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Have we got mental health wrong?

Posted by Philip on 30 June 2017, 4:48 pm in , , , , ,

Last week I started taking anti-anxiety medication. After six years, starting with the neighbours in 2011-2012 and culminating in the car saga earlier this year, I decided I needed help. I was sick of feeling like shit most of time.

So I went to my GP last week and asked for help. He assessed me on the Kessler (K10) scale for depression and anxiety — I scored 30 out of 50, qualifying me for treatment with SRRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and psychological therapy.

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One word can make a huge difference

Posted by Philip on 10 May 2016, 8:36 am in , , ,

In Christopher Reive's recent Taranaki Daily News article, Stephen Hills to represent New Zealand at the Paralympic Games, he writes:

"Hills, who suffers right-side paralysis and seizures..."

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When are we going to clean up the mess?

Posted by Philip on 15 November 2011, 6:34 am in , ,

Yesterday I met Steve Green, the NZ Executive Director of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, an international not for profit organisation that looks at mental health issues and asissts victims of mental health abuse.

He had a great analogy for understanding environmental impacts on mental health.

He alluded to the situation of the stranded vessel Rena in the Tauranga harbour. The wildlife is stressed and anxious because of the toxic oil which is destroying their habitat.

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