A wonderful Friday morning folks, trust we are doing well? As I am! A whole of shortcomings but God has been faithful. A whole lot of stories to share. Why don’t I select just one of this and fill your morning with this? Just relax in your seats and read, comment and like the post.
Buckle up and pull out your pens as you begin to scribble these words on the tablets of your mind and become adept at identifying some of these mental disorders and further referring them to a health care professional for adequate treatment.
Current location is consulting room 3. In walks a middle aged woman aged 40 years, who looked like she was in her prime 50. She was in a respectable blue dress garnished with jewelry adorned from her neck to her feet. My brain then smirks “Your work is going to be easy today” but you can not really trust any sudden spontaneous smiles.
I motion to the woman to take her seat, as I introduced myself “Dr Ntim” and pull out my pen ready to delve into her life.
She hands me the referral form still smiling. I was like this smile can ran a marathon! Ei! The referral from reads “She has had suicidal intentions” for the past 11 years which is associated with a persistent low mood.
You have realized I have used a lot of low mood in my post recently emphasizing the importance of mood in regulating our daily activities. You hanging out with friends? Mood. You going to the club with friends? Mood. You texting that girl day and night? Moooooood
Your mood is defined as a pervasive and sustained emotion or feeling that influences your behavior and colors your perception about your world. The positive and negative feelings you experience are as a result of your mood.
A variety of adjectives are used to describe mood: depressed, sad, empty, melancholic, distressed, irritable, disconsolate, elated, euphoric, manic, gleeful and many others.
Back to her story, a 20 year old woman who was the first born of these girls who had recently gained admission into the university and an optimistic life, oblivious of the dark start lurking ahead. Her future marriage ready to be in shambles..
So she enters university and joins a church fellowship which has its auspices located in the centre of the school. She then finds a church colleague who also doubles up as a church member. So they start going to church together and studying together, even into the deep hours of the night.
One night, it happened suddenly, she was raped
She begins to blame her naivety on the poor upbringing of her mother and making her vulnerable to the schemes of men.
She skipped her paper the next day which afforded her a trail in her results. She shed uncontrollable tears the whole night and skipped all her lectures finally opting out of school.
She began to isolate herself from people and could go on several days without eating or talking to anyone; she had this constant feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. She then changed from her usual outgoing self to a very quiet person – 2nd cue
Sadly. She could not also sleep at night because she experienced persistent flashbacks and nightmares of preceding events.
Her mood improved significantly after battling with these symptoms for about a month after different sessions with a clinical psychologist.
After she completed school, she could not hitch a job because she had few connections and little money left; because she resorted to only meagre jobs to support herself during which which she sold clothes as a hawker. Unfortunately, she was lured and raped again.
She began to have a strong aversion for men, that an arraigned marriage had to be organized for her about 12 years ago.
This marriage was full of ups and downs, riffs and ruffs and extra marital affairs for which she decided to call it a halt.
She decided to see a clinical psychologist when she began exploring options for taking her own life including taking DDT and using a knife. She changed her mind when she was advised to visit the clinical psychologist once again where she was further referred her for further management.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Contact your health care worker if you experience these symptoms for adequate or optimum treatment.
Thanks for reading.