Rorisang Kgosana
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24 Dec 2021
6:13 am

There is no shame in treating an illness of the mind

Rorisang Kgosana

With the festive season upon us, as the South African Anxiety and Depression Group has said we should expect more suicides and depression.

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Catching up with old friends, colleagues and acquaintances, I noticed that this time of year is usually the hardest. After a year of Covid waves, new variants, politics and elections, many were silently suffering from some sort of mental illness – including myself. Standing in the local pharmacy waiting to collect my monthly dose of antidepressants, I heard the pharmacist on the phone arranging to deliver the exact same medication to another patient. My curiosity led me to probe. “Yes, a lot of people have indeed been coming to get antidepressants. It seems a lot of people are going through...