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
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]