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Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN)

Medical Practitioners Express Worry Over High Rate Of Depression

21 May 2017 Health National News News


As the world mark Family Doctors Day,the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN)  has expressed worry over the high rate of depression and suicide attempt in the country.

The President of the Association ,Dr Frank Odafen says over 800 thousand people die annually from suicide associated with depression.

Dr. Odafen who made this known at a press conference in Abuja to mark this year’s World Family Doctors’ Day themed Depression; Let’s Talk About it,advocated family physicians to every household to check the trend of suicide in the country.

“The unfortunate thing in the management of depression is that many people who suffer from depressive illness feel uncomfortable revealing their feelings to relevant healthcare professionals or close people.

“The good news is that depression is a treatable malady. Broadly, treatment can be categorised into psychotherapy, medication and electro convulsive therapy”,

The President of the Association who described depression as a scourge that is on the rise globally, also revealed that suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged between 15 to 29 years.

According to Dr Odafen depression negatively impacts on the Gross Domestic Product of countries especially Nigeria which is currently experiencing an increase in the number of suicide cases.

While urging citizens to seek medical attention if they experience an unusual change in the social disposition, Odafen also regretted that people who experience depression often feel uncomfortable talking about it.

Dr Odafen  called on families to be on the alert so as to identify relations who could be battling the illness in order to assist them on how to get professional help and not to resort to unacceptable means of handling their condition.

Depression is defined as a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings, and sense of well-being.


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