Hassan Majeed: Stigma-Buster, Physician, Art-Collector

Hassan Majeed is a child psychiatrist in New York City.

 

I was born and raised in Punjab, Pakistan. My interests include studying and collecting art, traveling, and reading. I am also an advocate in the area of human rights. I write blogs about cultural and gender issues in major newspapers in Pakistan.

Growing up, I played games with friends and was passionate about flying kites. I also enjoyed swimming. Recently, I found my passion in long-distance running. I have completed a few dozen runs since then and I crossed the finish line of my first marathon in 2014.

My interest in art exploded when I moved to New York City in 2007. I self-educated myself about the complexities and beauty of Western art by reading about its history and visiting museums frequently. I admire works of major artists in both Eastern and Western traditions. Impressionism, cubism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, calligraphy, and miniature painting from the East are my favorite genres. I have now started to collect art from young emerging artists from Pakistan. It adds beauty to my living space.

I want to spearhead a movement to raise awareness in the area of mental health. I am an advocate for my patients and their families and I am keenly aware of discrimination and biases against people with mental health issues. I raise my voice against anyone who is subjected to unfairness. I am a stigma-buster.

My areas of interest in psychiatry are gender and sexuality. As a physician, I have become highly aware of clinical and social issues faced by the LGBTQ population. The harassment and abuse of sexual minorities is a very pressing issue in many societies. By writing frequently in newspapers I have found myself helping to educate the public about sexual and gender non-conformity behavior. I hope with my work, I am able to bring acceptance and tolerance in global society.

I contribute regularly on different social and cultural issues in major newspapers in Pakistan. You can read access to that by clicking on the following links.

The Dawn

The Express Tribune

http://beta.tribune.com.pk/author/4512/hassan-majeed/

The Friday Times

http://blogs.thefridaytimes.com/author/hassan-majeed/