Depression among Nigerian students appear to be on the increase recently with the many visiting the hospitals with the symptoms.
This was revealed by a medical consultant at the Federal Medical Center Bida (FMC), Dr. Mudasir Muhammed Danjuma while speaking newsmen in his office recently, he said depression sometimes has an obvious trigger, it often intrudes on a person’s life without warning, hinders a person from carrying out daily activities.
Dr. Danjuma further stressed that depression can occur as a result of genetic post from parent to children, and it could also occur as a result to our environment or the situation we face at a particular point in time.
The mental-health professional then disclosed that there are activities students need to engage in to stay physically and mentally active, some of these are to maintain a balance and stable daily routine, get enough sleep, take time each day to relax, eat a nutritious and balanced diet, limit alcohol consumption and drugs that are not prescribed for individual, avoid isolation, spend time with people whom individual trust and who cares, give attention to studies in school and to know why they are in school.
He said putting these seven points in practice will help students checkmate themselves and report to any medical center if symptoms of depression arise.
In the same vain a psychiatrist nurse at the FMC Christopher Ehimeh also cites other causes of depression could be financial problem, not able to meet up deadlines, these can make some activities in school look impossible and in turn results to mental disorder.
He added that the darkness of depression makes one avoid contact with others, even good friends.
Source: The Nation