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Mental & Emotional Health

Mental & Emotional Health
February 20, 2018

Why boredom is good for you

There’s something to do, even when there’s nothing to do. We’re all busy and constantly on the go; so, it’s a strange experience when you’re suddenly at a loose end with nothing on your list. This is when boredom kicks in. It is hardly something to panic about, and rather an opportunity to bask in the moment. Strange as it might seem, boredom has wonderful benefits for your wellbeing. Cindy Strydom, a clinical psychologist based in Johannesburg gives us insight into the psychological benefits of boredom. Why do we get bored? Boredom describes a state of “down time” or being…
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Mental & Emotional HealthStress
January 5, 2018

Could you be suffering from burnout?

Your alarm rings; it’s time to get ready for work. But that’s the last thing you feel like doing. You’re strung out and even the thought of facing your day is just too much. Is this just normal stress, or could it be burnout? Think of burnout as a car running out of petrol, and the engine giving out. This is your body, packing up, giving out, and yelling, “Emergency!” It’s a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, as a result of long-term stress. Unlike normal stress, burnout doesn’t allow you to leave the negative feelings behind once you leave…
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Mental & Emotional Health
January 5, 2018

Are you feeling paranoid? Here’s what to do

Do you constantly feel like someone’s watching you? Or maybe calling your name? Do you sense that danger may be upon you and it makes you intensely anxious and fearful; even if you don’t have any real evidence that it’s true? If you tend to assume that people have negative motivations, or you find yourself obsessing over trivial things that people do, you may be paranoid. Paranoid personality disorder is a long-term mental health condition. It involves intense feelings of mistrust, suspicion, and hostility toward people. The disorder makes you feel that people are constantly out to hurt or take…
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
December 8, 2017

The dangers of Ritalin if you don’t have ADHD

Campus life can be crazy and rewarding all at once. Hopping between classes, social events, new relationships and extracurricular activities can take its toll by the time exams roll around. You’re stretched thin, and the pressure to perform can be unbearable. This can be dangerous territory if you start scouting around for illicit substances to give your performance a boost. The dark side of study drugs So-called “study drugs” are common at universities, with students misguidedly assuming they’re the best options for mental focus during crunch time.  Ritalin is one such culprit. This medication is normally prescribed for Attention Deficit…
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Mental & Emotional Health
December 8, 2017

Do you really have OCD, or is it something else?

“I can’t sleep without turning the light on and off three times. I’m OCD!” “I hate the colour yellow, it’s my OCD coming out.” It’s such a common turn of phrase that most of us aren’t aware that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is really a psychiatric disorder. It’s characterised by obsessions and compulsions, which mean that unwanted ideas, thoughts, impulses and images repeatedly play on the mind and manifest in your behaviour at times. What is OCD is NOT… Being organised and methodical about everyday routines and having set habits is NOT obsessive-compulsive disorder. Washing your hands every time you go…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
November 13, 2017

How to prevent the suicide of a friend

It's awful to think about. So often, the loved ones of someone who committed suicide will say: "We never saw it coming!" It's not their fault, either. We all miss the clues and warning signs of someone who struggles with suicidal thoughts: it can be easier than you think to hide feelings of depression, anxiety, fear and substance abuse, and those who suffer can often be too ashamed to talk about it. So how can we be better prepared to help those in need? Here's what to look out for: Warning signs include: Talk: A suicidal person will drop hints of…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
November 13, 2017

10 natural ways to treat depression

Today, depression affects over 300 million people worldwide. It’s one of the main causes of disability in developed, as well as low and medium income countries. The mood disorder doesn’t discriminate - it can affect anyone! This serious mental health condition affects the way you think, feel and behave. Between 2005 and 2015, worldwide depression rates climbed to 18%. Are you one of those numbers? Don’t feel helpless. Even if you are taking medication for your condition, it's worth adding on natural treatments. The healthy escape  Choose a diet that gives you important vitamins and minerals to balance your hormones and…
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Mental & Emotional Health
November 9, 2017

Healing trauma with eye movement

Did something happen in your past that still haunts you today? None of us are exempt from life’s distressing moments – and for some, it really takes a lifetime to heal. A simple eye movement may be just what you need to overcome disruptive life experiences. Healing through your eyes Thanks to Dr Francine Shapiro, an American psychologist, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is an effective treatment to resolve symptoms of trauma and life-disturbing experiences. Feelings that linger and remain unprocessed can affect the nervous system. This can result in flashbacks, ongoing anxiety and nightmares. Trauma can make you…
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Mental & Emotional Health
October 31, 2017

Why almost every South African needs a counsellor

Updated crime statistics for South Africa were released in October, and they paint a bleak picture. 52 murders, 146 robberies and 46 hijackings per day… and these are just the incidents that are reported. Evidence suggests that over a period of 5 years, close to 70% of all South Africans have becomes a victim of crime at least once. Besides physical injury, being exposed to any type of trauma, be that rape, a mugging, a car accident or even bullying, has implications to multiple regions in your brain. This is one of the reasons why mental health concerns, specifically Post…
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Depression
October 27, 2017

What is depression, really?

Depression is a medical condition that causes a constant feeling of sadness and lack of interest in everyday life. Even simple things like getting dressed in the morning or eating can become a daunting task.   Depression affects how a person feels, behaves, thinks and acts and is divided into three categories - mild, moderate and major depression. While it’s natural to feel various negative emotions after a traumatic event, like a break-up, death or job loss, if you’re suffering with depression for weeks or months on end, it could be time to see your doctor! What Are The Signs And…
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