20 facts about depression you probably don’t know

You’ll never guess number…just kidding! “Depression.” It’s such a commonly used word, isn’t it? When last did you use it yourself? This week? A month ago? Did you using it of yourself or someone you know? But then do you really know what depression is? What it means for someone to have it? Here’s your chance […]

If you think suicide isn’t that common, you’re dead wrong. Here’s why.

Every time the subject of suicide comes up in a conversation (usually because there’s one in the media or at times like the recent World Suicide Prevention Day, someone is sure to ask me why we should worry about suicide, and if it’s really such a big deal. (And yes, this has been known to happen even when the […]

Police to do “mental test” but I’m worried. Here’s why.

So the other day I came across this headline in the national dailies announcing a new “initiative” from our dearly beloved police: AIG orders mental tests on Lagos policemen. (I actually was late to the party as it had been announced since mid-August and I only happened on it by the end of the month.) But you know when you see something […]

Ever wondered why people “commit” suicide?

Did you know World Suicide Prevention Day was 5 days ago? No? Well, now you do. It’s September 10 every year, and in commemoration of this year’s WSPD, this post and my next few posts will be a short series on suicide. Where were you when you heard of the death of Robin Williams’ a […]

3 unique things about depression in Africans

Hello! I’ve been talking about depression for awhile now (see here, here and here), and I’m all set to move on to another subject. Not because there isn’t more to be said, because there definitely is. (I mean, I haven’t even said anything yet about treatment options available for someone with depressive disorder, for instance!) I […]

Watch this short, but beautiful & honest, video on depression…

I had a black dog, his name was depression. That’s what this video is called. I found this via Mental Health Works. It’s a video commissioned by the World Health Organisation, and it was written, animated and narrated by the very talented Matthew Johnstone (he’s an Australian artist and public speaker, and you can find […]

How to recognise depression (part 2): some more signs

This is a follow up to my last post, How to recognise depression: the 3 signs you can’t afford to miss. (If you haven’t read that, you definitely should; these are only a few other things that may help.) Depression is a beast. Ok, sorry that came out of seemingly nowhere, but it’s true. It’s […]

What it’s like to have depressive disorder

My last 3 posts (see here, here and here) were about laying out a basic understanding of mental illness. I’ll be taking on some of the more common mental disorders, beginning with one of the commonest and under-recognised: depression. Don’t say that later will be better Now you’re stuck in a moment And you can’t […]

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