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Malaria Caused Me Anxiety, Depression & OCD

Malaria Caused Me Anxiety, Depression & OCD

In this counseling answer: I highly recommend that you seek out counseling as only a therapist can diagnose you with Depression, Anxiety Disorder and OCD. In regards to OCD and intrusive thoughts, it is more helpful to address the mechanisms that maintain it because this is the key to overcoming the problem. OCD is kept going by a …

Ashamed of My Mental Disorders

Ashamed of My Mental Disorders

In this counseling answer: • Engage in stress reduction techniques as being a medical student is stressful, and stress exacerbates OCD tendencies. •  Some helpful stress reduction techniques include mediation or dzkir, deep breathing, progressive relaxation, walk in nature, prayer, Tai Chi, and others. Not only will this help with the OCD, but also with the anxiety. •  …

I’ve Married a Married Man; I Feel Deserted & Depressed

In this counseling answer: •Speak with your husband about your feelings and concerns. •If he cannot provide satisfactory support and answers, please do write to our “Ask the Scholar” section with details or see your local imam. •Insha’Allah, please do see a counselor in your area to address your feelings of what may be depression. …

Swimming

My Daughter Refuses to Attend her Swimming Classes!

In this counseling answer: •Try to find out what may have happened at swimming classes. •Perhaps talk to the teacher to see if she became afraid of doing a certain lesson if she was teased or dunked underwater by one of her classmates. •I would not recommend forcing her sister especially as she has such …

manners

My Child Has Bad Manners, What Can I Do?

In this counseling answer: •Examine his home and school environment and try to correct anything which may be contributing to his bad manners. •Try to monitor what he is watching on TV or any video’s he is playing (if you are not already). Set up boundaries and consequences, and be consistent with him. •Explain to him …

Ramadan Has Become a Source of Dread and Guilt for Me

Ramadan Has Become a Source of Dread and Guilt for Me

In this counseling answer: • Making a list of the reasons why you do not want to fast can uncover some fears, hesitations, and other thoughts that may be holding you back from enjoying this most blessed and holy month. • Begin journaling your thoughts concerning fasting and analyze these in the context of hoping …

How to Deal With A Spoiled Child?

In this counseling answer: •Enroll him in nursery school, at least part-time.  As he has no siblings this experience could be beneficial and provide him with structure, social skills as well as the opportunity to make new friends. •At home, please do set up tighter boundaries for his behaviors and try to have his time structured …

Child Aggressive

My Child Is Aggressive, What to Do?

In this counseling answer: •I would kindly suggest to intervene whenever your child is aggressive by removing him from the playgroup, giving him a timeout and directly but gently holding his arm (with no pressure or harm) to prevent him from hitting you or others if you are nearby and see he is about to hit. •Tell him “no” …

Aunty is Always Angry, She Drives Me Crazy

In this counseling answer: • Ask your uncle or another family member to perhaps speak with her doctor about her behaviors at home. Possibly, she needs a medication adjustment or other interventions. • Distance yourself emotionally from her behavior. • Keep yourself busy. Salamu ‘Alaikum sister, Thank you for writing to us. I am sorry …

children

Should I Divorce For the Sake of My Kids?

In this counseling answer: •Please do find a counselor in your area to address your depression and stress, it may be due to the abusive conditions you are living under. •Please sister, also seek out parenting classes to help you relearn how to treat your children. Your local Masjid may be a good source or …



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