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October is Mental Health Awareness Month, with the intention of raising awareness around mental health in general. When we consider the statistics of mental health in South Africa, and the world, it becomes very apparent that mental health requires far more focus and understanding. We need to educate ourselves...
Mental Health under a magnifying glass
I don’t remember when I stopped being a happy child. My early childhood memories are as ordinary as those of any other child in a similarly “normal” family at the time. We played games together, went on holidays together, and sat down to family dinners around the table every...
Bullying has been put on the radar this month, as July has been recognised as National Mental Illness Awareness Month. To highlight the need for greater public awareness and responsiveness given the high level of violence experienced at SA schools. Shouqat Mugjenker, Mental Health Portfolio Manager at Pharma Dynamics, says...
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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has received increased scientific, clinical and public attention over the past few decades. It’s the most common psychiatric disorder in children – affecting 2% to 16% of the school-going population. But in South Africa data on prevalence rates, access to care, and treatment for ADHD is limited....
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When people asked me what I did for my birthday last year, I told them I spent it alone. They were a bit taken aback and one or two even responded with “oh, shame”, their voices filled with pity and confusion. On the surface, I guess my statement does sound...
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Bean is sitting in his high chair staring at me with an obstinate glint in his eyes, his mouth shut, as I try to give him a spoonful of food. He swings his arm, batting the spoon away and the food goes everywhere. Before I can even think about...
stillborn-baby-at-festive-season
“On the day our baby was stillborn, we had to say hello and goodbye to her on the same day. It was especially hard as it happened just before Christmas. People think of Christmas as being a magical loving time, but after our baby’s death it was anything but...
mother-with-baby-postnatal-depression
“My kids drive me crazy!” This is something most of us have said or thought at some stage, while feeling overwhelmed by the demands of parenting. Yet, many mothers stare more severe psychological problems (particularly postpartum depression) in the face and will need professional help to overcome this obstacle. As...
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Verity Farrell and her late husband decided not to have the standard chromosome tests when she fell pregnant with her fifth child at the age of 43 years. She already had four healthy children, all delivered by waterbirth with the assistance of skilled midwives. Verity intended to have another...
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What should be the most wonderful time of a mother’s life can quickly descend into inky blackness, fringed by episodes of psychotic madness, irrational thoughts and an overwhelming whirling spiral as you lose control of your sanity. Sometimes the baby blues become far more frightening than a mere couple of...
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