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 go as far as saying it is therapeutic or retail therapy.  It feels […]

Ten Effective Stress Solutions

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James Dr. Nafisa Sekandari & Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi The American Medical Association links stress to 60% of all human illness and disease.  Stress can impact your entire body and cause many health problems such as insomnia, emotional and behavioral problems, […]

Anxiety: The most common mental health problem in the world

“Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for Allah loveth not those who trespass beyond bounds. Do not make mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear. And longing (in your hearts): for the mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do […]

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 accompanied by significant impairment in social functioning”. Religious practice and devotion are not necessarily the […]

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 your imperfections?  Are you embarrassed to leave the home because of a minor flaw or […]

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 is something that most young children naively believe, unless or until that trust is broken. […]

To Medicate or Not to Medicate? The Question for Treating Mental Illness

“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 Islam. From an Islamic perspective,  taking medication for a mental problem should be no different […]

Talking About Mental Health in a Muslim Community

By Habiba Original Source: I have always struggled to talk to my family about my mental health problems openly because I was scared I would not get the support that I need but obviously when you live in the same house, you cannot hide it from them. I live with an eating disorder, social […]

16 Tips to Tackle Common Challenges When Parenting Kids with ADHD

“They say I have A.D.H.D.  They just don’t understand…oh look, a squirrel!” By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Original Source: The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can present parents with many challenges. Kids with ADHD “often lose track of their things, have difficulty staying on top of homework and seem generally scattered when attending […]