He qualified with a diploma in mental illness and developed a keen interest in mental health. In the more than 25 years that he has been offering psychiatry services, he has successfully treated a number of patients from all over Cape Town with a wide range of mental conditions. These include major depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, drug induced psychosis, anxiety and panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, adjustment disorder and anxiety in children and ADHD.
What We Offer
Mental Health in South Africa
Mental disorders are the third highest burden of disease, after HIV and other infectious disorders. 75 percent of people with mental illnesses do not receive any care. One in five people suffer from some form of mental disorder. It is estimated that by 2020, depression will be the second most disabling condition in the world.
Over 80 percent of the country’s psychiatrists work in the private sector, so the majority of the indigent in this country do not have easy access to mental health care. This has a serious and negative impact on individuals afflicted by mental illnesses, their family and the work situation.
Dr Rapiti offers sexual counselling for individuals with erectile dysfunction and libido issues. He counsels individuals as well as couples.
Dr Rapiti believes that patients and the medical profession should combat the stigma attached to sexual disorders. Men, on an average, take up to 5 years before they seek help. Erectile dysfunction should be treated in its early stages, as males with erectile dysfunction are at risk of getting a major cardiac event within five years if they are not screened from the early onset of the condition.
Social impact of sexual disorders
Quite early in his practice, DR Rapiti recognised the need for a specialised form counselling for today’s highly stressed and pressured executives. It is taboo for these high pressured individuals to sit in the waiting rooms of psychiatrists and psychologists, fearing that they might be recognised by their colleagues or clients. Many of them do not seek professional help, so their work and family life suffers. They often turn to alcohol and illegal substances to combat the stress of their highly pressured jobs. This only makes the situation worse, hence there is such a high suicide rate amongst them, when they hit a major crisis in their lives.
DR Rapiti deals with them in a very special and discrete way, where the client could contact him directly on his cell phone and arrange a place and time that is convenient for both of them. All information is kept totally confidential. He has