Psychological trauma of kidnapping: What can we do to help?

Psychological trauma of kidnapping: What can we do to help?

The spate of kidnappings for ransom across the country is becoming a source of concern. While the outcome can be unpredictable, ranging from loss of lives to the safe return of the kidnapped victim, it [...] The post Psychological trauma of kidnapping: What can we do to help? appeared first on Tribune. ...
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Question and answer: Sessions about drug abuse

Question and answer: Sessions about drug abuse

This week, I will be responding to several questions sent by readers which all revolve around substance use. While I have tried to address them individually, I also thought it may be useful to others [...] The post Question and answer: Sessions about drug abus...
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How should we deal with negative emotions?

OJO is a brilliant 200 level undergraduate student who is however very shy and withdrawn and is frequently miserable. Tunde, his roommate, finds it very difficult to understand Ojo, as he always seems to have [...] The post How should we deal with negative emo...
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Are mental illnesses treatable?

Are mental illnesses treatable?

Tunde: Have you heard about Ade’s illness? Bayo: No, I have not heard. Is Ade ill? What happened to him? Tunde: He has gone mad; in fact, he has been taken to Yaba Psychiatric Hospital. [...] The post Are mental illnesses treatable? appeared first on Tribune...
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Understanding intimate partner violence

Understanding intimate partner violence

Last week, we illustrated how abusive relationships may start on a loving note and then rapidly turn ugly with possessive traits culminating in controlling behaviour and the use of violence as a means of exerting [...] The post Understanding intimate partner v...
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Ignorance, stigma and mental illness

Ignorance, stigma and mental illness

Case 1 Tunde is eight years old and was in Primary 3 at the neighbourhood primary school. He was a very cheerful and happy child but has recently become withdrawn and moody, after his parents [...] The post Ignorance, stigma and mental illness appeared first o...
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Psycho-social rehabilitation for the Chibok girl returnees and the lessons learnt

Psycho-social rehabilitation for the Chibok girl returnees and the lessons learnt

When the first group of Chibok girls were returned last year, my article highlighted the challenges of psycho-social rehabilitation and the need to appreciate the wider ramifications, not just for the returnees, but also for [...] The post Psycho-social rehabi...
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Human relationships across the lifespan

We explored the salience of human relationships as the foundation for emotional wellbeing in a previous article. Important take home messages were: i). All human beings are alike in our core emotions – desire to [...] The post Human relationships across the ...
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