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  • I say read Quran
    Allah said it is shifa

    when you read Quran sincerely it helps from stress to headaches and depression

    and reading it in your own language not just recitation
    all the answers are In the Quran whether it's lack of wealth poverty children dieing death war arc every issue and solution is in that book

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    • Definitely read Quran but also address the issues with doctors as you would with any other illness or disease. We must use both in conjunction with one another.

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      • Originally posted by Wolfn View Post
        Re: Mental Health & Awareness

        I've got bipolar disorder. Anyone else?
        I do also.

        Its like exploring the jungle and getting caught in quicksand.

        I’ll be okay for a few days, going to school and work, practicing, then I wake up one morning and I can’t get out of bed. I have random panic attacks and breakdowns. And this cycle lasts for weeks. I didn’t even attend any Eid festivities the other day because I was too overwhelmed. I went to work and I started panicking, feeling like I was “becoming my mother”, because she always worked every Eid, never spent that time with me and my siblings.

        Everything can be fine for a minute, maybe even a few days, but then ‘it’ (my depressive cycle) takes over again and I’m miserable for weeks.

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        • Awareness of mental illness is a must and YouTubers don't help when they declare any mental illness to be based on weak iman or sins

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VFbQiy41OZE

          this video explains things very well

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          • Originally posted by salaam_7cgen View Post
            Awareness of mental illness is a must and YouTubers don't help when they declare any mental illness to be based on weak iman or sins

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VFbQiy41OZE

            this video explains things very well
            really good video thanks for sharing

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            • Originally posted by Simply_Logical View Post

              really good video thanks for sharing
              Barakallahufik

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              • why do you think Muslims don't talk about mental health illnesses?

                is it because of it being a taboo subject?

                I've heard of some peeps say it's just in your mind

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                • It's not just muslims specifically, it's most developing societies.

                  Muslims I guess don't talk much about it because they dont understand it. The concept of depression and anxiety is not common among muslims of the past. Anxiety and depression arise from sins, being unaligned from your inner self and from having too much time doing nothing. With dhikr and namaz and pleasing Allah, there is little time left to be involved in the actions and lifestyle that causes mental illnesses. Let's hear other opinions before I elaborate more

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                  • It is because it's a taboo subject, because there's a stigma attached and because there's a lack of awareness so people jump to conclusions about it. I know in Pakistan for example, there's no such thing as mental illness and if people encounter someone who is mentally ill, that person is just labelled "pagal" (mad) or possessed. There's no awareness of the types of mental illness, how some people are functional in society in spite of it whereas others cannot get up for days at a time but are still lucid. It's viewed as something to hide or be ashamed of because once word gets out that so and so has a mental illness; no one will want to marry into that family, no one will want to give that individual a job so it would have a negative impact on future plans and prospects for the whole household so they'd rather hide the illness and put on an act to society that the condition isn't really there. So people are afraid of putting their heads above the parapet in case they are stigmatised or ridiculed and that fear of opening up about what's going on ends up reinforcing the stigma and making everyone else afraid of admitting to these issues as well.

                    The same is true of other conditions as well including physical illnesses and learning disabilities, people tend to try and cover it up the same way. One of my mum's sisters has schizophrenia and that fact has been hidden from most of the family. I think her own brothers weren't even told. I wasn't told what condition she has either, but bit by bit, her daughter admitted what the symptoms were and I was able to figure it out. Now that aunty has dementia so they've been able to admit to that and blame her symptoms on that as I guess that condition has a bit more recognition so with that comes a bit more of a sympathetic attitude.

                    Originally posted by Simply_Logical View Post
                    why do you think Muslims don't talk about mental health illnesses?

                    is it because of it being a taboo subject?

                    I've heard of some peeps say it's just in your mind
                    The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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                    • Originally posted by neelu View Post
                      It is because it's a taboo subject, because there's a stigma attached and because there's a lack of awareness so people jump to conclusions about it. I know in Pakistan for example, there's no such thing as mental illness and if people encounter someone who is mentally ill, that person is just labelled "pagal" (mad) or possessed. There's no awareness of the types of mental illness, how some people are functional in society in spite of it whereas others cannot get up for days at a time but are still lucid. It's viewed as something to hide or be ashamed of because once word gets out that so and so has a mental illness; no one will want to marry into that family, no one will want to give that individual a job so it would have a negative impact on future plans and prospects for the whole household so they'd rather hide the illness and put on an act to society that the condition isn't really there. So people are afraid of putting their heads above the parapet in case they are stigmatised or ridiculed and that fear of opening up about what's going on ends up reinforcing the stigma and making everyone else afraid of admitting to these issues as well.

                      The same is true of other conditions as well including physical illnesses and learning disabilities, people tend to try and cover it up the same way. One of my mum's sisters has schizophrenia and that fact has been hidden from most of the family. I think her own brothers weren't even told. I wasn't told what condition she has either, but bit by bit, her daughter admitted what the symptoms were and I was able to figure it out. Now that aunty has dementia so they've been able to admit to that and blame her symptoms on that as I guess that condition has a bit more recognition so with that comes a bit more of a sympathetic attitude.


                      youre right a lot of countries dont even ackowledge mental health illness as an illness at all

                      yea there is a stigma attached to it

                      one of the most frustrating thing you hear is when muslims say 'a muslim cant suffer from depression'
                      or if they acknowledge that someone has mental illness they put it down to 'low iman'

                      only until you go through it yourself then you really understand what it feels like

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                      • Yeah I hate that. As if we don't have enough problems with waswasa from shaytan and feeling like we're inadequate as Muslims due to our limitations on top of that, we get the waswasa of those who think they're helping us with stupid comments like that when they're in their smug ivory towers making matters worse. It's bullying masquerading as "nasiha" and I don't put up with it anymore.

