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Did you know you are a candidate for mental health issues?



Have you had your mental health checked?

Any mental health specialist will tell that no one is immune to mental health problems. Whenever this topic is mentioned, most have been known to either disregard it or to take it to be petty. Some think that mental health issues are restricted to people who belong to social class, race, demeanor, or economic status. Before we get to how to maintain us in check mentally, let’s bust some myths oscillating around mental health.

What brings about mental health issues?

Causes of mental health issues are mainly populated with mythical rumors and whispers. Right from mild conditions that include stress disorders, to the hefty ones like schizophrenia, mental health issues are brought about by several factors. While most studies have related mental health issues to genetics, the environment in which one is brought up can equally predispose one to mental health conditions. Before you get it all wrong, the term environment is broad and cuts around the availability and unavailability of everyday basic needs and the socialization from the surrounding people.

Human beings live their life following specific patterns; if these patterns get interference, we decipher it as change. Change is inevitable; however, abrupt change makes us uncomfortable, thus unwelcome. Change can cause stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, depending on the positivity and negativity that comes with it.

 In the wake of coronavirus, the world is witnessing an almost overnight change of ordinary life. Following the seemingly unexpected explosion of cases worldwide and the World Health organization’s guidelines to curb this virus, the tables have somewhat turned. Significant issues of mental breakdown and associated problems are now being recorded.

Want to know why the cases have risen more? Here are three significant reasons:

Ingredients fueling the rise of mental health issues

Pandemic’s economic and financial strain

Unfortunately, just as the number of cases started reducing, a second wave started whirling. All along, nations around the world have been taking precautionary measures in line with W.H.O guidelines. While this has seen the number of mortalities and morbid cases reduce, the world’s economy has been critically injured. In any case, the pandemic watered down the efforts that had realized significant improvement in economic growth across most countries. Consequently, companies and businesses have temporarily shut down while others lay off employees. Millions of people have become jobless yet cooped up in their houses with no income to pay their bills or feed their families.

This prolonged stress and uncertainty may be the perfect ingredient to an explosion of anxiety disorders as a mental health illness.

Sudden social and cultural changes

The maxim “no man is an island” might just have been turned against its inventors with the constant emphasis on social distancing. Man thrives best in the company of others; thus, he is a social being. When W.H.O recommended social distancing as one of the guidelines to control the spread of coronavirus, measures have been put to halt social gatherings. Consequently, most people have been cooped up in their houses for months reducing physical. Problem shared is a problem half solved; in this case, it is difficult to convey the situation since you don’t even know how the other person is. For this reason, those with existing mental disorders and mental illness may worsen in silence.

Internet and social media

Have you ever tried to think about how life would be if there were no internet? I bet it is unimaginable. The internet has seen most of the processes become more effortless. Communication, businesses, meetings, and even recently, education are just a simple click of a button away. Online platforms have been a blessing for everyone, especially in the wake of COVID-19, meetings being conducted virtually among others.

While all is true, some people have used the internet to propel cynical propaganda is being released to the public, causing a lot of paranoia. Social media has also been a significant boost to cyberbullying and the extreme sharing of private information with almost everything been done online. When there is a string of fake news in the media, a wave of panic buying emerges. 

Besides, there have been misinformations on the mode of transmission and inpatient disturbing videos going viral. Although the public is becoming aware of fake news, those who are still naïve can be prone to significantly prolonged fear of contracting the virus or loved ions contracting the virus. Extreme and prolonged paranoia can make one delusional.

When do you seek a mental health professional?

During this pandemic, it is easy for one’s mental health to be disrupted due to a change in routine, stress, and uncertainty. These symptoms would help guide you know when to seek help:

  1. When you always feel unhappy and sad, along with a lack of enthusiasm towards life or any activity.
  2. Persistent fear, worry, and or paranoia because of fear of getting sick or loved one’s getting sick.
  3. Being extra moody in a way that you become almost dysfunctional.
  4. Suicidal thoughts and or the urge to harm yourself.
  5. Addiction of substances, drugs, pornography since you are in the house most of the time.
  6. Inability to cope with a sudden change like losing a loved one, prolonged separation from loved due to patients’ isolation. Frontline workers may be moved from their homes.
  7. Change in eating habits, overeating or not eating while moody.
  8. Loss of appetite.
  9. You might need to get a mental assessment from the doctor due to a sudden change in sleeping routine or behavior.insomnia from worrying or overthinking.

How to assess your mental health

The best way to assess your mental health is to see a doctor.

