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The evolution of mental health in Spain: a more aware society and a more depressed youth

On the third Monday of every month in January, blue Monday, which according to an Anglo-Saxon travel company is the saddest day of the year. World Depression Day was celebrated on Friday. Furthermore, the beginning of each year is synonymous with the famous January Slope. “If the dates serve to raise awareness of mental health, they are welcome.” This is how Iraida Puerta Porcel, psychologist at Agacia Centro Terapéutico, expresses herself. The professional delves into the circumstances that surround a society with greater social awareness of mental health and notable rates of depression and anxiety.

The World Health Organization has emphasized on several occasions that depression is a “challenge” that modern society must face. The latest European Health Survey data in Spain showed an increase in cases, especially in the population over the age of 15. This has been confirmed by Irada, which now caters to a younger audience. “Higher rates” occur in cases of depression and anxiety, sometimes combined.

probable cause

The physician reasons that some of the reasons for this change are “the social impact of the conditions we experience”, with the view of different generations and “can affect their state of mind” and “greater social awareness of health”. ” Is. People were said to be sick with nerves,” he recalls.

One of the positive aspects of the present is that people are the first to seek help when they need it. Depression is a disorder that causes loss of interest or low self-esteem. Iraida defends the right to feel bad in a society in which “the feeling of discomfort is something unwanted”. “Feeling bad is just as normal as feeling good,” he reiterates.

This section emphasizes times such as Christmas, when the world turns to pink and does not accept other colors. Irada explains that the said “social pressure” tries to determine the feelings that should be felt. Within these aspects, the generation of expectations also enters, another factor to increase the pressure. The Doctor Doesn’t Pay Attention to Dates blue MondayBut it does share that time has a direct correlation with mood through elements such as hours of sunlight.

The psychologist marks a red line when “this sadness significantly affects my day-to-day life”, a sign that indicates that you need to seek help from the closest environment, which must also accept this circumstance. . “The first step takes more than a while,” he warns. Furthermore, he points out that sadness is “another emotion”, but life should not “revolve around” it.

a “saturated” public system

Citizens talk more about mental health now, but the presence of a problem is not synonymous with the existence of adequate tools to care for it as it deserves. “The public system is saturated. It is not that they do not have good professionals and equipment, but they lack personnel”, said Iraida, who understands that “there is a lack of access”.

His personal vision is that mental health should not be a source of prosperity for private centres, but he knows that every pocket has a limit, and more so in the current circumstances. In short, context is another pillar for understanding the evolution that society’s mental health has experienced in recent years. The pandemic was a hard blow, as was the experience of something that was little beyond imagination, like an incarceration. Psychologists point out that positive “reinforcements” were also created in the form of activities such as “new lifeguards” or strengthening of “family ties”.

Getting out of the worst phase of the coronavirus was a starting point to see everything in a better perspective, but the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine is another blow. “Many people are finding themselves in a financially fragile position,” laments the professional. To have resources for the future so that taking care of it is not a luxury.

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