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Point of View: 30 Is Not the New 20

By Ryan Howes SOURCE: What’s happening in the world of twentysomethings? Current external stressors aside, how do they feel about this decade of their lives? Is it a time to party and hang with friends? Or is it time to build a family and a career? Or something in the middle? University of Virginia professor and author Meg Jay says that twentysomethings have been sold an erroneous message by our culture: that the 20s don’t count, and you don’t have to work on developing your adulthood until your 30s. As a result, they’re missing out on some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Jay

Anxiety Needs Global Health Attention

SOURCE: Identifying anxiety in those with depression could be key to developing successful programmes for tackling mental health problems in low and middle income countries (LMICs), according to a new study. Grandmother conducting a problem solving therapy session with a young female client on the Friendship Bench at a primary care clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe. Led by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine journal, the research examined a group of people with depression in Zimbabwe and found that people are nearly

Coronavirus Stress: Mental health issues are rising among workers, but help is available

SOURCE: The number of adults experiencing depression has tripled in the United States since the coronavirus outbreak began, according to a JAMA Network study, with more than one in four adults reporting symptoms of depression.  The Covid-19 pandemic is considered a traumatic event that can cause physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological harm. The policies put in place to prevent the spread of the disease have introduced new life stressors. Furthermore, the unemployment rate surged, with more than 20 million people filing for unemployment between the start of the pandemic and mid-April. While the unemployment rate has come down to 7.9%, economists worry that the recovery could be losing

Honouring the question

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” (Daily Maverick quoting Richard Feynman.) Feynman was the engineer / scientist who rocked boats in the investigation into the Challenger Disaster of 1986. He’s a humorous and original thinker, worth reading. This pandemic really requires that we think about the questions that we need to be exploring – staying very curious, Very caring and very thoughtful about layers of people affected financially, physically and emotionally, and the layers inside ourselves that are affected. There’s loving connection in so many ways. There’s also isolation and shock

Joy is me

Joy, being me. Joy in me, joy in you. Joy in flow and joy in slow. Joy in being, joy in sleeping, Joy in go, joy in no. Joy in walking, joy in talking. Joy in silence, and in laughter. Joy for loving, and for holding, Joy for boldness and for going. Joy in brightness. Joy in darkness. Joy in the depths of everlasting harshness. Joy in grieving, honouring the passion of No! and Not this! And joy in the despair, the never ever knowing-ness Joy in peace, joy in worry. Joy in calm, joy in scurry. Joy in quiet

Violent cistems: Trans experiences of bathroom space

Sharing this important blog by Nigel Patel> Transgender people in South Africa face problems with safe access to spaces that have been shaped and gendered by colonisation and apartheid. Cape Town, despite being labelled ‘the gay capital’ of Africa, contains bathroom spaces that carry this often unscrutinised violent legacy. This qualitative study deals with the experiences of discrimination and violence against transgender people of colour within the bathroom space. The study participants comprised ten transgender people of colour. Their different narratives demonstrate racist, sexist and transphobic modes of violence experienced in relation to the toilet space. In doing so, they

Being There Inhabiting the Moment with Traumatized Teens

By Martha Straus James was a depressed and lethargic 13-year-old boy who’d almost given up when I first met him. During the time I treated him, he went through some death-defying experiences, two psychiatric hospitalizations, and a tough court hearing, as well as a therapeutic turning point in which he discovered something that gave his life meaning. Although it’s been a long time since we first spoke, I remember that first hour vividly; I can still see him shuffling slowly, reluctantly, into my office. He kept one earplug in, the other draped around his neck, blaring Metallica, a band that the

Is anxiety tripping you up? Can it be helped?

The Difference Between Normal Anxiety And An Anxiety Disorder. The line between the two can be blurry. Here’s how to know when it’s time to reach out for help. By Jenna Birch Whether you’re worried about a job interview or concerned about your parents’ health, anxiety is part of being human. But when should your level of worry be cause for concern? It’s hard to define anxiety disorders by their symptoms because anxiety affects everyone and it manifests in different ways. It’s also not all bad. Anxiety does serve an important purpose, according to Joseph Baskin, a psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic. “From