Unexpected Lessons: What I Learned from Being Bullied

Unexpected Lessons: What I Learned from Being Bullied

Yes, I know, hard to believe that this social butterfly that is myself was for a large portion of her adolescent life on the receiving end of bullying. All jokes and sarcasm aside, however, I have chosen to write about this for two reasons.   Firstly, I do not think there is enough literature coming […]

So What Is It Really Like to Have Anxiety?

So What Is It Really Like to Have Anxiety?

Mental health is a topic that has always been debatable. In Egypt, especially, there is a wide variety of taboos and mythical misconceptions that exist surrounding mental health.   From theories of demonic possession, to the notion that mental health issues are a sign of some weakened belief in God, to the notion that mental […]

Shezlong: The Middle East’s First Online Platform to Seek Help for Mental Illness

Shezlong: The Middle East’s First Online Platform to Seek Help for Mental Illness

  Mental illness is one of the most overlooked issues in Egypt, and the Middle East in general. The majority of us suffer from undiagnosed mental and psychological issues but we never bother to seek help; mostly because we’re programmed to feel like it’s not a big deal and we could just “get over it.” For […]

What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

by Marwa Saadawi — Licensed Child Therapist

  As our society in the Arab world slowly and quietly begins to whisper about mental health illness, the latest Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, is a viscerally real, enlightening and at times uncomfortable perspective of what adolescents are struggling with today.     The show touches on a number of taboo issues that teenagers […]

#MoreToAutism: Find out How You Can Help Spread Autism Awareness This Month

#MoreToAutism: Find out How You Can Help Spread Autism Awareness This Month

by Rana Elhawary

Earlier this week, we reported which Middle Eastern locations were lighting up blue to commemorate autism awareness, and because we believe in the importance of using our platform to effectuate change; today, we are here in an effort to change perceptions and minds regarding autism.     Autism is a disorder resulting from of a […]

Important Lessons My Depression Has Taught Me

Important Lessons My Depression Has Taught Me

By Maryam Taher

  At some point in my early days, I was diagnosed with major depression. If you had met with me back then you probably wouldn’t have had a clue about it, except if you saw me on a regular basis, you may have noticed how pale and gloomy I looked sometimes. But other than that, […]

Our Society’s Failure to Embrace the Younger Generation

Our Society’s Failure to Embrace the Younger Generation

By Alia Atef

Teenagers in Egypt nowadays face a lot of problems that their parents just don’t understand. It seems like this generation, more than all of its predecessors, is exposed to a large number of problems ranging from a broken economy and non-existent job opportunities to an alarming rise in mental illness among its youth. More and […]

Q&A: Does ‘Taht El Saytara’ Depict Real Life Addiction?

Q&A: Does ‘Taht El Saytara’ Depict Real Life Addiction?

Ramadan TV show Taht El Saytara has managed to creep its way into viewers’ hearts and minds. In less than a week, it became the most talked about show this year. It is an ugly wake-up call that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues in our country. The never-before-seen details of the […]

#Nada_Salama: Why Is There No Suicide Hotline In Egypt?!

#Nada_Salama: Why Is There No Suicide Hotline In Egypt?!

Following the tragic news of the attempted suicide of beloved friend and musician Nada Salama, we got to wondering about the services offered in Egypt for those who are considering ending their lives. Suicide is a reality in every part of the world. According to the World Health Organization, over one million people die each […]

‘I Am Mentally Ill And Proud’

‘I Am Mentally Ill And Proud’

By Reham Barakat

Imagine if I could begin this article by stating outright: I am mentally ill and proud. I am proud because I have learned so much more from being privy to psychological ailments than from regular life experiences. I am proud because I have been able to understand the depths and pain of wishing to end […]