Fit is the new sexy, fit fam, clean eating amongst other new vocabularies are fast becoming the mainstay of the online community. The fear of ‘sudden death’ has also made Nigerians more aware of the need for a regular checkups, checking their blood pressure and sugar or better still trying to keep them low.
However, there is an aspect of checkup that is often neglected,-“THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CHECKUP”.
No definition can be all encompassing, but we have three aspect of our personality, our thought, feelings and behavior. The way an individual perceives events around him/her determine the associated feelings and behavior. A positive thought brings positive feelings and positive behavior. However, when dysfunction set in among any of this component, then psychological problems develop.
Such problem usually create distress for the individual, (e.g inability to sleep), impairs their social, occupational, marital functioning or creates distress for others e.g. the relatives.
To bring about normalcy, then psychological checkup become imperative.
Just like any other disease, there are vulnerable populations.
Misconceptions surrounding mental illness, with many people believing that their condition has spiritual inclination, hence all sorts of help but the doctors are sought.
A psychiatrist or a psychologist should be sought for this checkup.
Just like most illness, early detection is paramount to management outcomes.
There’s no health without mental wellness
Mr Akinkunmi Francis is a seasoned psychologist with over 10 years’ experience in psychological assessment and psychotherapy at the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos. He is very passionate about mental health awareness and psychological well being
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