Depression as a Creative Illness: A South African Case Study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 1, 2012 , pages: 114–119
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10874528
Author(s): Humphrey NgcoboUniversity of Zululand, South Africa, Stephen EdwardsUniversity of Zululand, South Africa


This case study presents a cultural perspective to supporting health and wellbeing in a young South African adult with depression and unresolved paternity issues. Issues around cultural identity appeared to influence the experience of depression and addressing the identifying aspects was helpful to recovery and wellbeing. Therapy facilitated the discovery of the client’s biological father and necessary ritual to reunite him with his African ancestry.

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