Our expert says:
Many decades ago, many doctors indulged in geographic advice, recommending that people move to a different part of the country or the world, or go on a sea cruise, or whatever. If it wasn't surative, at least it was usually entertaining --- and got the person out of the doctor's hair for a long time, maybe even permanently.
While the disease Depression isn't area specific ( except for SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, which ocurs in areas which have long and dark winters, as it is responsive the the daily dose of light exposure ),
But obviously we all fel happier in some places than others --- especially if one place happens to be where you fight with your bf, or where your family makes you miserable. Its probably the "not fitting in" and other factors that happen to be in Joburg, which upset you when you're there.
Moving does sometimes help one to be happier --- but too often, one's troubles and squabbles are the first thing you pack, and the first to get unpacked on arrival, and you may be left with similar problems but fewer resources ( job, friends, family ) to help you cope with them
There's no rule about finding a good psychologist for counselling. Personally, I'd ask if they priovide CBT ) Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) and wouldn't accept any other method of counselling, because it's been proved to be much more effective and useful, as well as cost-effective. You can ask your GP, or the folks at the Anxiety-Depression Support Group, or at FAMSA.
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