Psychiatrist reveals 6 out of 10 Nigerian women have mental illness

Psychiatrist reveals 6 out of 10 Nigerian women have mental illness

- Out of 10 women, six of them are said to be suffering from mental illness, while four out of 10 men suffer from the same illness

- This was stated by a consultant and university lecturer, Dr Auwal Sani Salihu

- He says there are over 300 diagnosable mental illnesses, which could be mild, moderate or severe

Six out of 10 women are said to be suffering from mental illness, while four out of 10 men suffer from the same illness in Nigeria.

Daily Trust reports that the assertion was made at a workshop in Kaduna by a university lecturer, Dr Auwal Sani Salihu.

Legit.ng gathers that the workshop was on mental illness and organised by the Federal Nuero Psychiatric Hospital, Kware, Sokoto state.

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Dr Auwal, a consultant and lecturer at Bayero University, Kano state, said drug abuse was found to be a major cause of mental illness.

According to him, there are over 300 diagnosable mental illnesses, which could be mild, moderate or severe.

He said: “Majority are the mild and the moderate, which together, constitute about 80 per cent while the severe ones are the remaining 20 per cent.

“We are all vulnerable to mental illnesses. Males and females, young and old, all societies, all cultures could have people with mental illnesses."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a consultant psychiatrist, Dr Tomi Imarah, urged politicians to learn to accept the outcomes of an election in order to avoid the risk of developing serious emotional turmoil or mental health challenges.

Imarah, who runs an online mental health counselling service, gave the advice in Lagos on Sunday, February 17.

She stated that politicians that lose elections have a higher risk of developing mental illnesses.

Imarah said: "Also, politicians who won elections were at risk of developing mental illness. We often assume that politicians have accepted the defeat, graciously or otherwise, and have moved on with their lives.

“You will be surprised to learn that they are often at risk of serious emotional turmoil or mental health challenges.

“They include low mood, low energy, poor motivation, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, poor self-esteem, diminished confidence, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness

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“They have experienced a unique sense of public humiliation and are likely to strongly internalise it as a sign of personal failure. Just like the rest of us, they are not immune from experiencing symptoms of depression.

“They include low mood, low energy, poor motivation, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, poor self-esteem, diminished confidence, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness."

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