You should be relaxed and well, but rich food, festive-season pressure and days spent lazing by the pool have their own unique hazards... Christmas can be a lonely time for many people. Major depressive disorder (MDD) may be diagnosed if you have had a significant depressed mood or loss of interest and pleasure for a period of at least two weeks. Depression affects your thoughts, mood and physical being. Besides biological factors or being genetically predisposed, psychosocial factors can cause depression too. Stressful situations such as rising costs (financial concerns) and legal problems often precede an episode. Symptoms: you may experience loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex. You may also have feelings of guilt and worthlessness. Overeating and weight gain, or not having an appetite, are common occurrences. Highly depressed people usually have thoughts of death or attempt suicide. Treatments & remedies: talk therapy and antidepressants are recommended treatments, so consult your doctor for advice. Relaxation and meditation are also effective ways to treat depression. • Useful contacts j • IBS Self Help and support Croup (online support : group): www.ibsgroup.org ] • Depression and Anxiety croup: 011 262-6396 I • Postnatal Depression Croup: 082-882-0072 .
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MENTAL HEALTH CALENDAR 2018
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SADAG KZN Branch
SADAG have launched a new office in Durban with the support of Psychiatrist Dr Suvira Ramlall and Clinical Psychologist, Suntosh Pillay.
The offices are placed in St Joseph’s Hospital and are managed by Lyn Norton.
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