Saniya Sabzwari

Saniya Sabzwari

The author is a Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi, Pakistan. She has a special interest in community mental health, health education and geriatrics.

How Sofia, Ahmed and Aliya are silently suffering in Pakistan

Sofia, a young college student, has been missing since she drove off in the morning. Her parents desperately tried to stop her from driving off. She had not been herself lately; behaving erratically and driving rashly the last few weeks. She had been getting into fights with her friends, staying up all night, not eating, and was extremely irritable at home. This behaviour was not new; her family had endured these episodes quite a few times before. They dealt with her anger and moods by confining the entire family at home till things improved. In the past, clandestinely using sleeping ...

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