Behaviour Therapy in the Management of Clinical Depression in Nigeria

Oladimeji, B. Y. (1995)

Book chapter

Depression is a universal experience and is said to be the common cold of psychopathology in Europe and America. For a long time, though, depressive illness was thought to be rare or even non-existent in sub-Saharan Africans. Recent investigations by practitioners in these regions have proved that position untenable. Studies describing the clinical picture of depression in African patients have led to a better understanding of the differences in manifestation - a major explanation for its being missed. Though exact figures are presently not available, depression in its various forms have been found to be high on the list of prevalent problems in psychiatric clinics and hospitals in Africa.