Some medical practitioners have observed that the number of persons going to the hospital for depression related cases are on the increase.

They are associating the spike to the current recession in Nigeria.

It has contributed to the recent increase in suicide cases, and figures that should startle every Nigerian were released at the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), Scientific Conference Week of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi chapter.

The theme of the conference was: “Economic Recession and The Rise of Depression”.

A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Adeyemi Egbeola, in his speech at the event decried the increasing rate of recession-associated clinical depression in Nigeria.

Egbeola works at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja.

“For every suicide committed, there is an average of 20 attempts (ratio 1:20), due to unemployment, self-rated mental health, debts, financial difficulties and other common mental health issues.

“Depressive disorder account for 80% suicide and hopelessness is the most predictive indicator of suicide, a depressive thought pattern.

“In 2015 from January to November, record show that 25, 267 patients were treated on mental health at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba Lagos, while the number increased to 53,287 in 2016 within the same period.

“At the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, at the Adult Out-Patient Department (OPD), 3,500 patients were treated in 2015, while the number rose to 4,311 patients within the same period in 2016,” Egbeola said.

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He urged the Federal Government to intensify training and supervision of low level manpower at the Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC).

Here are a few things the psychiatrist advised you should do to overcome depression. 

1. Lead a healthy lifestyle

2. Get adequate sleep

3. Exercise 

4. Eat nourishing and balanced diets

5. Avoid smoking

6. Ensure moderate use of alcohol.

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