If there is an issue that still continues to carry the heavy burden of stigma, it would have to be mental health issues. When parents (and indeed entire communities) realize they have a child who has mental health issues of one sort or the other, the reaction is usually swift and brutal; the children are hidden away like dirty secrets.
As a result, alot of people who seem like functioning adults but who have mental health issues keep them hidden and prefer to explain away their condition as being the result of witchdoctors’ handiwork.
And so many children with issues such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder suffer in silence rather than get the medical attention they so desperately need.
And atleast there is some sort of attention being brought to the matter. Adults and children who suffer from depression are left on their own. And just what is depression? If you ask the average African Joe, he will tell you it is an excuse lazy people give to not leave the house. Depression is unAfrican.
But really, what is depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.