The most unhelpful question when things go wrong

And 2 reasons it’s so common There’s a question I often get from people I’m working with that breaks my heart. The question is this: “How do I get back to who I used to be?” It’s a question I understand, being as human as they are. But the reason it breaks my heart is, it’s […]

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3 things mental illness and cancer share in common

 In commemoration of World Cancer Day 2017 The first time someone I knew had cancer, I didn’t even know that was what it was. I was not yet 10, and all I knew that my close friend had lost his father over the course of a protracted illness to something called “leukaemia.” It was many more […]

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Why are emotional wounds so hard to “treat”?

So in my last post, “How our wounds make us human,” I explained what a wound is. I’ll recap the definition: An emotional wound is the “breakage” in your image of yourself or of life, that’s caused by a negative experience. In this post, I’ll be unpacking that definition and showing you why wounds can be so […]

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How our wounds make us human

Wounds

No, I’m not about to romanticise pain. Wounds hurt, and nobody likes them, including me. But they do make us human, and I want to explain how in this post. You know the saying: “Everyone’s got a little bit of madness”?  I don’t really like it (and if you know or follow me at all, you can already guess why: because […]

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Public psychiatric hospitals and services in Nigeria

A lot of people ask me about where they can get psychiatric services in Nigeria, and I’ve been meaning to make a list for a long time. Well, I figured the theme awareness surrounding World Mental Health Day was a good time to get around to this. 🙂 But first, a brief history of psychiatric services in Nigeria, as […]

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