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Caring for Minds Behind Bars: The Role of the Muslim Chaplain

August 20, 2018

In theory, the line between mental illness and spiritual needs is clear; however, not many things are clear in a prison setting. As a Muslim chaplain in the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC), I am faced with inmates that have clear mental health needs. Fortunately, inmates with mental health issues are often identified by the…

Understanding Psychotherapy: How to Find the Right Practitioner and Beyond

July 5, 2018

Primary health care providers and patients alike are increasingly recognizing the positive role that psychotherapy can play in wellness. At the same time, it can sometimes be challenging to locate appropriate psychotherapeutic services. Whether you’re facing a rough moment or know someone who is, finding the right mental health practitioner is one of the first…

Ramadan, Mental Health, and The Spiritual Path

June 4, 2018

I hadn’t seen her in a few months.  She admitted she had run out of her medication, and had taken a few impulsive and extravagant trips to Florida and Las Vegas, where she ‘let herself go’ and relived the party life she had given up only a year before.  My patient had a long history…

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Narcissism Normalized

March 19, 2018

The normalization of narcissism has become a prevalent issue in society, one commonly displayed in a positive light in the media. Our culture celebrates athletes whose trash-talking and declarations of being “the best” are coded as “swag” as well as high-powered, overpaid executives whose grandiose behavior is framed as bold.  Until recently, politicians fixated on…

The IMMH Experience

March 12, 2018

Ahead of the 10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference, graduate student Samira Choudhury shares her experience working with IMMH: I was introduced to the work of the Institute of Muslim Mental Health during their 2016 Annual Conference. It was my first glimpse of the diverse, passionate community of helpers who have been pioneering into innovative and…

Five Findings from the 2017 Pew Report

January 15, 2018

  The Pew Research Center study “U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream” focused on a wide variety of topics concerning American Muslims in the context of Trump’s presidential campaign and his initial months in office. Five findings of the 198-page report are particularly relevant for…