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What is depression? Most of us have had some periods of time in our lives when we have felt at least mild depression. Sometimes the feelings are linked to disappointments or losses, sometimes they are more like black moods descending upon us, not obviously linked to any event, and then dissipating after a while. Depression … Continue reading

8 October 2004 News 0 Comment


Schizophrenia is generally regarded as one of the most significant illnesses treated by mental health services. Its significance lies in the profound impact of the illness on sufferers and their families and friends. The illness is long term and treatment is usually ongoing. The person with schizophrenia may suffer relapses in the condition if medication … Continue reading

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Substance Use

Human beings have used brain and mental state altering substances from the beginning of civilization. Alcohol was probably the earliest drug used, from accidentally consuming fermenting fruit and grain. There is archaeological evidence to indicate the early use of substances like cannabis, opiates and cocaine too. The consequences and costs of alcohol must have become … Continue reading

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What is Anxiety? All of us have experienced anxiety in some form or another: – We get nervous before an exam or an important event such as speaking in public. – We worry over finances, or whether we will miss the plane when the taxi turns up late. – We feel anxious when our child … Continue reading

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Learning Disability

The term ‘learning disability’ refers to a condition characterized by significant impairment in intellectual functioning. Individuals with a learning disability have difficulty understanding and learning new information, and generalising information to new situations. They also have limitations in two or more areas of adaptive skills, which may include communication, self-care, home living, social skills, self-direction, … Continue reading

7 October 2004 News 0 Comment


What is Sadness versus Depression? It’s not unusual for young people to experience “the blues” occasionally. Adolescence is always an unsettling time, with the many physical, emotional, psychological and social changes that accompany this stage of life. When a young person feels that he or she cannot meet the academic, social, or family expectations of … Continue reading

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