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5 things Nollywood movies get wrong about mental illness

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Although Nollywood movies – “Room 315,” “False” – have been doing a better job of portraying mental illness in a more accurate way, most of them are yet to get it right.

The industry still tells stories that misrepresent the realities of mental illness, contributing to the stigma surrounding the condition.
Meaning of Mental illness: Mental illness is a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking.
Pulse Movies has put together five things Nollywood movies often get wrong about mental illness.

1. Everyone struggling with mental illness is dangerous

Most movies portray people battling mental illness as violent or unstable, a stereotype that has lingered for long.
It is important to note that the way mental illness manifests can vary from person to person. While some absorb their symptoms and appear happy on the outside, others are displayed publicly.
playChika Ike and Kenneth Okonkwo

2. People with mental illness always look miserable and unwell

We have seen this in several films – a shabbily dressed mad man, picking food from the dustbin, avoided by the public, and on some occasions, made fun of.
In reality, people with mental illnesses can be found anywhere: Hospitals, corporate organizations, malls among others.

3. Mental illness comes from curses

Mental illness is often spiritualized and portrayed as an aftermath of a wrongdoing, or a curse from an evil relative.
In reality, there are several reasons why people battle mental illness – stress at work, family problems – and spirituality is probably the least cause.
playPoster for Mad Man gone crazy

4. A pastor/alfa is the only one that can heal a mental illness

A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. In most movies, he never treats any mentally ill patient.
The treatment is mostly handed over to a spiritual leader, who assembles his church members to cast out ‘the demon.’

5. The general understanding of mental illness is the street roaming kind of madness

The above-mentioned points can be summarized in one sentence: generally, our understanding of mental illness is restricted to the popular street roaming kind of madness. 
However, there are several conditions recognised as mental illness, including anxiety disorder, mood disorder, eating disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder and Post-traumatic disorder.
And people with most of these above-mentioned illnesses are not dangerous to the public, unwell or cursed.
Alter Ego posterplayMoses Inwang’s “Alter Ego” explored a different type of mental illness, PTSD
Often than not, our movies are a reflection of our collective thoughts as a society.
And until we broaden our understanding of the term ‘mental illness,” the Nigerian film industry will be littered with films that misrepresent or stereotype the health condition.

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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