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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)?

No winter blues! lots of sunshine. Kinshasa takes some getting used to but if you are adaptable with a sense of humor you'll do OK. - Dec 21, 2017
No but there is poverty everywhere. - Dec 4, 2017
Resiliency is key, a positive attitude is tough to sustain here. Do anything to avoid extra stress because everything here is difficult. Make yourself be mindful. Exercise regularly. Eat well. Sleep well. Socialize. If you find yourself in a rut, reach out. The community here is pretty strong and we do what we can to share the burdens of this hardship post. - Mar 2, 2017
Morale at post is low and most people try to get out of country once every few months. Two things that often sap people's resilience are traffic (which is horrible and stressful to drive in daily) and boredom. While it has its benefits, Kinshasa is not a relaxing city to live in and not an easy place to blend in. Being constantly targeted can take its toll. It's best to bring lots of games and equipment for hobbies with you to fill free time and to plan regular travel. - Jan 21, 2017
No more than at any hardship post. - Sep 26, 2016