Reading Toxicity Levels (or How I Learned Not to Give a Toss)

I recently attended a wedding and came to the conclusion that there is a very interesting dynamic (mostly) for women in preparation for the Big Day. Now it was my initial understanding that in such things, all eyes are on the bride and groom. But then it came to my attention that even I, the […]

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The Impotence of a Single-Issue Struggle

‘There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.’ Audre Lorde I am often asked (mostly by my devout grandparents) why I chose to leave the Catholic faith. Of course, that is not to say I haven’t been told those famous words, ‘Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.’ […]

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Nivea, this one’s for you, baby!

So I decided to do a little definition searching this morning and stumbled upon this little gem… Body Dysmorphia: Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of chronic mental illness in which you can’t stop thinking about a flaw in your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined. Ladies, this is television’s gift to […]

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Finding my voice again

*This piece was first published on www.health–e.org.za under the title ‘I was living an unliveable life’ for my column on mental illness, Through the Looking Glass In December 2012, I was admitted to the Elizabeth Donkin Hospital while in the throes of a manic episode. There, I was diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder. I […]

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