The Ghana Psychology Council has disclosed that staying in traffic for long hours and frequent use of deplorable roads can expose people to common illness associated with mental health, ABC News can report.
Stress disorders arising from accumulated stress, which affect people in the form of hypertension, diabetes, and physical illnesses, are common mental health illnesses that people who spend long hours in traffic are prone to but many people are not aware of.
Registrar of the Council, Dr. Dinah Baah Odoom, who made this known to ABC News, in an exclusive interview added that the stress associated with using deplorable roads, coupled with the long hours spent in traffic affects a person’s psyche.
This traffic-related stress, according to Dr. Baah Odoom is a common cause of lack of concentration at work and unhappiness which are all mental health problems.
“You’ll be in traffic for two hours and get to work do you think you’re normal? these are all mental health problems. Because stress will affect your ability to work, to concentrate, to contribute productively to your work, you’re already tired. And stress, you accumulate so this is even the ordinary one that we all experience so if it’s too much and you’ve been in traffic and they say we’re fixing the road for you and you have to drive through some untarred horrible road, to even church or work, anytime you decide to go to work, do you think you feel happy? You don’t look forward to work, these are all emotional things that affect our psyche” she stated.
According to her, the resulting effect of stress disorders include common illness like “hypertension, diabetes, physical illness, which we’re not even paying attention to”
Dr. Dinah Baah Odoom, further noted with worry that as the risk of mental health increases, the chances of people committing suicide is also very high.