A recent article in The Spectator magazine posed an intriguing question: “Is losing God making America miserable?”. The percentage of Americans believing in God has dropped from more than 90% in the period between 1944 and 2011, to 81% as of May 2022. The article further noted that depression and anxiety rates were at all-time highs. Association is not causation, but where do religion and our belief systems fit in to our lives… and are they necessary to live a fulfilled life? Dr Ian Westmore and Dr Lennart Eriksson weigh in on this week’s discussion. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.

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Leigh-Ann steps up as the patient on today’s show, discussing how she has dealt with severe depression and ADHD for over 20 years. Is medication and therapy enough? Dr Hanan Bushkin breaks down how frameworks and blueprints are essential in life.

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Is it normal for one to always be happy? Should it be considered as the default mood? Gareth opens up the show with a monologue that challenges how people are in the pursuit of happiness.

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05.08.22 Pt 1 - Gareth and Ben are growing out their beards, and give us an update on how that is going. They also go off on a tangent about people sending voice notes, and share their thoughts about Andrew Tate.

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Depression is a debilitating condition, and medication can take weeks to provide relief. Suicide is a risk, and potential consequence. Psychiatry, as a discipline, has long sought a drug that might provide rapid resolution of both depressive symptoms, as well as suicidal thoughts. Could an anaesthetic agent, ketamine, be that drug? This week, Prof. Bonga Chiliza, a psychiatrist, and Dr Alan Howard, an emergency care physician, provide some answers. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.

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If you need some motivation, listen to the first few minutes of this podcast as Gareth shares some encouraging words and his thoughts and opinions about what is currently happening in the world.

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08.07.22 Pt 1 - Feeling a bit down? Gareth shares some words that might leave you somewhat motivated. The comment section gives Ben some interesting names that he could use when running for president.

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Michelle joins the show with a problem that is probably quite common in many relationships. She has been married for 10 years and strongly believes that her husband is depressed and she would love to get some insight from Dr Hanan on how she can try to approach her husband, get him the help he needs, and get her husband to admit that there could be an issue.

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Childhood is supposed to be a happy, carefree time in our lives - but these days there are so many kids and teenagers who are struggling with anxiety, depression and other related mental health issues. To unpack this, we're joined again on Health Matters by our mental health expert Jeanie Cavé, a clinical psychologist who works with individuals, couples, families, groups, children and adolescents. Brought to you by Cipla.

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Singer Nathan Ro joins us this week. He has lost 3 friends to suicide this year, and has some questions for Dr Hanan Bushkin about systematic depression, and why psychologists are so expensive. If you need help, you can contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on 0800 456 789 (24-hour helpline).

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