Usually, your doctor will perform a mental health assessment. Your physician will take down your health history and also perform a physical examination before making a diagnosis. The physician will also ensure you are clear and have no other underlying ailments.

Alternatively, you can take an online assessment that gives results instantly. Remember, online reviews may not be accurate and or reliable.

How to keep mentally healthy

You must be wondering, how do I maintain my mental health in a time of global crisis? Well, here are tips just for you:

Physical exercises.

Exercises come in handy during this time. When talking about workouts, think not only about the extraneous activities; you can do routine walks and jogs around your estate. If the gym is not available, take advantage of the park or even the extra space in your house to do home workout routines. Exercising will help you release all that tension. It will also help you keep fit.

Keep a diary or a work schedule.

Most of our routines have been interfered with, and as we said, a handful of us don’t like change. To avoid confusion and the feeling of loss of control, you can make weekly schedules and daily diary to keep you focused all week long. Once a day is over, review your journal to see whether you followed through with your weeks or day’s plan.

Be social from a distance.

Thanks to the internet, we can maintain social contact without being physically close to one another. Maintain physical distance, but do not withdraw from your friends and family call; chat with them. Be careful though you don’t compare yourself with other posts, don’t want to have esteem issues. Social media addiction is real; beware.

 Fake news is on the rise. Take caution of your source of information; you don’t want to be panic buying or panicking for no reason. Verify information on any platform from trusted sources before you believe it.

Work on your personal growth

You can make this work from home a blessing in disguise; explore your talents, weaknesses, strengths, and work to improve your weaknesses. Realize that it’s a hard time for everyone and don’t be too harsh on yourself. 

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Jewish Nazism is reality not fiction



Jewish Nazism

I realize that the title of this article might offend and provoke many people, especially those adhering to the Judaic faith. I do know that Jews, like everyone else, are not carbon copies of each other. There are many conscientious Jews who believe in fairness and basic human equality regardless of color, race and faith, and strongly reject racism and chauvinism in any form. Also, I will no longer be using euphemistic language in reference to Jewish Nazism especially in light of the latest Dresden-like bombing of Gaza by the Judeo-Nazi state also known as Israel.

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These people I salute for their rectitude, humanity and morality. They are our natural partners for peace and a better tomorrow for our children and their children.

But there are numerous other Jews who don’t believe in human equality and justice for all. Indeed, there are many Jews, e.g. followers of the hateful Chabad sect, who don’t even ascribe full humanity to people who are not members of the Jewish faith.

Needless to say, the venomous ideology adopted by these racist fanatics has much in common with Aryan Nazism.

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What else can be said to describe an ideology that teaches adherents that the life of a non-Jew has no sanctity and that goyem can be murdered without the slightest compunction or feeling of guilt?

The shocking reactions by the Israeli government, rabbis, and community leaders to the latest abduction, murder and subsequent burning of a Palestinian kids in Gaza are very telling.

In a certain sense, these reactions and attitudes can be compared to the reactions and attitudes of many Germans to the pogroms carried out against Jews by the Nazis prior to and during the Second World War.

The gleefully despicable embrace of the brashly hideous crime by the bulk of the Israeli Jewish society underscores the fact that millions of Jews in Israel and abroad do harbor certain Nazi tendencies, especially against the Palestinian people. These tendencies are too real and too tangible to be overstated.

However, we must call the spade a spade, even at the expense of upsetting the huge Zionist propaganda machine which habitually alters the black into white and the blatant big lie into a “truth” glorified by sheepish westerners who have long been brainwashed into believing that Israel is a modern, civilized and democratic state.

In the final analysis, when Jews (or anyone else) think, behave and act like the Nazis thought, behaved and acted, they simply become Nazis. Pure and simple.

Today, there are numerous Jews who openly call for the physical annihilation of Palestinians as retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Saber-rattling rabbis speak menacingly of the need to adopt “the Biblical way” to combat the Palestinians.

For those not versed in Jewish phraseology, “Biblical way” is euphemism for genocide.

Today, the Israeli media reported that some army personnel openly appealed to the government to “give us the green light to annihilate them.”!!!

Just read what thousands of Jewish youths have been writing on their Facebook pages! It is outrageous, disgusting and sheer evil.

To put it in a nutshell, Nazism is being regurgitated and exuded all over Israel. This is happening in broad daylight while professional liars like Binyamin Netanyahu are filling the ether with all sorts of shameless lies about Israel being victimized by the Palestinians.

