Our expert says:
As Kay says --- is there no Medical Aid or similar at work ? If there is, use it. If not, asessment would be available at major public hospitals and medical school depts of psychiatry, but usually at a considerable time cost. A GP can help and is usually able to make such a diagnosis, and can provide meds --- be sure to let him know of financial constraints so he can select effective meds in the generic range ( which are equivalent to the more expensive drugs, but for price ). Elsewhere in H24, if you search carefully, there will be articles abour Depression and maybe even some self-assessments to help you clarify the diagnosis foor yourself. Nothing over-the-counter helps depression with the exception of St John's Wort, a herbal product similar in some ways to Prozac and similar meds, which can be effective in mild depressions.
Also check out availability of self-help books, especially of the CBT format ( I have seen some rather good ones ) which you can use to start working on this yourself
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