Ayesha Mian is one of Pakistan’s leading psychiatrists specialising in child, adolescent and adult psychology. She is just one of 7 specialists in this field and with a population that is 60% youth, her 20 years of experience is highly sought.
She returned from the US in 2013 and was at the time one of only 2 child psychiatrists in Karachi. She founded Synapse, one of Pakistan’s leading mental health institutes and was the former Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at AKU. Dr Ayesha has also been a trailblazer and a leader in many spheres of gender diversity.
According to Dr Ayesha, mental illness is like any other disorder. When the brain goes into stress, anxiety and depression follow and it’s important to see it that way.
In the 8th episode of LEADHers, Farhat Kapadia Mehboob, founder and editor- in-chief, WOW360pk asks Dr Ayesha about how COVID has impacted the mental health of people. The episode explores the impact of social media, how eating disorders have become more prevalent and how parenting needs to evolve in the current scenario with a shift to nuclear family units.