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I Think My Adult Son Has a Hoarding Problem

In this counseling answer: • Hoarding is generally considered part of an obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is also associated with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. • Encourage him to get counseling. • You may want to ask him why he is keeping certain items. It will help you gain more insight into the problem. • …

I Committed Homosexual Act; I Feel So Guilty

I Committed a Homosexual Act; I Feel So Guilty

In this counseling answer: • Studies have shown that depressed, relative to non-depressed persons, make qualitatively different decisions, leading many doctors and psychotherapists to suggest to their patients that they should avoid making major life choices while in a depressed state. • It is your responsibility to seek help to resolve the depression. Not only …

20 Years After Divorce, I'm Still Depressed

In this counseling answer: • Social support is what you need. • Engage more in Islamic society in your region. You could find a lot of work and supportive relationships. As-Salamu `Alaikum dear sister, I was pleased to read your insightful e-mail. I feel that your problem is more social than psychological. I am truly pleased …

5 Tips to Help You Study When You Feel Depressed

5 Tips to Help You Study Even When You Feel Depressed

Intend, not to pressure yourself, but to enjoy your study. Start in small steps – go as much as you’re comfortable with but not further. Once you start feeling stressed, stop immediately. Relax, and after a few hours try again. Once you successfully spend some actual time…

Pain and Guilt: Is It Depression?

In this counseling answer: • I don’t think it is merely a matter of failure to relax, otherwise, the pain would have disappeared after giving birth to your lovely son. • My advice is that you first try to put some stipulations regarding prayers and connect them to your daily schedule. As-Salamu `Alaykum dear sister, First, …

I Hate My Family for Mistreating Me

I Hate My Family for Mistreating Me

In this counseling answer: • Please know that your parents do love you despite the way they treat you, and regardless of their actions. They do love you, they just don’t know how to love you properly. • You need a social life. You do need to do things that you enjoy. You need to be …

I’m Stuck in a Cycle of Depression & Anxiety

I’m Stuck in a Cycle of Depression & Anxiety

In this counseling answer: • Once you resolve your mental health/sleeping issues, you can move in the direction of deciding if she is one who you will marry. • If you have depression and anxiety, there are biochemical and neurological changes that may have taken place which need to be corrected. • Whatever it is …

How to Survive in a Troubled Family?

How to Survive in a Troubled Family?

In this counseling answer: •I suggest that you also get counseling. You have been under tremendous stress most of your life it seems and you are carrying the weight on your shoulders. Please do consider it. • Relaxation & stress reduction exercises would also be helpful. Try to get out for fun social times with …

Are You Just Down or Truly Depressed? Honest Tea Talk (Video)

Are You Just Down or Truly Depressed? Honest Tea Talk (Video)

Have you survived depression? Are we making it difficult for Muslim women by associating depression with weak iman (faith)? Is depression still a taboo topic with you? It’s not with the women of the web series Honest Tea Talk. Sumayah, Aliyah and LaYinka share their personal accounts of being down versus being clinically depressed. This …

I Feel Depressed Seeing People in Bad Situations

I Feel Depressed Seeing People in Bad Situations

In this counseling answer: • Remember that being blessed with certain things is also as much a test as not being blessed. • The easiest and the best thing you can do is pray for them. Ask Allah to make things easier for them. • Donate money to the charities that support them. Wa Alaikum salaam wa …



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