Dineo Ranaka no longer suicidal but diagnosed with severe chronic depression. When she suddenly revealed her difficulties with “staying alive,” the entire nation was concerned. Dineo Ranaka, a radio and television star in Sangoma, experienced a flood of encouragement from her audience, friends, and coworkers after discussing her mental health.
The mother of three explained how, before checking herself into a mental health facility, she came to understand people who are suicidal. She left the hospital in less than a week because she thought another patient had been recording her while she was recovering. Since then, Dineo has come forward to reveal that she has been identified as having severe chronic depression.
Dineo Ranaka no longer suicidal but diagnosed with severe chronic depression
Dineo shares with her followers that she has overcome her suicide thoughts and is appreciative of their calls, texts, prayers, and well wishes.
“Thank you. I’ve recently been diagnosed with Severe Chronic Depression,” she says. “I feel like I need to allow myself to reintroduce myself to myself because I’ve been a high-functioning person with depression and this is dangerous! Very dangerous.”
She adds that she has been physically sick. “Really physically sick. I’ve suspected myself to not be well for a bit over two months now. And eventually, I know why! What a relief!” she says. “My symptoms have been in-sleep seizures, trouble waking up, trouble controlling my bladder, confusion, thoughts of harming myself, trouble with energy to do anything and meaningful deep empathy/sympathy with those that have taken their lives.” But she is grateful to be alive. “At the end of it all, I am here now. Trying to learn how to move forward without thinking I’m a fraud. It’s really hard on me, and if you knew half of the judgement I’m dealing with, you would probably want to have yourself admitted and never discharged! But I have faith in me. I believe in me. Depression is curable.”
During the time of her breakdown, she said, “I completely understand souls,spirits, people that commit suicide. I get it. I get them. Because I’m trying my best to not commit suicide, my mind is so loud of late and life is fu*&&ng hard and I’m trying my best, but it seems my best is not enough. My children, God. Abantwana bam!,” Dineo said. “The biggest question is, is Dineo suicidal? The answer was yes but is now No! It is No because to break the curse I have to believe and say that I’m not!” she said adding that, “Does Dineo empathise with those that have committed suicide? The answer is ‘Yes’ because the ultimate symptom of depression is suicide, so I get it now. Have I thought of taking my own life? The answer is yes. But I reverse the curse by declaring I am not suicidal! If at all you relate, I have faith in you. I believe in you. I hope you believe in yourself too. I hope you are willing to do the work to be ok. Mental health is so insanely misunderstood because depression is not the absence of happiness so essentially, it is not sadness. It is the absence of vitality. Vitality is the zest to live!”
According to Dineo, she is currently taking some time for herself to sort out the chaos in several parts of her life.