Mental Health Matters - Volume 2, Issue 2, 2015
Volume 2, Issue 2, 2015
Author Solomon RataemaneSource: Mental Health Matters 2 (2015)More Less
Delivery of mental health care imposes a number of obligations to all professionals who are trained to do so. The first commitment is respect for the mentally ill and a concerted effort to provide the best care possible. This leads to a principle of parity in health care delivery; recognising and accepting that mental illness is the same as physical illness in terms of the need to assess professionally (and also that the two are related); making a diagnosis based on facts and guided by existing diagnostic criteria; prescribing medications that will reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with the illness; and making sure that relevant information is given to the patients and the caregivers about the illness.
Author Duncan RodsethSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 11 –13 (2015)More Less
Bipolar disorder is a complex mood disorder both in terms of diagnosis and management. It's an illness that can have devastating consequences for the life of the sufferer and his family if poorly managed. It can also impair work performance to a marked extent for many months after each episode. Effective management can allow sufferers to lead normal lives.
Author Yumna ZubiSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 15 –18 (2015)More Less
Schizophrenia has been described as one of the most severe mental illnesses. The current rate of schizophrenia is estimated at 1% of the population globally. Despite this fairly low percentage, Schizophrenia has a devastating and lasting impact on a diagnosed individual's life.
Author Lee-Ann B. HartmanSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 21 –24 (2015)More Less
Author Gaveeta ChibaSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 27 –30 (2015)More Less
Author Tyrone EdgarSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 33 –36 (2015)More Less
In 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicated depression as the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged ten to nineteen years. Despite this statistic, depression is treatable, particularly with a combination of medication and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Author Antoinette MiricSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 39 –43 (2015)More Less
Anxiety is a normal emotion experienced by many women during the perinatal period and health professionals need to distinguish those patients who have 'normal worries and concerns' from those who have an 'anxiety disorder'. Anxiety symptoms found in anxiety disorders are different from normal worry in that they are more intense, persistent and affects your ability to function in your day-to-day life.
Author C.E. SchulerSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 45 –48 (2015)More Less
At least two thirds of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have one or more co-morbidity. Co-morbidities directly affect a person's quality of life and it correlates with high unemployment rates. It's worth noting that childhood treatment of ADHD, with or without co-morbidities, correlates with a higher employment rate in adulthood.
Author Beryl AllenSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 51 –52 (2015)More Less
My name is Kathy and my journey living with schizophrenia began 33 years ago when I was in my last year of high school in Virginia in the Orange Free State. At 17 years old I started to become delusional, but not in a true schizophrenia-like sense. I felt I was too fat, even though I wasn't. I started being very selective about what I would and wouldn't eat. Eventually Pro Vita biscuits with butter and peanut butter seemed to be the right choice and that's what I lived on.