Depression

Updated 04 July 2014

Psychiatrists to answer medication queries online

On Friday, 14 March at 1pm and again at 7pm psychiatrists, Dr Greg Johnson and Prof Rita Thom will be live on Facebook to answer all your medication-related queries.

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Many South Africans are prescribed medication for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and a variety of other mental illnesses. However, sometimes we are not informed about what we can expect from our medication.

On Friday, 14 March at 1pm and again at 7pm psychiatrists, Dr Greg Johnson and Prof Rita Thom will be live on Facebook to answer all your medication-related queries.

Read: The links between anxiety and depression

Questions about medication

If you are on medication and have questions about your treatment but aren’t sure who to ask, or are you experiencing side effects and need advice, this is your chance.

“It’s vital for our well-being and health to be able to access information regarding our medical treatment. Sometimes, however, doctors don’t have time to give us all the information we need,” says SADAG’s Cassey Chambers. The Facebook Friday chat allows you to interact live with experts and to ask the many questions you may have about your or a loved one’s treatment or medication – without having to pay a consultation fee. For one hour, your questions, however complicated, will be answered live.

To log in, go to our Facebook page: “The South African Depression and Anxiety Group”or our website www.sadag.org

SADAG’s helplines, staffed by trained volunteer counsellors are open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. To contact SADAG, call us on 0800 21 22 23, or visit our website, www.sadag.org for information, questionnaires and articles on mental health.

For more information on this press release, please contact Cassey or Meryl on 011 262 6396 or 082 835 7650.

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