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mental health

Mental & Emotional Health
July 10, 2014

Don’t panic on Panic Awareness Day

Have you ever had the feeling that you can’t breathe? Your heart is racing, you feel sweaty and the world seems to close in on you? You have an overwhelming urge to run, but where? And from what? This is classically how a panic attack feels! They come on suddenly and often without warning, triggered by a crowded place, an exam, a new job or an argument. If you ask someone who’s had a panic attack what it feels like, they’ll tell you: “It feels like I’m going to die.” (more…)
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Ageing
July 9, 2014

An Alzheimer’s blood test? It’ll soon be possible

Scientists say that a blood test that identifies people who are likely to develop Alzheimer’s could be ready to go in two years! But what does that have to do with you or me – isn’t Alzheimer’s something that only old people get? It is, but this test is aimed at spotting the likelihood long before it happens, which is a massive leap when it comes to the condition. The test is 90% accurate and the hope is that an early warning will help to slow the onset, or even stop deterioration. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
June 3, 2014

Why does winter make me SO blue?

Winter is officially here, and while the cold, dark season makes getting up and going about your business more difficult for most people, for some it triggers depression. We’re talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as SAD. (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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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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Ageing
January 16, 2014

Spotting the early signs of dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is fast becoming a serious health problem, and it currently affects more than 800 000 people in the UK alone. Considering there is no cure for the disease, scientists are now trying to find new ways to spot the early signs of dementia, in an attempt to help curb the problem before it becomes worse. One of the latest scientific advancements is a 15 minute test to help detect any early warning signs of the condition. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
December 12, 2013

“Fake sign-language interpreter” claims to have schizophrenia

A small, but loud storm has erupted around one of the sign-language interpreters used at late President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service held at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 11 December. During the proceedings various signers – from DeafSA, actress Marlee Matlin and others – commented on different social media platforms that they couldn't understand what he was signing, and that it didn't resemble anything anyone had ever seen. After a full day of speculation, jokes, red faces and unanswered phone calls, the sign interpreter has come forward to say that his communication breakdown on the day was due to a…
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Mental & Emotional Health
December 5, 2013

A broken heart really CAN affect your health

Going through the trauma of losing a loved one affects you mentally, physically and financially. Your see-saw emotions can lead to stress, which in turn can lead to a number of serious health conditions. This type of trauma can also bring on an illness in an otherwise healthy person, or aggravate an existing physical illness. (more…)
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