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Neuropsychiatrist: Nigerian Women Are Twice As Sensitive To Depression

One in five Nigerians, according to Dr. Edak Okwong, a neuropsychiatrist at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Calabar, suffer from depression, with women being twice as vulnerable.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, Okwong provided the justification.

According to NAN, depression is a mood condition that results in a lingering feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It may be categorised as major depressive disorder or clinical depression.

It has an impact on a person’s thoughts and actions and can cause a number of emotional and physical issues.
Additionally, patients may struggle with performing routine daily tasks and occasionally believe that life is not worth living.

The neuropsychiatrist said although many scientists had come up with possible reasons why women were more predisposed to depression, social issues were some of the major causes.

“In Nigeria, one out of every five persons has experienced depression and women are twice more affected. Scientists say it may be as a result of hormonal changes or less neurotransmitters such as serotonin in a woman’s brain.
“However, the social issues with women are there, such as less empowerment which makes them unable to settle some needs and sink into anxiety and depression.


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“There is also the issue of domestic violence in which many women are victims and have this feeling of entrapment; this powerless situation makes women depressed,” she said.

Okwong said depression had the capacity to affect a person’s sleep by making him or her not sleep well or sleep excessively, eat ravenously, and gain weight.

She said it affected the patient’s concentration, which in turn, affected his or her performance and most importantly, fill their mind with negative thoughts such as “I am worthless”.

She says immediately after any patient gets to the level of hopelessness, suicide becomes the next option unless someone intervenes.

The doctor added that depression was real and a mental health disorder but sufferers should not feel stigmatised as they could reach out and get help because the condition was treatable.




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