According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE), 25% of the Spanish population has either suffered, is currently suffering or will suffer from some type of mental illness.
Mental health disorders can be divided into two groups:
- High degree of severity and disability. In this first group we can include psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.
- Milder degree of disruption. Here we can find prevalent mental health issues such as anxiety, depression or addiction.
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that studies, prevents and treats psychiatric disorders.
The team of psychiatrists at Hospital Ochoa in Marbella assesses the social, psychological and biological aspects of each patient. A diagnosis is established and a treatment prescribed, which may be psychotherapeutic, behavioural or pharmacological. In addition, the hospital’s psychology department specialises in mood disorders and legal psychiatry.
The general recommendation for when to see a psychiatrist is in circumstances where the mental health issue profoundly disrupts the person’s daily life. Some moderate examples are: difficulty in falling asleep, irritability, tiredness, or apathy. If the condition is treated early before it becomes serious, medication can be avoided.
Hospital Ochoa has both a psychology and psychiatry department which work in close collaboration to provide optimum care for mental health patients.
The team of psychiatrists at Hospital Ochoa in Marbella is able to evaluate and treat many mental health issues, including:
- Psychotic disorders: Schizophrenia, paranoia, psychosis, schizophreniform disorder, etc.
- Mood disorders: Bipolar disorder and depression.
- Anxiety disorders: anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustive disorder.
- Addiction: All types.
- Children and adolescents: In cases involving underage mental health patients, treatment is often avoided unless absolutely necessary. In addition, treatment is typically psychological talk therapy instead of psychiatrically prescribed medication.
- Cognitive impairment: Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.