mental health

July 20, 2020

Are you depressed or just under pressure?

Let's face it - life can be pretty tough sometimes. Especially when 'sometimes' is the year 2020! Not all of us cope in the same way, and that is okay. Some of us take the crises in our stride. For others, the uncertainty, stress, uncertainty, and fear-driven headlines get too much, and they start developing symptoms of depression. Are you just going through a temporary struggle, or should you consult a doctor? about depression? In most instances, those hard-to-shake symptoms of fatigue, forgetfulness and feeling flustered are more likely to be signs of a burn-out, which can still be serious…
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Mental & Emotional Health
June 3, 2020

Why does winter make me SO blue?

It’s winter again, and while you may feel a little sunny this time of the year, there is a point where winter-blues may be worse than just a passing mood-swing. In fact, for some of us, the cold, dark season can actually trigger a type of depression, called Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as SAD. What Is SAD? SAD happens at the same time every year.  Symptoms typically start around Autumn, continue through the winter and resolve when the seasons change back to warmer conditions. Symptoms of SAD:  The symptoms for Depression is basically the same as for SAD,…
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June 2, 2020

The difference between anxiety, stress and tension

Stress has been linked to up to 75% of disease, but that doesn’t mean all stress is negative or bad for you. In fact, a certain amount of stress helps motivate you and keeps you on your toes. It’s when stress reaches high levels or is persistent that it becomes dangerous! Here's how you can deal with it effectively.
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Brain and Nervous System
October 7, 2019

Could you have undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder where you struggle with communication and behavioural problems. Asperger’s falls on the autism spectrum.
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General knowledge
April 8, 2019

5 (slightly) awkward health problems

Aside from adjusting to your new life on campus and being away from home, you’re also faced with health problems as you interact in a different environment and with people from unique backgrounds. Here are five health problems you should know about:
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Food & nutrition
October 8, 2018

How mindful eating can make you lose weight

Our fast-paced lives mean we’re always on the move. And being on the move means we’re usually grabbing quick bites to line the stomach and avoid hunger pangs. The constant cycle of being on the go and eating what you can, at that moment, isn’t the best eating pattern, nor does it serve any purpose for your health. Eat smart Mindful eating is about focusing on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. According to the Harvard Medical School, this ancient practice can transform the way you think about food and set the stage…
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Healthy LifestyleStudy
September 18, 2018

Motivate yourself to study!

Between juggling your assignments, social life and attending classes, it can be difficult to keep up the motivation to study. A key to keeping your motivation on track is to set realistic goals, and changing your mindset. Here are some key pointers: Keep the end in sight Before you get started, know what you’re working towards. Choose realistic goals which still challenge you. For example, if you’re bad at maths, you can’t expect to be a numbers whizz within two days. Instead, an accurate goal would be to work for a full week at improving at a specific section of…
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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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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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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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