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Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

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SPEAKING BOOKS

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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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Understanding symptoms of severe manic depression

CHRONICLE REPORTER
THE South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) said bipolar disorder was the sixth leading cause of disability in the world and more than four million South Africans could have a mood disorder.
Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes severe mood swings, from manic highs to deep depression.
Up to three to four percent of the population is affected by this illness.
Bipolar disease is still largely stigmatised with labels such as ?crazy?, ?unstable?, and ?dangerous? for the sufferers. Symptoms of bipolar disorder include: Two types of mood episodes occur in bipolar disorder, manic and depressive episodes. Symptoms of manic episodes are: ? Needing little sleep yet having great amounts of energy, ? Talking so fast that others can?t follow ? Being so easily distracted that your attention shifts between many topics in just a few minutes, ? Having an inflated feeling of power, greatness, or importance, ? Extreme irritability and distractibility.
Symptoms of a depressive episode are: ? Feeling sad or depressed ? Losing interest in things you normally enjoy, ? Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, ? Feeling slowed down or hyperactive, ? Feeling worthless or guilty or having very low self-esteem, ? Recurring thoughts of suicide or death.
Bipolar disorder: ? Often disrupts work, school, family and social life, ? Typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life.
? Can also affect children, however diagnosis is difficult as many symptoms mimic emotions and other behaviours such as ADHD, Details: 011-262-6396, www.sadag.co.za. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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