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Mental & Emotional Health

Mental & Emotional Health
May 4, 2014

Dealing with dementia

There are an estimated 30 million people living with dementia – you may not be a sufferer, but you could be caring for someone who is. Here are some facts about what dementia is, and what it isn't. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
April 10, 2014

Emotional abuse is STILL abuse

Amongst other things, the Oscar Pistorius trial has opened the door to the fact that emotional and psychological abuse is very real, and it’s as dangerous and damaging as physical abuse. So why doesn’t it get as much attention? Why isn’t it taken as seriously? Most abusive relationships start out normally, with the usual romance and charm that comes with meeting and getting to know someone, and ultimately falling in love with them. If there is abuse, it might not seem obvious in the beginning, because it tends to start off slowly, subtly. It’s often hard to see abusive behaviour…
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Stress
April 8, 2014

Murder accused Shrien Dewani is back in SA, but will he stand trial?

3 ½ years ago, Shrien Dewani and his young wife Anni made international headlines when the couple were allegedly hijacked on the outskirts of Cape Town, while on honeymoon. Anni was shot and killed, and what followed was a series of events which saw Dewani leaving the country within days of his wife’s murder. You can read the full details of the Dewani case here. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
March 3, 2014

Can stress and grief actually break your heart?

This week, the long awaited trial of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius starts – and all eyes are on him. With the facts of the case laid bare though, it’s perhaps easy to forget Reeva Steenkamp’s family – and the pain they’re undoubtedly going through one year after her death. The stress of the trial seems to be taking its toll, and last week it was reported that Reeva’s father, Barry, had suffered a second minor stroke – just days before the trial was set to start. The question is, could Barry’s stroke be linked to the grief brought on by his…
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Depression
February 20, 2014

Teen suicide prevention

This week is dedicated to Teen Suicide Prevention, and the focus is on creating awareness around the seriousness of teen depression, and what can be done to break the stigma surrounding it. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
February 12, 2014

Do you have an addictive personality?

Addictive personalities tend have certain behaviours or habits in common, for example they might be attention seeking, compulsive and impulsive. If you find yourself answering yes to more than half of the questions in our quiz, then it might indicate that you are at risk of, or already indulging in addictive behaviours. According to Dr Thomson from Hello Doctor, everyone possess’ the ability to become addicted to something at some stage in our lives, and this is worse if you are genetically predisposed to an addiction, for example alcohol or drugs. (more…)
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Addiction
February 6, 2014

NekNominate: What is all the fuss about?

Hey! So we’re sure you’ve heard about the new online drinking game taking the world by storm! Daring games have always been fun to play, if a little questionable. Games like chicken, truth or dare and spin the bottle are just a few of the more innocent daring games, but somewhere along the line people have taken this concept to dangerous new heights. The latest drinking challenge, NekNominate, is getting plenty of attention, but not for the right reasons. (more…)
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Addiction
January 24, 2014

Bieber’s arrest – it’s no joke

By now the story of teen singer Justin Bieber’s arrest in Miami for drag-racing and driving under the influence of booze and drugs has gone viral many times over. (more…)
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Depression
January 17, 2014

How is depression best treated?

Not all depression is the same, so if you’ve been diagnosed with depression your doctor will speak to you about the different treatment options available, and which would suit you best. For patients with clinical depression, treatment may include psychotherapy with or without prescribed anti-depressants. For others who don't respond to standard depression treatments, doctors may offer brain stimulation techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also called electroshock therapy. (more…)
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Anxiety
January 9, 2014

Your child’s first day at school: dealing with anxiety

The first day your child goes to ‘big’ school is a memorable time for any family! Emotions are running high in parents, and children are filled with a mixture of excitement, nerves and anxiety – and who could blame them? (more…)
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