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Bipolar disorder common in females, exposes them to sexual exploitation -Psychiatrist

News Summed Up 2020-07-25 05:30:00

Tessy IgomuMedical researcher in neurocardiology and neurosciences, Dr. Chidi Njemanze, says years of research on bipolar disorder showed that it is predominant among females, and makes them more prone to sex abuse and exploitation. “Most female victims of long-term sexual abuse have bipolar disorder,” Njemanze says; adding, “They get easily lured into the situation, after which they feel ashamed to speak about it due to feeling of low self worth and hopelessness that comes with the illness.”Mental health physicians say many Nigerians suffer from bipolar disorder, but, like other mental illnesses prevalent in the country, it remains under-diagnosed. American rapper, Kanye West, is said to be living with the disorder, for which his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, recently solicited “understanding and compassion” on his behalf. Experts say bipolar disorder can cause severe disruption to a person’s life, even the impact varies among individuals. They say that with appropriate treatment and support, many people with the condition live full and productive life.