Mental Health Matters - Volume 2, Issue 4, 2015
Volume 2, Issue 4, 2015
Source: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 5 –9 (2015)More Less
We've learned a lot about depression and anxiety disorders and their treatment in recent years. A major concern of SADAG is making sure individuals suffering from those conditions, their families, and doctors have access to this knowledge. SADAG provides information over the telephone, and via its newsletters, publications and website.
Author Dessy TzonevaSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 12 –13 (2015)More Less
As a healthcare practitioner, and possibly a medical aid member, you have likely come across the legally enforced prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) due to every member, irrespective of their selected benefit package. In July this year, Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi published for public comment an amendment to Regulation 8 of the Medical Schemes Act - a regulation that governs the provision and cover of PMBs. This proposed law change has sparked criticism from various parties, including patient advocacy groups, which fear that the amendment would lead to unaffordable co-payments, restricting access to healthcare services.
Author Antoinette MiricSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 18 –20 (2015)More Less
An estimated 2.5 percent of the South African population suffers from Bipolar Mood Disorder (Bipolar Disorder). More awareness needs to be created, to highlight the devastating effects this illness can have on both sufferers and their families. Moreover, awareness should focus on bringing hope that this debilitating disorder can be managed.
Author Tyrone EdgarSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 22 –24 (2015)More Less
There are 'good', 'bad' and 'ugly' outcomes to helping others. The literature consistently identifies three potential consequences to helping those in need. Not everyone experiences all three. The more prolonged and cumulative the exposure to working with others, the more likely the person will encounter at least some good, bad and ugly reaction (Stamm, 2002).
Author David BennSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 26 –28 (2015)More Less
Off label prescribing is the use of a registered drug for an unregistered indication and this includes use in age groups for which the drug is not registered. This applies particularly to children, but also to individuals of ages 60 and above. New drugs are, as a rule registered only from age 6 to 60 or 65. Older and younger subjects are not usually included in the clinical trials.
Author Lian TaljaardSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 31 –34 (2015)More Less
This contentious question was raised by Dr Chris Verster during a keynote presentation in Sandton, Johannesburg, in February 2015. Dr Verster, a senior specialist and lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University, was not referring to performance enhancing substances like those often implicated in various sporting scandals, but specifically to the use of Methylphenidate (Concerta® and Ritalin®) in healthy students who have not been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Author Marlene ViljoenSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 37 –40 (2015)More Less
Patients who complain about having trouble sleeping, falling asleep or staying asleep for at least seven hours a night may be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is an experience of inadequate or poor quality sleep characterised by one or more of the following: difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep, waking up too early in the morning, or resulting in sleep that does not allow the body to recover. People need 6 to 10 hours of sleep per night. Less than 4 hours or more than 9 hours is associated with increased health risks to the patient. Sleep latency is the time needed to fall asleep and is on average 15-20 minutes. Insomnia is associated with an involuntary increase in sleep latency.
Author Cindy Van WykSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 42 –44 (2015)More Less
Medical practitioners are sometimes faced with patients who present with constant crises in their lives, mood fluctuations, significant suicidality, chaotic and extreme relationships, an intense fear of abandonment and emotional vulnerability. When faced with patients who exhibit symptoms such as these, medical practitioners may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about possible treatment options, and struggle to know where to refer patients for the best possible outcomes.
Author Mike WestSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 47 –50 (2015)More Less
Author Diane MallabySource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 51 –52 (2015)More Less
This article is written for anyone suffering with a mood and anxiety disorder who has taken the courage to better their situation and ultimately improve the quality of their life. Whilst depression and anxiety can be utterly disabling and soul destroying, there are many stories of hope and courage in the face of adversity.
Source: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 53 –54 (2015)More Less
Medicine's relationship with society has been seen as a contract, according to Cruess. He suggests that this understanding and mutual agreement between the medical profession and society is also referred to as a compact, and may further imply an (unwritten) memorandum of agreement or understanding in which the scope, principles, quality and outcome of this agreement are specified. This implies a series of reciprocal rights and duties, privileges and obligations, as well as expectations from both sides. While society would grant to the profession autonomy of practice, monopoly of use of their knowledge-base, privilege of self-regulation, as well as financial and non-financial rewards, the profession is required to, in return, regard patients' interests above their own, to assure competence of practicing members, to demonstrate probity, morality and integrity, to address issues of societal concern and to be devoted to public good. Society expects the services of a competent, moral, accountable and transparent healer, as well as objective advice and altruistic service.