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    #16
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    I have anxiety issues. I take an anti-depressent for that and I see a shrink. It's a bit tough because she's not Muslim and doesn't get certain things that are specifically Islamic based, but for the most part, she is working with me to improve my ability to draw my own boundaries with people, and to increase the importance I place on my own goals and priorities. The anti-depressent really helps me to fend off the anxiety and pressure.

    I'm a better Muslim because I got help. If other people are suffering, please know that there is help out there and it doesn't mean that you're not a good Muslim or that Islam is not enough for you. Sometimes there are skills you need to learn that a psychologist or psychiatrist can help you learn (as in my case). Sometimes you have a hormonal imbalance that prevents you from feeling your best (as in my case). Neither situation is the fault of the individual or their imaan.

    In fact, my emaan is part of the reason I was finally strong enough to ask for help. I trusted that Allah swt wouldn't leave me in that condition, that there was a solution for how I was feeling. For a long time, I blamed myself, and didn't understand why I felt the way I did. But alhamdulilah, I'm healthier and happier now than I have been in a long time and I feel closer to Allah swt than I did before. My relationships have improved across the board and I even sleep better. alhamdulilah.

    Please note that in Ontario at least, therapy of this kind is covered by OHIP (although meds need to go through your health plan), so if you're in Ontario, there is no financial reason to delay getting some help with things.

    Feel free to PM me if you have questions you'd like to ask me about this issue.
    "Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to aggression." Qur'an 5:2

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      #17
      Re: Mental Health & Awareness

      We need more Muslim Psychologists...
      BTW interesting psychology discussion on my da'wah page..if anyone wants to see, pm me.

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        #18
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        Originally posted by Juvegirl View Post
        I have anxiety issues. I take an anti-depressent for that and I see a shrink. It's a bit tough because she's not Muslim and doesn't get certain things that are specifically Islamic based, but for the most part, she is working with me to improve my ability to draw my own boundaries with people, and to increase the importance I place on my own goals and priorities. The anti-depressent really helps me to fend off the anxiety and pressure.

        I'm a better Muslim because I got help. If other people are suffering, please know that there is help out there and it doesn't mean that you're not a good Muslim or that Islam is not enough for you. Sometimes there are skills you need to learn that a psychologist or psychiatrist can help you learn (as in my case). Sometimes you have a hormonal imbalance that prevents you from feeling your best (as in my case). Neither situation is the fault of the individual or their imaan.

        In fact, my emaan is part of the reason I was finally strong enough to ask for help. I trusted that Allah swt wouldn't leave me in that condition, that there was a solution for how I was feeling. For a long time, I blamed myself, and didn't understand why I felt the way I did. But alhamdulilah, I'm healthier and happier now than I have been in a long time and I feel closer to Allah swt than I did before. My relationships have improved across the board and I even sleep better. alhamdulilah.

        Please note that in Ontario at least, therapy of this kind is covered by OHIP (although meds need to go through your health plan), so if you're in Ontario, there is no financial reason to delay getting some help with things.

        Feel free to PM me if you have questions you'd like to ask me about this issue.
        if you would like to contribute your story to the blog inshaAllah you'd be most welcome :) I can make it anonymous (i.e. fake name, remove any identifying details) if you want. I can just cut and paste what you wrote there into the blog if you don't want to write it again. Also it highlights the issue of why Muslim counsellors (psychologists/psychiatrists etc) are better for Muslims than non-Muslim ones, but the fact you had a good experience with a non-Muslim counsellor mashaAllah will make people not worry if they can't get a Muslim counsellor for whatever reason. MashaAllah that you're feeling better now :)




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          #19
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          Originally posted by Wolfn View Post
          I've got bipolar disorder. Anyone else?

          I know of two sisters with bipolar depression. One is quite close and have visited her several times in mental health unit when she got admitted. Very difficult,SubhanAllah.

          The other sis I met more recently, just looking at her face,fixed such sad look, SubhanAllah she tried to commit suicide several times, SubhanAllah.

          May Allah cure all of you. It definetly is a manageable condition,but social support is really important.

          Problem with many psychiatric conditions is that even doctors themselves don't understand how it is caused. Most of the hypothesis emanates from the fact that some medication work.

          May Allah grant u sabr Wolfn and all those with same illness, ur definetly not alone

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            #20
            Re: Mental Health & Awareness

            I'm so passionate about this that sometimes I jump the gun

            there are different Asiancommunitiess affected by this.

            I agree. Raise awareness first. To acknowledge that it exist

            Fairly new member but will check out psychology page
            U mentioned

            W.salaam
            Last edited by BeReal; 08-10-11, 01:14 PM.

