mental health

Dos and don’ts of depression support
Healthy Lifestyle
August 30, 2021

Do’s and don’ts of depression support

In 2020, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) received well over three hundred thousand calls asking for help and support – that’s more than three times the capacity of the FNB stadium.
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Finding light in the darkness
Healthy Lifestyle
June 23, 2021

Finding light in the darkness

Start your day by scrolling through your Newsfeed and you’ll probably have at least 10 reasons to roll over and hide under the covers. There’s lots of suffering and struggle in the world, not to mention your personal challenges. Although you can reduce your exposure to news of suffering (actually don’t start your day with your newsfeed), suffering is still inevitable.
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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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