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Seven myths about mental health problems that psychiatrists want to debunk

Cartagena.- A Guide Supported by Associations of Psychiatrists from the Five Countries of the Region aims to dispel the most common myths about mental health problems And improve this knowledge with some tips on how people live with conditions like Depression, dementia, bipolar disorder, developmental disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychoses,

work, led by two professionals of Argentine Association of Psychiatrists (you) began to take shape epidemic of COVID-19, when health services focused on responding to a health emergency. As the health system began to take hold of the rest of the problems, Counseling in the guard for symptoms or psychiatric emergencies increased between 20% and 30%. This was indicated during the initial regional projections. guide presentation Last Thursday in town Cartagenato which he was invited Country,

“You don’t have to look far to find people with mental health disorders: we usually find them among our family, friends, and coworkers. Sometimes they feel ashamed to tell their loved ones because of the stigma that still exists today. In other cases, they are not diagnosed, therefore untreated, and thus, their condition continues to worsen.” Pedro GargollofFounder and Consultant Association to Help Relatives of People with Schizophrenia (AAFE) and Professor of Master’s degree in Biomedical Research in the Faculty of Medical Sciences National University of La Plata,

Guide Presentation &Quot;Words Matter&Quot;In The I Latin American Summit On Mental Health.  From Left To Right, Psychiatr Coral (Argentina), Sunquel (Chile), Gargolf (Argentina), Córdoba (Colombia) And Ordnez Manchengo (Ecuador)
Presentation of the guide “Words Matter” at the Latin American Summit on Mental Health. From left to right, Psychiatr Coral (Argentina), Sunquel (Chile), Gargolf (Argentina), Córdoba (Colombia) and Ordnez Manchengo (Ecuador)Kindness I Latin American Mental Health Summit

“Little by little, psychiatrists are trying to change our approach so that we see all patients for what they are: people who have a disease like no other and who in many cases require medical treatment,” They said. ricardo choraleAAP President, Head of Teaching and Research Borda Hospital and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine University of Buenos Aires (UBA). With Gargoloff, he coordinated the writing of this document to prevent the spread of false beliefs, myths and stereotypes.

“The words we use to refer to mental health – the constant choral – are important to define how we present ourselves to that reality”.

Until the pandemic, 29.1% of people over the age of 18 in Argentina lived with some mental health problem, according to data Coral recalled from epidemiological studies in the general population. Association of Argentine Psychiatrists (APSA) and published in 2019: Major depression and alcohol use disorder were the most prevalent. Meanwhile, as of November last year, Applied Social Psychology Observatory UBA’s Faculty of Psychology finds increased symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicidal risk, with a debt in the grieving process of those who have lost loved ones. Two months ago, 66% of the population over the age of 18 believed their mental health was “worse or much worse” than before the ongoing economic crisis, in another survey by the Observatory.

“Covid brought about a huge number of changes. It changed the lives of all generations. and increased demand for care in services [de salud mental] of adults and pediatricians. They are overwhelmed and this is happening across the region.” Rodrigo Cordobaformer president of Latin American Psychiatric Association And this Colombian Association of Psychiatry (ACP).

&Quot;There Is Misinformation About Mental Disorders And Stigma That Still Translates To Discrimination Due To Stereotypes Or Prejudices&Quot;Argentine Gargolf Explained
“There is misinformation about mental disorders and stigma that still translates to discrimination because of stereotypes or prejudices,” explained Argent Gargoloff. Kindness I Latin American Mental Health Summit

“Words Matter” Guide was presented during Latin American Summit on Mental Health and Its Impact on Other IllnessesCo-organized by ACP, AAP and Pfizer Laboratory.

A panel of regional references – integrated by Catalina Oberio, Martina Sobrero, Ana Clara Venancio, Marcos Yovino and Marianela Suárez – were added to the preliminary work of the Argentine team of AAP and AAFE. They are Cordoba from ACP; Jose Ordonez ManchengoPresident of Ecuadorian Association of Psychiatry, mirna santosPresident of Guatemala Psychiatric AssociationYou Robert Sunkelhead of psychiatric service National Institute of Geriatrics of Chile,

“Mental disorder or illness is not the fault of the individual or their relatives,” he clarifies in the manual. Like other problems, this is a . is a product of set of biological, psychological and social factorsFor this reason, professionals recommend don’t fall into stereotypes Avoid talking about gender or age and mental or psychological illness because “this usually refers to suffering that is associated with loss of health and may or may not accompany mental disorders and diseases.”

At the same time, they advise against using words such as “suffer”, “is a victim” or “suffer”. because it leaves patients in a “passive negative state” regarding their health when disorders of the mind “They are not a hindrance to living a full life with the necessary support and treatment,” the authors explained during the presentation.

Talking About The Mentally Ill, Upset, Insane Or Insane Towards A Person With Mental Health Problems
Talking about the mentally ill, upset, insane or insane is “disrespectful and disrespectful” to a person with mental health problems.Shutterstock

have to talk about the mentally ill, upset, insane or insane “unworthy and reprehensible” towards a person with mental health problems, according to the authors. The same applies when qualifying a person for a diagnosis: schizophrenic, bipolar, psychotic, for example.

Among the most prevalent myths he identified are:

“Present Misinformation about mental disorders and stigma from stereotypes or prejudices that are still translated discrimination, This is associated with less priority being assigned to mental illness, which leads to lower budgets for mental health care, Gargoloff explained. All of this maintains a lack of access to timely care without barriers to solving problems and general health versus general health for patients.

According to experts during the meeting in Cartagena, it is estimated that 12.5% ​​of the health problems faced by the health system.

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