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42% of Ghanaians live with ‘psychological disorder’ – GHS report

A recent data from the Ghana Health Service has revealed that about 41 percent of Ghanaians have some psychological disorder. Further, the data said 32.4 percent lived with a mental disease while 13 percent of persons with mental disability-adjusted have life years.

The Deputy Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) gave the statistics at a day’s training workshop on the management of mentally ill persons for faith-based, prayer camp leaders and traditional healers among others in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital.

He stressed the need to stop chaining mentally ill persons at prayer camps, churches, herbal centres among others, but refer patients to any nearby health facilities across the country.

Dr Duah said, mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling and mood and it is caused by genetics, environment, lifestyle, traumatic, drugs and alcohol abuse among other practices adding that everyone is at risk of getting mental health illness irrespective of one’s profession and social status.

Dr. Duah noted impaired ability to relate to others, inability to cope with the normal stress of life, inability to function and poor performance, as early signs of mental illness.

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