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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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Sufferers think they are having a heart attack.

This week, the South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group kicks off an 8 week campaign to inform people about Depression and Panic Disorder. Depression and Panic Disorder are often misunderstood illnesses that lead sufferers to believe that they are dying of a heart attack or going crazy.

The Group has developed printed material about the symptoms and treatment of the disorder which can affect up to one in every ten people.

Symptoms of panic disorder include :

  • Feelings of terror
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Profuse sweating
  • Chest pains
  • Dizziness, light headedness, nausea
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands
  • Flushes or chills
  • Fear of dying

The Chairman of the Group, Zane Wilson, said that the campaign which starts on the 1st of May 1998 is aimed at creating awareness and decreasing the stigma. The campain will include public talks around the country, starting off in Sandton, followed by Soweto, Stellenbosch, Bellville, Mitchells Plain, Sharpeville, Soshanguve, Mayfair, Pietersburg, Tzaneen, Umtata, Klabane, Harrismith, Qwa-Qwa, Mbatho, East London, St. Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Kimberley, Westville, Durban, Pinetown, Welkom, Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Middelburg and Witbank.

“Ignorance about it is a formidable barrier to treatment,” said Prof. Berk of Wits University. “Panic Disorder can keep people paralysed with fear, making it impossible for them to hold jobs, maintain relationships, even to shop or take public transportation.” These days, treatment is effective and simple.

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