COVID-19 Lockdown will increase domestic violence, substance abuse, distorted perceptions — Psychologist

A Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Akin Gabriel, on Monday said that the lockdown imposed in certain to contain COVID-19 might lead to increased domestic violence, substance abuse and distorted perceptions in people.

Gabriel, who works at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba (FNPHY), made the observation in an interview with the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in .

According to the psychologist, being restricted, whether from out receiving visitors, particularly people are not prepared for , could cause quite a number mental health issues.

According to him, one major mental health people may experience during the lockdown having distorted perceptions.

He further said that these perceptions would in turn affect people’s beliefs, thinking and feelings.

“People are now beginning to look at so many things, especially the government and religious institutions.

“They are now having negative perceptions and beginning to see them as not having their at heart,” he said.

The psychologist said the negative feelings would eventually lead to fear, worry, anxiety and anger.

He said: “Negative feelings negative behaviours.

“Somebody who worried, anxious and angry may begin to abuse substances, especially alcohol display some the anger on people around him, because there’s a lockdown, on children and spouses.”

Gabriel urged all experiencing the lockdown to ensure they have access to communicate with people, adopt a daily routine and exercise regularly to help boost their mental health. (NAN)

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