The Conuselling Psychologist, Network for Psychosocial Support Africa (NPS-Africa), an NGO, Ms Aisha Bubah, has advised Nigerians to take care of their mental well being.
Bubah in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja enjoined Nigerians to learn stress management skills.
She urged individuals to take care of their emotional well being and avoid substance abuse.
“Some of psychological factors that may contribute to mental illness include severe psychological trauma suffered as a child, such as emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
“Others could be an important early loss, such as the loss of a parent, neglect and poor ability to relate to others,” Bubah said.
She said environmental factors also contribute to mental Illness,saying certain stressors can trigger an illness in a person who is susceptible to mental illness.
Bubah said the stressors include death or divorce, a dysfunctional family life, feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, anxiety, anger, or loneliness, changing jobs or schools, social or cultural expectations.
She however advised Nigerians not to be ashamed to seek professional help immediately to be checked, adding that early detection enhances prognosis.
Bubah said there is no known cause of mental illness but there are risk factors that can serve as triggers or predispose one to having a mental illness.
“It can be managed using specific medications for the specific type of mental illness, psychotherapy to help the person gain insight into their illness and ensure compliance with treatment, and also help them with coping skills to ensure optimal functionality,” she said. (NAN)