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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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Depression
October 27, 2017

How to know if your teen is depressed or suicidal

In 2012, public health in Oregon found that suicide rates pickup in January, after going down over December, and climb even more into February. That suggests that, perhaps, people who are depressed and feeling suicidal, may be postponing it over the festive season. As parents, it can be scary to even think about it. So when do you take the moodiness of your teenagers seriously, and how can you help them? What’s the Difference between Adult and Teen Depression? Depression in teens can look very different from depression in adults, and some of the most common symptoms of teen depression…
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Addiction
October 27, 2017

What makes ‘street drugs’ so dangerous?

If you've used recreational drugs, you might think: "It's not that bad! I've enjoyed getting high, with no consequences." The problem, however, is not just the drug itself, but all the extras that gets added in. Narcotics, like heroin, tik and cocaine, don't just have dangerous short term effects, but cause significant damage to the structure of your brain when used over time. So, before you drop one, pop a tab or do another line, take a look at the facts: What makes it so dangerous? Because street drugs are uncontrolled, dealers will use anything to mix, dilute or bulk…
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Stress
October 27, 2017

The ABC of Stress

Medically speaking, stress is the body’s emotional, physical, psychological and behavioural response to certain internal and external influences (stressors.) It’s not just humans that deal with stress, every living organism has a stress response that allows it to survive and evolve. And while small amounts of stress are actually good for us in that they keep us motivated and on our toes, persistent day-to-day stress is linked to a number of serious health conditions. The most common stressors tend to include: stress at work and home, relationship woes, family troubles and financial debt. Whatever your reason for being stressed out,…
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Mental & Emotional Health
October 27, 2017

What is Bulimia?

Bulimia (bulimia nervosa) is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. People with this condition binge-eat a lot of food in a short amount of time, and then purge soon after to get rid of the food and calories. Purging can involve self-induced vomiting, taking diuretics or laxatives, obsessive exercising or fasting. Who’s at Risk? Although bulimia is relatively uncommon in men, it’s very common in teenage and young adult women, and around 50% of bulimics have or had anorexia. A lot of bulimics suffer from severe depression, and drug and alcohol abuse. And unlike people with anorexia, a bulimic’s weight…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
October 24, 2017

Why depression is often missed in guys

Depression is more than just feeling sad. It’s a feeling that goes beyond “snap out of it!” And, unfortunately, it’s often misdiagnosed as the symptoms are different in men than in women. Research points out that men have trouble saying out loud, “I have depression,” because of societal pressure to always be strong. Is the stigma worth your mental health though? According to studies, professionals look for the same symptoms of depression in men as in women: sadness, increased emotions or fatigue. Women also tend to be more open about their emotions in general and will acknowledge when they feel…
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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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