Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

by Marwa Khalifa

“Don’t invalidate people’s struggles because you’ve been through worse. If someone is tired after working for five hours and you worked for seven, it doesn’t mean that they’re not allowed to be tired. It doesn’t mean that they can’t feel what they’re feeling just because you’ve had it worse.” I found this quote on Facebook […]

Arabs Need To Get Over These Stigmas and Misconceptions About Mental Illness

Arabs Need To Get Over These Stigmas and Misconceptions About Mental Illness

  There’s still a huge stigma surrounding mental illness in the Arab world. For different reasons, Arabs tend to either ignore or satirize mental illness. The misconceptions around mental illness sometimes keeps people from reaching out for help, simply to avoid being told the same bull***t.     You don’t need to seek treatment, just […]

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 […]

I Suffer from Depression and I’m Not Ashamed of It Anymore

I Suffer from Depression and I’m Not Ashamed of It Anymore

by Jaida Khaled

So, I was having a really, really normal day. Well, as normal as my days can be. I was on the couch, obviously with my phone in hand and scrolling down my feed when I bumped into this post. The post was made by an old schoolmate of mine called Dahlia El Sayegh. She posted […]

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 […]

Why You Need a Digital Detox and How to Start One

Why You Need a Digital Detox and How to Start One

  Does technology make you feel very anxious to the point that you sometimes wish the earth could swallow you? If you just nodded your head then you need to listen up.   We’ve spoken to Dr. Pablo Vandenabeele, Bupa’s Clinical Director for Mental Health, as he shares his views with us on the link […]

Egyptian Movie Shows You How It’s Like to Actually Live with Depression

Egyptian Movie Shows You How It’s Like to Actually Live with Depression

  “When a good university friend of mine told me she had suffered from depression in high school, I reacted with skepticism and little understanding: ‘What do you mean, you couldn’t get out of bed in the morning?’” This is a meaningful quote from a text published by Sara Bøgh. A quote, that perfectly summons […]

4 Brilliant Writers Who Suffered From Mental Illness

4 Brilliant Writers Who Suffered From Mental Illness

By Huda Sobhy

Writing is one of the practices used for healing. In therapy, they tell you to write. During periods of grief, they tell you to write. Following a trauma, they tell you to write. It’s a way to let out the emotions you didn’t know were there. A way to make the burden lighter. So writing heals, right? […]

8 Taboos We Need to Talk About Openly in the Arab World

8 Taboos We Need to Talk About Openly in the Arab World

By Alia Atef

As a culture, Arabs have a tendency to avoid talking about anything that makes them slightly uncomfortable; they would rather stab their toes a million times than have a painful five-minute chat. We live with the motto that if you avoid something long enough, it will just go away. As surprising as it might sound, denying […]

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 […]