It is estimated that around 4 million people in Spain suffer from depression. To this is added 15% of the population suffering from the effects of anxiety and stress, or half a million people with schizophrenia. Eating disorders or borderline personality disorder (BPD) are also on the rise, especially among youth.
A problem in 21st century society which is expected to become serious in future if measures are not taken: Experts estimate that one in four will have a mental health problem in their lifetimeHowever, they also maintain that this figure can be reduced to 30% with a good prevention system in place.
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But before implementing and activating the protocol, it is necessary to know the reasons that lead the society to suffer from this type of disorder. The answers we try to provide in ‘Ecclesia Report’ together with professionals, patients and ordinary citizens.
astonishmentthat generates a world that changes at an alarming rate In a few minutes, rise of social media, uncertainty or l bullying According to experts, the main reasons are
“After coming out of Covid-19 we have entered the war in Ukraine and this constant fear increases the level of tension. The resources that were meant to combat this type of thing are increasingly being consumed by more urgent things”, martin thinks4th ESO student inside Our Lady of the Pillar of Madrid.
“Mental health is a changing field. Where society is going, the trend towards social networks, competition… The patient profile has completely changed from forty years ago”, he maintains. Nurse at San Juan de Dios Clinic in Ciempozuelos, Carlos Nieto.
There is also a paradox that, in a global context where we are more connected than ever and where social relationships seem easier, more people feel lonely, not just older people. is a matter of Isabel (61 years old), who recovered from her depression a few months ago, That is why he was once again admitted to the Nuestra Señora de la Paz clinic managed by the Order of San Juan de Dios in Madrid.
“It’s the fear of loneliness. There’s human heat here. We come here to have families. Society considers these diseases taboo, but no. They’re annoying diseases because it’s not like they remove an appendix”, he explained.
for Alvaro Pico, psychiatrist and medical director of the psychiatric centers managed by the San Juan de Dios Order in Madrid, Periods of economic crisis such as the one we are currently experiencing as a result of inflation or rising energy prices do not help the mental stability of millions of people either.: “If there are socioeconomic problems, there is no welfare and can produce symptoms that can lead to disorders that can be treated specifically”, he stressed.
Mental health disorders are also very high in schools, both among students and teachers. Irene Armidas, director of the Catholic Schools Department of Educational Innovation, have pointed to studies that show that three out of ten students suffer from some form of symptom. For their part, 25% of teachers will also be affected. The reasons are many: “Pandemic, social context, economic crisis, change in law centers with LOMLOE…”Armidas is listed.
What does bullying have to do with social networks? Kovid has troubled you a lot, staying locked in the house makes you yearn, upset. Being locked in the house took a toll on me,” he says Natalia, 23 years old who had entered the Ciempozuelos clinic last February after trying to take his own life.