It takes courage to ask simply and directly, ‘Are you OK?’, if concerned about someone's mental health.
What if they’re actually fine? Will they be offended? And what do you do if they aren’t OK?
These are common concerns people have when it comes to asking a friend, colleague or loved one, ‘Are you OK?’. So it’s tempting to frame the question in a way that encourages a positive response, ‘You’re OK, aren’t you?’
Beginning around the age of 51, menopause is a normal transition for women.
Marking the end of the menstrual cycle, menopause is defined as occurring 12 months after a woman’s last menstrual period. The five to ten year period before menopause, when estrogen and hormone levels begin to drop, is called perimenopause.
Every woman will experience menopause differently. Some may have symptoms that are barely noticeable, while others could experience significant changes. In some cases menopause and the reduction of estrogen can impact on someone’s mental health or exacerbate a preexisting mental illness.
I had a lot to do today, but I keep drifting back to the internet: scanning social media, reading think-pieces, looking for updates.
I can’t stop reading The News.
For me it’s the US election, but we’ve all had days when news events are hard to cope with.
Awareness of Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is certainly growing.
The term is now commonplace in the Australian vernacular and characters with the disorder are regularly depicted on television and in the movies.
But do these adjectives, analogies and representations come close to depicting the experiences of people living with the disorder?