As a family physician,I get fulfilment from satisfaction written on the faces of patients of different ages and their families;it is exhilarating!
I get excited when we have to mark the world family doctors’day every year. This year, the theme is ‘CURBING DEPRESSION.‘ The news is agog with stories of suicides which is an index of mental illness. We all get depressed from time to time due to the stressors of life,but once it exceeds the body’s coping mechanisms, clinical depression kicks in. Depression is a real illness with psychological distress and it is common.
DEPRESSION IS NOT CAUSED BY DEMONS!
If you have HAD these warning signs for A WHILE, you may be depressed:
2.Loss in interest in pleasurable activities
3.Loss of libido
4.Unusual weight gain or weight loss
5.Unusual sleep disturbances
6.Severe loss of energy and excess tiredness
7.Feeling of guilt
8.Outbursts of crying
10.Foreboding thoughts about death
13.Movements all over body
You would need to seek help immediately.
Depression can be treated!
I love you, I love your health.
Your favourite family physician,
*We designed the beautiful cake in the picture*