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Experiencing Culture Shock

In keeping with SAMHIN’s mission of greater dialogue on mental health in the South Asians we invited Shreya Vaishnav, PhD, whose interests and expertise are in cross cultural issues and acculturation among other interests, to share about her thoughts and recommendations on Culture Shock that immigrants experience in a new country. Migrating to [...]

2021-04-08T23:58:25-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Culture|

The Pandemic of Domestic Violence: Saheli’s Role During the Lockdown

In keeping with SAMHIN’s mission of greater dialogue on mental health in the South Asians and to highlight the important work of others in this area, we invited Gouri Banerjee PhD, Co-Founder and Member of the Advisory Committee of Saheli, to share information about the great work they are doing to help the South Asian [...]

2021-04-06T23:17:06-04:00April 9th, 2021|Domestic Violence|

Connection Between Mental and Oral Health

Two seemingly unrelated aspects of our health - mental health and oral health, have an interesting cyclical and under-recognized connection: our mental health affects our oral health, and our oral health affects our mental health. Mental health can have serious consequences on oral health. Several studies have shown that individuals with depression are more likely [...]

2021-02-15T19:28:49-05:00February 26th, 2021|Mental Health|

Coping with Losses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This past year, we have suffered great losses due to COVID-19. Loss of life, ceasing of social interactions because of remote working/learning, and deteriorating health and cognitive ability in Covid-19 survivors have had significant ramifications on our general well-being. Many amongst us have experienced anticipatory anxiety and grief over losses looming on the horizon. This [...]

2021-02-13T10:52:21-05:00February 12th, 2021|COVID-19|

Physical Exercise – Impact on Mental Health

Physical fitness is often depicted as heavy weightlifting or intense cardio to help make your body fitter. What is often ignored is the impact that physical fitness can have on one’s mental health and well-being. Strengthening the mind can be just as important as strengthening the physical body. Physiologically, exercise enables the release of endorphins [...]

2021-01-23T15:02:36-05:00January 29th, 2021|Mental Health|

Living with fear . . . overcoming phobia

Phobia is defined as excessive fear of a specific situation, object or circumstance. A strong and persisting fear of one specific object or situation associated with other symptoms is referred to as “specific” phobia. When exposed to the feared object or situation, the person with specific phobia anticipates harm or fear far out of proportion [...]

2021-03-09T11:11:41-05:00January 15th, 2021|Anxiety|

Hobbies, Neural Connections, and Resilience

We are at a time in life where very little is “normal.” Everyone is struggling in some capacity or another. The young adult age group is facing a unique challenge in that while they are more technologically connected, their fears and anxieties have led to social isolation. This has impacted their ability to establish themselves [...]

2020-12-19T15:02:45-05:00January 1st, 2021|Mental Health|

On Being a Divorced Indian Woman

As young Indian girls, we all have a fantasy of love, marriage, and happiness. Indian societies, including our families, friends, media, and movies all reinforce these expectations. No one ever considers divorce as a possibility. Indian societies have viewed divorce as taboo for generations, and that taboo has carried over to the immigrant Indian community [...]

2020-12-18T22:21:24-05:00December 18th, 2020|Divorce|

Return to College During the Pandemic – Resilience in the Face of Challenges

The beginning of every new academic year is always a stressful period for college students who face the pressures of performing well in classes, making new friends, and adjusting to living away from home. However, this year, college students are presented with an additional unique challenge - starting school amidst a global pandemic. Even though [...]

2020-12-09T15:30:04-05:00December 9th, 2020|COVID-19|
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