                        Btw Ibn ul Qayyim is very good, I recommend reading his stuff.

                        Originally posted by Simply_Logical View Post

                        youre right a lot of countries dont even ackowledge mental health illness as an illness at all

                        yea there is a stigma attached to it

                        one of the most frustrating thing you hear is when muslims say 'a muslim cant suffer from depression'
                        or if they acknowledge that someone has mental illness they put it down to 'low iman'

                        only until you go through it yourself then you really understand what it feels like
                        The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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                        • Originally posted by neelu View Post
                          Yeah I hate that. As if we don't have enough problems with waswasa from shaytan and feeling like we're inadequate as Muslims due to our limitations on top of that, we get the waswasa of those who think they're helping us with stupid comments like that when they're in their smug ivory towers making matters worse. It's bullying masquerading as "nasiha" and I don't put up with it anymore.

                          Btw Ibn ul Qayyim is very good, I recommend reading his stuff.


                          yea youre right, theres an air of arrogance when its said

                          a muslim friend i know was like youre better off smoking weed instead of taking these anti depressants

                          yea he has some very good spiritual books and quotes

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                          • Originally posted by salaam_7cgen
                            Awareness of mental illness is a must and YouTubers don't help when they declare any mental illness to be based on weak iman or sins

                            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VFbQiy41OZE

                            this video explains things very well
                            This video is defo one that should be passed around to be viewed

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                            • My mental illness have ruined everything in my life and I put the blame on my parents for leaving me undiagnosed for 25 years despite all the OPEN AND CLEAR symptoms everyone in the family saw I had. They thought it was my disability that caused my unusual behaviors and ignored it - I have a severe sensorineural hearing loss (fully muted on both ears so I wear hearing aids and heavily rely on lip reading), speech delay and learning disabilities so I couldn't see a doctor alone which was the only way to refer me to a physiologist. My family are very forgiving and merciful but spoiled me into thinking I was normal all those years.

                              Families always talked about the same old salat, dhikhr, being a good Muslim and not to worry a lot was the solution when I begged them to take me to see a doctor but their solution never solved the problem because I can act high, rush everything and act like an important religious figure like I'm a total different character and drop everything when I change the next week then the cycle comes back in the next month. They keep reminding me to fear Allah despite being constantly ignored by specialist who told them not to underestimate my uncontrollable moods and how I needed care. They've refused permissions from teachers to get me help in my younger years when they could tell I had problems due to my multiple altercations in public.

                              I'm emotionally unstable and have been suffering from clinical depression, stress and my mood patterns (anger, rage, sadness, delusional, feeling hopelessness, regretful etc) constantly changes since childhood which led me to become prone to sinning like being inconsistent with my salat and disrespecting families out of anger and would break absolute anything nearby. Due to this problem, I was unemployed for a very long time and kept quitting work and studies shortly due to anxiety and my open anti-social behaviors. People always question how I feel in public because of my miserable facial features and how I couldn't mask it, I could feel happy but unable to show my happy face or show empathy.

                              They've ignored my problems and treat me like I'm a normal person like everyone else but as soon as I caused problems, they would tell me how I gave them a hard time and 'if you weren't deaf, I would've thrown you out of the house', I'm always at my grandma's house alone because it helps keeps me calm and have been lonely all my life. It took me 25 years to see that I wasn't a normal person (I was stubborn and naive as hell to think I was fine all those years, thanks to family's brainwashing) when I felt like my health was deteriorating and was experiencing the most painful depression, constant dizziness, could barely move with all my body clenching, pushed my isolation further and started engaging into weird habits like sleeping outside. The risky situations I've survived over the years from came from Allah but I've endured so much pain for disobeying Him afterward for not doing goods consistently and failing to fulfill my promises after He saved me.

                              Despite all of these illness and disability, I was surprised to see how open and accepting non-Muslims are and how they're willing to befriend with me. They were always there to help me when I had problems and understood when I needed time to be alone.

                              Muslims on the other hand - never had friends, I was bullied, mocked, ghosted for no reason and even the rude teachers at the masjeds never had patience to fix my pronunciation during my childhood, every one of them I've encountered have absolute zero awareness or understanding of what 'disability' is. All the people I've caused problems were Muslims unlike non-Muslims who had more sympathy and were always soft with me. As much as I hate to say this but I've developed a weird sense of fear and anxiety toward Muslims and try distance myself away from them, the feeling is nothing like when I'm being approached by non-Muslims.

                              After going through all of the hardships, I can see why Muslims with mental health problems have so many non-Muslim friends and are prone to sinning. They have no support and are looked down upon in their community so they're left with no option but to either become lonely or befriend with the friendly, accepting and open minded non-Muslims.
                              Last edited by -_-; 23-03-19, 04:12 PM.

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