One question so easily misunderstood and most times not really meant to be answered due to hasty conclusions, is HOW ARE YOU? When last did you answer sincerely or really meant the answer you gave? Today a lot is happening around and within us, the fear, the farce gist, the need for family and friends to truly bond and heal too. Now, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN REALLY? This may be a long read but read patiently and thank me later.

Recently, I was awakened by the banging knocks on my door, with tears of a compassionate mother to join pray for a sound graduate who was displaying signs of insanity which may not be unconnected to maniac depression/disorders. Many have been ailing with depression, PTSD and other mental disorders because of the trending news of the day, and uncertainties. By the way, in OSH (Occupational Safety and Health), we say, PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is simply a disorder characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. With the lock-down we’ve seen increase in sexual & domestic violence, etc and other signs of abnormal mental health.

According to University of Ibadan College of Medicine, there are over 1.5 Million PTSD cases annually in Nigeria. Other studies say this may increase after the pandemic. Whether affected directly by COVID-19 or indirectly through the policies to address it and their consequences, the mental well-being of several different groups have been affected in different ways. Here are some of them:

1. Positive COVID-19: those who have tested positive are at a higher risk of developing disorders such as anxiety & depression due in large part to uncertainty over what course the illness will take. For those who go into intensive care and their relatives, the experience may be traumatic, later leading to acute stress reactions or post-traumatic stress disorder

2. Healthcare workers
Healthcare professionals are also worried. They understand that health systems could be quickly overwhelmed with even a modest number of severe COVID-19 cases.
PPE is not readily available and running water in many hospitals is scarce, so the health risks to hospital staff is great, leading to anxiety and low morale.

3. Those under Quarantine with limited test kits, spending 2 weeks without knowing your status is a significant stressor

4. Those who have lost their livelihoods
Businesses that have been designated as nonessential&that cannot function online have been shut down, perishable goods have gone bad in most markets… the uncertainty about when lockdowns will be lifted. Some business owners and out-of-work employees may be driven to despair, depression&anxiety.

5. Anxious onlookers
A pandemic of fear is spreading. Many are anxious hearing daily fatality reports from better-resourced countries, concerned what will be next in Nigeria. Some people have turned to psychoactive substances. The list goes on…

My advice, live one day at a time, stop counting how many died of COVID-19 if you wont be paid for it, you don’t work in a morgue! Get productive, connect with people, build relationships, get something to be thankful for, talk to someone, I show you more on this and help you find answers to some of your most thronging questions too especially as it concerns you and the dear people in your life if you ordered a copy of GENTS AND LADIES

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