Muslim and Depressed

Hello & assalamualaikum (peace be upon you). I’m Atikah, I’m Muslim, and I have depression. Well, if we really want to get into it, I have been diagnosed with manic-depression (bipolar disorder), panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ve been writing about living with mental health issues for the past few years, and have seen…

It’s okay to log off from the hate.

I’m aware of the news going around on Facebook and I know some of you may be triggered. If you are, and need the time and space to be offline, please do. I’m keeping away from FB myself. Reach out to the people around you. You don’t have to go through the darkness alone. The…

World Mental Health Day 2017

“It was so painful. I was so scared. I can’t believe you have it multiple times!” I helped a dear friend through her first panic attack recently. I assured her that she wasn’t alone, that I was present, that she wasn’t dying, and that it will pass. It eventually did pass for her, after she…

You look too put together.

Someone made a remark to me a while ago: You look too put together to have a panic disorder. I get a panic attack and I look like a mess. I’d shifted around guiltily and said that my social media feed doesn’t feature how I look when it hits because I cannot possibly take a…

Dhul Hijjah for the struggling souls.

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are upon us and Muslims believe these are the best ten days of the entire year. The Prophet (pbuh), said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” [Bukhari] They signify the start of the sacred Hajj pilgrimage, and…

Accepting my illnesses.

A few days ago, I finally spoke aloud to a medical officer that “I may have bipolar disorder.” He was prescribing me medication and asked me to choose between 2. He recommended one, and when I asked about the side effects (you always need to ask), he’d said, “Oh, nothing much, unless you have a psychological…