According to official data, one in four people in Spain will suffer from some form of mental health problem during their lifetime. Psychological issues can affect anyone, and depression and anxiety appear to be the most prevalent ones in today’s society.

Feelings of discrimination and stigma are key fears that patients need to overcome in order to seek help and achieve progress.

Common symptoms of psychological disorders include: feeling sad or down, excessive worries, anxiety, panic attacks, constant crying, extreme mood changes, or withdrawal from friends and activities.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy

Hospital Ochoa’s Psychology Department develops tailor-made programs aimed at improving each patient’s condition. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is an approach that has been demonstrated to be of great value for a majority of patients.

Undesirable thought processes lead to undesirable behaviours, so modifying the first produces a change in the second. Developing new forms of thinking and behaving helps many patients overcome mental health issues and obtain in return a calmer and happier existence.

When to see a psychologist

Many people have misguided assumptions about when they should see a psychologist and what problems these professionals can help solve.

Generally speaking, a person should seek psychological guidance when they suffer from mental, behavioural or emotional disorders that, due to their intensity and/or frequency, have a pronounced negative impact on their quality of life.

In adults:

  • relationship problems
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • inability to adequately manage emotions
  • agoraphobia
  • addictions
  • personality disorders

In children:

  • behavioural problems
  • hyperactivity
  • defiant behaviour
  • sibling jealousy



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