Stress Busters

Antidepressants: The Rise of the 'Happy Pill'

by Dr Jelena Goranovic - The emergence of Prozac, the brand name for the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine, in the late 1980’s has marked a revolution in the treatment of depression and other related disorders. Unlike its’ predecessors, the tricyclic antidepressants and MAO Inhibitors, which were for decades the only available antidepressant drugs, Prozac is not just a name familiar only to long-suffering patients and their relatives – it became an über-brand, part of a mainstream vocabulary, a symbol of the quick-fix culture.

Hypnobirthing: Birthing Free of Fear

by Maya Zack - Pregnancy and birthing can be a special and rewarding experience in a woman’s life. However the thought of giving birth is often a frightening idea to both mums and supporting partners. This fear is mostly a result of cultural conditioning having us believe and expect birthing to be dangerous as well as the most painful experience a woman can have. This is constantly communicated to us in the mainstream media; birthing portrayed as an either very comic or tragic event, but never just as a normal, calm, ‘uneventful’ one. This is then also reinforced with lack of proper education (how many of us were ever taught anything about what actually happens during the birthing process?), open conversation and support.

Isn't It Time You Stopped Feeding Your Stammering Monster?

by John Blosse - ​For those of us who stammer there are times when the words just won't come out. Those situations when we feel we have been put on the spot and we know we won't be able to speak because the stammering monster has got us by the throat and won't let go until he has humiliated us. If you often feel like this then isn't it time you faced your stammering monster?