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Practitioner Reflections

Ramadan, Mental Health, and The Spiritual Path

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

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…

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I Am Your Psychiatrist, Not Your Sheikh

Let’s face it, being a Muslim mental health professional isn’t always easy. We often times deal with stigma from all around – from within the community, from society and from in the masjid. We may share a common desire to provide care, healing and hope to the mentally ill members  of our very own Muslim…

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