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Impact of Societal Stigma on the Mentally Ailing

March 9, 2017 – 4:50 PM |

Stigma is a set of labels imposed by society on an individual and can lead to their isolation because of avoidance of social situations and fear of rejection. Patients with mental illness have always faced …

Stigmatization of Substance Abuse: The Story After Rehabilitation

February 23, 2017 – 6:12 PM |

To begin this article, I would like to bring your attention to an organization I visited as part of my clinical objective—AAS, the Alleviate Addiction Suffering trust. AAS is a nonprofit organization that serves to …

Food Safety, from Farm to Fork: Are We Being Careful Enough?

February 18, 2017 – 2:38 PM |

Food is not only a basic need for human survival, but also an unparalleled source of pleasure for many people in the world. Hence, a dilemma is presented when this very means to sustain life …

A Study on Prostitution: Its Causes and Complications

February 17, 2017 – 4:35 PM |

Prostitution is defined as the industry in which a person provides sexual service to others in exchange for money (Goodlin, 2009), and the person who provides these sexual services and receives payment is hence known …

The Swinging See-saw of Roles: Addressing Gender Issues of Adolescents

February 15, 2017 – 3:08 PM |

The words ‘gender’ and ‘sex’ are often used interchangeably, but this self-created interchange of terms becomes troublesome for those who eventually bear circumstances pertaining to them in practical lives. In addition, many of us are confused …

Rising Divorce Rates in Pakistan – Its Impact on the Individual and Society

January 26, 2017 – 9:33 PM | One Comment

Home is ideally a place where a person receives protection and psychological satisfaction. Everyone needs this love and sense of security; without it one’s daily life problems would seem burdens too big to bear. Marriage …

Family Suicide in Pakistan: Our Collective Societal Concern

January 9, 2017 – 5:00 AM |

Family suicide – bluntly stated, is a mess for someone else to clear up; these are murder-suicides in which the perpetrator takes their own life plus the lives of their family members (Byard, 2005). In …

Early Marriage: Dealing an Irrevocable Blow to Children’s Physical and Psychosocial Well-being

December 31, 2016 – 8:49 PM |

According to World Health Organization, early marriage refers to a formal or informal marital union where either one or both partners are below the age of 18. It affects more girls than boys globally (UNICEF, …

Intimate Partner Violence during Pregnancy: An Issue Undermined in Pakistani Society

December 31, 2016 – 5:54 PM |

Pregnancy, a singularly life altering, and also trying period in a woman’s life, should be a time of great joy, but in most instances, that is not the case. A 38 year old woman belonging …

Psychological Impact of Work Place Harassment on the Nursing Community and Why We Must Firefight It

October 30, 2016 – 12:10 AM |

Harassment is defined as “any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or written communication or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or sexually demeaning attitudes, causing interference with work performance or …

Creating Support Systems for the Ill and Elderly: The Crucial Role of Family

October 26, 2016 – 12:20 AM |

During my clinical rotation at a senior citizen home in a local community in Karachi, I got a chance to meet and interview an 80 year old female patient. She had been admitted in the …

Of Shrunken Leaves and Bowed Down Trees: Loneliness and Depression in Old Age

October 26, 2016 – 12:06 AM | 2 Comments

“Do you know that a simple phone call will make them happy? A simple hello can make them smile? You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be …

Of Prey and Predator: Behind Closed Doors, Masks and Facades

October 22, 2016 – 6:15 PM |

Majority of the people have a valid reason regarding the goody-goody features of marriage but some marriages are just a disgrace in disguise. Rape itself is an upsetting word to listen. Imagine people going through …