A psychotic episode, made me feel like I was going insane.

As we sat around the table on Saturday night, I grinned and smiled at each one of my guests, who had traveled across the border to attend my Birthday all the way in Swaziland. We were a total of 11 guests (including myself) seated around a special table that was assembled in the dinning area, … Continue reading A psychotic episode, made me feel like I was going insane.

Exam Stress – Student disposes of papers

So News broke this week (2 Days ago to be precise), about a student with sever stress. The headlines read: "Matric exams at a KwaZulu-Natal school literally went down the toilet when a pupil feeling the stress of the ongoing finals took an unusual step in trying to have her paper postponed." The base of … Continue reading Exam Stress – Student disposes of papers

We Need to be teaching mental health in schools!

So in South Africa there is this STIGMA around Mental Health and I have decided enough is enough. As children we are brought up without knowing anything about mental health, because to discuss it means we really have to start accepting it and acknowledging that people can have mental breakdowns and disorders. Now I am … Continue reading We Need to be teaching mental health in schools!

Stress Factors – which ones are effecting you?

So Generation Y (better known as Millennials) are individuals born between 1981 and 1996 (meaning this year you are currently between the ages of 23 to 38). So according to an article by Janet Adam and Paul Overberg, this generation are approaching middle age in worse financial shape than every living generation ahead of them. … Continue reading Stress Factors – which ones are effecting you?

Does a psychological disorder affect your life policy?

So I have been wondering, as today my father updated our company life policy for key individuals in the company (me being one of them). What affect has my previous nervous breakdown and diagnosis of Bipolar Mood disorder done to the update of my life and disability cover. So I naturally did some research and … Continue reading Does a psychological disorder affect your life policy?

Identifying the warning signs – PTSD

After a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn’t fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you’ll never get over what happened or feel normal again. … Continue reading Identifying the warning signs – PTSD

Identifying the warning signs – Personality Disorders

A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder in which you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. A person with a personality disorder has trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. This causes significant problems and limitations in relationships, social activities, work and school. In some cases, you … Continue reading Identifying the warning signs – Personality Disorders

Identifying the warning signs – Eating disorders

This psychological disorder is often known as "the secretive illness", because of how people do anything to hide what they are doing.  This disorder is also close to me, as my half-sister once fought one of these eating disorders, and the sad thing is when she came to visit myself and my partner in Gauteng, … Continue reading Identifying the warning signs – Eating disorders

Identifying the warning signs – MMD (Major Depressive Disorder)

Major Depressive Disorder or MDD is the clinical term for a mood disorder. It has traits like prolonged periods of sadness, low self-esteem and, in extreme cases, the urge to commit suicide. It is a fact that almost everyone feels extreme sadness at some point in time; however, if the depression persists for longer than six … Continue reading Identifying the warning signs – MMD (Major Depressive Disorder)