The psychologist reinforces the need for extensive daily assistance, awareness and fight against stigmas related to mental health
Naturally, people link health to the good clinical state of the body, but, as the WHO itself points out, it includes many other factors, including the mind. Love for mental well-being it’s basic, but still Doubts and taboos remain on the topic: In an interview with ping pong, the psychologist Gabriele De França (CRP 06/161972) explains the reasons why be careful with your mind something fundamental for the quality of life and dispels some myths.
Why is mental health directly linked to quality of life?
“Mental health plays a central role in our quality of life, as it has a direct impact on ours emotional, psychological and social well-being. With good mental health, it is easier to make assertive decisions, cope with stress, maintain socially healthy relationships, enjoy life, and seek personal and professional achievement.”
What are the main myths on the topic?
“There are many myths. For example, the idea that having a mental health condition is a sign of weakness, or that the problems are less serious than physical ones. Or even that therapy is “crazy,” a lack of religion or “coolness.” I am myths that intensify more and more stereotypes and make it difficult the search for adequate treatment”.
How to recognize when mental health is not good?
“From the moment we realize that our routine or our social relationships are different, interfering with daily activities. For example, excessive sleeping or insomnia, changes in appetite, loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, feelings of sadness or anxiety associated with lack of energy.
Gradual social isolation is also another important factor. When you notice these signs yourself or someone else, seek professional help or advise someone else to do so.
Are there specific treatments or procedures for the most vulnerable groups, such as children, adolescents and the elderly?
“Yes, the most vulnerable groups can benefit from more specific approaches.
In the case of children and adolescents, it is important to consider the support not only of the family, but also of the educational institution. In this way, together, it is possible to work better on emotions and on the tools to deal with them.
In the case of the elderly, socialization work and interventions regarding feelings of loneliness are important to keep this group psychologically healthy. It is important that any work related to mental health is tailored to the needs of each stage of life.”
What is the role of open conversation about the topic and therapy as a tool for self-care?
“Talking about mental health care is important reduce stigmas and end stereotypes. Many people feel embarrassed to talk about their personal development process, but we should encourage exactly the opposite. By sharing experiences and talking about the importance of psychotherapy, we encourage others to do the same and seek self-care.”
How do emotional intelligence and mental health connect?
“Emotional intelligence is an important ally in maintaining mental health. To the know how to manage and, above all, by recognizing our own emotions and those of others, we become better able to deal with stressful situations, resolve conflicts, maintain healthy relationships and, above all, develop the ability to be empathetic. These factors contribute to our psychological well-being.”
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