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Q&A’s Ask the Rabbi team fields thousands of questions every year on a range of topics. Mental health is no exception.

Post Partum Depression and Mother-in-Law Issues
Chaya came into my office with her husband, Moshe, to seek help for her depression. Since her baby's birth, she has not "gotten back to herself" and finds herself crying a lot during the day; feeling afraid and misunderstood and like she has to "walk through molasses" to complete even a simple task. Moshe is frustrated with his wife's struggle. Although he tries to be sympathetic, he often feels it's "all in her head" - and he wishes she could just somehow "snap out of her bad mood."
How to Feel Secure
"With regard to your writing about your feeling of depression..."
Unhealthy Friend
I have a friend whom I have known for years. More recently, however, she has been really depressed and non-responsive, and seems to blame everyone else for her problems. I am concerned for her and fear that her recent behavior will really create major problems for her. But she is not open to any advice...
Anxiety and Faith
Psychotropics are not enough. Anxiety can be overcome only with a deep and mighty sense of faith.
Sudden Mood Swings
The man I am thinking of marrying can be very sweet and kind. But just when we are getting along well, he suddenly changes...
Why Did G‑d Give Me Mental Illness?
Every soul journeys down into this world with two suitcases. One is full of challenges; the other, the talents and strengths necessary to withstand those challenges. The first suitcase is opened for you; the second you have to open yourself.
I Think I’m Agoraphobic
Over the last few years I've become more and more reluctant to leave the house, except for work. I avoid social events, nature hikes or vacations that require lots of travel. It seems to be getting worse. I don't want to turn into a hermit. What should I do?
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