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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.

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4:30 am. The bedside alarm breaks the stillness of the night. Phillip lunges to shut it off before it wakes his girlfriend. He slides out of bed and gazes at her motionless form. Thankfully, she seems to have slept through it. Maybe they won’t fight this morning. Things are bad enough, he thinks, as he shuffles off to the bathroom, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. He stares at the mirror. He carefully thinks out every step of the elaborate ritual he has devised for shaving. He lays out his razor and the shaving cream, puts them back, and then lays them out again. With painstaking diligence he turns the razor so it is exactly parallel to the sink. Finally he turns on the water and silently counts, hoping to make it to 100 before the water gets hot.”

It takes Phillip 2 hours to get ready in the morning, longer if anything, such as a fight with his girlfriend, interrupts the ritual. On his way to work it often takes him twice the usual time to get there as he has to cover the route again to be sure he didn’t run anyone over.

Being cautious, careful and orderly are positive traits, but in Obsessive-Compulsive disorder at some point they become maladaptive.

OCD is characterized by recurrent obsessions and compulsions that occupy a significant amount of time and that cause significant distress. Obsessions are defined as unwelcome and distressing ideas, thoughts, images, or impulses that repeatedly enter the person’s mind against his/her will. Compulsions, on the other hand, are actions the patient feels driven to perform despite the recognition that they may be senseless or excessive.

There are various causes of OCD. The disorder tends to run in families and probably has a genetic basis.

Obsessions and compulsions are among the oldest recognized symptoms. Once ascribed to possession by the devil, many victims of the Inquisition and the Salem witch hunts were likely suffering from OCD. OCD was once thought to be very rare because so few people sought treatment, confining their rituals to their homes, due to shame. However recent surveys have found that up to 2 to 3% of the population is suffering from this disorder. OCD is the fourth most common psychological disorder (behind alcohol and drug dependence, depression and phobias) affecting about 7 to 10 million people.

Nowadays a lot more is known about the disorder. If you feel you or someone you know may be suffering from OCD, contact the Depression and Anxiety Support Group, Monday to Friday, between 8am and 7pm, and on Saturdays, between 8am and 5pm, on (011) 783-1474/6. Trained counsellors are standing by. Referrals to appropriate mental health professionals are also available.

Recent studies have identified OCD as a malfunction in the neural pathways that link the frontal lobes with the basal ganglia in the brain. The frontal lobes have been described as the seat of deliberation and judgement, and the basal ganglia serve as a relay station in the planning and execution of movements. In people with OCD the caudate nucleus does not seem to be performing its usual function and this neural circuit is hyperactive. As a result, obsessional thinking persists until a compulsive ritual stops it.

* taken from OCD: Too Much of a Good Thing


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