This study investigated the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The study adopted a quantitative cross-sectional survey method. I used purposive and snowball sampling techniques to select 103 (males = 64.08%, females = 35.92%) online respondents from Abuja’s FCT. These sampling techniques were considered suitable for this study because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, I adapted and modified Conway et al.’s (2020) scales for social-psychological measurements of COVID-19. The study confirmed the prevalence of psychological impacts of COVID-19 on residents of Abuja. However, further statistical investigation using the T-test proved that the difference in the effect along the gender line was not statistically significant. Recommendations were offered to guidance counsellors and significant others to enhance counselling interventions to contain the myriads of psychological challenges the COIVID-19 outbreak has brought upon Abuja residents and beyond. It is also recommended that the government prioritise its citizens’ psychological wellness.
People living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are faced with several challenges due to their condition. Critical among their sufferings is psychological distress. This paper examines the anxiety and depression of people living with HIV. In so doing, I reviewed existing literature to briefly outline a brief historical review of HIV, the nature and effects of anxiety and depression on people living with HIV. The study indicated that people living with HIV suffer from anxiety and depression symptoms.Those living with the virus or condition are stigmatised and discriminated against socially, resulting in a lack of social support and lower self-esteem. These negative social behaviours lead to poor treatment adherence, depression, and status non-disclosure. This paper has implications for further studies.