What are the warning signs to suspect your mental health

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

Mental health is becoming increasingly important and it is clear that it is a priority for achieving integral well-being. The a pandemic highlighted the importance of this aspect of our health: during this period alone there was a 25% increase in disorders of anxiety Y depression. But outside of the pandemic, the high suicide rates are alarming, which is in Spain second reason of death among the young.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people there will be a mental health problem throughout their lives, according to data from the Spanish Confederation of Mental Health, provided by Deusto Salud. Mental illness will be the leading cause of disability by 2030.

Experts agree on how important it is make visible mental disorders so that they are not a taboo subject, that people know them and learn to identify the signs that may signal that mental health is at risk.

Dr Maria Sánchez, medical manager of eHealth in Spain for health insurer Cigna, points out 5 signs that can alert us to impaired mental well-being and which reflect you should seek professional help.

1. Be very critical

When criticism becomes a habit, risk of anxiety and depression he is bigger.

“An overly critical course of action leads to tension, emotional turmoil and significant stress. negative thoughtsIn addition, they affect our emotional functioning.”notice from Cigna.

Thus, to constant criticism is usually added obsessing over unimportant details or the fact that most of the time the person has a negative attitude.

2. Changing eating habits

The changes in eating habits They can also be a consequence of a mental disorder.

Be suspicious if someone around you starts doing it eat without control. Stress, anxiety, depression or disorders like bulimia may be behind it.

Also, if the opposite happens, eats very little food.“This is how reality distortion problems begin”, the health insurance company states in a message. Cases of anorexia are a good example of this.

3. Difficulty concentrating

Although this may be due to a large number of factors, it is true that suffering anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders can cause hardship to the person focus on each task to do.

4. Stop doing things

Loss of enthusiasm and motivation in activities that until recently they enjoyed doing, may indicate a loss of interest in the present and also in the future.

Other warning signs are show indifference, disinterest and reluctance often.

This lack of interest and difficulty in arousal can be a symptom of various disorders, such as anxiety-depressive disorder.

5. Closing in on yourself

Sometimes the lack of connection with others becomes a pathology. It happens when interactions are avoided in such a way that it eventually affects daily activities and work.

This is what is known as social phobiaand the help of a mental health professional is essential to overcome it.

Why is it important to seek professional help?

“We must not forget that disorders that cause prolonged emotional instability directly affect the way we think, act and perceive everything that surrounds us in addition to determining how we treat ourselves”emphasizes Dr. Sanchez.

Therefore, before any of the symptoms we just mentioned it is important to take action as soon as possible to prevent what may start as an emotional slump from turning into a mental health disorder.

But according to a Cigna study, only 19% of Spaniards go to a professional to learn to manage their emotions better.

The data collected in the study shows that women act more than men coping with emotional difficulties: 34% choose to exercise when faced with an emotional slumpcompared to just 25% of men; 25% talk to their friends and family from their problems, an option shared by 22% of men; and also go to therapy more: 20% of them do, compared to 18% of them.

How to improve your mental health

Deusto Salud, a training center specializing in health and well-being, recommends devoting time to yourself to create a pleasant and stable environment that contributes to good mental health.

  • Exercise and relaxation techniques. “The best way to protect our well-being is to work on prevention. Moderate physical activity, breathing and concentration exercises offered by yoga or mindfulness are very simple resources that anyone can integrate.”point Eva Soto, psychologist and professor at Deusto Salud. With this body work, we stimulate the brain and reduce stress and anxiety levels.
  • eat and sleep well. Diet and sleep patterns directly affect mental health. “You have to give up bad habits. Healthy eating, exercise and proper sleep are essential to enjoy emotional well-being’guarantees Isabel Portillonurse and spokesperson for Deusto Salud.
  • Focus on the positive. “It’s about creating an environment that’s conducive to getting mental stability and do not provoke emotional imbalances. I advise everyone to get rid of connectionsthat is, to focus on those projects, work, plans, and those people who bring light and peace to our lives and who make us grow.” Gate adds.

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