After a foremost South African researcher, clinical and medical cardiologist of world standing committed suicide at the age of 51 few days ago, doctors came out to raise the seriousness of depression in their line of duty. Dr Alastair McAlpine who at the age of 21, halfway through his medical training, found himself in a psychiatric hospital for depression and substance abuse said “Doctors in SA are pushed too hard. No question. We see and do things daily that would give regular folk nightmares. We work ridiculously long hours, our goodwill is exploited by our employers, and we are unsupported by our regulatory bodies*” The field of anaesthesia is reported to have the highest rate of burnout and suicide in the medical profession. Although mental illness and depressive symptoms among medical fraternity is four times the rate of equivalent professionals with similar education, age and income groups according to a US study, depression remains one of the most common emotional ailments. Absolutely, those with depressive symptoms should seek medical help however one remedy for depression is to meditate on God’s Word and pray. This will take your mind off the present situation and give hope that it will improve. It helps you to focus your thoughts on God’s ability to help you rather than on your inability to help yourself. The effectiveness of prayer as a great antidepressant is shown in Gandhi’s quote “Without prayer, I should have been a lunatic long ago.” When you feel depressed, say this to your soul “Why are you down in the dumps. Why are you crying the blues? Fix your eyes on God- soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.”
Do have a great week ahead.
*Source of information: Sunday Times, August 5 2018