labels again….

via Daily Prompt: Label Are you an illness (label)? A topic that sometimes comes up in my circles is the use of the “be” verb with medical or mental illnesses. Have you ever noticed that for some illnesses people say “I am [insert illness]” or “He is [insert illness]”? Some specific examples of this labeling […]…

More and more often an education is required to secure a job; many companies see a college degree as a sign of initiative and good follow through skills. If you’re diligent you can prepare yourself for the challenges of college while keeping your recovery program intact. Most addiction starts in late adolescence, so setting and […]…

sexual

One of the most pernicious ideas in American life is that sexual harassment lawsuits are an example of political correctness gone mad. For the last few months I’ve been working on a video series for Highline, a re-examination of all the things we got wrong in the 1990s. The first episode is about the sexual…

we live in very interesting times

Lunchtime calls to prayer mingle with struggle songs; a banner in the ANC colours shouts: ZUMA MUST GO. Above people lean out of office towers to wave as we march by; traffic is stopped and a taxi driver yells, “Eish! I really hate Zuma but you’re stopping my work!”. A tiny Indian lady in…… via Anti-Zuma…

how schizophrenic are we?

I promised my friend I would write a blog on this topic. she is one of those amazing peeps who lives with a condition and she lives with courage and dignity. I am not going to say anything more about her but she knows she’s on my mind as I write this. it’s awful how…

what about the whole world

Welcome to another one of my mental health awareness blog posts. This blog is about World Health Day 2017. Basically on the 7th of April 2017, the World Health Organisation campaigns on health conditions. For 2017, the theme for World Health Day is Depression. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability Worldwide […]…

working with rape crisis

As sexual trauma is held within the body, it can leave you feeling numb, disconnected or overwhelmed by emotions. Rape Crisis is offering a course using a combination of simple body movement, breathe work and mindfulness techniques to help you reconnect to your body in a safe and gentle way. Learning how to reconnect to […]…

Childhood Depression

Originally posted on ububeletrust:
By Shelley Nortje Depression, a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being, is a word that is laden with negative connotations; fears, stigma and avoidance. Adult depression is a more common and better understood mental health difficulty. It…

Is Addiction a Disease and where can I find the Cure?

Addiction has been around since the first humans lived on the earth. Some cultures see addiction as a spiritual problem; other see Addiction as a Character Defect. So if it’s a disease, does this mean I’m crazy if I am addicted? The reason for this idea that addiction is a disease can be useful, because…

Beginning Recovery

The Journey of Recovery happens in a Healing Community. Nobody who suffers from a deep psychological wound can heal without a Community. In my work with Recovering Addicts, I am always moved at the depth of the Fellowship provided by the 12-Step Program and the Fellowship embedded in the way AA was designed. No two addicts…