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As the Covid-19 pandemic continues — far longer than many people could have anticipated — rates of depression are rising globally and regionally.  In one UK study in June, almost one in five people (19.2 percent) said they were suffering from depression, almost double the 9.7 percent found in March.  These findings are consistent with the increase in patients experiencing anxiety and depression witnessed at the Priory Wellbeing Centre in Dubai following the coronavirus outbreak. ...

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TRIGGER WARNING: If you are having suicidal thoughts, click here for expert advice and for links to support groups, medical help and hotlines.  “I slowly opened my eyes, the place was filled with police officers and one was gently talking to me as I gained consciousness.” Chris Haill, 54, is retelling the story of his suicide attempt earlier this year. After living with depression for almost four decades, he made his second attempt at ending...

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Compulsive shopping disorder – also known as oniomania – is a way of changing or avoiding emotions. And while some of those who were prone to compulsive shopping in the past will have spotted their urges during lockdown, others won’t have been so lucky. Isolation and access to online stores, apps and home delivery will have exacerbated them. And as the UAE continues to come out of lockdown and a sense of normality returns, the initial euphoria...

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Meg Nakagawa-Hoffman knows about mental health challenges: the New York University Abu Dhabi student was diagnosed with depression at the age of 17.  She sought out a psychiatrist and has been on medication ever since. Then her cousin, who suffered from mental health problems, took his own life. And she became determined to put mental health on the map in a productive way. Now 20, the political science and legal studies major – who is originally...