Self Improvement

Cyber bullying and its Repercussions on a Person’s Life

  Guest Post By: Tasniya Sultana   Today, I broke down crying. I cried for a good half an hour to 45 minutes because I felt as though I could feel the pain and frustrations of everyone who has been ...

What’s Really Happening When You Vent All the Time

By Martha Beck   “Yes, your situation is infuriating. And yes, complaining bitterly can make you feel better but only up to a point”. ~ Martha Beck   Oh, the joy of collective bitching! How sweet it is to speak ...

7 Types of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

Originally posted by Amen Clinics Attention Deficit Disorder is one of the most well-recognized childhood developmental problems. But it doesn’t end in childhood. Did you know that a full 60% of those diagnosed with ADD in childhood will continue to ...

Dealing with “Toxic” Friends

Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi Do you have a “friend” whom you’re always trying to avoid? Do you send their calls to voice mail and hope they don’t call back? Does being around them for longer than a ...

Anger Management

  “Anger is the energy that people use in order to act.  But when you are angry, you are not lucid, and you might do wrong things” ~Thich Nhat Hanh. Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi Anger, as an ...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

    For victims of other forms of abuse, one way to begin the healing process on your own is by evaluating the standards with which you judge yourself. Ask yourself, “Whose ideal of me am I trying to live ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Your Appearance Can Impact Your Mental Health

   Guest Contributor Saba Ali “Say, who has forbidden the beautiful gifts of God, which He has produced for His servants, and the things clean and pure, which He has provided for Sustenance?” (Qur’an: 7:32) We are quick to judge ...

Mommy Dearest: When Your Mother Has a Personality Disorder

“Paradise is at the feet of the mother.” – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) You can divorce an abusive spouse. You can call it quits if your friend mistreats you. But what can you do if the source of ...

Talking About Mental Health in a Muslim Community

  By Habiba Original Source:  http://www.time-to-change.org.uk 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 ...

16 Tips to Tackle Common Challenges When Parenting Kids with ...

“They say I have A.D.H.D.  They just don’t understand…oh look, a squirrel!” By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Original Source:  http://psychcentral.com The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can present parents with many challenges. Kids with ADHD “often lose track of ...

Dealing with Grief

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom”. -Rumi The stages of grief and mourning can be universal ...