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Persons with mental illness usually have to struggle with two major problems, how to cope with their symptoms and improve their health; and how to cope with society’s misconceptions about mental illness which is a major cause of stigmatization. Stigmatization deprives people living with a mental illness their full measure of human dignity, effective &...
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Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) is Nigeria’s largest and most active mental health non-profit network that exists to provide the needed awareness and advocacy regarding mental health and illness. At MANI, we help connect people seeking help with trusted mental health professionals, offer direct counseling via our suicide/distress hotlines and act as support to their...
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Have you ever met someone who has a terrible dress sense? Maybe a friend, relation, colleague or neighbor? And you are very sure it’s not about money, after all, with little money you can look good if you want to. Bend down select don finish? You have tried telling them but they never listen. You...
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My first draft was all about statistics – number of psychiatric hospitals, ratio of psychiatrists and psychologists to population… the usual numbers quoted whenever we deride the state of mental health clinical care in Nigeria. We all may not know the figures but there is a unanimous agreement that mental health is deeply neglected in...
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Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects everything about a person; how they think, feel and even behave. Often, it’ll feel like they’ve lost touch with reality. Symptoms and Signs of schizophrenia As individuals differ, so will the symptoms and signs of schizophrenia will vary. We can however classify the symptoms into...
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The media teaches us about people with whom we do not routinely interact. This constant flow of data gives us incessant social cues about the nature of other groups of people – including which groups of people should be praised or scorned. Media portrayals of those with mental illness often skew towards either stigmatization or...
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Schizophrenia (pronounced skit-so-phrenia) is a mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions or relate with others. Okay, so now you understand or better still, have an idea of what schizophrenia is, here is a list of some things you didn’t know about this illness: If you or...
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Nigeria movie industry, Nollywood  has depicted over and over again scenes where someone believed to be evil confesses to a lot of heinous atrocities. Confessing to have killed people around him or her, or brought on misfortune to other people’s families, businesses or careers. Patience Ozokwor plays such roles convincingly well. Before the confession, the...
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Anxiety is a general emotion that accosts us as human beings. It usually manifests itself in worry and fear: fear of the unknown and the inability to know exactly what to expect. Anxiety manifests its self with very evident physical characteristics; trembling and unease. When it manifests itself as social anxiety it puts you in...
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DISCLAIMER: The history narrated in this work is fictitious and was constructed for the purpose of this work. The history of horror stories can be traced to a man called Richard Perlicks. Perlicks was from a little village called Swaltz, in what is Portland today. He was born in a family of 5,both parents, two...
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