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Domestic Violence

Stacy is a 30-year-old teacher married to Simon a 35-year-old Doctor. For the last 3 months, Stacy has been coming in to work with visible wounds on her body. At times she would come in with a black eye, and say that she had an eye infection. Other times, she…
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It May Be Time To Book That Therapy Session

Seeking therapy, has unfortunately, been the subject of ridicule and jest for a long time. Pursuing professional counseling for mental health concerns has unfortunately been stigmatized and labeled as something that “only those with mental disorders need.” This may be attributed to the African culture of being reliant on religion…
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Importance of Planning

What exactly is planning and its link to mental illness/ wellness? When a couple decide to get pregnant, they start planning on the process, and a lot goes into it such as finances and even looking at it from an angle of will they actually have time to raise this…
Friendship

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t.

Have you ever wondered why some of your most ignited and treasured friendships end up getting watered down? Perhaps some of these types might have been nothing but hot air from the very beginning. Others on the contrary might have been deep, the vulnerable type or even somewhat the covenant…
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Managing Depression While At Work

Even when you’re performing at your best, getting through the workday can be difficult. Having depression might make your job seem impossible. Most of us experience work stress at some point. There is a tendency for deadlines, workplace disputes, and corporate expectations to mount. Negative thoughts and feelings can already…
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Coping With A Caregiver’sBurden

In the recent years, efforts to end the stigma on persons with mental health conditions and to prioritize mental health have gained ground, especially in our country Kenya and around the globe. This has resulted in the shift from a traditional approach to a more institutionalized and scientific approach. However,…
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How to build Assertiveness

Assertiveness is the sweet spot between being passive and aggressive. It’s a skill that enables the person to confidently stand up for his or her own rights while at the same time, respecting the rights of others. There are lots of reasons why you may not be as assertive as…
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Remember To Breathe.

Life happens so fast and it could even get chaotic. We start our day easy but by the middle of it we are battling with headaches, migraines, muscle pain, emotional exhaustion, depleted energy, stress, irritability, frustration, mental fatigue and physical weariness as we try to figure out this thing and…
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How To Be A Mental Health Advocate

Who is a mental advocate, you’d ask? They are heroes- who do not wear caps and are rarely celebrated. These are people who tirelessly put themselves out there by telling their stories and lend a helping hand to those who are struggling with similar issues. Most mental health advocates take…
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Toxic behaviors and how to deal with them? 

Think of that time you are around someone you dislike being in their company, what feeling do you get when you think of them? Would you describe their character as unsupportive? Judgmental? Controlling? Self-centered? Or negative energy to be around? Imagine someone referring to you as toxic… Toxic behaviors communicate…
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Safe spaces and Mental Health

Safe spaces and Mental Health  What does a safe space mean to you? Many people have their own definition of what having a safe space means to them. For most however, a safe space is where they don’t have to worry about being judged – where they can be unapologetically…
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How Silence Kills Relationships?

Silence That Killed Relationships. Have you ever responded to a conflict/ argument by keeping quiet? Silent treatment, also known as stone walling, is one of the common form of response used during conflicts. While some people erupt a volcano of anger at the heat of a conflict, others revolt to…
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Emotional Intelligence, attributes and its Benefits

Emotional intelligence also known as emotional quotient (EQ) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate your emotions in a positive way in order to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize and resolve conflicts. This entails being able to perceive other people’s emotions accurately and acting accordingly. Emotional intelligence can…
Mental resilience

How to build mental resilience?

No one wants a painful or difficult life. However, life is not all rainbows and butterflies. Even if we wish for everything to go our way, obstacles will always exist and we will have to deal with them. Loss of a loved one, unemployment, heartbreak, illnesses and family problems at…
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Treatment And Management Of Anxiety Disorders.

TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF ANXIETY DISORDERS Psychotherapy Also known as talk therapy or psychological counseling, psychotherapy involves working with a therapist to reduce your anxiety symptoms. It can be an effective treatment for anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective form of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. Generally, a…
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Anxiety Disorders And Its Risk Factors.

 ANXIETY DISORDERS AND ITS RISK FACTORS Anxiety disorders classified in the DSM V (Diagnostic Statistical Manual- fifth edition) constitutes of a range of disorders that are majorly characterized with excessive fear that has an impact of how an individual functions within their environment. Some of these disorders includes; Generalized Anxiety…
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RECOVERY AND MENTAL HEALTH

RECOVERY AND MENTAL HEALTH If there’s one word that most patients and their families utter when they are unwell, especially mentally, it is, “recovery”. .As mental health practitioners we wish we could be able to say within 5 days you will recover fully however this is not the case. Traditionally,…
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How to cope up with adulting?

How to cope up with Adulting? No one ever truly prepared us for adulthood. We would commonly hear the question,” what do you want to be when you grow up” and this would be met by an enthusiastic answer over our preferred career choice. We always looked forward to the…
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Warning Signs of Anxiety

Warning signs that someone’s anxiety is setting in. If you suffer from anxiety, this really helps explain and put into perspective why you feel like you do with relation to your diagnosis. Anxiety is not a one size fits all, it has many symptoms. Below are some telltale signs that…
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Hobbies And Mental Health

Hobbies And Mental Health. In therapy one of the questions you are asked is how you spend your free time or what recreational activities you take part in. Why ask this question when I came in because I am depressed, anxious or I have issues with substance use? A hobby…
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Holidays and Mental Health

Holidays And Mental Health From the countdown of the New Year and making New Year’s resolution through Easter to the Ho! Ho! Ho! Of Christmas holidays, holidays are expected to bring cheer happiness and laughter but studies tend to prove otherwise. Yes, people get excited to get a day off…
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Time Management

Time management strategies These ideas have worked for both kids (adolescents) and adults where applicable. 1. To avoid over commitment, use the I love that idea, let me get back to you approach. This allows you some time to go back to your schedule and plan accordingly. This strategy buys…