Sergio González de Zárate, Computer engineer

Many years ago, an unknown problem would come into my life to destabilize completely. I did not know what it was that happened to me, but an unknown and excessive collection of symptoms that accompany me in this, no one had sought, but I just found face to face anxiety.

It would cost me time, sweat and tears, accept. And the process would be hard not only to live with her but above all for overcoming ...

But that stage, of that struggle to overcome the duel that life had put before me, discover lessons and tools that would make me a much stronger person and conscious. I had become someone who knew much better, understood recognize known weaknesses, but also the strengths, and especially use everything was on me to get to make my life, that I have always liked to live.

In this way, after overcoming anxiety that first and complicated, I would become someone able to pursue their dreams. Some of these already knew and soon get to realize, others would create on the fly, and among them would bear a book, a manual that would have helped me recognize this problem before buzzed my life, a book which was called to anxiety, trying to help many people to recognize that everything they need to overcome anxiety, I have always had within themselves.

Time has passed, time in which to anxiety has become a reference in which many people find support and comfort, and especially some light, to this complicated disorder is anxiety.

This article will try to summarize some of the answers to the most common questions among those who suffer or have suffered anxiety, obtaining these needs through my own social networks, in which more than 50000 people together to share their own experiences and find support, comfort, and many more people who can help them understand how anxiety, and hateful symptoms, They are much more common than, all those who suffer, We can think.

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is, basically, defense system that all humans have, a mechanism that has helped the human species has survived.

It happens when, before a real danger or a life situation, our body reacts to prepare for fight or flight, actions that keep us safe or get to perform that task or action we feel indispensable to our existence.

Anxiety as a disorder, or the anxiety that my book and many other concerns, it is considered that state of anxiety in which our body remains altered considering that there is a threat that does not exist, a false alarm that is maintained over time and conditions as ordinary aspects and little dangerous as can be, go out, get a lift, or entering a crowded place.

How can recognize the anxiety and rule out other diseases?

Anxiety or rather, Anxiety Disorder, It presupposes the existence of a large set of demonstrations, so varied that they can be grouped into different groups. physical symptoms (sweating, tachycardia, hyperventilation, etc…), psychological (restlessness, sense of threat, rumination of thoughts, fear of death ...), of conduct (hypervigilance, locks, clumsiness, etc…) , social (irritability, ensimismamiento, excessive fear of conflict, etc…) and intellectual or cognitive (focus or concentration difficulties, susceptibility, etc…).

The best way I know to recognize it is to admit that there is no other disease that encompasses so many varied symptoms like those listed here and we feel, understand that the problem is intensified if we focus on your symptoms and accept that in any other pathology (or mental or physical), Fear warns us about it.

Anxiety and its symptoms will keep you alert and worried, or by trying to trick you grow your hypochondria. Many times you believe to be suffering from something else, but all this will be just another sign of the only reality: not suffer nothing but anxiety.

What types of anxiety disorders exist?

There are several types of anxiety disorders, many of which, for its difficulty (not to be confused with danger), it may be more convenient to seek professional help.

Specific phobias (to the death, disease, objects, animals, etc…) is the most common type of anxiety. There is also a generalized anxiety disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), social phobia, Panic Disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and agoraphobia.

Do anxiolytics can eliminate anxiety?

Anxiolytics can reduce some of your symptoms and make living easier, but beware, They never solve the problem themselves.

They should be used for both prescription and dosage for consumption, and generating dependence and tolerance (the same dose increasingly less effects) and it is advisable not to leave them drastically to avoid suffering complications or panic attacks .

What would be the first step to combat?

Accept and learn to live with it.

If you do not accept we are flying blind and every step we take we will not give in the right direction, adding to both the problem and its solution.

Once accepted will touch us to take responsibility not only for ourselves but also for our improvement, and there is no better way to start our own therapy, learning to live with the symptoms of anxiety (which not disappear overnight), and trying to regulate, thereby manage how we react to all situations that cause us anxiety.

Is recommended counseling and medication?

In many cases, especially depending on the type of anxiety and time to relocate living with her, And, fully advisable.

If we suffer from OCD, agoraphobia or panic frequent crises, It is easy to understand that our head keeps limiting or obsessive ideas that are not easy to treat or reduce, That is why in all these cases where anxiety greatly limits our life, there is no better help to seek help, making the road a much easier and enjoyable, leaving advised by people who best understand not only the disorder but also the most appropriate methods for our case.

In many of these cases, psychological therapy is often accompanied by medication, either anxiolytics to reduce some of the symptoms and panic attacks, as antidepressants very suitable for treating phobias or obsessive.

