How to prevent Relapse: Stages of Relapse

By: Ellen Nghikembua – Psychological Counsellor

A relapse is a return to alcohol or drug use after a period of not using. Relapse is a process and not an event. This is because relapse can start weeks or even months before the actual use of drugs and/or alcohol. Before one starts using again, there is an process which happens that will eventually lead to physical relapse. One of the key aspects of relapse prevention is to be able to recognize the early stages of relapse in hope to take the necessary precautions to avoid getting to the physical relapse that is the actual use of drugs and/or alcohol. In order to do this, it is necessary to recognize the stages of relapse.

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How to Deal with Rejection

By: Celeste Allies – Social Worker

Rejection is an almost unavoidable aspect of being human. No one has ever succeeded in love or in life without first facing rejection. We all experience it, and yet, those times when we do are often the times we feel the most alone, outcast, and unwanted. In fact, so much of the hurt and struggle we endure isn’t even based on the loss itself but on what we tell ourselves about the experience, the cruel ways we put ourselves down or flood ourselves with hopeless thoughts about the future. Studies even show that our reaction to rejection is also based on elements and events from our past, like our attachment history. As a result, how we react to rejection is often equally or even more significant than the rejection itself. This is why learning how to deal with rejection is so important!

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What is Wellness?

By Sindy Haman – Bel Esprit Hospital Matron

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life, more than being free of illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

Why Wellness Matters?

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is crucial to live a higher quality of life. Our wellbeing directly affects our actions and emotions. It is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.

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The Perfect Diet: Truth or Mystery?

By: Olivia Matthaei

We all know the problem of getting onto a scale and seeing those scary numbers. Again, too much weight on the hips. So, let’s diet. Day one of a diet always goes extremely well. We are highly motivated and every time if we need to choose between the stairs or elevator, we obviously take the stairs. Day 2 goes quite well – we might just take the elevator because we did so many stairs yesterday. If we really push ourselves, we can make it through the first week of the new diet, but after that first week, it starts: We get nauseous, we get bored of eating/drinking the same every day, we are lacking energy and are grumpy because this whole situation is just irritating and still our scale shows us we did not lose a kilo. So, we stop by that nice bakery just around our office block, buy a good coffee and one of their oh-so tasty cinnamon buns and say to ourselves, “Diets are just not working for me”.

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Abortion, the problems we face…

By: Leescha Daniels

abortion

[əˈbɔːʃ(ə)n]

NOUN

  1. the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy; most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
  2. the expulsion of a foetus from the uterus by natural causes before it is able to survive independently.

The title of this blog is ironic owing to the fact that it seems in our beautiful democratic country, Namibia, abortion and pregnancy issues are not a ‘we’ problem but a problem for women and young girls who have to hide their pregnancies, or who have no support from their government or families or partners. Those women who are expected to walk into clinics and announce that their pregnancies as result of incest and/or rape, the implications thereof seem to fall away. It is equivalent to asking a man to walk into a police station and admit he is in fact a rapist.

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Acting Out

By Emcole Strauss – Student Clinical Psychologist

Many children who ‘act out’ have often experienced emotional hurt, trauma or sit with their intense feelings of confusion, fear, loneliness, pain, isolation and vulnerability, which are too strong and powerful to contain. For a child acting out is an expression that is often misunderstood and misguided. To understand the complexity of ‘acting out’ it is important to understand the nature of acting.

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Establishing a lifestyle for life: Part 2

Tips for establishing a health-promoting (and life-sustaining) lifestyle

By: Helena Louw – Occupational Therapist

Work together as a family to manage your use of electronic devices

Now that you know electronic devices can potentially pose a health risk to you and your family, involve your family in looking for ways to manage it responsibly:

  • Discuss everyone’s needs and wants for using electronic devices and share ideas on the prioritization of screen-based activities (e.g. work before play).
  • Brainstorm alternative ways of doing activities which may be done without using electronic devices, (e.g. writing a physical letter to grandma instead of an email).
  • Implement some basic rules to help safeguard the whole family’s health and boost its well-being (e.g. switching the wi-fi off at night, banning electronic devices from mealtimes and bedtimes, having daily limits of screen-time use for each family member).
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Pedophiles: Pure evil or a diagnoseable mental illness?

By Michelle McCulloch – Intern Clinical Psychologist

Child sexual offenders and pedophilic acts are a highly controversial and widely debated subject. As soon as someone hears the term pedophile they immediately think of this evil monster, deserving of the harshest punishment. However, that is not necessarily the case. Pedophilia is a recognisable mental disorder, meaning that the individual is suffering from a disorder and is in need of treatment. Below is the criteria as set out in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM 5) clearly stating the criteria of a pedophile:

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What is Addiction?

By: Celeste Allies – Social Worker

Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behaviour for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behaviour despite detrimental consequences. Addiction may involve the use of substances such as alcohol, inhalants, opioids, cocaine, nicotine, and others, or behaviours such as gambling.

Both substance use disorders and gambling behaviours have an increased likelihood of being accompanied by mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety or other pre-existing problems.

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