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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by InvertedHammer: 8:23am On Nov 28, 2017
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Western world cure depression by counseling and medications.

Nigerians cure depression with alcohol and communal living.

Have you been to a bar recently? Ban alcohol in Nigeria and watch the suicide rate rise astronomically.

Guess what? Counseling, medications, alcohol and communal living all cure depression in equal measures.

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Chyxki: 8:33am On Nov 28, 2017
Once thought my life was over... Thank God I survived!

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lebete3000: 8:35am On Nov 28, 2017
Pavore9:
Unfortunately professional therapy is not readily available nor affordable. Unburdening what one is going through to a professional listener is therapy, a professional who is congruent, empathic and conveys unconditional positive regard (UPR) but our culture do not support talking rather we were mostly raised to bottle up issues and the eagerness to share it, is mostly regarded as a sign of weakness and it is worse with men. This does not nurture mental well-being.

This is a very intelligent and helpful post that people are supposed to like and share in their hundreds but will instead be liking rubbish.

Misplaced priorities.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Boriqua(m): 8:39am On Nov 28, 2017
juman:
Most Nigerians are depressed.

We have a very bad country.

A country where nothing is working well.
My dear, there is million cases out there, we need to look into the rate at which this occurs, just like you said the country is so messed up that we dont even care much about this mental condition in our intitutions.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lovely17(m): 8:40am On Nov 28, 2017
Best way to beat depression according to me is exercise.
Exercise helps to elevate the mood and helps us sleep better, a depressed person seeing positive changes to his body will generally feel better about himself and motivate him to do more.

Reduced dopamine levels result in depression and exercising regularly boosts dopamine secretion
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Franzinni: 8:57am On Nov 28, 2017
lebete3000:


It is fools like you she's talking about. No matter how ridiculous someone's reason for getting depressed is, NEVER call them weak. It doesn't help nor energize, it only makes them feel worse!

What depressed people need isn't harsh words to prop them up, depressed people are already harsh on themselves internally, what they need is someone who'll tell them not to be harsh on themselves not someone who'll add salt to injury.
well I know a dimwit of your caliber will jump on my mention .... Welcome, now warrior of nairaland, depression comes in various packages it depends on the individual in her own case ... The miscarriage led her to a year long depression. Common ! I mean if it was about having a baby .... Then why not get forked and get pregnant and stop portraying Africa as backwards becasue you have watched TV and seen how they do it in the west ....if all our parents were depressed over bullcrap like these you and I won't be here ... We all have issues .. face them or go 6 feet and rest
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by abdeiz(m): 8:58am On Nov 28, 2017
OluwabuqqyYOLO:
Men too suffer from depression. And, for them, it's even more difficult 'cos no one listens to them. Hell, a man can't even let his tears fall in an African society. Yet, women always make it appear as though they are ones at the worst end.

You're right but let's not bring in gender stereotypes in here, depression doesn't care about gender
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Franzinni: 9:03am On Nov 28, 2017
imma2:
Sorry to say but you don't know what you're talking about.
you are right ....I am a MAN! Not some wimp.... A mans depression is financially based not some issue with a miscarriage .. if you can still get pregnant then get freaking pregnant don't whip up a pity party and don't portray Africa as backwards ... FOH!
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lebete3000: 9:06am On Nov 28, 2017
Franzinni:
well I know a dimwit of your caliber will jump on my mention .... Welcome, now warrior of nairaland, depression comes in various packages it depends on the individual in her own case ... The miscarriage led her to a year long depression. Common ! I mean if it was about having a baby .... Then why not get forked and get pregnant and stop portraying Africa as backwards becasue you have watched TV and seen how they do it in the west ....if all our parents were depressed over bullcrap like these you and I won't be here ... We all have issues .. face them or go 6 feet and rest

go to hell, mor..on.

you think this is your regular thread where you revel in your crass ignorance and stvpidity.
this is a very serious thread and we need intellectuals here not ineffectual buffoonic clowns.

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lebete3000: 9:08am On Nov 28, 2017
Franzinni:
you are right ....I am a MAN! Not some wimp.... A mans depression is financially based not some issue with a miscarriage .. if you can still get pregnant then get freaking pregnant don't whip up a pity party and don't portray Africa as backwards ... FOH!

yes pls get the Fvck Out oh Here.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by seunnla(f): 9:10am On Nov 28, 2017
lovely17:
Best way to beat depression according to me is exercise.
Exercise helps to elevate the mood and helps us sleep better, a depressed person seeing positive changes to his body will generally feel better about himself and motivate him to do more.

