The emotional basis of addiction

I have been noticing a growing trend in my practice where a lot of patients who are suffering from depression, anxiety, complicated grief or unresolved trauma use addiction as a way of coping. Addiction can be defined as a state of feeling stuck to something, whether it be a substance, a thought or behaviour, regardless [...]

By |2019-12-01T23:28:11+02:00December 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Depression, what choice to we have?

One in six South Africans suffer from anxiety, depression or substance-use problems according to statistics released by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). Another study in 2018 by SADAG reported that taking into account the more serious mental health disorders one in every three South African can be diagnosed with a mental health [...]

By |2019-08-02T10:55:14+02:00August 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Autism and Adolescence: Parents the unsung heroes!

Recently I had the privilege of running a support group with parents of autistic children. I expected a group of parents with children ranging from around 2 to 5 years since I assumed that that would be hardest period considering acceptance of diagnosis, finding a school and toilet training. OH BOY WAS I IN FOR A SURPRISE! [...]

By |2019-05-02T15:13:55+02:00April 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Sorry, but I’m not sorry”

Most females tend to over apologise. To some degree we have been socialised to appear meek, docile and overly responsible. Female from every culture are frowned upon if they appear assertive or are loud with their opinions. Along with socialisation as females we also generally more sensitive or shall we say aware of social nuances. [...]

By |2019-03-12T21:49:55+02:00March 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to quieten the monkey mind

According to Buddha the human mind is filled with drunken monkeys flinging themselves from tree branches, jumping around, and chattering nonstop. Our minds move fast and sometimes in no set order. On average in a day we can have up to 70,000 thoughts per day which work out to about 3000 per hour or 50 [...]

By |2019-02-23T02:34:49+02:00February 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Doubting Disease (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition that has many myths around it. Some use the term for people that are highly organised while others use it for those that are overly concerned with cleanliness. However, to be formally diagnosed one must have persistent, intrusive, unwanted thought and compulsions (repetitive actions or rituals) to neutralise [...]

By |2019-02-15T18:59:47+02:00February 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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