It’s easy to cherry-pick a relatable symptom of a medical condition and say you have that condition. “ADHD isn’t cool. It isn’t a fun, quirky thing to have. It’s a serious disorder that can affect your life,” says Dammy Eneli
“If I tell my wife some of the things I tell my therapist, I’m scared she’ll never look at me the same way again.”
These married men tell us who they talk to when they’re struggling.
Today’s Man Like is @YemiiDavis, an art director and 3D designer. He talks about developing a thick skin after being bullied for his albinism, growing up as a true omo pastor and the mental health scare that led him to therapy.
“I was bullied too, and every time I was hit, I promised myself that I would get revenge.”
We spoke to seven Nigerian men on their experiences with bullying, either as victims or as bullies themselves.
The subject of today’s Man Like is @michaeloejoor, an actor and singer. He talks to us about suffering from paralysis as a child, how being bullied in boarding school led to his clinical depression and how being someone else helps him escape his problems.
As Nigerian men, talking about our feelings or mental health struggles don’t always come naturally. These Nigerian men have tried therapy, and this is what they had to say.
Looking for ways to check-in on your friends without making things awkward? Well, this is for you.
The Twitter ban in Nigeria affects Nigerians in many different ways. From business owners to already marginalised groups. So, these seven Nigerians talk about how the Twitter ban in Nigeria affects their mental health. Jane It’s just not the Twitter ban in Nigeria per se, it’s the general state of Nigeria. Everything about this country […]
Living with a mental health condition affects different parts of our lives in many ways. In this article, we asked Nigerian women how their mental health affects their romantic relationships. Here’s what 11 of them had to say: Bisola, 24 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2017. Since then, my relationships have never […]
For an essential service and integral part of our fundamental human rights, accessing mental health care can be quite expensive. This often discourages most people from seeking out help. People with suicidal ideation, who are in dire need of accessing mental health professionals, find themselves without the crucial help they need. According to Nigeria’s mental […]
Abuse in mental health institutions is not a new phenomenon. Reports of abuse emanate from care institutions nationwide. This is worsened by the fact that there are thousands of unregistered mental health institutions which often use unorthodox methods in the treatment of patients. The case isn’t any different in government-run institutions where practitioners operate unsupervised […]
May is Mental Health Awareness month, which is a time to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of people. Different factors affect our mental health without us knowing it. In this article, I asked seven Nigerian women about the things that affect their mental […]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that can cause above-normal levels of hyperactive and impulsive behaviours. People with ADHD may also have trouble focusing their attention on a single task or sitting still for long periods of time. While ADHD mostly affects children, some adults carry the disorder well into adulthood. […]
A Week In The Life” is a weekly Zikoko series that explores the working-class struggles of Nigerians. It captures the very spirit of what it means to hustle in Nigeria and puts you in the shoes of the subject for a week The subject of today’s “A Week In The Life” is a physiotherapist and Bitcoin […]
A Week In The Life” is a weekly Zikoko series that explores the working-class struggles of Nigerians. It captures the very spirit of what it means to hustle in Nigeria and puts you in the shoes of the subject for a week The subject of today’s “A Week In The Life” is a grief counsellor. Grief […]
When Tobi* lost his job because the firm he worked for, an offshoot of a French company, had left after realising they were losing more money than they were making in Nigeria, he did not quite know he was about to go on a dark road. ‘‘I was sad, very sad obviously. But I thought, […]
According to the World Health Organisation, one in four Nigerians has a mental illness. The same health body also estimates that one in four people globally will have a mental illness at some point in their lives. Nigeria has about 300 psychiatrists catering to its teeming 200 million-strong population. With statistics such as these, many […]
Body dysmorphia is a mental health disorder that makes you obsess over your physical appearance. You constantly try to fix or hide these perceived flaws that may not be noticeable to others but yourself. We spoke to five Nigerian women about what it is like hating their body in a way that makes them obsess […]
It is very easy to forget to prioritise your mental health in the midst of the protests and what seems like a very important part of Nigeria’s history. We asked five Nigerian women how they manage to protect their mental health even in the midst of it all. Sandra, 18 When it gets too much, […]
Different men have different attitudes to skincare. Ranging from the ones who go all out to people who really don’t give two shits, everyone has their personal approach. I was wondering how different men handled skincare so I put out a tweet asking men about their skincare routines. The answers I got ranged from shocking […]
In my search for an optimal suicide option, found an injection that could let me go away painlessly but it’s wasn’t sold in Nigeria. The other options were drowning in the 3rd mainland bridge or by hanging.
As we get older, living with our family becomes increasingly tricky. From the minor disagreements to the curfew to the privacy invasion, most people tend to move out as quickly as they can but very few speak about how it affects their mental health. I spoke to a lady who started having panic attacks after […]
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the world in many very clear and undeniable ways — ranging from loss of life to the devastating economic impact — but one of the less visible ways it has truly taken a toll is on a lot of people’s mental well-being. From the fear and anxiety that comes with […]
Her mental health struggles got her kicked out of school
It’s high time we talk about it.
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