Farah Farzana (@inthefazlane) discusses the effects anxiety can have on those who choose to fast. Although it may not seem as harmful as a physical illness, anxiety-related symptoms result from bodily mechanisms. These can make it difficult for an individual to fast during Ramadan, especially when medication is required.
Farah highlights the importance of taking anxiety seriously, and this may mean exemption from fasting, which could result in reactions from the Muslim community. Farah shares her experiences in battling this, reminding us that anxiety is a valid illness, that should be treated as such.