A consultant addiction specialist, and Chief Medical Director, The Retreat Mental Hospital, Dr. Olawale Lagundoye, has identified alcohol consumption, sleep induced drugs, noise pollution among others as factors that can trigger mental disorders in individuals. In a chat at the Clinic in Ikorodu, Lagundoye said unlike other physical health conditions mental health is yet to be given the needed attention in Nigeria, hence, the opening of The Retreat.
He said lifestyles such as alcohol use, use of prescription drugs like codeine in cough mixtures, use of cannabis, and other substances can lead to mental illness. “The commonest mental conditions are anxiety, depression, stress related conditions. Interestingly, sleep disorders is quite common. You then have a range of more challenging ones in the not severe end of psychosis.” On environmental factors that trigger mental health illnesses, he said: “What is the quality of an individual’s life? This also contributes to mental illness. Read more