Seventy-six years have passed since Kristalnacht. Today Jewish settlers in the west Bank, in close cooperation and coordination, with the Israeli army could very well carry out a huge pogrom against an innocent and helpless community which really finds itself very much in the same precarious and vulnerable position that European Jewry experienced prior to WWII.

I am not a prophet of doom and gloom, but the signs are unmistakably bleak.

A final point, the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are surviving thanks to the good-will of the international public opinion. Should the international community go into a brief slumber, God forbid, Israel and its own Wehrmacht, SS, Gestapo and Hitler Youth might embark on the unthinkable. Don’t you ever say Jews can’t carry out a holocaust against their victims, the Palestinians?

Words can kill; words do kill.

Unfortunately, the chilling words we are hearing from many Israeli Jews these days leave no room for optimism.

Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator , we lost him on account of natural reasons on 12th of July last year in the Occupied Palestine

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I’m most definitely Palestinian!




In-your-face brutality, unending genocide, unending atrocities, mass slaughter directed against one’s people, one’s brethren, causes the most strong and unimaginable reaction, in response to the oppressor’s horrendous and barbaric deeds. The autocratic, despotic, tyrannical Israeli-hand systematically and with pre-planned engineered precision, massacres, annihilates, eliminates the young and the old Palestinian alike – in the most inhumane and most despicable of ways. Slaughters men, women and children in broad daylight. Bares its blood-thirsty intentions, its monstrous objectives in the most unashamed of ways. Mercy to none – not to the living, not to the severely wounded and dying; no mercy even on the dead or their lifeless remains.

The constant fear of being bombed anytime, rained down with missiles and all manner of munitions from within the vast arsenal of the Israeli side; definitely stockpiled high, with enough buffer inventory of munitions, deadly and lethal stockpile, to blow the receiving side multiple times over; so as not to leave a “shred” of evidence of your original physical-self on the surface of the land, which your people, generations and generations of your ancestors, since time immemorial have dwelt on.

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The inexplicable terror of seeing Israeli drones constantly “floating about” unopposed, in the skies above your unsheltered head. Drones with eyes like that of a greedy dog. Electronic pixels wanting to cast an evil eye, an evil-spell upon your very being. Eyeing upon your existence, wanting to blow-up, tear-up your physical being, seemingly wanting to devour your flesh and body; all by way of a few computer clicks / even the manual computer-clicks now, seemingly, are being replaced by more automated ways of executing these most evil deeds. Software, coded software, written programs to execute on the most Evil-intentions. Evil-intentions of the most evil amongst the human race.

Everybody knows, the Israelis have exterminated with their weaponry, uncountable numbers of Palestinians across a 40, 50km stretch of land, in front of the whole world, over the past so many weeks and months. And retain the capacity, the ability, the power, the means to slaughter, devour many, many more innocent ones, day in, day out.

The Israelis possess American technology, American weapons – the bedrock of their faith, the foundation stone of their belief in their never-ending invincibility. The Palestinians have their faith in Allah; that Allah will redeem his faithful people, from the clutches of these war-mongers, who rain down terror, day and night on the most innocent, the most vulnerable.

Most definitely, the Moslem spirit in me, the Palestinian spirit in me is not defeated; quite to the contrary, it’s rekindled, stronger than ever.

I’m definitely Palestinian, in every sense of the word, and Allah will save us, Allah will have mercy on us, Allah will guide us.

(Note: Azhaar Amayreh is a marketer stuck in war-ravaged Rafah with her child.)The following article is part of a campaign to raise money to help MZEMO contributor Azhaar Amayreh and her family leave Gaza. Please give what you can.

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The futility of counting on the U.S. to pressure Israel



It is really ludicrous to see how dishonest the U.S “mediators” constantly demand that the Palestinians display more “good will” toward Israel at a time when Israel continues to perpetrate a real Holocaust against the hapless and helpless Palestinaians and steal Palestinian land in broad daylight.

It seems amply clear that the current Palestinian leadership, i.e. the Palestinian Authority (PA)  led by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, neither learns from its own blunders nor from other people’s blunders. This is really a gigantic disaster befalling the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause.

How else can one relate to the unrelenting illogical insistence of the the whole world on accepting the U.S., Israel’s guardian-ally, as “mediator and honest broker” between us and our murderous tormentors and grave-diggers, Israel?

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Indeed, one doesn’t have to be an expert on American foreign policy in the Middle East to know that the U.S represents the problem, not the solution, given its long-standing embrace of Israeli fascism and expansion.  After all, it is the US that not only enabled Israel to actively pursue its lebensraum policy at the expense of its neighbors but consistently shield it from any accountability or international condemnation.

