According to specialist neuropsychiatrist Jimoh Adejumo, economic hardship may lead to mental breakdown in Nigerians.
In a Thursday interview in Lagos, Mr. Adejumo of the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, said this.
According to him, more Nigerians may develop mental illnesses as a result of the country’s current economic hardship and high level of insecurity.
These, according to him, include things like inflation, poverty, child abuse, rape, shattered homes and marriages, money issues, traumatic events, and various levels of violence.
“In some cases, the individuals may not even know they are being exposed to mental health conditions.
“The truth remains that the social crisis is taking a toll on the mental health well-being of the citizens.
“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,” Mr. Adejumo discuss.
According to him, victims of rape or kidnapping experienced severe trauma that had an impact on their mental health.
The physician claimed that some people need psychiatric treatment as a result of the terrible impacts of insurgent attacks, insecurity, kidnapping, and other problems across the nation.
According to Mr. Adejumo, 64 million Nigerians suffer from some sort of depression, and stress and depression are two key risk factors for mental disease.
According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), around 50 million Nigerians, or one in four, suffer from mental illness.
He claimed that the situation is made worse by the lack of mental health professionals in the nation, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and others, who can manage and treat patients.
According to the psychiatrist, foreign nations now attract more than half of all mental health professionals.
According to studies, one in four Nigerians may experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, and there are only about 300 licensed psychiatrists in the nation.
The few mental health professionals we do have are all being drawn outside of the nation, he claimed, because there aren’t enough of them here.
Therefore, Mr. Adejumo suggested that proactive steps be taken to address the nation’s economic problems.