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Happiness Day: How to avoid depression – Expert

Aisha Bubah, Counselling Psychologist, Network for Psychosocial Support, Africa (NPS-Africa), has advised Nigerians to take care of their mental health to avoid depression.

Ms. Bubah said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja to commemorate the International Happiness Day.

“If one is in a happy state means less of troubles, stress and better well-being; if one is unhappy there will be depression, suicide, anxiety and stress disorder.

“Depression is a significant problem that has affected some youths which has made them to be drug addicts.

“Drug addiction is being experimented due to the poor state of mental health and seeks temporary pleasure and satisfaction,” she said.

Ms. Bubah said there cannot be health without mental health, saying one should be surrounded with positive people for well-being.

Besides, she urged Nigerians to share their thoughts with positive people to enhance their mental health.

“Constantly surrounding yourself with positive people will help manage stress. Buying expensive clothes, jewelleries will not bring permanent happiness.

We need to create time for relaxation and look beyond the economic situation of the country; we need to focus on positive in every bad situation,” Ms. Bubah counselled.

She said being happy impact on one’s level of productivity at workplace, adding that happiness also impact relationship with people.

However, she advised Nigerians to avoid sedentary lifestyle to be happy as it could cause more harm than good.

The International Day of Happiness is commemorated on March 20, annually by the United Nations to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.

(NAN)

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(Article)Lookin Through The Dark Glass

by Kwame Boye (post your articles here

Depression is struggling to get out of bed each morning. Depression is the voice in your head telling you that you are not good enough. Depression is the inability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Depression is not being able to feel any highs or low just a constant state of numbness. Depression is the inability to find enjoyment in anything you do. Depression is faking how you feel every day just to make people believe you are okay when you are not.

When you are fighting depression it is a silent battle. No one else sees how much you are fighting; no one else knows the inner pain and turmoil like you do, and that battle is real and the most difficult.

The mental pain is more excruciating than physical pain but it is more common and difficult to bear. Concealing this pain makes it harder to bear thus victims get to the edge and inflict harm or worse harbor suicidal thoughts.

A man tried jumping off a building just last week!! Sadly we have failed to notice that this silent killer is among us. We have resorted to laughing about the situation and creating great “memes”. We have failed to understand that something should be done! Many of our friends are suffering silently, dreading alienation from those of us who fail to understand how much they are battling.

I did lose a friend to depression; he only talked to me about it only when I admitted to him what I was going through. I did not at any one time anticipate that phone call from his mother that Kwesi was no more – he was found dead in his room. Apparently, he committed suicide through ingestion of poison.

Let us be more vigilant with the people around us – our friends and family. Let us try talking to them more and accept who they are.

I’m not afraid to say I have once been there. Talking with someone who listened without judgement has helped me a lot more than the people who helped me realize.

I’m now at a better place but I can still remember those dark times which are not yet over but clouds in the desert appear once in a while. There are many out there and your listening, non-judgemental ear might just save a life or change a life. Remember that many are sick, but only a few show the outward symptoms.


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