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  • Updated: February 28, 2024

Economic hardship: More Nigerians prone to mental conditions — Expert

Economic hardship: More Nigerians prone to mental conditions

Taiwo Obindo, a Consultant Psychiatrist, on Wednesday revealed that some Nigerians might be prone to developing mental health conditions, due to the visible hardships in the country

Obindo, also the President of Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN), said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, the current economic hardship, coupled with the level of poverty and other social factors in the country might likely inflict mental illness on more Nigerians.

He identified the social factors to include high cost of living, kidnapping, financial problems, inflation, child abuse, rape, broken homes and broken marriages, traumatic experiences and degrees of violence among others.

Obindo explained that people who are predisposed to the social factors are more likely to develop mental health issues particularly this period the country was faced with lots of economic challenges.

According to him, the Nigerian society is a culture medium for organisms that put people at risk of mental illness

Obindo, who identified poverty as a leading cause of mental health illness, said that many Nigerians are battling with poverty; saying that might predispose them to mental health conditions

“The devastating effects of inflation, poverty, insurgent attacks, insecurity and other social crisis across the country, had left several people in need of psychiatric evaluation

“In some cases, the individuals may not even know they are being exposed to mental health conditions; but the truth remained that the social crisis are taking a toll on the mental health well-being of the citizens

“No doubt, the situation has resulted to an increase in the number of mental health cases

“If you look at the degrees of social crisis and hardships and compare it with what goes on in other climes, you will discover that we have a greater predisposition to developing mental illness,” he said

He lamented that victims of rape or kidnapping suffer high degrees of trauma, which also affect their mental health.

 

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