As Nigeria right now joins world group to mark the 2021 World Psychological Well being Day, businessman Enitan Lawal, whose spouse is mentally challenged, shares his challenges and frustrations with ANGELA ONWUZOO
Mr. Enitan Lawal, a 46-year-old indigene of Ogun State, has been married to his 43-year-old spouse for over 18 years now.
The wedding, which is blessed with three youngsters, has not been a rosy one for Lawal, owing to the state of his spouse’s psychological well being.
The businessman obtained to know that his spouse is mentally challenged few months after their marriage when she turned pregnant and the dysfunction began manifesting.
Since then, in line with the daddy of three, life has not been straightforward for each of them, contemplating the stigma and discrimination that they face each day from members of the general public, whom, he stated, usually present ridicule fairly than empathy and assist.
Sharing his expertise with PUNCH HealthWise, Lawal stated that though he obtained to know that psychological dysfunction runs in his spouse’s household, no quantity of humiliation or stigma by members of the general public will make him abandon his spouse due to her situation.
COVID-19 worsened my spouse’s psychological sickness
“We obtained married 18 years in the past. Once we obtained married, I didn’t know that she hada psychological well being dysfunction till she turned pregnant. It manifested throughout her being pregnant and after her supply. That was how I obtained to know and I began asking inquiries to know the trigger.
“Infact, the illness comes up every time she is pregnant. Later, one in every of her members of the family referred to as me and informed me that psychological dysfunction runs of their household.
“Since then, she has been on medicine however managing her has not been straightforward.
“However there was a time about 10 years in the past that her situation degenerated and she or he was rushed to and admitted on the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
“After some months of intense therapy, she turned higher and secure and was in a position to reside a standard life once more. However in 2020, her situation relapsed and degenerated badly due to the disruptions attributable to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“Her medicine completed and we had been unable to get medicine for her on time on account of the lockdown. That worsened her situation,” Lawal stated.
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