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Call for review of mental healthcare service provision

SECTION27 is relieved that the report of Health Ombud, Prof Malegapuru Makgoba, “Circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients: Gauteng Province – No Guns: 94+ Silent Deaths and Still Counting” is finally public. We welcome the work the Ombud has done in investigating the deaths. (more…)

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Driving with untreated ADHD

Accumulative studies show a strong causal link between increased motor accidents and untreated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to Psychiatrist Dr Rykie Liebenberg, it’s vital for young adults with ADHD to seek proper treatment or they could be at risk on the road. (more…)

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Shifting ADHD perceptions

A new portal, dedicated to understanding and treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as dispelling myths around the condition, has been launched in SA. MyADHD is now available for use by patients and healthcare professionals and aims to shift perceptions in the minds of individuals with ADHD – as well as their friends […]

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Antidepressants: Switching and stopping

Neurotransmitters are associated with depression – particularly serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Most antidepressants relieve depression by affecting these neurotransmitters. Each class of antidepressant affects these neurotransmitters in slightly different ways. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs include fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, citalopram and escitalopram. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Examples of SNRI medications include duloxetine, […]

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ADHD: One or many conditions?

Researchers have been puzzling over how one diagnosis, namely ADHD, can have such different manifestations. How do we understand its marked heterogeneity in symptom presentation and impairments? How does this question relate to the changes seen in the diagnosis of ADHD in DSM-5? (more…)

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Coping with the side effects of antidepressants

Meryl Da Costa, SA Depression and Anxiety Group Shouldn’t mental wellbeing be more important than gaining a few extra kilograms or even abstaining from sex? However, when is it too much? What is the price that one has to pay when being diagnosed with depression and prescribed specific medication for it? The irony is, we […]

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Diagnosing and managing bipolar disorder

Bipolar mood disorder, bipolar affective disorder and manic depressive disorder are all interchangeable terms for the same condition. Bipolar involves fluctuating patterns of abnormal highs (mania/hypomania) and lows (depression). There are two main types (bipolar I and II), distinguished by the severity of the highs and the duration of episodes, explained Dr Sheldon Zilesnick, Psychiatrist […]

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