HOLD UP: IT MIGHT NOT BE A MEN­TAL HEALTH IS­SUE

There are other things that could be mak­ing you feel off

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - REPORT -

LACK OF SLEEP When you’re tired, your body loses some of its abil­ity to reg­u­late emo­tions. Try to get eight hours of sleep a night.

SICK­NESS You’re ex­hausted and you have no de­sire to eat? You may be com­ing down with some­thing. See a doc­tor.

HOR­MONES Your mood can un­dergo nor­mal luc­tu­a­tions be­cause of what’s go­ing on in your body. Have a fam­ily his­tory of PMS? You may be es­pe­cially sen­si­tive to the changes. Ask a gy­nae for ad­vice.

PRE­SCRIP­TION MED­I­CA­TION Hor­mone-based birth con­trol could be a cul­prit. ADHD drugs are also known to im­pact mood. You have to let your doc know what’s up.

AL­CO­HOL OR DRUG USE Th­ese a™ect your brain’s neu­ro­trans­mit­ters and can make you feel low. Need help quit­ting? Talk to your fam­ily. If you don’t want to talk to some­one close to you, con­tact Nar­cotics Anony­mous (Na.org.za) for ad­vice.

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