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These Sure Signs from a Psychologist Tells You how Depression in Men Looks Like



A recent conversation with my husband sparked me to write this piece on depression in men. We had talked about the recent suicide of Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington. I recall telling him that there were specific symptoms that were prevalent in men with depression, which often go unrecognized! So this short piece is to give a very brief overview about depression in men.

Depression is a multifaceted condition characterized by deep sadness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, and a loss of interest in social activities. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Half of those do not receive treatment, due to stigma and lack of awareness.

There is a perception that men should be strong and in control of their emotions. The fact is men and women get depressed! Symptoms used to diagnose depression are similar regardless of gender. However, men tend to be less adept at recognising symptoms of depression than women.

The reasons why the symptoms of depression in men are not commonly recognised is that men are more likely to deny these types of feelings or try to mask or hide them with other behaviours. They are more likely to experience “stealth” depression symptoms, which can be represented as:

1.   Mood fluctuations – feeling aggressive, hostile or irritable

2.   Reckless behaviour –pick a fight, drive dangerously, drink and drive or gambling

3.   Alcohol or drug abuse

4.   Isolation

5.   Decreased sex drive

6.   Physical complaints such as back ache, stomachache, gastric problems, fatigue or loss of appetite

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7.   Escapist Behaviour, such as spending a lot of time at work

8.   Irritability or inappropriate anger

It is important to note that the above is not set in stone, as depression affects people in different ways, which means that particular symptoms are unique to the individual.

Depression does not come out of the blue! It can slowly creep up before the above symptoms are noticeable. Some of the triggers to depression can be due to:

1.   Stress at work or home

2.   Relationship problems

3.   Health problems

4.   Family responsibilities

5.   Financial problems

6.   Retirement and loss of independence

7.   Death of a loved one

Depression in men may cause them to keep their feelings hidden, which is why it can go unrecognised in the early stages. Men tend to put off getting any kind of help because they may think they need to be tough!

Depression untreated can be catastrophic. Men show fewer warning signs, such as talking about suicide. Although women are more likely to attempt suicide, men suffering from depression are four times more likely to die if they attempt suicide. This is because they tend to choose more lethal methods and may act more impulsively on suicidal thoughts.

Depression in both men and women can be treated successfully with antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

Depression is a serious and common condition, which unfortunately won’t get better by itself. If you or someone close to you is going through depression, it is important that you seek help and support. Talk with your doctor, mental health professional or someone you trust who can support you to seek appropriate help!

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Some additional tips:

1.   Eat healthily; avoid sugar and refined foods, as well as caffeine. Eat fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens; these can boost your B Vitamins, as a deficiency in this vitamin can trigger depression.

2.   Engage in social activates as this will help to avoid further isolations.

3.   Engage in physical exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Take a walk, lift some weights or go for a run!

I know it can be hard to ask for help, but without the appropriate treatment, depression is unlikely to go away, and possibly could get worse. Please do not suffer in silence! No matter how dark your days may feel, there is a way out of it!

A sign of strength is when you ask for help when you need it.

Dr Funke Baffour is a Clinical Psychologist and Nutritionist. Her recent book, Improving your Thinking: A 10 Step Guide helps individuals to adopt healthier ways to deal with unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. Available on Amazon

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Leaked S*xtape: ‘Let it touch my heart’ s*x video between headmaster and student takes over social media



A 4minutes 16secs s*x video of the headmaster of Breman Edumanu D/A Basic School and a 17-year-old student has leaked and gone viral on social media. Aside from the video been a very bad act, social media users are however very interested in the convo that took place during the scandal.

“Yeah, nice one… I want you to fuck me to my satisfaction. Fuck me to the extent that I’ll feel it within my soul,” was the reaction of the 17-year-old during her sexual encounter with Robert Sepey, the Headmaster of Breman Edumanu D/A Basic School.

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See some of the comments on social media

After the tape surfaced on social media, Mr. Sepey reportedly went into hiding as the District Police Command, the chief and people of the town were said to be on his heels.

The Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Education Directorate consequently directed the Circuit Supervisor of Education to take over the Breman Edumanu D/A Basic School. However, news reaching us is that he has been asked to return to post.

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What is a robot sekz doll?



The robots are becoming more sophisticated – and lifelike – by the day as a growing number of lonely men are taking the chance to craft their dream woman.

Robots already build our cars, clean our houses and make our food – now manufacturers are on the verge of offering life-like, moving dolls for “private fun”.

Sex robots are essentially realistic dolls that have sophisticated movements that closely mimic humans so that they can romp. Simply, A s3x doll (also love doll or blowup doll) is a type of s3x toy in the size and shape of a s3xual partner for aid in masturbation. The sex doll may consist of an entire body with face, or just a head, pelvis or other partial body, with the accessories (v^gina, anus, mouth, p3nis) for s3xual stimulation. The parts are sometimes vibrating and may be removable or interchangeable.

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Prof Noel Sharkey, chairman of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, said guilt-free threesomes was just one of the potential uses for sex robots.

Others include “teledildonics” – wireless technology which allows a person to stimulate their partner remotely.

Sex bots are expected to be hyper-realistic with features such as built-in heaters to create the feeling of body warmth.

They will also have sensors to react to your touch.

One company is even developing a head that can speak, smile and sing for its robot sex dolls, while sex doll Harmony is the first to offer an “emotional connection”.

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Experts say these specialised robots will start to appear in ordinary homes in the next decade, as lonely humans look for love.

Excerpts of texts from The Sun,UK

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Mahama receives backlash on Social Media over comments on Trump’s shithole tweet



In the wake of an alleged comment made by America’s Donald Trump, ex-president John Mahama has attracted some ‘heat’ unto himself over a picture tweet he made concerning the issue which has enraged many Ghanaians and Africans in general.

Ex-President John Dramani Mahama made an earlier tweet which read, “Africans and Haitians come from ‘shithole’ countries? Isn’t Trump demonstrating that he’s nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of ‘Make America White Again’? I congratulate Botswana for showing the way. Our AU Presidents must respond strongly to this insult.”

The former president who had early on called out Donald Trump as a ‘racist’ for his “shithole” comment took to Twitter in a recent post which read, “Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?”.

Sometime last year, a photo of Donald Trump being shown an African map and the location of Ghana went viral on social media. Some people were of the view that Donald Trump was impressed with Ghana’s economy and wanted to know exactly where it was on the African map.

Some people, therefore, used the photo as propaganda to promote the NPP’s administration. It was however revealed that the picture had been photoshopped; meaning that it was fake. To make it easy to spot, all the countries on the map had the name, “Nambia”.

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John Dramani Mahama’s tweet was therefore treated by other social media users as an ‘attack’ on the NPP administration and they did not take kindly to it.

America’s president, Donald Trump made world headlines when he was reported to have referred to Haiti and Africa as “shitholes”.

Many people have come out to criticize Donald Trump over the claim and even the African Union issued a statement to register its displeasure over the incident.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took to his social media handle with a post which read, “The language of US President Donald Trump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. Ghana is certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.”

Here are some of the responses on ex-president Mahama’s tweet:

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