THE FEDERAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL AND THE MENTALLY ILL PERSONS IN CALABAR, 1995-2020.

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ABSTRACT

This research work was stimulated by the need to revitalize mental health in Nigeria given the ever increasing cases of suicide resultant of its neglect. The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Calabar is the oldest mental health institution to be established in Nigeria during the colonial administration and the federal government takeover in 1995 which was for the purpose of management and proper administration, hasn’t met this standard still. The hospital is still faced with challenges that hinder the effective administration of mental health to the mentally ill persons and the society at large. These challenges however, are hinged mostly on poor funding and closely on the hospital’s mental health policy which goes as far back as the Colonial administration. This work adopted a multi-disciplinary approach with materials and works from Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Religious, Anthropology, Economics and Geography. The sources are both primary and secondary with oral interviews, books, articles, and projects. Mental illnesses as revealed by this study are prevalent in young adults, especially among the male population. The causes of this amongst others, is the society in various forms like economic hardships, unemployment just to mention a few. Mental illnesses can be treated/managed by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital and it should be equipped for this very course. The government should also fund this sector of health care and review the mental health policy which guides the operations of the psychiatric hospital in Calabar and Nigeria at large.

TABLE OF CONTENT

TITLE PAGE             –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           i

CERTIFICATION     –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           ii

DEDICATION           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           iii

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS              –           –           –           –           –           –           iv

ABSTRACT   –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           v

TABLE OF CONTENTS      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           vi

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

  1. Background of Study                       –           –           –           –           –           –           1
    1. Statement of Research Problem     –           –           –           –           –           2
    1. Objective of the Study        –           –           –           –           –           –           3
    1. Scope of the Study   –           –           –           –           –           –           –           3

1.5       Significance of the Study    –           –           –           –           –           –           4

  1. Research Methodology       –           –           –           –           –           –           4
    1. Literature Review    –           –           –           –           –           –           –           4

ENDNOTES            –           –           –           –           –           –           –         22

CHAPTER TWO: AREA AND PEOPLE

2.1       Area                –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –        11

2.2       People            –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –        13

ENDNOTES –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           22

CHAPTER THREE:THE FEDERAL NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL CALABAR AND MENTAL TREATMENT

3.1The Federal Neuro- Psychiatric Hospital Calabar     –           –           23

3.2       Mental Disorder (General Overview)       –           –           –           26

3.3       Types of Mental Disorders –           –           –           –           –           29

3.4       Causes of Mental Disorder             –           –           –           –           35

ENDNOTES        –        –        –        –        –        –        41

CHAPTER FOUR: IMPACTS AND PITFALLS OF THE HOSPITAL

4.1       Impacts of the Hospital       –           –           –           –           –           44

4.2       Challenges Facing the Hospital     –           –           –           –           47

ENDNOTES        –        –        –        –        –        –        52

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION            

5.1       Summary       –           –           –           –           –           –           –           53

5.2       Conclusion    –           –           –           –           –           –           –           55       

BIBLIOGRAPHY      –           –           –           –           –           –           56