Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DAY 3: Getting Help For Depression.





Depression Self Help


We've learnt so much about depression. Is there a way to prevent it?

There is no 100 percent guaranteed way to prevent depression, Sometimes one notices it when it has already taken root but some conscious effort may succeed in preventing it or reducing its effect.

One of such things is adopting a positive and healthy lifestyle.

Eat healthy,stop smoking, alcoholism and other negative habits, make time out for exercises, incorporate healthy fun and recreation into your schedule.

A good family bond is also helpful. Do things together as a family, family members should not be caught up in their individual lives.


There are certain myths and beliefs we need to talk about. One is that you can easily snap out of depression, you find people saying things like why are you depressed? "Smile," "Come lets go out."

Depression is not so simple. It is not as easy as that to snap out of depression without a focused line of management.

Another myth is that if one has money, a beautiful wife or handsome husband, cars etc. he or she cannot get depressed.

Depression is no respecter of persons or position.

Getting Help For Depression.


Let's look at how to treat . First of all you need to recognise there is a problem, not everybody will like to see a doctor or psychiatrist but sometimes this becomes inevitable.

One can speak to an elder or a counsellor who may be able to give some advice. These however do not replace the role of a doctor.

When you see a doctor, the doctor might choose one of a number of approaches for treatment. One is psychotherapy which essentially involves discussing with you on ways to change your behaviour, thought and mood concerning the illness, a family member may be present at these sessions.

This method may be successful on its own or may require the addition of prescribed drugs, these drugs are called anti depressants.


The good news is that treatment significantly reduces symptoms in most people, though there is a risk of recurrence and sometimes further approaches may be necessary like electroconvulsive therapy .

Untreated depression could be a dangerous thing, there could be deliberate self harm and ultimate suicide, any attempt at suicide should not be glossed over and needs urgent professional help.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

DAY 2: DEPRESSION - Role of Life Situations



Depression Information.

Previously we defined depression, today we will talk about risk factors for developing depression.

Certainly we live in difficult times and face situations that can tilt one to depression without knowing how to cope.

These situations may include the loss of a loved one, this may be a spouse, a child or even multiple members of a family at once e.g. in a disaster.

Employment and financial problems like inability to get a job or to pay one's rent.

Health and relationship problems like a sudden fatal diagnosis or divorce.

Some people are known to have broken down health wise because of these; sometimes having a family member who suffers from depression puts one more at risk for developing it.

Do you possess any of these risk factors?

Do you suspect yourself or a relative has depression?

Who should you see or what tests should you do?

People often feel there is a stigma attached to seeing a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is just a doctor specialising in mental

health issues, they are the best to see if one is suspected of being depressed. They will take a careful history from you with the intent of screening to see if you're depressed before reaching a diagnosis. Join me tomorrow as we discuss how to prevent depression.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

DAY 1: DEPRESSION- More Than Feeling Sad?



Understanding Depression

Welcome to Daily Health Check.

A lot of people we meet everyday and sometimes we ourselves are not really as happy as we would like others to believe.

For some people it is obvious that all is not well, others do a great job in hiding it. There is nothing wrong with this in itself.

In 2012 suicide was the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults aged 15 -29 worldwide.

Suicide could be a consequence of depression.

What exactly is depression? What are the signs of depression? How can we recognise the signs in ourselves and people around us? Is feeling sad the same thing?

Depression is defined as having a low mood; so that means anybody can be depressed, however this should be short lived and shouldn't overwhelm us.

Depression becomes a clinical problem when it affects our ability to function normally in our day to day existence and in society.

As I said before, depression is characterised by a low mood; a lack of interest and indifference to things that usually interest one.

The person may also withdraw from society and prefer staying indoors, staring into space or crying with little provocation.

There can be mood swings or substance abuse. Children may be irritable or stop performing well at school.

Have you noticed any of these symptoms in yourself or someone around you?

Join me tomorrow as we discuss risk factors for developing depression.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DAY 4: HOW TO TREAT OBESITY



Yesterday we talked about diet and exercise in preventing obesity, today we will look at treating it.

The most practical way to treat obesity is still to encourage the person to diet and exercise as well as modifying behaviour that predisposes them to obesity e.g. snacking. One has to find out what encourages the person to indulge in snacking, is it boredom, friends or passing a particular route daily? Then one will find alternatives to these.

In this environment, there is little else one can do. Yes, there are a few medications licenced for treating obesity, what some do is to prevent your body from absorbing the food you take or making you feel full.

These drugs are not readily available and they have to be under strict physician monitoring.

When someone is so obese that his or her life is threatened, such people are said to be morbidly obese; some cannot go out of their homes and need support to even go to the toilet, sometimes surgery is the only option left for such people.