And out of one of the book's advice to anxiety What does it mean that everything I need is within me?

I think anyone who has faced and overcome an anxiety disorder, you can be with me that one of the great lessons you get out of this complicated period with anxiety, is that both therapy and the tools that really make us get out of this complicated disorder, start from within each person.

Nothing will change if you do not change, a truth that shows us that we touch any way to go, you must from our own feet.

Anxiety is one of these paths, a disorder that leaves no room for a different answer to our own action. Nothing will inflate to pills or postpone the need for change, so the sooner we get to work much sooner overcome the problem and get better live with the problem.

And during that personal work that will get get a better version of ourselves, we learn to live with these horrible symptoms that accompany us on the road, making seek physical and mental improvement, that not only make us feel physically stronger, but especially mentally, changing the way we see the problem, and thus beginning to see some light to this darkness.

As I never tire of repeating both the book and to anyone seeking support or advice to combat anxiety. There will come a time when you must decide responsibility for your life and your happiness, a moment that can start right now, why smiles and begins to feel the change, It is time that passes to action.

No one can or should blame the health system such as anxiety problems have now become a real epidemic.

It would be totally impossible to attend as due to each of the persons suffering from a mental disorder, Thus, more important than a professional to devote to each of those with anxiety, would prescribe more books and fewer drugs.

Give more and better information for people to understand what anxiety is and how it works, helping them understand that it is within themselves where they can find their best medicine.

The book can purchase it here > Book The End of Anxiety

The countdown for the Celebration 20 Anniversary of the Center for Social Integration, gradually comes Move your mind!.

We want to be an innovative and social event, as is our center. So we've created this Challenge:

The challenge of # 20MueveTuMente fingers symbolizes ✌✌ you want to remove the invisible barriers of society towards people with mental health problems.

We want through social networks we can reach more people, to join our movement.

Therefore I encourage you to join with us @ s, INSTRUCTIONS:

Too easy, upload your photo with your fingers in this antifaz, as one you want / or or accompanied / or, with a white background or an ideal landscape. After Accompany our hashtag #20MueveTuMente Y #20AniversarioCIS. If you're embarrassing you can also collaborate by sharing one of our publications with Challange finger ✌✌.

Since our partnership every day this month will go up a picture of different people who join our movement.

The day 22 of November 2019, will end our challenge and celebrate this Move your mind!, nails on INVISIBLE BARRIERS DAYS and through movement CONVIVENCIA. A space open to society, which aims: encourage social inclusion of people with mental health problems and disability, through information, social networks and movement.

We hope you and move your MIND!

Thank you very much in advance.

Suicide is a major public health; World Health Organization (WHO) notes that nearly one million people die each year from this cause in the world, with a mortality rate 16 For each 100.000, representing a death every 40 second, more of 800.000 people annually in the world and in Spain the figure is 10 people a day. Thus, It is necessary suicide prevention plan have sufficient resources to deal with cases of people with suicidal behavior, their families and those people suicide survivors.

Considering the prevention of suicidal behavior within the model of classical preventive health care from public health, all prevention plan suicidal behavior should include the integration of primary prevention for general population, secondary prevention for suicidal risk groups and tertiary prevention to people who have already submitted suicidal behavior. So they are elements that must appear undoubtedly within the shares to develop and carry out.

On these bases, and analyzing the various existing plans seems essential to take into account a number of common elements and key to all of them, when developing a prevention plan. So we can quote:

  • Promoting mental health.
  • Specific training in mental health stakeholders.
  • Programs for vulnerable groups.
  • Programs targeting high-risk groups.
  • Restricting access to lethal means.

It is vital to stress the need for institutional support and government support to carry out initiatives. And the weight of, and magnitude you are having suicidal behavior and benefits of prevention and intervention at all levels.

Training of health professionals and social agents for early identification, evaluation, treatment and monitoring of people at risk of suicidal behavior is an essential element, priority and all necessary prevention plan. It would therefore specific training which should appear in the field of mental health and aimed at both health professionals and non-health professionals but essential in the detection or intervention of suicidal behavior such as educators , police, firefighters…

Create a process or tracking system within the social services system, of those identified as risk population, promotes continuity of care and non-duplication of resources, as well as quality care and greater efficiency in managing the potential risks, minimizing the possibility of suicide behavior resulting accomplished.

In connection with the above idea, the creation of a case management system would be an effective tool for more successful prevention. And referral to specific resources for rehabilitation or treatment of underlying conditions that may exist. Kingdom this idea, creating resources or support services for people affected or survivors of suicidal behavior would be an essential complement to prevention, intervention and postvention of suicidal behavior.