Today, the U.S. administration is criticizing Palestinian “unilateralism” in reference to desperate PA efforts to get the UN Security Council to recognize Palestinian statehood and agree on a deadline for ending Israel’s Nazi-like occupation.

Well, we all know that the U.S. is being pornographically hypocritical when it accuses the virtually vanquished Palestinians of acting unilaterally as if its spoilt nefarious daughter, Israel, were ever acting in full conformity with international law.

Well, Mr. Abbas and Mr. Ereikat: Don’t be too gullible, too sheepish. Ask your American interlocutors, e.g. Mr. John Kerry, the following questions:

Since when did Israel ever behave bilaterally rather than unilaterally?

Was the usurpation of Palestine and expulsion of its indigenous people at the hands of Jewish terrorist gangs hailing from Eastern Europe, a bilateral or unilateral act?

Was the annexation by Israel of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights a bilateral or a unilateral act?

Was the building of hundreds of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as the transfer of 600,000 Jewish settlers to live on a land that belongs not to them a bilateral or unilateral act?

Was the wanton demolition of some 30,000 Palestinian homes by Israel a bilateral or a unilateral act?

Was the annexation of the bulk of the West Bank and East Jerusalem a bilateral or a unilateral act?

And what about this ugly structure, called Separation wall, which resulted in the theft of thousands of acres of private Palestinian land? Was it a bilateral or a unilateral act?

I could go on and on and on listing America’s hypocritical and duplicitous stands on Palestinian grievances and Israeli crimes. Indeed, the U.S dishonest stand on the Palestinian plight has only been consistent in its moral depravity. Indeed, hypocrisy in its most brazen form has always been and continues to be the modus operandi of American policy toward the Palestinian issue. I know it is politically incorrect to speak in this tone. However, truth must not be another victim of the dark evil embrace between the U.S. and Israel.

But morality is not and has never been part of American politics or policies, especially foreign policy. This is why the world looks so ugly, so gloomy and so unjust.

The U.S. is insisting that only a “negotiated” settlement to the Palestinian issue would be acceptable to the U.S.

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In other words, Israel must always have the final say as to any possible peace deal with the Palestinians.

But since Israel would never ever end its occupation or dismantle the settlements, let alone allow for the repatriation of the refugees, it means there can be no negotiated settlement unless the Palestinians agree to surrender to Jewish Nazism. But that will never happen as Muslims, including the Palestinian people, would never allow the Ramallah leadership or any other leadership to commit adultery with the honorable Palestinian cause.

Let’s be honest. The purportedly honest American broker or mediator is neither honest nor a broker or mediator. The proverbial American judge is simply telling the insolent rapist (Israel) and the vanquished rape victim (the Palestinians) to sort it out amongst yourselves. Do we have to be the smartest humans on earth to understand the implications of this brutal ugliness?

It is tantamount to a total American embrace of Israeli fascism. It means that the American stance is actually Israel’s stance. It also means that that the U.S. would never accept or condone any settlement that Israel doesn’t accept.

That is why the Palestinians need to have a moment of truth with themselves.
And the message they need to internalize is that they would have to wait ages if they continued to put their trust in the U.S. to pressure Israel to walk in the path of peace.

Let us face it. Israel will never walk in the path of peace unless it is pressured and bullied to do so. However, Israel would never ever walk in the path of peace as long as it continues to receive nuclear submarines from Germany and the most advanced fighter jets from the U.S.

In a nut shell, America can’t and won’t exert any meaningful pressure on Israel to end its N-a-z-i-like occupation. We all know that Israel controls the American government or at least controls those who control the American government. Israel is intoxicated by its arrogance of power and Talmudic insolence. And the U.S., Israel’s guardian-ally, is not in a position to be an honest mediator and to impose a deal on Israel or even convince her to allow for one that would give the Palestinian a semblance of justice.

What should be done?

We must go ahead with our efforts at the U.N. Security Council, irrespective of American threats to veto any resolution favorable to the Palestinian cause. At least casting the veto would embarrass America itself and its treacherous Arab allies (they are not actually allies but cheap slaves and puppets as we all know).

We Palestinians must be confident of our inevitable triumph over Zionism and its evils. Yes, it may take time, but eventually Zionism won’t live forever in a sea where hundreds of millions live.

Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator , we lost him on account of natural reasons on 12th of July last year in the Occupied Palestine

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