Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Life in the United States has proved to be a constant struggle for Afghan refugees after being awarded Special Immigrant Visa (SIV). The SIV is awarded to people for services rendered to the coalition forces in the war. But when these refugees discover that their credentials do not count in the U.S. and they must start over, these well-qualified people often feel lost.

With many of these people being doctors, engineers and translators in their homelands, starting a new life in an unfamiliar territory in bug-infested apartments with minimum-wage jobs and lack of understanding of U.S. culture is taking a toll on their mental health. They are now dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other health problems. Read more

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-3: Down Syndrome

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-3: Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is not rare in the United States, with approximately 400,000 people living with it currently. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 babies are born with down syndrome every year. Read more

Brian Wilson opens up about his depression

Brian Wilson opens up about his depression

The Beach Boys, one of the most iconic and well-known music groups in the American pop culture, swept the nation in the 1960s with its hits like “California Girls”, “Kokomo” and “Help Me, Rhonda.” The band consisted of Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their buddies Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston. Read more

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses- Part 4: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses- Part 4: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Mental health disorders often go undiagnosed until the patient exhibits extreme behavioral changes. While there are many treatments to relieve mental illness, psychotherapy is considered to be one of the most effective. Psychotherapy, commonly known as talk therapy, consists of patient and therapist asking questions and exchanging information. The therapist makes a diagnosis and treats the patient according to that diagnosis. Read more

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses - Part 1: Exposure Therapy

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses – Part 1: Exposure Therapy

Mental illness is not “all in the head.” It is a serious medical condition that needs immediate attention. Unlike physical injury, the intensity or the damage caused by the mental illness cannot be seen or measured precisely, which makes it more debilitating. Read more