South African Journal of Psychiatry

The South African Journal of Psychiatry is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by African Journals Online. This publication is geared toward Psychiatrists and Psychologists and covers the subjects of Psychiatry and Psychology.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, August

An Overview of the State Employed Special Interest Group (SESIG) of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) from 2000-2012
The State Employed Special Interest Group (SESIG) of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) was established 12 years ago in Durban during the SASOP national congress in September 2000. Twenty-two members were present at this first meeting,...
A Presidential and Personal Reflection on SASOP during the Past Decade
I became involved with the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) on the national front in 2002, when I happened to be the chair of the Free State subgroup and was appointed as the convener of the 2004 congress. In the decade that has passed,...
Building Our Identity of Psychiatry in the Past, Present and Future South Africa
This issue of the South African Journal of Psychiatry celebrates the 60th anniversary of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) and its 17th national congress. It reflects on the past of psychiatry, ponders on what psychiatry has become,...
Depression and Anxiety among Grade 11 and 12 Learners Attending Schools in Central Bloemfontein
The worldwide prevalence of major depression in adolescents is reported to be 4-8%, and the incidence continues to increase. (1,2) Very limited data on prevalence rates are currently available for South African adolescents. (3) Prevalence rates for...
Future Challenges in Psychiatry from the Reflections of a Quinquagenarian
'Are patients any better off now compared with the Eighties?' I was lamenting to a junior specialist colleague that, 26 years down the line in psychiatry, I could not honestly answer 'yes'. We have a profusion of papers, a plethora of brain images,...
Help-Seeking by Substance Dependants Presenting to Healthcare Professionals in the Free State Province
Substance dependence is a physical condition that manifests via substance abuse. The perception of substance dependence consequently often includes the rather difficult-to-define and fluctuating activity of regular substance abuse. Furthermore, social...
Significant Historical Changes in Private Practice Psychiatry during the Past Two Decades
Private practice psychiatry has always been strong in South Africa (SA), with important contributions to the success of private medicine. During the past two decades, however, a series of events changed the face of private psychiatry forever. The...
The Historical Development of Psychiatry in South Africa since 1652
The Dutch East India Company perforce had to make the first efforts to deal with mental illness among early settlers and passing soldiers and sailors at the Cape. Accommodation for the behaviourally disturbed was in a primitive structure adjacent to...
The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) and SASOP State Employed Special Interest Group (SESIG) Position Statements on Psychiatric Care in the Public Sector
Contents 1. SESIG aims and objectives 2. Background Position Statement 1 on national mental health policy 3. Proceedings of the SESIG strategic workshop and identified key issues Position Statement 2 on psychiatry and mental health 3.1...

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