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              #21
              Re: Mental Health & Awareness

              This is very true. Lately i have been consumed with too much fear and evil thoughts plague my mind which makes me feel unease and worried.

              I've only felt this way when I started to make Islam my priority. So I pray InshAllah your venture becomes a success.

              P.S can you please point me in the direction of where I can speak with a Muslim sister counsellor online?

              Jazkir Allah Khair

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                #22
                Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                click on "i'm not possessed" in my sig to get to the blog, then click "get help" and there's a link to an Islamic counselling service (sakoon) which has male and female counsellors. they can do counselling via skype (I'm doing counselling with them via skype myself and it's helped me so much mashaAllah, see "zainab's story" on the blog (that's me) so they come very well recommended mashaAllah) - they are a private service although the consultation is free where they you can talk to a counsellor about what your issues are and discuss if/whether/how doing counselling with them can help you inshaAllah.

                There's also the number for the Muslim Youth Helpline on the same page, although this isn't counselling, just someone to listen to you and give you advice, although they may know of other counselling services that could help you.




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                  #23
                  Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                  :masha: Great Respones :up:
                  And He found you lost and guided you,
                  ~ Qur'an (Ad Duhaa) 93:7 ~

                  Salaah Reminders

                  Guide us to the straight pain.
                  " Ihdina-s-sirata-l-mustaqim "
                  ~ Quran 1:6 ~

                  الله أعلم

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                    #24
                    Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                    I involved in various puzzles and sports games.........

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                      #25
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                      well i think that there is some kind of programs where some specialists can guide ummah about Mental Health and some kind of programs which can help us to solve this issue.
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                        #26
                        Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                        Well its really hard to aware everybody but now we are starting a awarness program about Mental health in our Islamic Institute
                        Last edited by aleena28; 19-11-11, 03:34 PM.
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                          #27
                          Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                          I have a non Muslim friend who had bipolar which was triggered by another underlying medical condition (which has since been resolved so now she's recovering from the bipolar as well but that's another story). I asked her a lot about bipolar and how it affects people and she gave me some information about it. The thing that struck me about her description of how the condition affects a subset of people and that certain people having warped compulsions that can draw them towards fornication (sometimes with the same gender or sometimes with the opposite gender with different people this can vary) as well as having extreme mood swings, short temper and becoming drawn to stuff like alcohol or drugs. Deep down they may have a logical or intellectual awareness that these things are wrong but the condition impairs their impulse control. Another non Muslim I know told me her sister developed bipolar in her teens and exhibited these behaviours as well by indulging in heavy drinking and bringing strange men into the house to the point that the family couldn't cope and threw her out so she lives alone on the other side of town now.

                          Anyway my point is this... let's say there's a guy from a Muslim family, not strict in the deen but has enough knowledge to know right from wrong. He habitually drinks alcohol, became promiscuous and slept around with different women even after getting married. He loses his temper and hits his wife sometimes but readily admits she's a good wife and he shouldn't do that. Each day he wakes up saying to himself today he wont drink or commit zina and some days he behaves himself but other days he feels he can't help himself. He mixes with cousins who are equally into drinking and zina.

                          So how do you know whether this behaviour can be attributable to a condition such as bipolar meaning he couldn't help himself... or is he just an ****hole? I know you might say he should pray more or get more into his religion etc but can his impaired judgement also affect his ability to incline more towards what is right in that regard as well?
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                            #28
                            Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                            Originally posted by aleena28 View Post
                            Well its really hard to aware everybody but now we are starting a awarness program about Mental health in our Islamic Institute
                            Alhumdulillaah
                            And He found you lost and guided you,
                            ~ Qur'an (Ad Duhaa) 93:7 ~

                            Salaah Reminders

                            Guide us to the straight pain.
                            " Ihdina-s-sirata-l-mustaqim "
                            ~ Quran 1:6 ~

                            الله أعلم

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                              #29
                              Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                              this is so true

                              i know one sister who thought she was possesed by the devil because other muslims told her that
                              just coz she had some mental issues
                              we need to be more educated in this
                              also the way the world is going many more people are forming mental illnesses
                              alot ive seeen have been muslims both reverts and converts living in western society
                              and also muslims living in the east
                              its something we need to do more about

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                                #30
                                Re: Mental Health & Awareness

                                may Allah reward you all for your joint efforts.
                                Raising awareness of issues of this very nature is really needed.
                                'And when a thing for which you ask is slow to come,
                                Then know that often through delay are gifts received'
                                علي الحبشي

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