Depression: Watch It !

News filtered in on Monday,May 30,2022 in Nigeria of the death of 47-year-old Miss Afolake Abiola, an accountant with Globacom Limited, who committed suicide by drinking a pesticide. Then came in another news of suicide attempt on Wednesday, June 1 of yet-to-be identified man ,who was on the brink of committing suicide at the Lagos lagoon by the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge.

He was rescued by patrol officers of the Lekki Concession Company. He was later handed over to the Police.

Folake,was not so lucky,she took her life before help could come. The incident occurred on Friday, May 27, 2022, at her residence, 1 Abayomi Kukomi Close in Osapa London, Lekki, Lagos.

Folake who was single and childless was said to have suffered depression for a while before she took her life.

Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness or a loss of interest in activities one once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home. Some of the traits of depression include:

Feeling sad or having a depressed moodLoss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyedChanges in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dietingTrouble -sleeping or sleeping too muchLoss of energy or increased fatigueIncrease in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others) -Feeling worthless or guilty -Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions . -Thoughts of death or suicide.

We all need to watch it,once you start exhibiting the signs mentioned above. Know that you need help !

* A problem discussed is half solved. Please talk to someone today. Unburden your heart. Above all,’ know that no matter what you are going through,God loves you.

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