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Jun 7, 2010
by Gotfried K.

The Bangkok Post 

Thongchai (not his real name) felt depressed when Bangkok came under siege by demonstrators during Songkran. Though the crisis has unravelled, his depression remains. He finds it difficult to eat and sleep, feels lethargic yet irritable, and can't seem to shake it off.

There may be more to Thongchai's dark mood than the political crisis. He might, like many other Thais at the moment, be suffering from depression as a form of mental disorder. But, like many others, he might not be aware of his condition.

Signs of long-term depression, according to Dr Prakarn Thomyangkoon, a psychiatrist at Rajavithi Hospital's Department of Psychiatry, Ministry of Public Health, include feeling bored, quitting one's job, staying home, isolating oneself, having sleep problems and, in some case, anorexia. Other things to watch out for include sudden changes in diet, loss or gain of weight, a lack of interest in activities that used to be a pleasure to the person, excessive sleeping.

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