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Beyond Fight or Flight: When You’re Not the Textbook Version of PTSD

Beyond Fight or Flight: When You’re Not the Textbook Version of PTSD

I heard the voices of the professor and the students all around me. I couldn’t make out specific dialogue, but I was definitely aware of the drone. I myself was on the ceiling, floating. My home away from home since I was a kid. We’d been discussing the Fight or Flight Response in class. The professor explaining how in times of […]

The Fragility of our Mental Health…Are we really Paying Attention?

The world of mental health is as mysterious as it is fascinating. It is often misunderstood, feared, maligned, misjudged and sadly in many cases simply ignored. Even in the developed western world there is still a lot of stigma attached to it albeit there is more willingness to talk about it and engage with the […]

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

When Ebola struck Sierra Leone in 2014, its terror lay in its mystery. It was a gruesome disease that no one had seen before, and claimed lives without apparent cause or cure. But Mohamed Moray had a broader perspective. “It was just like the war,” he says, referring to the civil conflict of the 1990s, […]

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Stigma. It’s defined as “a mark of disgrace.” In the recent survey I conducted on the likelihood of people admitting depression and/or seeking treatment, what did 43.8 percent of women state as the Number 1 reason for not telling someone they were depressed? “Others would think I am weak or think less of me.“ Aka […]

This Is Exactly Why Companies Should Take Mental Health Seriously

This Is Exactly Why Companies Should Take Mental Health Seriously

You spend the majority of your weekday waking hours at work — shouldn’t your mental health be a priority while you’re there? The workplace can be particularly stressful, and if you’re not careful, it can lead to burnout. That’s why it’s important to manage your mental wellbeing during your nine-to-five. But don’t just take our […]

MAKING IT BETTER: Invest In Your Mental Health

This is Mental Health Awareness week and is as good a time as any to focus and bring attention to this very important and hugely misunderstood area of our health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as the state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease. […]

The Most Common Health Problems In The Workplace and How To Prevent Them

The Most Common Health Problems In The Workplace and How To Prevent Them

Workers in Nigeria take more time off than those in any other country. How can you, as an employer, protect your business to ensure that staff keep healthy? Nigerian workers take an average of nine days’ sick leave each year, more than four times as many as other African countries. This costs Nigerian employers about […]

10 Tips to Prevent Headaches Naturally

10 Tips to Prevent Headaches Naturally

There are some natural headache remedies or “rescue treatments” available and if you are in pain and need immediate relief, it’s good to know you have options. But as I always tell my patients – headaches, like all symptoms, are a call to pay attention to something else that is going on in your body […]

What No One Tells You About Having Anxiety

What No One Tells You About Having Anxiety

Keep this in mind the next time you think someone with anxiety is just “worrying too much.” The mental health disorder, which affects nearly 40 million American adults, can touch multiple facets of a person’s life. Not only does it come with crippling emotional and physical symptoms, it has a complex way of affecting everyday thoughts, activities […]

3 Ways to Change Your Lifestyle and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

3 Ways to Change Your Lifestyle and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

A pill that cures Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Wouldn’t that be incredible? Recent articles in both TIME and The New York Times have explored ways our society can try to prevent and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. But scientists still haven’t found the ‘magic bullet,’ a drug that would cure Alzheimer’s without […]