A gastric bypass, banding etc. is done, what a bypass does as the name implies is to divide your stomach in such a way that the amount of food you eat is limited and parts of the digestive system is by passed , this limits how much nutrients you can absorb.

These procedures are very expensive requiring highly skilled surgeons, still, they are not without risks.


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Day 3 : Obesity - Myths and Prevention.




Yesterday, we talked about health risks associated with obesity, today we want to look at common myths and beliefs about obesity.

A common belief in our society is that obesity is a sign of wealth and good living, though some obese people may actually be wealthy, this is generally not true as we've found out.

Another is that it is only obese adults that can face health challenges, this is also not true as obese children and teens can also develop diabetes, hypertension etc.

When we discussed the causes of obesity we also found that it is not always eating food that causes obesity so don't look at obese people as gluttons.

Now, look at how to prevent it. Preventing obesity should start from developing the right habits in childhood; children should be taught proper eating habits, to be active and participate in sports.

Adults should avoid a sedentary life, this means an inactive life, being a couch potato, sitting all day and sending different people to do things for you without lifting a muscle.

Keep your car at home, walk to the grocery store, don't seat watching TV all day! Move!

Diet is really important, avoid junk food, cut down on your carbohydrates and fat, cook your own meals, reduce portions, incorporate vegetables and fruits into your meals.

Avoid alcohol, sweetened drinks and sodas. Don't forget to exercise , exercise is the best way to prevent obesity, you can jog, swim or do brisk walking 30 minutes daily for most days in a week.

You can join a gym or buy a bicycle.

Join me tomorrow as we discuss treating obesity.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Aisha Buhari and the Aso Rock Clinic Cabal






"There is a new disease in town called monkey pox."

"Really? Just like Ebola?"

"Well, not exactly."

" I remember that time when banks and schools were checking people's temperatures and providing taps to wash hands."

"Yes, we were quite health sensitive then, and the government was placed on her toes, but lately we've had some outbreaks like lassa Fever and cholera and we've been a bit overwhelmed."

" I hear Lassa fever is caused by rats but I was in a government hospital the other day and I saw large rats running around."

"Don't worry, the rats have been technically defeated, they no longer have the capacity to mount conventional attacks on the populace."

" I have my worries about this government's ability to fight this monkey pox"

"Young man, you don't know what you're saying, do you know how much the government has budgeted for health this year?

"You mean for the health of the president?"

"Young man, what are you talking about?"

"I hear 3.2 billion naira was budgeted for the Aso rock clinic."

"And so?"

"But Mr President doesn't use it. He'd rather go to his doctors in London"

"And so?"

"Is it not too much for a clinic?"

"Young man, do you know what a clinic is?"

"Yes, it is a place used to provide health services to patients, what could they possibly need 3.2 billion naira for?

"Young man, we are talking about Aso Rock, don't you know the president needs a first class clinic with state of the art facilities to serve him and the Aso Rock staff?"

"But I hear there are no syringes there and the Xray machine is faulty."

"And so?"



"But sir, if they can't maintain it, why not pump the money into the teaching hospital in Abuja."

"My friend do you want the president to go to a public teaching hospital?"

"I'm sorry sir, but err... I don't understand why the budget of a clinic is more than the budgets of some teaching hospitals. What is the money being used for and why are there no syringes?"

"Sharrap there, are you wiser than the government?"

"No sir, but the first Lady is married to the President and she has no idea, does that mean the president has no idea?"

"Young man, it seems you don't have any respect."

"I'm sorry sir, I was just trying to make common sense."




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DAY 2: Is it just food that causes obesity?






Last time I taught you how to calculate your body mass index which is your weight in kg divided by the square of your height in metres.

Today we will talk about the causes of obesity.

Is eating food the only cause of obesity? The answer is no.

When Obesity is caused by eating, it means what you take in (energy) exceeds what you give out.

Other times obesity can result from some diseases like thyroid disease and Cushing's syndrome, it can also come about as a result or side effect of using certain drugs e.g. steroids, oral contraceptives and some drugs used in treating depression.

Obesity may also run in some families due to genetic factors.

So what are the health problems associated with obesity?

These problems are myriad: obesity puts one at risk of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis which is thickening of the walls of the arteries - this can predispose to a heart attack, arthritis which is inflammation of the joints and also some cancers like breast and gall bladder cancers.

Obesity may also cause disturbances in breathing while sleeping, it may also make the person feel depressed and withdraw from society,

Join me tomorrow as we discuss myths and beliefs about obesity.

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DAY 3: Getting Help For Depression.

Depression Self Help We've learnt so much about depression. Is there a way to prevent it? There is no 100 percent guaranteed way ...