A therapist is a mirror (for your mind)

“You should try therapy.” Pause. What’s your instinctive response to that statement? Agreement? Disagreement? Scepticism? Laughter? Something else? (I’d like to hear what you chose!) In my experience—and I’m sure, that of anyone who’s worked in mental healthcare—scepticism is super common. And I find that equal parts frustrating and fascinating, because a lot of people […]

If you’re getting mental healthcare, I beg you: don’t stop your appointments

It’s for your own good, especially if medication is part of your care. I see this too often, and it’s heartbreaking and a bad idea. And stopping because you’re doing great reveals a common misconception about how mental healthcare works.

Police to do “mental test” but I’m worried. Here’s why.

So the other day I came across this headline in the national dailies announcing a new “initiative” from our dearly beloved police: AIG orders mental tests on Lagos policemen. (I actually was late to the party as it had been announced since mid-August and I only happened on it by the end of the month.) But you know when you see something […]

Doctor 2.0: The 8 Unspoken Roles Today’s Doctors Play

Are you ready to live up to the unspoken expectations? One of my favourite things to do is engaging medical students and new doctors. It’s partly because I remember myself like that, from over a decade ago. I was months from completing medical school and struggling to articulate a feeling that was completely new to […]

World Mental Health Day 2015: Dignity in Mental Health

“You’ve started again, abi? Your madness has started again.” Sade stared at her father. “Yes, daddy. I’ve started again. Shey I’m your mad daughter? I’ve started o, you hear? I’ve started!”  And she turned around and stormed out, tears streaming down her face. How dare they try to take away her right to be upset? […]

What plane crashes can teach us about violence in mental illness

Yes o — I’m still on this mental illness and violence matter! Honestly, I thought I’d just do a post on it, but each post so far has produced responses that necessitate another. (This will be the last for now, although I’m sure I’ll have to come back to it.) This post started as the answer to a […]

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