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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...
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“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...
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“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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So your friend decides to forget the “12 week rule” and tells her family and social networks she is pregnant. She knows the stats – one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage – but she wants to have the support of family and friends around her in case she...
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Seasonal depression during the cold winter months is a real phenomenon and one that can impact negatively on existing stresses and relationship strain. Add to this the emotional turmoil caused by pregnancy hormones and even the healthiest of relationships will be put to the test. As we say farewell to...
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