Our expert says:
It would be worth exploring these "depression" issues with a good local shrink. Often, we Africans, like some Australians, find much to love in Europe, but find the weather not only "depressing" in a general way with the cold and rain, but the relative lack of sunlight for extended periods in the year. And some forms of Depression are light-sensitive, like Seasonal Affective Disorder, with the appropriate abbreviation of SAD. And it can be controlled by deliberate exposure to particular types of light , including sitting under some types of lamp.
It is not surprising that you miss your son ( though I notice that you don't mention missing your son's mother ). Presumably, she would miss Europe as much as you missed SA. What is he situation regarding your break-up with her ? If you did learn to manage the depression, and returned to Europe, what access would you have to the boy, and what job prospects are there for you, there ?
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