Thursday, February 9, 2023

Spaniards more concerned about mental health and more critical of care

celebrated on 13 January World day to fight depression. Several studies and surveys have made it clear that the pandemic has caused a crisis in the mental health of Spaniards, which does not seem to be improving given the data on the economic and social crisis. The question is whether this higher incidence has also translated into greater awareness. Vaytris wanted to delve into this issue in a demoscopic study entitled ‘.Mental health and its perception by Spanish public opinion’.

According to this, 97% of Spaniards accept it mental illness is stigmatized, which negatively affects when it comes to recognizing the problem and seeking professional help. in the words of rosa molina, a psychiatrist at Madrid’s San Carlos University Hospital, “only reducing the stigma will improve the condition of many patients.” From their point of view, improving mental health care is already being delayed, improving emotional education from an early age is essential to reduce the effects of these maladies.

Part of this stigma comes from a lack of information. Although 47% of those surveyed admitted to seeking information about mental illness in unknown sources. In this regard Miguel Angel Alvarez de Mon, Psychiatrists at the Infanta Leonor University Hospital, reflecting on the importance of professionals also becoming more aware of their outreach work. “In Spain, some institutions are really active in the dissemination of information on social networks.” Another worrying issue is the notion of psychiatric drugs, because, as he emphasized Luis Gutierrez Rojas, Psychiatrists at the San Cecilio Clinical Hospital in Granada, like other drugs, have their side effects, but the benefits are more valuable. This is not always the case with this type of treatment, although many of these malformations have a significant impact on mortality, especially in young people. Thus, although 74% believe that both pharmacotherapy As psychotherapies are effective and useful in dealing with most psychiatric disorders, the percentage is higher in people over 50 than in people under 35. In which a parallel increase in mental disorders has been observed.

Psychiatrists say they are concerned about drug perception

Also another worrying fact is 41% of those surveyed believe the national health system does not give good attention to mental disorders, On this issue, the experts who presented this study agreed that it is precisely a greater social awareness of mental health that has put it on the political agenda, but that it is still necessary to have more human and financial resources. In fact, with regard to the increase in demand, Gutierrez Rojas qualifies that it responds to cases that are not identified by the clinical picture but by difficult moments in life. For this reason, he emphasized how important it is to raise awareness about the importance of seeking help from severe cases, such as knowing the difference between mild, Thus, Rosa Molina states that many patients are upset by the public system when they are discharged for not being able to address problems that respond more to emotional discomfort than to a treatable clinical picture. Does

pandemic side effect

During the presentation of the survey, experts pointed out that currently the most severe pathologies, such as schizophrenia or bipolar spectrum, have not increased markedly, as they respond more to biological factors and continue to have similar figures to other European countries. However, milk problems such as anxiety and phobias are on the rise in the months following the pandemic. They also stress that in the case of depression, it should not be trivialized by confusing it with periods of sadness, as major depression is actually considered a serious disorder. According to the SNS Mental Health Strategy, more than one million people in Spain suffer from a serious mental disorder. Also, more than half of people with mental disorders who need treatment don’t get it.

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