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Teen Suicide

When questioned after making a suicide attempt, most teens say that they did it because they were trying to escape from a situation that seemed impossible to deal with or to get relief from really bad thoughts or feelings.

Some people who end their lives or attempt suicide might be trying to escape feelings of rejection, […]

Stress is killing your relationship

You are with the love of your life, some even say soulmate, and you finish eachothers sentences, but suddenly it feels as though a dark cloud has descended upon everything you have spent so much time building on – your future. Tiny little things begin to turn into huge issues, and it feels as though […]

What is peer pressure?

We all know that it’s pretty common to want to belong and feel part of a group. There’s nothing wrong with that at all and in fact having good friendships in our lives is really important to our happiness.

There is a down side to seeking out good relationships though. That desire to be part of […]

Anxiety – hopeless, helpless and panicked

Everyone tends to feel anxious now and then – it’s a normal emotional reaction. Many people feel nervous when faced with a particularly difficult problem at work; students feel that way before taking a test, and in general everyone feels anxious when making a life changing decision.
Anxiety disorders are a different kettle of fish entirely. […]

Yes you know what’s building – Anger

Trying to work, and the system is down… your phone is linked up to your emails, and it hasn’t stopped beeping, and there is nothing that you can do about it; suddenly people start sending you work on your phone because they have woken up late, the deadlines are piling up, your boss walks in […]

All about Eating Disorders

The basic depiction of different eating disorder illnesses can be found in irregular eating habits as well as severe distress or obsessions about ones body weight and actual overall shape.
Disturbances in eating patterns may include excessive binging on food to not eating at which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being, physically as well as psychologically. […]

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is dark and elusive. Unlike the more obvious physical abuse with outwards signs, the people doing it and receiving it may not even really know that it is happening.

Emotional abuse can be more harmful than physical abuse because it can undermine what we think about ourselves, and there are no obvious physical wounds. […]

How to Deal with the death of a loved one

How to Deal with the death of a loved one
 
The death of a loved one is an event that all of us are likely to experience during our lifetime, often, sadly on numerous occasions.
Dealing effectively and positively with grief caused by such a loss is central to your recovery process and your ability to continue […]

Bullying in schools

What comes to mind when you think of bullies? Perhaps a typical high school movie where the shy boy with glasses and books underneath his arm gets picked on by the cool guys? Perhaps your own experience of being bullied or even being the bully? Either way, bullies do indeed exist in South African schools, […]

Understanding Christmas Stress & Depression

We all know that the festive season is a time of celebration, but for many of us out there, the festivities also mean extra pressures like buying gifts, attending many social gatherings, staying away from home or entertaining family and friends. Coupled with great expectations of what the festive season will bring, these pressures can build […]