Mental Health Matters - Volume 2, Issue 5, 2015
Volume 2, Issue 5, 2015
Author Lesley RobertsonSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 1 –5 (2015)More Less
"I did not realise he still needed me to care for him... I thought it was okay for me to go for a while, I needed to get away after the divorce, and I thought... well, I thought, he is now an adult, he is fine to be alone..." These were the words of a Soweto nursing sister, referring to her 23 year old son, presenting with his third manic episode.
Author Irshaad EbrahimSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 15 –17 (2015)More Less
Sleep problems are common in childhood. A distinction is made between problems in which polysomnography (PSG) is abnormal (i.e. the parasomnias, sleep apnoea and narcolepsy) and problems that are behavioural in origin and have normal polysomnography. The parasomnias-sleep terrors, somnambulism and enuresis-appear to be related to central nervous system immaturity and are often outgrown. Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is frequently missed in children and can often be cured through surgery. Behavioural sleep problems may be overcome after parents make interventions.
Author Kevin BolonSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 19 –22 (2015)More Less
These days everyone knows what OCD is. It even makes for good TV. Monk is a popular TV series in which the lead character, a detective, has OCD. He frequently has the need to wash his hands, and especially, whenever he has shaken the hand of another person. There is a tendency to easily label others as "clean freaks", whenever we notice they wash or clean more than we deem appropriate.
Surviving abuse - from terror and torture to a journey of hope : in conversation with Alison Botha - author and motivational speakerAuthor Liane LurieSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 24 –26 (2015)More Less
Twenty one years ago, as South Africa ushered in the dawn of a new democracy, Alison was brutally raped and left to die. Her story reached both national and international media, becoming highly publicized. Her ordeal brought into reality, the horror with which many South African women, girls and even men and boys live.
Author Frans A. KorbSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 28 –32 (2015)More Less
Author D.S. MagaziSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 35 –37 (2015)More Less
Epilepsy is a brain disorder characterised by a recurrence of seizures. The most obvious and generally known manifestations of the seizures are convulsions (jerking of the body). These however, are just part of a broad spectrum of how seizures could manifest. The others include: a blank stare, unexplained actions in a confused state, delusions etc. This makes the diagnosis of epilepsy challenging at times, especially when the presentation is atypical. Two seizures and more at least 24 hours apart, are what is understood to be epilepsy.
Author Colinda LindeSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 43 –45 (2015)More Less
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an empirically validated form of psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in over 350 outcome studies for myriad psychiatric disorders, ranging from depression to the anxiety disorders, and more recently to personality and psychotic disorders. There is widespread support for both the therapy itself and many of its theoretical explanations for psychopathology.
Author Shelli SandlerSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 47 –50 (2015)More Less
A married couple brought in their 9 year old child, who suffers from moderate to severe intellectual disability from birth, and had previously also been diagnosed with autism. He was non-verbal and thus unable to make any form of contact with his parents and siblings.
The predominant problem was severe ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He could not sit still, was constantly running from one side of the room to the other, almost climbing up the curtains! It was impossible to examine him.
Author Nina MensingSource: Mental Health Matters 2, pp 55 –56 (2015)More Less
Initially I wasn't raising a child though. But as two teenagers in love, with my boyfriend going through a manic episode and being hospitalised, I wondered why we were left on our own so much. No information. Not much support. I felt embarrassed by his behaviour, alone in the world and completely misunderstood by anyone trying to show the slightest bit of interest. It all became too much for me, and so the aloneness became my friend, and I isolated myself. There was always too much to explain, and too little understanding and empathy.