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New Research on Depression in the Workplace.

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Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

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SPEAKING BOOKS

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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.

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more than blues

MORE THAN THE BLUE' Tamara Taka shares her experience of battling with depression and how — since her diagnosis — her road to recovery has taught her many valuable lessons ABOVE: After undergoing treatment for a pulmonary embolism, Tamara Taka still didn't feel like herself and was later diagnosed with depression. BELOW: Her battle with depression is ongoing, she says, but is happy she has support. JIM I HREE years ago my spirit started to feel like it was lacking. Things got worse when I started experiencing difficulty breathing, as well as a pain in my chest. Initially I thought it may be linked to my fast-paced lifestyle, which usually saw me multitasking and relishing every minute of it. But the pain refused to go away and I eventually visited a doctor who diagnosed me with a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in a major artery in the lung. Luckily the clot wasn't big so it didn't stop blood from flowing to my lungs. Three years after operations to treat the embolism, I'm still healing and not fully recovered. I've been told that the single most important point to remember is that everyone's recovery is unique. The speed and ease of a person's recovery depends upon the degree of lung damage, the presence or absence of other underlying medical conditions and your overall health. Like I said earlier, my spirits had started sagging before, and after the pulmonary embolism things got worse. Over the years I had learnt to hide behind masks, but things started to pile up and it took its toll on me last month. I spent three weeks in a facility where I was diagnosed with depression. It's more than just being sad; sometimes I feel utter despair. There are days when I feel okay and then there are days when I cry all day. DEPRESSION can be triggered by many things — it can be hereditary, it can be caused by abuse or other unresolved childhood issues, grief or major life changes such as my sudden health condition. It doesn't just affect the sufferer: depression affects the family too, as I have learnt with my sons. My husband has been trying to understand my condition and what causes it. He's also researched how he can help me as a spouse. The reality is that there is no quick fix but I'm fortunate enough to have supportive friends and family who are willing to learn and take this journey with me. Others aren't so lucky. Depression is treated as a dirty secret, or something people don't fully understand. It's easy for those who have never experienced it to judge those who suffer from depression. It's very easy to say "Get over it" or "I don't understand why you just can't deal with and go to work!" when you haven't felt truly depressed. ACCORDING to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, depression is an illness that involves your body, your mood and your thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things and the world. Depression is not the same as everyday blues or sadness that we all feel sometimes, it is not a sign of weakness, and it cannot be wished away. People with depression cannot just "pull themselves together" and get better. Just because you can't see a physical wound doesn't mean that the sufferer isn't in pain. My experience is that it also comes in many forms and the sufferer needs less criticism and more support from their loved ones. It's an ongoing battle that doesn't really ever go away. There is a saying I have come to love: "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle". Do you have a moving or happy experience that you would like to share? *E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may include photos but we can't return them or respond to stories. Use a pseudonym if you like but please include your real name and daytime contact details. Major or clinical depression is a serious but treatable illness. Depending on the severity of symptoms, your doctor may recommend treatment with antidepressant medication. They may also suggest psychotherapy or talk therapy, in which you address your emotional state. If you need a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group, call The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on 011-234-4837 or 0800-20-50-26 and speak to a trained counsellor who will assist you.

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