Mental illness prevalent among children in Nigeria — Expert
A clinical psychologist, Henry Ojenya, said that 10-20% of Nigerian children suffer from mental disorders.
He said the disorder, which is developmental, is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which leads to anxiety and depression with a significant lifelong impact on children, who will become later young people and their families.
The psychologist who spoke to reporters in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, following the celebration of Children’s Day, said that due to the prevalence of mental health disorders that is unknown to many, they raised awareness.
He said recently that a roundtable was organized by CHARIS Healthcare and Community Support Initiative, funded by a German foundation, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, and that the discussion focused on the need to solve the crisis of farmers and pastoralists in the north-central Nigeria. capable of causing post-traumatic stress disorder in farming communities.
Ojenya pointed out that the psychological effect of the crisis can manifest as emotional exhaustion, stress, anxiety, psychological distress trauma, phobia, nightmares, irritability, hopelessness and depression.
He pointed out that cases of mental health are also prevalent among women in the region, and this was x-rayed by a consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Aishatu Yusha’u Armiya’u, who highlighted the need to treat mental disorders in women and young people in the region.
Armiya’u, described the profound physical, economic, social and psychological repercussions of the crisis on the stability of the region and the women who face all kinds of abuse in the process.