Month: July 2018

High Functioning Depression

Depression exists on a spectrum with varying degrees of severity. At the lowest end of the depression spectrum, the condition is debilitating and makes daily living extremely challenging. The definition of high-functioning depression is apparent in the term itself, implying that although some symptoms of depression may be present, an individual is still able to function – …

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Depression | How Parents can Help their Children

Teenagers are known for their moody natures. Adolescence brings with it so many changes for a child embarking on the journey to adulthood – hormones, academic pressures, physical developments, questions about their identity and place in the world, and social pressures, particularly among peers. But mental health specialists have found that there is a point when teen moodiness is more than …

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Mental Health | SA’s Growing Problem

In a previous article, we discussed the increasing prevalence of mental illness in South Africa, along with the country’s seeming ignorance regarding the seriousness of the situation. With priority being given to what is deemed more pressing issues, like physical health, poverty, and crime, the government is finding itself on the back foot when it comes …

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Asperger’s Syndrome | High Functioning Autism

As April is World Autism Awareness Month, we are taking a closer look at Asperger’s Syndrome – one of the many conditions that fall under the very broad spectrum that is Autism. What is Asperger’s Syndrome? Asperger’s is often referred to as high-functioning Autism, which basically means that people affected with this disorder do not experience some …

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Mental Health Rights – Are We Treated Equally in SA?

Recent years have shown a significant increase in the number of mental illness cases around the world – a statistic that has left many developing countries, like South Africa, struggling to properly address the problem in terms of the allocation of resources and funds, availability of government support, legislation, and public access to adequate treatment …

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