Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl - Sidebar with Sindi

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. She moved to South Africa in 1996 for university. Dr Sindi completed a BSc in Human Physiology and Psychology in 1999. She then went on to study medicine until 2005. She is passionate about patients' rights and about HIV - especially the Prevention-of-Mother-To-Child-Transmission. She has found a niche on social media. Dr Sindi uses this platform to share important health information on topics such as HIV and mental illness. She also has a passion for radio. Her interest in radio was sparked in 1996 at Radio Tuks. And the bug has never left! In her spare time, Dr Sindi loves tweeting about life, love, and everything else!

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#SidebarWithSindi: : #LetsTalkBipolar - Beating Bipolar Stigma Together

Bipolar Disorder affects up to 1% of the population in South Africa - which sounds like a low number but when you take in consideration that there are over 56 million people in SA, 1% is a large number.

People living with Bipolar Disorder have extreme mood swings, from a high that feels like you are on top of the world, to a very deep depression, that impacts on their daily functioning including work, home and relationships. Bipolar Disorder is more than just mood swings. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of misinformation about Bipolar Disorder, especially the stigma which prevents a lot of people from seeking help or disclosing their diagnosis.

• What Causes This Disorder?
• Is it hereditary?
• Is there a specific age at which the disorder manifests?
• How does the disorder present in Children and Teengers?
• What are the biggest Myths about the disorder?

#SidebarWithSindi: The Psychology Of Beauty - What Informs Our Conceptions And Perceptions Of Beauty?

Many factors can play into personal attractiveness — the way you dress, the way you act, the way you carry yourself, even things that are hard or impossible to change, like social status and wealth, race, and body size and shape. But the first thing we notice when we meet someone is their face. There are faces that launch a thousand ships, and faces that only a mother could love, and we are supremely attuned to tell the difference…

The brain, among its many other functions, is a beauty detector.

Join Dr Sindi Van Zyl and her guest Clinical Psychologist, Dr Lungile Lechesa, as they look for answers to questions like:

• At what age is our perception of beauty formed?
• Who defines beauty?
• How do we define beauty as a society and as individuals?
• What are the key factors that influence our definition of beauty?
• What is The Beauty Bias?

#SidebarWithSindi Profile: Tumi Sole

A profile interview with a prominent South African who we all actually know very little about.

Tumi Sole aka the man behind #CountryDuty sat down for a revealing conversation with Dr Sindi Van Zyl about his life.

#SidebarWithSindi: What type of Bride are you?

We’ve all heard about the Monster Bride or Bridezilla but as you’ve just heard there are actually ten different types of bride.

Sindi is joined by Yelang Prudence Jinka, a self-confessed Hybrid Bride who recently tied the knot and Clinical Psychologist Dr Anele Siswana.

We want to know what type of bride are/were you? Leave a comment below.

#SidebarWithSindi: How Children Grieve

How any child or young person grieves when someone they love has died will depend on many things. Babies, children and teenagers tend to grieve in bursts, and at other times will look for reassurance and comfort in their normal routines and activities

Bereaved children and teenagers will need ongoing attention, reassurance and support - it is not unusual for grief to resurface later on, even well after the death

Dr Sindi Van Zyl was in conversation with Social Workers Tshepiso Matlala and Dakallo Tshisaphungo...

Spill the tea: when was the last time you had sex?

Spill the tea: when was the last time you had sex?

Dr Sindi is in conversation with Theologist, Dineo Rabaholo, Makgosi Leti and Tiffany Kagure Mugo, Writer and The Curator of Hola Africa - a Pan Africanist hub that tackle issues surrounding sexuality and all things woman.


When last did you apologize to you children?

Do you apologize to your kids for parenting errors? When last did you apologize to you children? As a child, does your parent apologize to you?

Dr Sindi is in conversation with Actress, Producer, Salamina Mosese and Specialist Gyneacologist,Dr Lusanda Shimange-Matsose

12 episodes