People Don’t Get Depressed in Nigeria

A Nigerian doctor recounts his first encounter with a depressed, young mother from a poor household. In Nigeria, depression is often seen “a luxury for those who can afford to ignore their more pressing immediate problems – what to eat and how to keep a roof over their heads – to indulge in afflictions of the mood.” Interspersed with his account are descriptions of cow herding, water collection, bucket baths and the wall that is being built around their rural hospital to enhance their security. (3,290 words)

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