Signs of Perfectionism

Many believe perfectionism means “being perfect” or “doing things perfectly”. However, perfectionism is actually the pressure we put on ourselves to reach unattainable standards. These standards are almost never reached because they are unrealistic, leaving the person feeling like a failure. Many South Asians believe perfectionism is a strong and …

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Signs and Risk Factors for Depression in Teenagers

Depression can affect anyone at any age, from infants to senior citizens and everyone in between. Adolescence is a time when there is added risk for developing depression because of the physiological changes that are happening in the brains and bodies of teens. It is especially important to know the …

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South Asian Emotion: The Truth About Laughter

Whether it’s a boisterous laugh that comes from the belly or a quiet laugh interspersed with snorting, when we laugh we instantly feel good and we want to do it again. What we don’t think about is what is happening to our minds and bodies as we giggle, chuckle or …

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South Asian Relationships: Signs of Physical Abuse

When people talk about domestic violence, they often refer to physical abuse of their partner. Physical abuse is one type of domestic abuse that uses physical force or violence which causes bodily injury, pain or impairment. Physical abuse includes assault, battery and inappropriate restraint. Regardless of the specific behavior of …

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Ayesha’s Story: A South Asian Girl’s Life with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

“Ma’am, I need you to tell me everything. Start from the beginning,” Dr. Wahlia said. Seema sat with a blank stare on her face. She felt numb and her thoughts were frozen. Her son Varun held her hand as her husband, Sunil tried to fight back tears. Seema took a …

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South Asian Relationships: Break Ups Similar to Cocaine Addiction

Anyone who has experienced a relationship break up or divorce knows that it is painful beyond words can express. When you feel rejected, the emotions run very high. You try to wrap your brain around what went wrong and what you could have done to keep your partner from leaving. …

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Depression in South Asian Children

Anand is 8 years old and is a quiet, obedient 3rd grader. Lately, his teacher has noticed that he is having trouble concentrating in class. His mind wanders during classroom tasks, he has trouble remembering oral instructions from his teacher. His teacher thinks he might have ADHD and recommended having …

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