Mental Health Matters - Volume 1, Issue 3, 2014
Volume 1, Issue 3, 2014
Author Mvuyiso TalatalaSource: Mental Health Matters 1 (2014)More Less
October 2014 was declared Mental Health Awareness month in South Africa, with the objective of educating the public about mental health, as well as reducing stigma and discrimination often experienced by people with mental illness, their families and mental health practitioners.
Author Joanna KleovoulouSource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 5 –7 (2014)More Less
The huge media reporting by parents, as well as high rates of children seeking therapeutic intervention due to bullying, confirms that bullying is rife and not something new in our schools. Many parents and teachers minimise this problem either because they are not sure how to deal with it effectively, or they don't comprehend the severity of the impact this may have on a child's psycho-social and educational development. Very often, the bully also gets ostracised and punished for bad behaviour, alienating the child even further and perpetuating feelings of rage and anger, without any therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation. So the cycle of bullying continues with no end to this epidemic.
Author David RosensteinSource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 9 –12 (2014)More Less
Going to a medical practitioner like your GP can sometimes be quite a daunting process, especially when you are not sure exactly what the problem is. The medical practitioner needs to know as much as possible about what you are experiencing to ensure that they are able to best determine exactly what is wrong with you. Doctors are not infallible and they can make mistakes and misdiagnosis. When it comes to mental health disorders, a very common misdiagnosis may occur with Epilepsy.
Author Janine ShamosSource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 19 –22 (2014)More Less
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that often goes undiagnosed until it is in its severe stages. The earlier schizophrenia is identified and treated, the better the life-long health and wellness of the patients. However, due to the myths and misinformation about schizophrenia people are fearful and reluctant to seek help.
Author Shadi MotlanaSource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 25 –28 (2014)More Less
Using international data, which we believe holds true for South Africa as well, Bipolar Disorder is estimated to have a prevalence of about 2-3 % in some studies. While the illness peaks in late adolescence and early adulthood, there is no gender distinction in terms of prevalence between men and women. Bipolar disorder is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and is ranked as the 6th most prevalent cause of impairment by the WHO (World Health Organisation).
Features common to Bipolar (previously known a manic depression are) depression and mania/hypomania.
Author Richard HawkeySource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 30 –33 (2014)More Less
When one considers the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2012) states that over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, and that it is now the leading cause of disability globally, you start to see why Bob's call is not uncommon. Many studies of depression in (Western) workplaces speak of significant prevalence levels (Bender and Farvolden, 2008; Wang and Gorenstein, 2014), suggesting that factors in addition to income and trauma are contributing to this growing "burden of disease". A 2014 study into the prevalence of depression per industry in the USA by Wulsin, Alterman, Bushnell, Li and Shen, revealed between 6.9% and 16.2% of employees were clinically depressed.
Ways GPs can use law and benefits to support patients with mental illness keep their job and have an income while they recoverAuthor Peter StrasheimSource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 34 –37 (2014)More Less
Recovery from a mental health setback can take time - sometimes longer than the sick leave available to a patient of the General Practitioner (GP). Many employers wrongly believe that once all sick leave has been used, all available alternatives are exhausted and that dismissal is the only option. As this article will show, this is incorrect.
Author Kevin BolonSource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 39 –42 (2014)More Less
Psychological terms are freely utilised by the public, perhaps in an attempt to portray their level of sophistication, perhaps to add weight to their comments.
Paranoid, depressed, panic attacks and OCD are often mentioned in conversations, as if these are common experiences, and one can easily conform to these diagnoses.
Author Colinda LindeSource: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 44 –46 (2014)More Less
Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) is characterised by intense fear of scrutiny by others, especially during performance - such as public speaking, or in general (meeting new people for the first time, eating in public, talking on the phone when others are present, writing in front of others, and so on). This condition has historically been underrecognised in primary care practice, with patients often presenting for treatment only after the onset of complications such as major depression or substance abuse disorders.
Source: Mental Health Matters 1, pp 47 –48 (2014)More Less
How conscious are you of your mood? When you get up in the morning, do you have to try to work out what mood you're in? Do you worry about what mood youâ??ll be in later in the day?
If you answered No to these questions, chances are you haven't been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But for those of us who are, this is our reality.