LIFESTYLE: TOP Things You Need To Know About Mental Illness

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Most people in Nigeria believe that mental disorders are a product of “Village People” People rarely ever talk about it and would rather. “GOD FORBID IT “away.


Sadly, in Nigeria, an estimated 20%–30% of our population are believed to suffer from mental disorders. This number considering Nigeria estimated population of over 200 million is heart-breaking. Unfortunately, the attention given to mental health disorders in Nigeria is ridiculously poor.

Awareness of the Nigerian public on mental health issues hasn’t caught fire. This is definitely connected to the misconceptions regarding mental health.

Many families have resorted to spiritual care when taking care of a mental disorder, it is also often shrouded in secrecy and fear.   Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others.


It is important to arm yourself with information regarding the topic.


What is Mental Illness?


A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines.

Is It By Witchcraft?


Can It be Passed Physically?


Can Mental Illness Be Inherited?

Yes. Some Mental Illness can be passed genetically.

Can It Be Cured?

Yes. Many Mental Illness Can Be managed. Others cured. Most require a change of lifestyle. Early diagnosis is always key.


Warning Signs

Sudden changes in thoughts and behaviours. Also keep in mind that the onset of several of the symptoms below, and not just any one change, indicates a problem that should be assessed. The symptoms below should not be due to recent substance use or another medical condition.

Confused thinking

Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)

Feelings of extreme highs and lows

Excessive fears, worries and anxieties

Social withdrawal

Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits

Strong feelings of anger

Strange thoughts (delusions)

Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)

Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities

Suicidal thoughts

Numerous unexplained physical ailments


Who Can Be Affected?


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