Mental Health

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The Many Me(s)

By |December 16th, 2015|

“American? No, no you’re {insert identity statement here}.”

Everytime I hear that statement, I cringe. Our elders, who often emigrated from other countries, mean well. They are trying to preserve a culture important to them. They want to make sure that we know and celebrate the same traditions they do. They want to have something in […]

Mountains or Molehills: Depression, Suicide, and Your Help

By |October 8th, 2015|

Depression. One of the most commonly used terms to describe a number of emotions: sadness, apathy, or just the blahs. True depression, however, is mostly misunderstood. Depression includes symptoms such as a reduced interest in normal activities, insomnia, fatigue, diminished ability to think clearly, and recurrent thoughts of death, which may include suicidal ideation (DSM-V, […]

Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals

By |May 29th, 2015|

Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals

I recently received a message from a friend struggling with anxiety and ADHD, who had been prescribed medication by her doctor. Coming from a South Asian Muslim background, her family was not supportive of her decision to take antidepressants and felt she just needed to strengthen her iman (faith). She […]

Bottled Up: Mental Health and American Muslims

By |May 18th, 2015|

“Shhh, we don’t talk about that.”

“People will think I’m crazy.”

I often hear these statements in reference to a number of things within Muslim communities but none so often as seeking mental health services. The notion of telling a stranger your deepest thoughts and feelings when we have a hard enough time telling our loved ones […]

AMHP at ISNA 2012

By |August 21st, 2012|

 If you are coming to the ISNA conference, please do let us know.  We have two super events lined up:

(1) “Helping Our Community Conquer Addiction, Vices, and Grief Through Worship and Counseling”–our panel discussion on Sunday 2 Sept at 2:30pm. Click through for additional information!

(2) “Muslim Health Forum”–our inaugural TED talk-style event which features several exciting presenters spanning […]

Dealing with Muslim Patients with Dementia

By |December 4th, 2011|

Samara, Naim, Nassir, Mona, Malika, yes that’s it Malikah. How are you? I waited patiently as
my grandmother called the names of her grandchildren before she recognized that I was the one
standing before her. I was not alarmed initially because it is normal to have a typical age-related
change. Sometimes forgetting names but remembering them later.

Roughly, three […]