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Help: Treatment for Depression

It is normal to feel like giving up on
everything, feel sad and empty when one
experiences very challenging situations in
life such as relationship break-up, loss of
one’s loved one or job loss with so many
financial responsibilities to meet. Normally,
these feelings don’t persist for long and
within a few days the person brightens up
to face the reality and actively look for ways
to forge ahead and survive.
However, when these feelings last more
than 2 weeks, get worse with each day that
passes by and causes the person
discomfort–such as loss of appetite, affect
his or her relationships, feeling of guilt or
worthlessness without any reason or strong
thought of committing suicide–it is a sign
that depression has set in and the person
needs help.
How does a person with depression get the
right help? Women are more likely to seek
help than men because men tend not to
open up. So it is more difficult to spot
depression in a man until it gets out of hand
in the form of an attempt at suicide.
Depression is treatable, but it must be
detected early to get the best treatment

Help Yourself
It’s possible for one to be unaware that one
has depression (this is called poor insight).
In this case, such a person should pay
attention to the changes in how people
relate with him or her and compare these
changes with their relationship with their
responses in time past. If you withdraw
yourself, don’t eat, lose total interest in your
partner, no longer sleep, don’t hang out and
always feel sad consistently for weeks,
people around you will likely change in how
they relate with you. This should at least
make that person question the reason for
this new look on life he or she now has and
ask someone they can trust (their reverend
father, pastor, imam or a family doctor)
whether it is normal or not. Or if such a
person has issues with discussing a private
matter with anyone in the immediate
environment, he or she can search online
for Kangpe where he or she can
confidentially ask a certified doctor
questions about these new feelings and
state of mind.
In addition, try indulging in exercises such
as early morning jogging during which you
plug your ears and jam your favourite
songs. Doing this every day will help you get
over some of the negative feelings.

Family and Society Support
Another reason that prevents people with
depression from speaking out is the stigma
attached to mental health issues and the
various bad names in local languages
(“werey” in Yoruba and “onye ara” in Igbo)
given to different mental illnesses by various
tribes. As a husband, wife or a co-worker,
you should know that mental health issues
are like medical conditions but of the mind
instead of the body. So, it is absolutely
normal for people with mental health illness
such as depression to speak up and seek
help just the way someone with fever and
abdominal pain will complain and want to
see a doctor.
Therefore, be very observant of people in
your environment. If you notice that your
husband, wife, child, sibling or co-worker,
for weeks, no longer talks to anybody,
always gets angry without provocation, no
longer eats, loses interest in your
relationship or stops coming to work, don’t
criticize them or get angry. Instead be kind
to them and encourage them to openly
discuss how they are feeling and suggest
helping them go see a doctor.

Visit a Doctor
At this point, you can talk to your family
doctor if you have one, or request a private
appointment with a doctor in any good
hospital near you and bare how you have
been feeling to the doctor (if you feel like
crying, cry and let the heaviness out). Any
doctor will counsel you after listening to
your story and probably refer you to a
psychiatrist for expert treatment.
A psychiatrist is not someone who treats
madness. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor
who specialized in the study and treatment
of health challenges of the human mind of
which depression is one. There’s nothing
evil or bad luck about seeing a psychiatrist.
A psychiatrist will ask you several questions
and listen to your story as you answer these
questions. The psychiatrist will also perform
what is known as mental state examination
which is basically a series of questions to
characterize the type of mental health issue
the person has. After this, the psychiatrist
will administer treatment which is a
combination of what is called psychotherapy
(the use of discussions and specially
designed activities to help a person with a
mental health issue change and overcome
such an issue in desired ways) and
prescription medications called
For more advice and help, consult a doctor
online via The Reliance Care App.

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