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When fears become phobias

Most of us fear an object of a situation. For example, I fear tools such as drills and blenders because the noise they make reminds me of an accident I had a few years back with a food processor. It also scares me when large crowds gather for events such as …

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The many sides of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

How can you tell whether you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? The straight answer is that if your life is governed by obsessions and/or compulsions that are having a debilitating effect on your ability to function on a daily basis then you might have OCD. While the actual content of …

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Everything you need to know about depression

Depression has been defined as ‘the plague of the 21st century’. This is more than a catchy phrase chosen to convey how spread this mental disorder is and the fact that is spares no one. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression affects about 350 million people around the world. However, this figure …

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Fight Illness Anxiety Disorder

What is Illness Anxiety Disorder? In Illness Anxiety Disorder (IAD), previously known as hypochondriasis, the individual develops an excessive worry about any physical or psychological symptoms experienced albeit in the absence of a diagnosed health condition. The anxiety experienced is so pervasive that it interferes with the individual’s ability to function adequately and it’s …

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Everything you need to know about Anxiety

While we are all familiar with the meaning of the word ‘anxiety’ and we are likely to have experienced a certain degree of anxiety at some point in our life, it’s important to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy anxiety. Healthy anxiety is experienced before a meaningful event in life such as a job …

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Is anxiety always bad for you?

Feeling anxious before a challenging event such as a job interview, a presentation or an exam is very common and considered normal. However, anxiety is generally viewed as ‘bad’ and as an indicator that the person is not coping with the task at hand. This article aims to debunk this myth …

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Reduce stress in 3 steps

If you type the word ‘stress’ in the google search engine, it returns about 519,000,000 results, making stress a more frequent word than ‘mum’ which bears about 203,000,000 results! On one hand, it is true that a lot of people experience stress on a daily basis and this affects their work or school performance, …

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How can you measure your personality?

The personality of a human being is highly complex but can be determined by doing many tests. The difficulty lies in the fact that a person’s behaviour cannot be easily checked and professionals have to work a lot to determine the behaviour of a particular person. There is also a link between the health …

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