Mental illness explained: Bipolar Disorder

Sometimes what you see on TV isn’t true; other times it touches on reality but doesn’t completely reveal the whole truth. If you’ve watched The Silver Lining Playbook, you’ve see how someone with bipolar disorder can be. But the condition is far more than what Bradley Cooper’s character portrayed it to be. Bipolar, a personality… Continue reading Mental illness explained: Bipolar Disorder

Mental Illness Explained: Schizophrenia

Back in October 2016, a certain headline in Pakistan blared and shook the world. A man diagnosed with schizophrenia committed a murder and was given a court order of execution. The Pakistan Supreme Court declared schizophrenia as ‘not a mental disorder’ henceforth leading to a flurry of criticism from across the globe. This very notion… Continue reading Mental Illness Explained: Schizophrenia

Mental illnesses explained: Postpartum Depression

You’d think there’s nothing better than holding your newborn in your arms, than becoming a parent. In between the pleasure and joy of giving birth is a period of depression and anxiety in some mothers. Postpartum depression is a term known to many but seldom understood. Our society brushes it under the carpet, labeling it… Continue reading Mental illnesses explained: Postpartum Depression

The Stigma of Mental Illness in Pakistan

‘Paagal’ – isn’t that what they call everyone with a mental illness in Pakistan? To a great percentage population of Pakistan, anyone with a mental illness is quickly labeled as ‘paagal’ (mad). It doesn’t matter what kind of illness it is – a mild case of depression or hallucinating schizophrenia – the label remains constant:… Continue reading The Stigma of Mental Illness in Pakistan