Personality Disorders

    “My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self-obsession”. -Joaquin Phoenix   Popular films like Fatal Attraction, Silence of the Lambs, and the more recent Silver Linings ...

Let Your Actions Be Your Child’s Teacher

  By Dr. Parisa S. Popalzai It’s ancient wisdom that our actions speak louder than our words—or when it comes to our children, our screaming.  As parents, most of us are seeking advice on best parenting tips so that our ...

Irrational Fears and OCD in Children

    On Friday, May 23, 2014, ABC’s 20/20 presented a very informative and realistic view of how Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) impacts the lives of children and their families. These children were followed over a 5 year period and ...

Living with Schizophrenia: One Woman’s Story

Original Source: Huffington Post Sonia’s story The one message I’d like to give to people about schizophrenia is that yes, it is severe illness that can affect your life in a very complex and negative way. But people who have ...

Handling a Break-Up with Dignity

“Once you divorce women, and they have reached the end of their waiting period, then either retain them in all decency or part from them decently. Do not retain them just to act mean with them; anyone who does that ...

Coping with Trauma

“Just as the body goes into shock after a physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shock after the impact of a major loss.” –Anne Grant What does it mean to experience trauma?  What if one day you ...

6 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who is Divorced

  By Amal Killawi and Zarinah Nadir Divorce is never easy. But it’s the reality for 50% of American couples and 31% of American Muslim couples.  With these statistics, you’re likely to have friends or know people in your community ...

10 Steps to Overcoming Envy

Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi Abu Huraryah (ra) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “When one of you sees someone who has been blessed more than him in money or appearance, then let him look ...

Is Your Child ODD? Understanding Oppositional Defiance Disorder

“For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people’s behavior.” All children, especially when tired, hungry, stressed or upset, can act oppositional from time to time.  This oppositional behavior might ...

Can Shopping Be An Addiction?

When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping.  Men invade another country.  It’s a whole different way of thinking.  ~Elayne Boosler   For some going to the mall with their friends and splurging on beautiful items is thrilling.  Some ...

15 Parenting Mistakes Well Intentioned Parents Make

  “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt Parenting is a difficult job, and one in which we all make ...

7 Ways To Move On From A Broken Heart

  “The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…” – Nicholas Sparks Although all of us humans can share the experience a broken heart at some point in our lives, only the broken ...

Why Paradise is Under Her Feet: Mothers as Leaders

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.  ~Author Unknown Guest Post:  Dr. Parisa Popalzai One day I was speaking with a mother of five children about her life and aspirations.  After giving her a brief summary of my education ...

Ten Effective Stress Solutions

  “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi The American Medical Association links stress to 60% of all human illness and disease.  Stress can ...

The “Parentification” Trap: Dangers of An Enmeshed Parent-Child Relationship!

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”  – Khalil Gibran ...

OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Scrupulosity in Islam

 “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” – Arabian Proverb Wikipedia defines scrupulosity as a psychological disorder “characterized by pathological guilt about moral or religious issues. It is personally distressing, objectively dysfunctional, and often ...

The Beast in the Mirror: Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder

“Mirrors are perpetually deceitful. They lie and steal your true self. They reveal only what your mind believes it sees.” – Dee Remy Are you finding yourself in front of your mirror on a regular basis and noting all of ...

Forgiving Your Parents & Learning to Move On

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes, they forgive them” – Oscar Wilde Guest Post by Hosai Mojaddidi The notion that adults, and in particular, parents and caregivers, are to be unequivocally trusted ...

To Medicate or Not to Medicate? The Question for Treating ...

“The part cannot be well unless the whole is well” -Plato   For many Muslims who are dealing with mental illness, the question of medication haunts them due to religious concerns.  Many have questioned the permissability of  psychotropic medications in ...

Compulsive Hoarding

“At the end, all that’s left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that’s why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of ...