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Mental & Emotional Health

Depression
June 4, 2014

Even dads can get baby blues

Most new Dads feel overwhelmed, and experience a bit of the baby blues in the first few months after their baby has been born. However, it turns out that a small percentage of Dads actually go on to develop post-partum depression, something which until now has mostly been documented in new moms. (more…)
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Stress
June 3, 2014

Could you be suffering from workplace stress?

Work stress is more than just having a couple of bad days at the office. While small issues like unanswered phones, or a bust photocopy machine can cause instant stress, bigger issues like having too much work on your plate, or conflict with a boss or colleague, can lead to long-term stress. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
June 2, 2014

Why does Oscar’s psych assessment have GAD sufferers worried?

Last week, Oscar Pistorius began his 30 day mental evaluation at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria. The unexpected break in his murder trial came after a psychiatrist suggested he was suffering from general anxiety disorder (GAD) at the time he shot his girlfriend dead at his home in February last year. (more…)
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DepressionFood & nutrition
May 10, 2014

Eat right to beat the blues

It’s natural to feel a bit down from time to time, but if you find yourself feeling sad or lonely a lot of the time, then it could be a sign that you’re battling with depression. It’s a mental health condition that’s still taboo for many people, but it’s important to know that it CAN be treated and overcome. (more…)
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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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