Reduced dopamine levels result in depression and exercising regularly boosts dopamine secretion


Thank you. It helps a lot. Whenever I'm feeling down, I exercise...the dopamine, serotonin etc helps a lot.

I really hoped that this post would be people giving suggestions, so thanks again.

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by enemmo(f): 9:10am On Nov 28, 2017
Frenchfriez:
An increasing number of us are faced with depression these days, accounting for the alarming increase in suicidal ideation and deaths. No thanks to social media which has gradually eroded interpersonal relations, the fulcrum to fighting depression.
The African setting doesn't give room for discussing depression however to fight depression, one needs to >find a trusted friend you can talk to
>avoid staying indoors, go out, enjoy the sunshine
>attend your religious activities more often
>listen to music and dance
>stay positive, it can't get any worse.


When I lost my Job last year, I was seriously depressed.

I had been working without a break since immediately after NYSC,so it was very strange to me.

I didn't sleep well for about a month , when I managed to catch some sleep, my head would be like a highway, I would be hearing voices in my head..It wasn't funny at all.

Some days I would cry for hours non stop, it didn't help matters that I was usually Home alone for hours.

Luckily for me, I got counselled by a friend and I got to realise that it's just a phase.

I started to go out more and changed my outlook on life...

Better days are here..

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by seunnla(f): 9:15am On Nov 28, 2017
Frenchfriez:

>listen to music and dance


The ability of good music to lift the spirit cannot be overemphasized.

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lovely17(m): 9:16am On Nov 28, 2017
seunnla:



Thank you. It helps a lot. Whenever I'm feeling down, I exercise...the dopamine, serotonin etc helps a lot.

I really hoped that this post would be people giving suggestions, so thanks again.

You Welcome
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by enemmo(f): 9:16am On Nov 28, 2017
Pavore9:
Unfortunately professional therapy is not readily available nor affordable. Unburdening what one is going through to a professional listener is therapy, a professional who is congruent, empathic and conveys unconditional positive regard (UPR) but our culture do not support talking rather we were mostly raised to bottle up issues and the eagerness to share it, is mostly regarded as a sign of weakness and it is worse with men. This does not nurture mental well-being.

I heard there are professionals at Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba (some call it Yaba left) and in some other states.
We have to learn to speak out as against our culture...
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Sibigam1(m): 9:21am On Nov 28, 2017
cyborg123:
Where's the tool for fighting depression as an African in the post? I fail to see it.

Most African countries don't believe that things like depression exists. Especially our country Nigeria. In the western countries, therapists and rehabilitation centers are seen everywhere.

As an African, as a Nigerian you are to beat your depression yourself. Do it anyhow you like, nobody cares. Too bad for a country.

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by teacherbim(f): 9:23am On Nov 28, 2017
Godwinnairaland:
depression is real, currently battling with it, I pray God saves me
Be strong � sweetie
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by teacherbim(f): 9:25am On Nov 28, 2017
abdeiz:
Whenever I feel sad, I stop being sad and be awesome.

Many of us here deal with depression I inclusive, she's right that in African culture we see it as a weakness especially for a guy, how many time would one be driving down the road and thoughts of crashing the car to end it all creeps in.

Its not that easy to be positive, it takes time, try to go out and no matter how much you hate interacting with people, going out and experiencing new things would give you another perspective at life that it really isn't all that bad only because of the unrealistic expectations society imposes on us. Get free from the shackles of society by not giving a hoot to these expectations and you'd have a lot less to worry about.

New experiences help you to see the bright aspect of life and finding a purpose keeps you moving forward...according to the writer her second child gave her just that.

EVERYONE IS GOING THROUGH SOMETHING, BE NICE ALWAYS, A RANDOM SMILE CAN BRIGHTEN UP ANOTHER PERSON'S DAY. YOU MAY NEVER KNOW.

You are right
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by cyborg123(m): 9:33am On Nov 28, 2017
Sibigam1:


Most African countries don't believe that things like depression exists. Especially our country Nigeria. In the western countries, therapists and rehabilitation centers are seen everywhere.

