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Schizophrenia (pronounced skit-so-phrenia) is a mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions or relate with others. Okay, so now you understand or better still, have an idea of what schizophrenia is, here is a list of some things you didn’t know about this illness: If you or...
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Nigeria movie industry, Nollywood  has depicted over and over again scenes where someone believed to be evil confesses to a lot of heinous atrocities. Confessing to have killed people around him or her, or brought on misfortune to other people’s families, businesses or careers. Patience Ozokwor plays such roles convincingly well. Before the confession, the...
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Anxiety is a general emotion that accosts us as human beings. It usually manifests itself in worry and fear: fear of the unknown and the inability to know exactly what to expect. Anxiety manifests its self with very evident physical characteristics; trembling and unease. When it manifests itself as social anxiety it puts you in...
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DISCLAIMER: The history narrated in this work is fictitious and was constructed for the purpose of this work. The history of horror stories can be traced to a man called Richard Perlicks. Perlicks was from a little village called Swaltz, in what is Portland today. He was born in a family of 5,both parents, two...
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Everyone once in a while gets anxious. You get anxious about an upcoming test. An upcoming meeting with an important person. Basically life gives gives us a thousand reasons to be anxious. But there are some persons out there that are in a constant state of anxiety. Individuals without anxiety disorder occasionally get anxious about...
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Nothing is more damaging to your confidence and self-esteem than being in an emotionally abusive relationship. Unlike physical abuse, which rears its ugly head in one-sided drama and emotional outbursts. Emotional abuse is a lot worse than physical abuse as the impact lasts much longer. Physical abuse has physical effects like bruises and cuts, but the...
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In February, the teenage son of a family friend killed himself. He drank a whole bottle of a popular insecticide while on a short visit to his aunt’s home. His parents said it was a spiritual manipulation that caused him to spray a room with the insecticide and then lie down in it; even when...
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Who is a Sociopath? A sociopath can be defined as a person with an antisocial personality disorder, exhibiting antisocial behavior that is usually a result of social and environmental factors in the person’s early life. Although often wrongly used interchangeably and sharing common traits like lack of empathy and remorse, moral deficiency etc, Sociopathy is...
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When I started working on this topic, I honestly took my time to try to understand if mental illness is an excuse for bad behaviour. Questions kept popping into my head, questions like ‘ If someone has depression, does that make it an excuse for their quick temper and cancellation of plans?’, ‘ If someone...
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This issue came up on Twitter couple of months ago. Some people had a forum on mental health, and the whole thread was about encouraging people and caregivers to be there for their friends always. Fabulous, right? err, no? My problem with that is the ‘always’ bit. Saying we should always be there for our friends...
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