THE SOUTH AFRICAN
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
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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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NOT INTERESTED IN SEX ANYMORE?

THE LINK BETWEEN DEPRESSION, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

Depression is often a severely debilitating illness, affecting the individual in many areas of their daily functioning. Sexual dysfunction and a loss of interest in sex are common symptoms of many mood disorders. Many depression sufferers find that the use of anti-depressants gives them a new lease on life, by lifting many of their depressive symptoms. Unfortunately, the anti-depressants most often used to treat depression (such as tricyclic anti-depressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - SSRIs) may, in some cases, produce the negative side effect of decreased sexual libido, thereby compounding a problem which may already exist. This is a very pressing concern for mental health professionals, because it often results in the patient stopping their medication prematurely, in an attempt to forego the resulting sexual dysfunction.

Common sexual dysfunction as a result of the use of anti-depressants include problems with delayed ejaculation, decreased libido or sexual desire, erectile failure or difficulties and an inability to reach orgasm. Degrees of sexual dysfunction vary according to the type of anti-depressant. Thus the treatment of depressive symptoms often involves a process of diminishing these symptoms, and minimising the resulting side-effects. Dr Frans Korb, a prominent psychiatrist and psychologist in private practice, suggests that there are many ways and means of circumventing this problem. Dr Korb notes that “unfortunately many men fail to consult a mental health professional, with regard to both their depression and their sexual dysfunction, due to their unwillingness to acknowledge that they need help. Thus education becomes an important part of the treatment process”.

Recognising that sexual dysfunction, as a result of both depression and anti-depressant medication, is an area of concern for many men and their partners, the South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group have invited Dr Korb to present a talk covering these areas, thereby providing the public with practical advice as to how to approach this particular aspect of depression.

DATE: 24th NOVEMBER 1999

TIME: REGISTRATION 5:00 p.m. FOR 5:30 p.m.

VENUE: SANDTON LIBRARY

 

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