Mental Health Symptoms: We’ve All Felt Them

Contrary to popular belief, mental health symptoms are not qualitatively different than “normal” symptoms. It is easy to assume that people with a diagnosis are inherently different when in fact, all human behaviors and experiences lie on a spectrum. If we stop and think about the underlying mechanisms of each …

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How South Asian Stereotypes and Discrimination Create Mental Health Stigma

Ever since Dev’s mother told their family friends that was diagnosed with ADHD, they noticed a change in their behavior. Mothers no longer wished to schedule play dates with the sweet 8 year old boy. They would make transparent excuses that sent a clear message to his mother that they …

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Positive Activities: An Alternate Healing Method for Depression

Santosh walked out of the doctor’s office upset. “I am not crazy,” he thought to himself, fuming as he started his car. “How dare the doctor think I’m some kind of a lunatic,” his mind raced. When he got home, his wife was eager to find out how the doctor’s …

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South Asian Men Can be Victims of Abuse

Richa  had reached her limit. Her youngest daughter, who was 2 years old, was sick with the flu, her son who was 6 had chicken pox and her 8 year old daughter needed supplies for an art project, which she forgot to pick up. With two young children crying and …

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South Asian Mothers: Leena’s Story of Postpartum Depression

Leena shrieked and dropped the phone as she tried to hang up. Her husband, Ankit, ran to the kitchen to see his wife frozen. “What happened? Are you ok?” asked a worried Ankit. “We’re having a baby!” screamed Leena. It took a couple of seconds for Ankit to register what …

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Nina’s Story: A South Asian Girl’s Experience with Abuse

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental. This is Part 3 of a series. For Part 1, click here and for Part 2, click here. After Nina met Rakesh’s parents, …

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