Updated 25 September 2015

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Thousands of South Africans seek medical attention for psychological conditions.


Every year thousands of South Africans seek medical attention for psychological conditions. In fact, a third of visits to doctors are for psychological and not physical illnesses. Are you seeking treatment? Then make sure you ask your psychiatrist these essential questions.

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1.) How long will it take before I can expect results? Some medications take up to six weeks to have an effect. 2.) What are the possible side-effects? 3.) Is there anything I shouldn't eat or drink while taking the medication? 4.) At which point should I be concerned that the medication or its dose is not effective?


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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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