Wednesday, September 14, 2016

One Out Of Every Five Nigerians Have An Extreme Mental Disorder- Ogun Commissioner

Dr Babatunde Ipaye, the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, has said no fewer than 60 million Nigerians have various degrees of mental disorder.

Ipaye, who made the revelation in Abeokuta in a statement made available to reporters, urged people to always go for regular psychotherapy check-up to detect and manage mental challenges.

He said that about 80 per cent of people move about with mental disorder without knowing or seeking help. According to him, between 20 and 25 per cent of Nigerians live with a full-blown mental disorder across the country.

Ipaye added that the cases of mental challenges range from simple minor mood disorder to extreme cases of mental accreditation, stating further that one out of every five Nigerians have an extreme mental disorder.

He identified marital pressure as well as educational and economic pressure as factors that could trigger minor mood disorder that eventually lead to mental illness, adding that other pressures are expectation and disappointment, advocating that community mental home should be created across the country to socially manage mental disorder at the grassroots level.

17 comments:

  1. The problems in the country is enough to drive one crazy

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  2. Community mental homes has been phased out as a form of managing patients with mental disorders as it does more harm than good to people with mental disorders. So, creating mental homes is not gonna solve the problem, it will worsen it. This is nothing but evidence based Psychiatry, and this should be what we should be doing for our mentally ill people in Ogun state.

    All studies done have shown that managing patients with mental disoders while the patients were allowed to be living amongst their own people led to the best outcome for mentally ill patients.
    This is why mentally ill people are no longer being put in mental homes in Europe and in the US.

    Only the mentally ill patients that are seriously ill or that are a danger to themselves need be 'detained' for a short period of time for proper management after which (once they are no longer a danger to themselves and to our society) they should be discharged to be cared for while living at home with their loved ones.

    Locking up mentally ill people does more harm to these patients and is no longer recommended.
    So, there is no sense in locking up these patients in community mental homes as being recommended by our honourable commissioner of health.

    Also, just to put things straight and in the righ perspective as they say "Knowledge is light", Psychotherapy is a form of treatment and is not used for checking up mentally ill patients to detect their mental disoders. Psychotherapy is just one way of treating and not diagnosing mentally ill patients.

    So, directing our people to go for regular Psychotherapy check-up to detect and manage mental challenges is misinformation.

    Our general medical practitioners and Community based nurses are best positioned to see and detect mental disoders in our people in Ogun state. This is because they are at the forefront and they are the first contacts seen by our people, whenever our people are ill. These two medical providers should be constantly equipped with the necessary knowledge to detect and diagnose mental diseases in our people and then refer them to Psychiatrists for best management.

    -olu@atlanta-

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  3. So many Nigerians are deranged with the so called recession

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    1. Lol wetin the man do you na?!!

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  5. Happy birthday in advance to me.
    Thank God for the gift of life despite all odd
    Wants to be the first graduate of the family trying hard to pay school fee yet having a chronic ulcer and was raped while the rapist fled + bread winner of the family, cater for mum, pay house rent, pay last born school fees, provide food in the house, siblings having their problem in their matrimonial homes
    Dad in kirikiri since february charged with manslaughter. Abeg e no easy but still the happiest person on earth.
    #Believes in a brighter rewarding future soon#will surely get there#determined soul#

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  6. Happy birthday in advance to me.
    Thank God for the gift of life despite all odd
    Wants to be the first graduate of the family trying hard to pay school fee yet having a chronic ulcer and was raped while the rapist fled + bread winner of the family, cater for mum, pay house rent, pay last born school fees, provide food in the house, siblings having their problem in their matrimonial homes
    Dad in kirikiri since february charged with manslaughter. Abeg e no easy but still the happiest person on earth.
    #Believes in a brighter rewarding future soon#will surely get there#determined soul#

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  7. This explains the unexplainable road rage!!!

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