care practices.

  3. Medication: While acknowledging the benefits of medication for some individuals, Raje shares her experiences of grappling with the side effects and limitations of psychiatric drugs, leading her to explore alternative treatment options.

  4. Nutrition and Diet: The author emphasizes the importance of nutrition and diet in supporting mental well-being, discussing how dietary changes, supplementation, and mindful eating can positively impact mood and cognitive function.

  5. Mindfulness and Meditation: Raje explores the benefits of mindfulness practices and meditation in managing stress, anxiety, and depression, sharing her own journey of incorporating mindfulness into her daily life.

  6. Physical Activity: The book highlights the role of physical activity and exercise in improving mental health, discussing how regular movement and outdoor activities can boost mood, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

  7. Therapeutic Modalities: Raje explores various therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), sharing her experiences with these approaches.

  8. Self-Care Practices: The author emphasizes the importance of self-care practices, including journaling, creative expression, spending time in nature, and cultivating meaningful relationships, as essential components of mental health recovery.

  9. Community and Support: Raje underscores the significance of community and social support in navigating mental health challenges, advocating for open conversations, destigmatization, and peer support networks.

  10. Empowerment and Advocacy: Through her journey, Raje empowers readers to take an active role in their mental health care, advocating for self-education, informed decision-making, and self-advocacy in seeking the most effective treatments.

Language English
ISBN-10 0143454358
ISBN-13 9780143454359
No of pages 288
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Penguin eBury Press
Published Date 06 May 2022

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