As an African, as a Nigerian you are to beat your depression yourself. Do it anyhow you like, nobody cares. Too bad for a country.
You are very right.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Franzinni: 9:44am On Nov 28, 2017
lebete3000:


yes pls get the Fvck Out oh Here.
hehe and if I don't ? Will you crawl back under your rock ? You spineless slowpoke
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Pavore9: 9:47am On Nov 28, 2017
enemmo:


I heard there are professionals at Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba (some call it Yaba left) and in some other states.
We have to learn to speak out as against our culture...

We need more psychotherapists and it would reduce the incidence of psychiatric cases. Behavioral intervention is so much needed.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lebete3000: 9:52am On Nov 28, 2017
Franzinni:
hehe and if I don't ? Will you crawl back under your rock ? You spineless slowpoke

No single likes for you since morning and you're still going aroud of making a fool of yourself.

Turd.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Franzinni: 9:52am On Nov 28, 2017
lebete3000:


go to hell, mor..on.

you think this is your regular thread where you revel in your crass ignorance and stvpidity.
this is a very serious thread and we need intellectuals here not ineffectual buffoonic clowns.
I can see you are facing some issues of your own . And for someone referencing intellectuals ....your shallowness is spectacular .

I refuse to join the pity waggon ... You begin vex hahaha
I still will say it cus it is the truth that lady depressed over miscarriage for one year.. has a deeper reason not the baby . .. so please GTFOH
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lebete3000: 9:54am On Nov 28, 2017
Franzinni:
I can see you are facing some issues of your own . And for someone referencing intellectuals ....your shallowness is spectacular .

I refuse to join the pity waggon ... You begin vex hahaha
I still will say it cus it is the truth that lady depressed over miscarriage for one year.. has a deeper reason not the baby . .. so please GTFOH

So says a fool that knows what is actually going on in another person's head.

you're just a turd and nothing else. no need staining myself with you.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by lebete3000: 9:58am On Nov 28, 2017
seunnla:



The ability of good music to lift the spirit cannot be overemphasized.

Depression has actually turned me into a music addict.

I've blown 13k on headphones before just to have some quality beats uplift my soul.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Franzinni: 10:05am On Nov 28, 2017
lebete3000:


No single likes for you since morning and you're still going aroud of making a fool of yourself.

Turd.
I never told you I need likes ...you have like but you don't have sense what is the benefit?

I am a turd and I like it but are you contented being the arsehole?

Nigerian gandalf!
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by negz1(m): 10:06am On Nov 28, 2017
Offpoint:
seriously I'll be depress if i read something this lengthy this early morninggrin ... someone should summarize please.
I dey tell u
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Franzinni: 10:10am On Nov 28, 2017
lebete3000:


So says a fool that knows what is actually going on in another person's head.

you're just a turd and nothing else. no need staining myself with you.
you are not nearly as important as your worm brain is making you out to think ... But i truly understand.... There are many like you roaming the street as we speak

Fyi... Don't give two flying kittens what is going on in another person's head . After all it's your head .. BOZO!
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by seunnla(f): 10:37am On Nov 28, 2017
lebete3000:


Depression has actually turned me into a music addict.

I've blown 13k on headphones before just to have some quality beats uplift my soul.

I hear you. Music is therapeutic jaré

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Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Frenchfriez: 10:45am On Nov 28, 2017
seunnla:



The ability of good music to lift the spirit cannot be overemphasized.
No it can't. Its food for the soul which no one can get a fill of.
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by Omarcasd: 10:55am On Nov 28, 2017
Discussions of the art of love-making should be restricted to the hidden sexuality section
Re: Fighting Depression As An African by imma2(m): 11:11am On Nov 28, 2017
Franzinni:
you are right ....I am a MAN! Not some wimp.... A mans depression is financially based not some issue with a miscarriage .. if you can still get pregnant then get freaking pregnant don't whip up a pity party and don't portray Africa as backwards ... FOH!
You are entitled to your opinions bro but I don't subscribe to you undermining someones feeling or psychological state based on your own resilience to issues surrounding your own life or perspective. You should remember, everybody does not react to the same way to the exact same issues. That's what makes us Humans.That's what makes us unique. In between, a man's depression is not always financially based. Do some research before you start spewing trash on what you don't have any single idea on.

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