Thursday, February 2, 2023

Mental health: when should we see a specialist?

the decline of mental health This is one of the consequences that thousands of people around the world have suffered after the effects of the pandemic. Since then, a topic that had always been considered “taboo” has slowly and fortunately become In a timely matter and in need of priority.

there is no wellness without mental healthr, that’s something we have to be very clear about and that’s how he explains Nuria javalois psychologist and head of Quironsalud Torrevieja Department of Psychology, However, many times we do not know when it really becomes necessary to go to a specialist, so it is important to know the main thing risk factors and warning signs of our body

How can we define the concept of “mental health”?

meaning of mental health emotional, psychological and social well-beingAnd not just the absence of mental illness as it was defined a few years ago.

our mental health It affects the way we think, feel and act. It also helps us in our daily functioning, interacting with other people, handling internal and external stimuli and making decisions.

Nuria Javaloyes, psychologist and head of the Quironsalud Torrevieja Psychology Service.

Why do mental health problems appear?

we can say that There are three main types of factors Which affect our mental health:

  • biological factors: Our genetic and physical characteristics.
  • psychological factors Affective, relational and cognitive aspects, such as a family history of mental health problems.
  • environmental factors: Aspects related to experiences, for example, trauma experienced in childhood and also to our lifestyle such as diet, physical exercise or substance abuse.

What are the most common mental disorders?

There are various mental health problems, most often occurring in:

  • organic mental disorder (Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.).
  • substance abuse mental disorder (alcohol or drugs).
  • Mental Disorders (schizophrenia, schizotypal disorder, etc.).
  • affective disorder (bipolar disorder, depression etc.).
  • anxiety disorders (phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress, dissociative disorder, etc.).
  • behavioral disorders (eating disorders, sleep disorders, etc.).
  • Personality Disorders (Borderline, Narcissistic, etc.)

Deteriorating mental health is one of the consequences that thousands of people around the world are facing after the effects of the pandemic

How is our inner state reflected in physical health?

mental health and physical health are interconnected So they influence each other.

You can talk about the consequences that physical problems have on our mental health, such as Psychological problems of adaptation after diagnosis of Degenerative Chronic.

On the other hand, mental illness can increase risk of physical health problems as it happens with heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes in others.


What are the alarm signals warning of a possible problem?

Some signs or indicators that warn that we are facing a mental problem or illness are:

  • Sudden change in eating or sleeping habits
  • sudden loss or extreme increase in energy
  • social isolation and abandonment of enjoyable recreational activities
  • feeling of absence of emptiness and illusion through life with a sense of hopelessness
  • serious mood that cause problems in social relationships
  • obsessive romantic thoughts
  • unexplained aches and pains
  • excessive substance useit’s like alcohol or drugs
  • self-harm or violent attacks to other people
  • listen to voices or believe things that are not true
  • limitation to basic activities of daily living Like going to work, taking care of children etc.

Our mental health affects the way we think, feel and act.

When should we go to a specialist?

It is advisable to go to a specialist when there are signs of a problem (when the previously exposed alarm signals are occurring more and more frequently) or when it seems that there are difficulties at a given time or situation more than one’s own resources To solve it, create discomfort and suffering.

When it is felt that the difficulties in a given time or situation exceed the person’s own resources to solve it, causing discomfort and suffering, it is necessary to go to a specialist.

Which specialists treat mental health?

Mental health problems are treated by psychiatrists and psychologists. And the best way to address them is through joint work between the two specialties, although it depends on each case.

in severe mental illness yes it is true that Psychiatric intervention will always be necessary Since it is he who can prescribe psychopharmacological treatment. psychologist is the one who does the psychotherapy part After evaluation and diagnosis.

Knowing that our mental health is our responsibility is one of the basic ideas of taking care of it.

What tips do you recommend to follow for good mental health?

Knowing that our mental health is our responsibility is one of the basic ideas of taking care of it. If we take care of ourselves, we will have good mental health physical part: diet, exercise, sleep… if we know manage daily stress of our life in a proper way; Yes we care about our social relationships With family, friends, co-workers… if we have a meaning in our lives Or at least we reflect on it; If we feel satisfied with our work activity or we find a meaning for it and it comes in handy as a final recommendation Practice meditation or meditation for a few minutes each day.

If you would like more information, contact the Mental Health Service of Quironsalud Torrevieja.

Where to find a mental health specialist?

  • Quironsalud Torrevieja
  • Quironsalud online psychology service, Comfortably, without leaving home.
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