Monday, January 30, 2023

Six things we learned about mental health in 2022

The pandemic was a general eye-opener on the importance of mental health, and from there it took off HuffPost with health in mind: Live meetings with psychologists and psychiatrists to whom we address the doubts and concerns of our readers on various topics.

This 2022, the second year we’ve celebrated them, includes everything from how to deal with stress to how to spot a toxic relationship, what to do in the face of fear, what with the extreme situations we’ve experienced in recent months. told about. we.

In all the editions we have learned a lot from the professionals who have benevolently joined us. Here are some of the lessons he left with this year:

How to Know When to See a Psychologist and How to Choose One

“If you are wondering whether you should go to a psychologist or not, this is a good reason to consult and ask for a session,” commented Sergio García Soriano in the monographic meeting on doubts about going to a psychologist.

“Just like someone goes to the dentist, I can go even if I don’t have a little review,” he explained. Furthermore, there may be symptoms that make it appropriate, such as anxiety. As he emphasizes, it is also more likely that the prognosis is favorable if you do not arrive “with water up to your neck”: “Better to go when I see the alarm signal.”

He also debunked the myth of the divan, although there are few professionals who have it: “There are usually two armchairs, two people, who calmly talk and negotiate.” “What one is going to find is a person who listens to him, who cares about him, who listens to him and who with his wisdom wants the best for the other”, he stressed that mental health What to Expect When Consulting a Professional

Mental Health and the LGTBI Community

In a special meeting held on the occasion of Pride, psychologists Ana Aden and Paloma Salamanca focused on mental health problems that particularly affect the group and gave a key to what to look for when looking for a psychologist.

“Training in positive therapy and knowledge of the realities the group lives in. Can the group be served without the training? Yes, but still not particularly or with as good results as with it,” Aden defended. .

Salamanca, in addition to this training, “will also gain experience working with the collective, if possible.” “I think it should be a person who is able to provide a space free of bias, without preconceived notions and, if possible, who has disclosed something personal about their identity, their orientation, their gender expression, and Inherent to all psychologists: a warm person, who knows how to listen, who doesn’t judge, who can put himself in another’s place”.

What is a toxic relationship?

One of the highlights of the album dedicated to toxic relationships was “Love Don’t Hurt”. David Gomez defines them as “a relational pattern in which I am a victim, understanding that relationships should not be a victim, but a way to connect us and contribute to us.”

For her part, Maria Ros explained that “there are two components to a toxic relationship, suffering and pain—when love hurts, and it shouldn’t—and a hook—despite that pain, I stay there. They are usually stormy and difficult to get out of.

When asked whether being in a toxic relationship means the other person is toxic, both were cautious. “It’s not necessary,” replied Gomez. “We can define this toxic relationship as a relational pattern between two people whose exchange of behavior can be labeled as something toxic, but toxic people talk about time we must be very careful. The other person may have a maladaptive behavior pattern due to a history of learning or because they do not know how to manage their emotions or certain situations well, regardless of the fact that The latter can be manipulative or abusive people,” he said.

Ross gave examples of some overprotective parents: “Overprotectiveness comes from love, from the desire that your children don’t suffer and have conflict, but from the way you behave, the way you bond with your child. , a disservice to them”.

“You have to know how to differentiate from the behavior of a toxic person. Sometimes we can fall into forms of bonding that are highly idealized, a very patriarchal attitude, that doesn’t come from being hurt, it comes from love. , but it is certainly toxic and can generate risk and conflict within the couple.” tense.

don’t be afraid of fear

Living in the midst of a pandemic, the outbreak of war in Ukraine and an energy crisis has brought to the fore one emotion on a collective level: fear.

“It is something we need for our existence. It allows us to function and it has a main and adaptive function. Thanks to the function of fear, we are where we are now, humans have evolved and adapted to circumstances has also recovered many resources to face it”, defined Arancha Santos.

“It is a feeling, it should not become a problem. Another thing is how we have learned to relate to discomfort”, he said.

how to manage stress

“Taking time to disconnect is as important as medicine. There is a time to work and a time to live”, stresses Ana Belen Medialdia, before the various questions that arise about stress.

“In cases of teleworking, one thing that can help us get out of the house is to adopt our old routine when we went to the office: getting up at the same time and, if we need to move around Ho to block, eat if we were simulating this way to work, let’s do it,” he recommended, in addition to trying to find, “even if it takes 10-15 minutes to do those things.” Ho, who have nothing to do with work.

For Miguel Ángel Rizaldos, “it’s not about having stress, but having the tools to manage it”: “stress is what comes from outside and anxiety is what we feel”.

“There are two things we tend to neglect when we are under stress, exercise, movement and rest, which are extremely important to our health,” she stresses. ,

View Adolescence as an Opportunity

“Many times we see adolescence as a problem, but we should see it as an opportunity. It is the moment of maximum learning, I think what we as adults have to do is support them in those moments , especially on the issue of self-esteem”, Rizaldos precisely emphasizes in the edition dedicated to that important stage.

Iris Pérez Bonaventura defined it as “high vulnerability in mental health because they end up experiencing many changes, both physical and emotional.” “It is also a difficult time socially where there is a lot of pressure on them to fit in with their group of friends and a lot of insecurity in their self-esteem. It is a time of many fears, but also one in which they want to do many things—travel, learn, meet new people…—and with more responsibilities. And they live their first love, their first difficult test, or the first night greeting with friends or the first conversation with their parents”, he summarized.

For this reason, “how they configure these moments will configure their personality and who they will be as adults.”

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