Brave woman overcomes depression to inspire fellow South Africans

- A woman has shared her story about living with depression

- She encourages others to come forward and not be ashamed

- She also advises those feeling depressed to seek medical attention immediately

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A woman has opened up about how she has conquered her struggle with depression. She now wishes to share her story to help others in similar positions.

Pinky Gqeba from Mthatha was diagnosed with Major Deppressive Disorder in 2014. She describes that period in her life as chaotic and felt like everything was falling apart.

"I was compelled to get myself admitted in a mental health facility in East London, and was put on anti-depressants instantly."

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Since being diagnosed and treated, Pinky has realised that depression is nothing to be ashamed of. She encouraged those who felt depressed to seek professional help as soon as possible.

"Your mental health is your responsibility and your mental health is as important as your physical health."

Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest. It is also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

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One may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes one may feel as if life isn't worth living.

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group has a 24-hour helpline for anyone to call if they feel distressed: 0800 456 789.

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