Category Archives for "Thinking about mental health"

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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If you think suicide isn’t that common, you’re dead wrong. Here’s why.

Suicide spectrum

Every time the subject of suicide comes up in a conversation (usually because there’s one in the media or at times like the recent World Suicide Prevention Day, someone is sure to ask me why we should worry about suicide, and if it’s really such a big deal. (And yes, this has been known to happen even when the […]

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Creating awareness with Dr Vivian Ikem

So I was invited by the lovely Dr Vivian Ikem to her event to help create awareness on depression. Here’s an excerpt from the news report on the event by The Nation Online: While the book reading took on a congenial and jovial bearing, nuggets of informative material prevalently seeped forth from the speakers, including a psychiatric doctor, Ayomide […]

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Why does abuse make people behave “strangely”?

Why does abuse make people behave

And what can YOU do to help? This piece was originally posted on Bella Naija. I had a client once who had been involved with a cult. And in telling me about the experience, it was striking to observe the swinging between recognising how messed up the experience had been and defending the person behind it. […]

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Are mental illnesses spiritual?

I’ll never forget the woman. She was middle-aged, visibly sick, and surrounded by a foul-smelling odour that on closer examination, emanated from her breasts. Her diagnosis: stage 4 breast cancer. It had been diagnosed over a year earlier, at an earlier stage. Surgery had been advised then, but that had been the last anyone saw […]

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