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Are there any particular mental health issues that tend to crop up at post, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter blues)?

I don't know of any mental health issues, but I think morale at post is rather poor. Many would prefer this to be a two-year assignment rather than a three year tour. This isn't a matter of hardship as Botswana is pretty well-developed and modern. It is just that both personally and professionally, this his not a place to be long term. Gaborone is a pretty boring place, and the issues being addressed here are not critical to U.S. foreign policy. A lot of people would prefer to move on sooner rather than later from what I have observed. - Apr 30, 2017