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Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
A comprehensive report details the currentmental health challenges facing Asian Americans.
As we tenuously emerge from the pandemic, have our joyful reunions, and mourn our losses, cultivating belonging and compassion are our greatest tasks.
What is COVID-related "cave syndrome"? What factors lead people to self-isolate or withdraw, and what can help them return to full social involvement?
Two recent articles have explored the idea of the false vs. true self. How do Buddhists view the self?
The Asian American community is in anguish over the recent mass murder and a year of anti-Asian hate, which have unburied deep traumas. What paths can lead to healing?
This last year has been a bottleneck event for the evolution of psychotherapy, and the evolution of society more generally. What is the wisdom of COVID?
There has been a sharp uptick in violent crime against Asians, especially in the last few weeks. What are some reasons and remedies?
Bemoaning cancel culture has become a conservative talking point and a meme of academics uncomfortable with cultural change. The dismissal is abusive.
A guided meditation and the tools of mindful self-compassion can help address difficult emotions generated by oppression.
Rhetoric and propaganda by political leaders amplifies polarization and dehumanization. This leads to the danger of cruelty and violence.
Health, community, and society in the time of COVID-19.
After watching Jonathan Swan's interview with President Trump, I have a few thoughts as a psychiatrist about the relational qualities and thought processes on display.
Cultural overwhelm and political propaganda are the preludes for the losses that people sense.
It also seems tied to our individualistic culture in the throes of change.
How helpful is the dialogue around "privilege?" Does it trigger too much defensiveness? Is it the right kind of confrontation and provocation? Does it even match reality?
Why might racist incidents particularly impact Asian Americans psychologically?
Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem" is relevant today. Consider its words, and understand the times we live in.
Have you felt more intense loneliness during the COVID-19 crisis? Here are some tips and insights to help you get through.
Many have been using the war metaphor for coronavirus. That takes us away from a deeper understanding of the illness and the world.
Have you experienced PRGS? Mild, Moderate or Severe? Tell your story in the comments section.
Both President Trump and Joe Biden's campaigns launched attack ads tying the other candidate to China. The politics of blame will endanger Asian Americans.
Dr. Satsuki Ina's life work has been in understanding the traumatic psychological effects of Japanese American incarceration in WWII. She's now an activist on migrant detention.
We're dealing with difficult emotions born from uncertainty, vulnerability, and precarity. How can we work with these, and perhaps even generate compassion?
Terms like "Chinese Virus" and "The Kung Flu" spread racism and xenophobia, adding another level of threat and vulnerability for Asian Americans.
Coronavirus precautions and anxiety are driving many therapists to telehealth. What are the pros and cons? Are telehealth and self-quarantine warranted? What is social distancing?
How do political leaders manipulate emotion and identity to achieve their aims? A leading expert in political psychology weighs in, and also opines on the presidential primaries.
Cathy Park Hong's "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning" explores the erasure and devaluation of Asian American women and her own artistic and political growth.
Bong Joon Ho gave a remarkable speech of generosity, gratitude, and common humanity at the Oscars this year. Here's a recap of the important lessons for all of us.
As a psychologist, I see the parallels between our national predicament and the drama of the abused family. How might we break free?
A new book by cult and mind control expert Steven Hassan.
Ravi Chandra, M.D., F.A.P.A., is a San Francisco-based psychiatrist and writer.
Psychiatry, spirituality and culture from the perspective of an Asian American psychiatrist in San Francisco.