The disaster of mental health after the pandemic
We’ve always perceived adolescence as a moment of critical changes, sometimes even conflicts. But never before have psychiatrists and psychologists been so overwhelmed by the number of young people in their offices. Today’s adolescents, those born in the new millennium, suffer from more anxiety and depression than ever, with diagnoses of aggression, difficulties socializing, self-mutilation, bullying, obsessive disorders, addictions, and ever-increasing numbers of suicides.
What’s happened? If the covid pandemic, with confinement and restrictions, has affected all of us, our young people and teenagers were shut away at a crucial moment for the formation of their personalities and social lives. Obviously, they’ve been affected, too.
So what can we do? Psychologist Jordi Royo analyzes the problems, orients us so we can understand whether our children’s reactions are pathological or normal, and gives us the tools to help them.
A book that orients parents and educators to identify mental illness in adolescents.
The book includes a practical section that will help parents and educators identify the first symptoms of mental illness.
This book is highly opportune, because it helps us to recognize the magnitude of the problem of adolescent mental health (before, during, and after the pandemic) with up-to-date epidemiological information. It explains in first-person, in an easy-to-understand way, what adolescents are experiencing, their problems with mental health, their families, and the ever-present influence of their environment. It offers a holistic vision of mental health disturbances and an exhaustive analysis of risk factors. Its mental health model takes into account biological, psychological, and social factors (family, friends, work, education, justice, spirituality) beyond the simple cause-and-effect explanations used, for example, with infectious diseases. It also discusses alarm signals, offers practical and concrete suggestions for action, and demystifies taboos and erroneous beliefs.
Doctor Francesc Xavier Arrufat, Psychiatrist