DEPRESSION has been described as the second major
cause of death in the world, according to the Head
of Department department of Behavioural Sciences of
University of Ilorin, Dr Mrs Y. Ayinmode.
Ayinmode, a guest speaker at this year's edition of World Family Doctors Day, with the theme 'Depression', said if nothing was urgently done to stem the rising statistics, the disease said to be having no status boundaries would be the leading major cause of death in the world.
She warned during the programme organised by the department of Family Medicine of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH ), "persons with uncommon religious piety fasting at will without reasons for such, looking down on others as unbelievers in God", should urgently seek for medical help.
Besides, the Psychiatric expert said persons with insomnia, family history of depression, prolonged sadness, serious loss of appetites, excessive and inexplicable cries especially among women should timely consult their physicians.
Although the disease is said to be having no status boundaries and without any potent vaccine, it is nevertheless curable especially when presented earlier.
She recommended psychological approach to its treatment just as she said when necessary drugs could be the way out of depression.
For her, human beings should stop equating themselves with God noting that proper counseling and attitudinal changes would assist in lowering cases of depression in Nigeria.
Ayinmode said not all cases of confessional statements made by some aged women linking them with witchcraft should be taken serious as such could be due to senility or depression.
The patients who attended the seminar thanked the management of the UITH for organising such an eye opening event, just as they canvassed more of such in future.
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) belongs to the second generation of Teaching Hospitals which were established by law on the 2nd May 1980. It took off in July1980 and started operation using as its temporary site, the then General Hospital and Maternity Hospital Ilorin which were owned by the Kwara State Government. The permanent site of the hospital was declared opened by His Excellency, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in May 2007 while complete movement took place in April 2010.