A few weeks ago, I asked online users where in Kisumu I could find a support group or centre for mentally ill persons and quite a number suggested Home of Brains.
The whole manner of life of the Egyptians was so wholesome, that it would appear as though it had been arranged according to the rules of a learned physician rather than those of a legislator…
‘It is interesting that in 1925, long before tranquilizers or shock therapies were known to European psychiatry, Chief Adetona, with his Rauvolfia medicine travelled to England to treat an eminent Nigerian who had become psychotic there…’
Other than the fact that European nations had economic interests in Africa, the idea of colonialism stemmed from white supremacist beliefs that those outside the western culture were inferior and needed to be dominated
Due to the complex nature of mental illnesses, mental health professionals diagnose illnesses based on classifications. Classification in this context
Perhaps you have been contemplating a visit to the hospital for a mental health checkup but you’re afraid. Will they declare me ‘mad’? Will I be put on medication? Will I be admitted to the psychiatric ward?
Medicine is multidisciplinary and some of it’s disciplines are more understood than others for example cardiology and gynaecology over psychiatry.
The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.’ – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Based on current United Nations (UN) estimates, Europe has a population of over 740 million people with mental illnesses accounting for nearly 20% of all diseases in Europe, affecting 1 in every 4 people (WHO).
A state of well being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully,