Archive for September, 2011

Depression is a severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy. A condition of mental disturbance, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life

Depression is a mental disease that ails majority of people. Depression is not caused by a virus like a cold or the mumps. There is no blood test that declares the presence of depression. There are many theories on the causation of depression but unfortunately none have been conclusively validated. In the absence of a clear cut understanding of why some people suffer from depression and others do not, the air becomes filled with platitudes that suggest it’s just a matter of “pulling yourself together”.

An interview was done in Monash University South Africa, the faculty and the students being the subject of the interview. Questions such as, what they thought depression was, if they had been affected by it directly or indirectly and according to their own personal opinion how they thought was the best way to handle it were posed to them.

Narlen van Zyl  (Health Department) states that depression is a valid illness that affects the home life, school life and work environment of the ailed person and those around them. Most common symptoms of depression are withdrawal, not wanting to interact with other people. Those around them are affected when they try and pull the ailed people out of their depression. Depression is a disease greatly influenced by family work and financial issues. Counseling and at time medication is necessary.

Monash University just like any other university in the country has a student development department where there are trained personnel ready to deal with such situations. Dashenden Reddy in the student development office says, “Depression is a fairly big thing in this campus (Monash South Africa) and it is due to  many students not managing their time and workload properly. Financial problems are also  a cause. When they (depressed students) come through to our department we assist them be it financial counseling, time management and whatever problems they are going through. There after they cope very well with ongoing counseling and eventually the counseling lessens and they manage themselves”

During the carrying out of my interviews I was able to come across a faculty member that has battled with depression and she sights the following as a way of battling the disease; avoid negative influences. That is things that will easily get you down, sadden you or frustrate you. Find a positive outlet that will help you relieve yourself of all the stress that you encounter; an example is going to the gym. Another unconfirmed scientific aid would be getting out in the sunlight, this stimulates you and plus a walk is also a positive outlet.



spring racing fashionWhen winter comes everything is chilled. Life becomes a stand still as the fear of the cold keeps everyone inside wrapped in their warm blankets sipping their hot coco. But when September rings in the warmth of the hot sun announces the arrival of Spring.
Ear muffs, wool scarfs, heavy sweaters and winter boots are shoved in the back of the closet. Sun dresses, shorts and vests are dug out of the suitcases.Spring fashion.
So what exactly is spring fashion. Monash University fashions have very different views on what is Spring fashion but they agree on one thing, color and accessories. Spring has finally rolled in and so have the new trends in fashion. Minimum whites , cool colors and bold prints are featured with heavy accessories to finish the look.

Free floral dresses of one plain color dresses and sandals are ideal dressed with sun hats it helps relieve the unmerciful sun shinning down on you. A nice pair of shades can bring your look from plain Jane to hot and sassy.

‘Who likes short shorts, I like short shorts.”

Who doesn’t like nice shorts. Daisy dukes with an oversize shirt or a vest with a shirt over it gives you a chic Bohemian look for the spring dress it up by accessorizing with a nice bead necklace and a couple of bangles.

For guys a v-neck t-shirt and a pair of shorts will not fail you, dress it with a pair of sneakers or sandals. Accessorize your look with a pair of sunglasses and you are ready for the spring.

These spring looks can easily be rewound for  summer. So what you get now will serve you well ’till February next year, that is if your aren’t obsessed with ‘what’s new’

Enjoy your Spring!