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More Mental Health Gripes

The Mental Health Paradox in Treatment


Remember Jack Nicholson in “As Good as it Gets” asking the doctor how he (the doctor) could diagnose him (Nicholson) as obsessive compulsive and then blame him for storming into the doctor’s office?

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Mental Health in South Africa

Mental Health in South Africa

As imperfect as the patients 


Please Note: This post has been updated since original publication. 


Promoting a healthy lifestyle has become very popular, and on the surface, it seems all good.

But as they say: eat healthy, stay fit and die anyway.

Even cancer is now called a “lifestyle disease” although anyone seems to get it – especially those genetically prone to it.

Yet, I’ve never heard anyone make a “healthy lifestyle” comment to the face of a cancer patient.

Despite campaigns to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health, the entire system – and everyone in it – has one bloody long way to go – not just in losing the stigma, but also in reaching effective treatment.

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