Joy Anima Debrah, National Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Psychological Association (GPA), outlined the factors that contribute to depression.
Following several suicide stories that have been circulating the media, which have been attributed to high rate of depression, she said, people who encountering any form of poverty, disappointment or extreme sadness are prone to feel depressed.
Speaking on an Accra-based radio station, Debrah pointed out that although these forms of depression do not necessarily lead to suicidal thoughts, such thoughts are generated when such person do not receive necessary attention.
Asked whether or not a person going through depression is aware of the illness, Mrs Joy Anima Debrah is explained that the ailment is a gradual process and more often than not people going through depression do not know what they are going through.
When asked if someone with depression would know about the disease, Mrs. Debrah explained that the illness is a gradual process and people with depression do not often know that they are experiencing it.
“Extreme cases of poverty, disappointments, sadness among others most of the time lead to depression. These people usually isolate themselves from the world and tend to keep to themselves most of the time. Continuous stigmatisation and grieve over a period of time can also lead to depression. Depression is not the end of the world and such people need to be loved and attended to”, she said.
She calls on relatives of those suffering from depression to seek urgent and appropriate medical care before such gets out of hand.