Mental Health

Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

Social anxiety, also known as social phobia is a mental disorder that causes one to be fearful in social situations. You experience fear and anxiety in these social situations, fear of being judged negatively, humiliated, evaluated poorly or watched by others. It is different from shyness and more disruptive in your life than shyness and

WHY IS EVERYONE SICK?

MENTAL HEALTH. A buzzword, A reality, A nightmare. Why is everyone suddenly getting sick? Whatever the reason, this cluster of jargon and overall confusion is a big issue. Did you know that in Kenya (my home),  1 out of every 4 individuals seeking healthcare has a mental health condition? This ranks Kenya as 4th in

The Curse of Genius

Malala Yousafzai, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jane Goodall, Nikola Tesla, and Michelle Obama are each virtuosos in their own right. They represent the Mount Everest of individual prowess. Gifted. Defining giftedness is a tricky topic that few people fully comprehend. Weinert (2000) references Karl Marx’s notion that talented individuals were nature’s gift to society because of

Cradle Arts Festival

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which individuals can realize their own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make contributions to their communities. How many of us can honestly say that we effectively cope with everyday stress all the time? Mental

The Rhythm to My Souuuuul

Ta …Ta… tadaaaa …  Boom Boom Boom… Chances are, as you read the aforementioned words, you sang them in your head. Relax… You do not have Auditory Hallucinations, also known as Musical Ear Syndrome. You might just have an earworm: the phenomenon where you can’t get a particular song out of your head. (I know;

Mocha Musings, Espresso Expressions: 

Most if not all of my mornings usually start with a nice warm shower, loud gengetone music that I can practise my lame dance moves to and a cup of Kenyan coffee (milk and sugar depending on the day).  Wait a minute. Did I say cup? I meant a huge mug of coffee. I love

To Do or Not To Do; That is the question

As I sit on my desk and watch the time fly by, tick tock, I ask myself two HUMONGOUS questions, what’s wrong with me? Why can I not work? I have all the resources available to me and a good strong cup of black coffee. But this Tuesday is Mondaying and it’s killing my spirit!

It’s cold and I’m sad

For us neurodivergent folk, changes in the seasons may symbolize the arrival of an unwelcome guest. This is especially the case when the temperatures start to drop.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the “winter blues” is a form of depression that is mainly triggered by a change in seasons. It is difficult to estimate the

My Battle with Anxiety

A couple of days ago, I was chit-chatting with a colleague as we reminisced about our campus days. The conversation was inspired by the many homicide and suicide love-related incidences happening today and more so from young people. I remembered how I almost “died” from a heartbreak! Funny, huh? I can laugh about it now

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