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South Asian Emotion: The Three Levels of Anxiety

July 29, 2011 · Leave a Comment

anxiety stomach acheJatin woke up several times in the night from a stomach ache. His numerous trips to the bathroom convinced him that the chicken curry he had for dinner did not suit him. From that day on, he avoided chicken curry from that particular restaurant even though his stomach problems still arose once in a while. More →

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Signs of Anxiety in South Asian Children and Teens

April 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

Anxiety in moderation is necessary for normal development. Brief fears about the dark, strangers or loud noises as well as fears about being separated from the family are very common for children and teens. It is because of anxiety that we work harder on projects, think twice before we say anything to our friends or feel excited about our first time on the roller coaster. Every anxious situation is an opportunity for a child and teen to learn how to manage his/her emotions appropriately. More →

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South Asian Relationships: What is Emotional Abuse?

January 19, 2011 · 3 Comments

Emotional abuse is a type of domestic abuse that uses  fear, humiliation, intimidation or manipulation to brainwash, resulting in low self-confidence, self-worth and a loss of personal value for those who are abused. Others notice that the abused person no longer seems like themselves and exhibits may of the general symptoms of domestic abuse.

Emotional abuse can be more hurtful than physical abuse because the scars are deeper and longer lasting. This type of abuse wears away at a person’s sense of self and causes the person to stop trusting their own perceptions. More →

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South Asian Emotion: Can Men be Depressed?

December 17, 2010 · Leave a Comment

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental.

“That can’t be. Only women get depressed,” said the 45 year old Vikram sitting on the exam table at the doctor’s office.

“Actually, depression affects men, women, children and the elderly. Just like a heart attack, the symptoms vary based on gender and age but depression has no boundaries,” said the doctor calmly.


Vikram had just had his physical exam. Overall he was a healthy man, but had perpetual complaints of headaches and stomach irritation. After the results from his blood work came back, the doctor wanted to see him again. More →

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Heavy Cloak of Fatigue – Janaki’s Story of Depression

December 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental.

The phone rang for the sixth time. Having been deep asleep, Janaki merely heard a soft musical sound in the background that became integrated into her dream as she fell back asleep. About an hour later she slowly arose to find bright light coming into her room. She felt some panic, as it was January and the mornings are not so bright. She looked at the clock and it said 1:30pm.

Janaki scrambled to the phone and called her good friend, Deepa. More →

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South Asian Emotion: What is Depression?

December 13, 2010 · 3 Comments

Sadness is an emotion that we are hardwired to experience from birth. As humans, it is an emotion that is necessary to have in order to communicate our current state and needs. Seeing a loved one in pain, our best friend moving away, or watching a sad movie all trigger the feeling of sadness.

While sadness is an emotion that lasts a few days at most, depression is a whole body experience that lasts weeks, months or years. More →

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South Asian Emotion: What is Anxiety?

December 6, 2010 · 4 Comments

Anxiety, more commonly called nervousness in everyday language, is an emotion we all feel from time to time. Whether it is due to an upcoming exam, preparing for your first date, or awaiting your turn to speak in public, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It is brief and mild and generally affects your daily life minimally.

However, for many people the anxiety becomes so intense and so long lasting that it affects their daily life. The feelings of anxiety become overwhelming and possibly crippling. Here are some common symptoms that South Asians report feeling when anxiety levels are high: More →

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