Mental Illness is NOT Contagious

Recently a South Asian high school junior informed his father with great enthusiasm, that he was very much interested in mental health and wants to become a psychiatrist. His father expressed his serious concerns that as a psychiatrist, talking to lot of mentally ill people might make him mentally ill. He tried to discourage his [...]

2022-01-15T16:41:58-05:00January 14th, 2022|Mental Illness|

Is Mental Illness Hereditary?

Recently, a grieving couple asked me if their son will develop bipolar disorder and expressed worries about his suicide risk. They had suffered a tragic loss of one son with bipolar disorder to suicide. Any parent would have such justifiable concerns. Many non-psychiatric medical conditions often run in families and pose similar dilemmas. In fact, [...]

2021-05-18T22:02:12-04:00May 21st, 2021|Mental Illness|
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