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Depression

DepressionMental & Emotional Health
October 24, 2017

Don’t let the holidays get you down

Not everyone feels happy and festive during Christmas season. We get that. The holidays can be hard. For those without big families or a bustling social life, days stretching on endlessly can make you want to curl up into a ball and just sleep away the season. We’re not saying you need to be the life of the party. But you can enjoy the holidays with a few small adjustments to suit your state of mind. Plan a small activity every other day The thought of filling up your calendar chock full of parties can be overwhelming. No need for…
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Depression
August 7, 2017

What makes spring-time so special?

New beginnings. A fresh start. New hope. The word “spring” reminds us of greenery, freshness and optimism; a new burst of well-being.  It has much to do with the literal emergence from a cold, wintry space into a fresh and greener place. But is that all there is to it? SAD no more Scientists say spring may be more than skin-deep. “It’s a hopeful time for people,” explains Edward Mackey from the Mind-Body Institute of Applied Psycho-physiology. In Psychology Magazine, he writes: Spring can signify new beginnings.” It’s also a time where sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
July 2, 2017

Feeling blue? Your cellphone could be the problem

Your phone is practically an extension of your hand. It’s the first thing you check in the morning and chances are that when you fall asleep, you’re still scrolling away… It’s your watch, your camera, alarm and practically your best friend, all rolled into one! Take a moment though, to consider that your little BFF may actually be doing you harm. Think of all the things you touch in a day, from your computer to food. Every surface contains germs and when you touch, swipe and chat on your phone (numerous times a day!) you’re transferring those germs. Germs of…
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Depression
May 19, 2017

How to help someone who is considering suicide

You’re more likely to kill yourself than to be killed, say the statistics. In South Africa, suicide is the third greatest cause of unnatural death, with approximately six to eight thousand suicides each year. Over 20 suicides and more than 230 attempted suicides are reported daily in the country, says the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). Why do people commit suicide? Depression is the leading cause for suicide. Depression can make you feel worthless, hopeless, and helpless. The deeper the depression, the more discouraged you feel. And, the more likely you are to consider suicide. According to SADAG,…
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Depression
April 24, 2017

Help your teen with depression

It’s normal for your teenager to feel sad, irritable and overly sensitive from time to time. But if these feelings don't go away or become more intense as time goes on, they may be suffering from depression. Teen depression is more than just moodiness; it’s a serious mental health problem that affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves. It can cause considerable distress at school or home, and needs to be treated – and teen depression isn't a sign of weakness. Recognise the signs Depression affects teenagers and adults differently. Symptoms may include: Sadness or hopelessness. Irritability, restlessness or agitation.…
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DepressionParenting
September 18, 2016

I’m a new mom, why am I so unhappy?

“I’m having panic attacks, feeling scared, helpless and overwhelmed. I don’t know who to talk to, am I alone? It’s been a few months - surely by now I’m supposed to be happy with my new baby?” (more…)
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
March 19, 2016

I’ve lost my appetite!

“You’ve lost your appetite? I wish I could lose MINE!” Maybe that’s how people react when they hear that you don’t feel like food, but just not feeling hungry is often a sign of something else. Whether your loss of appetite is caused by lifestyle, emotional or health issues, let’s see if we can help you get it back. (more…)
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Depression
February 18, 2016

Depressed: I’m too scared to tell anyone!

At some point in our lives, we all feel sad, tired and maybe even hopeless - it's part of life. But for people with mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder, they don't just experience these feelings now and then. While most of us bounce back from a bad time on our own, there are others who need more help with therapy and medication. (more…)
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
October 16, 2015

Could you be suffering from depression?

Fatigue, insomnia, “feeling down” and a change in appetite are all common symptoms of depression – but many people who have these symptoms don’t give them second thought. Work, family and relationships are often given the blame, but if your symptoms persist, or get worse, then it could be alarm bells that something else is wrong. (more…)
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Depression
October 2, 2015

How to help someone with depression

When someone you're close struggles with depression, it can leave you feeling confused and frustrated yourself. But you aren't helpless.  (more…)
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