Can agony aunt columns solve mental health/relationship problems?
They cannot help solve your problems, only enable you to talk to a specialist anonymously. I do not even pretend to solve their problems.
What's the purpose of having them then?
It helps in the identification of a problem, to show that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Aren't circumstantial details important before giving advice which may otherwise do more harm?
We only give guidelines. I also believe in the universality of problems.
As a trained psychiatrist, don't you feel a column trivialises your calling?
Not at all. It is making consulting a psychiatrist acceptable.
Why did you feel the need to compile your columns into a book?
I wanted to reach out to a much larger audience. As a newspaper columnist you are restricted to a fixed set of readers
Is your site the most interactive in the world, as you claim?
We have everything under one umbrella, yet we go into the minutest details.