Promote public awareness regarding welfare issues and mental health. that is to say, raising general awareness of the impact, magnitude and consequences of suicidal behavior tackling stress management and effective management of crisis situations. It would be an element that not only reduce the stigma associated, it would facilitate the creation of protocols in different areas aimed at reducing suicide rates.

On the other hand, restrict access to lethal means can not be ignored in any plan, since it is an element of direct intervention in the results. This aspect referring to control toxic, medicines, weapons ... the design of public works to prevent use as lethal means. It has been found that this measure is one of the fastest and most obvious to reduce suicide rates.

Another aspect that should influence the prevention plans suicidal behavior passes to attend the media and treatment of suicidal behavior is done in the same.

Finally note the ideas on the need for investigation as a key and beneficial element that should pick up any plan for the prevention of suicidal behavior. Since the results of research on aspects of epidemiology, Risk and protective factors, neurobiology of suicidal behavior, effective strategies and preventive actions, cultural differences…, It will depend not only targeting prevention plans but the results of these will ensure greater success in reducing suicide rates.

Because suicide is preventable.

If you need help do not hesitate to call 112, phone against suicide.

Continue our 8 Mental Health Challenges, this October, Day Month Mental Health, in which this year's theme on which awareness is suicide attempts.

The suicide, like any manifestation of violence, It is not exclusive of mental illness. Unlike, are rather frequent acts among people who do not have recognized any mental illness.

Suicide is a very important health issue. It is estimated that there are around one million suicides a year worldwide and that for every completed suicide there are between 15 a 20 unconsummated suicides, which would result from 15 Y 20 million annual suicide attempts. These frightening figures give us an idea of ​​the importance of this phenomenon worldwide.

In all countries of the world suicide it is among the top ten causes of death. In countries where it is most prevalent USA, Canada, Japan, Northern and Eastern Europe is around 11,6 suicides per 100.000 inhabitants and Latin America is the 5,6 per hundred thousand inhabitants.

Men commit suicide three times more than women, but they make three times more tentative than men. The risk of suicide increases with age but in absolute numbers there are more among young.

We could say that risk groups are adolescence, old people, frail or vital periods of crisis, Persons under extreme demand situations, people with mental illness and between people with depression, schizophrenia and people who consume toxic substances. But nevertheless, Suicide is not an act of mental illness but may be present in any person.

Suicide is a radical and disproportionately to escape when these difficulties are experienced with despair and incapacitation or are experienced when generating an intolerable amount of distress, from abroad or of the person. One way or another, It is always present the other (another person), for more individual and loner who present.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder It is one of the psychological disorders that can more hear, but, But nevertheless, there is a huge lack of knowledge, not only about what is, but we myths around it.

On the one hand, we will explain in broad terms consisting. OCD patient has a number of negative thoughts and repetitive They are causing huge discomfort to the patient, These thoughts may focus on different topics, Cleaning, death, sex, They can also be thoughts about yourself or people around us.

On the other hand, the patient may have a series of compulsions, not all patients have. These compulsions have as its theme the same obsessions, for example, If obsessive thinking is cleaning, compulsion may consist handwashing 10 times in a row or take some sort of disinfectant often. Another example may be obsessive thinking security, whose compulsion may be to see if we closed the door 8 Sometimes before we left home. Not only is there a compulsion, but the person may have different rituals you need to do to be quiet.

These compulsions exist as a way for the person to relax and keep away your thoughts.

The fact that as we said, there is much ignorance about the subject, makes people have wrong about being disease and patients suffer ideas.

One of the most widespread myths is that people with hobbies are People with OCD or sure they will suffer in the future.

The truth is that this is not true, There are many people who have certain hobbies or habits, but that's not a compulsive disorder and therefore not have to be treated or removed.

It is also important to bear in mind that people who have these disorders suffer, They are aware that they have a major problem and that their obsessions or compulsions are not "normal" and therefore see the need to end them.

There are also many people who think that there is no treatment, but it is not like that, we currently have very effective treatments both psychological and pharmacological. Best in most cases is to combine both treatments.

What is really important OCD patients, It is to feel understood by their loved ones, because sometimes they feel rejection or the weirdo in your family or group of friends believe.

If you have a relative or friend with OCD you should try to put in place, and it is essential to have adequate information about the disorder and especially to treat the issue naturally, that way you will be his greatest support

In this article we are going to make an introduction to bipolar disorder, that we can basically be defined as a severe mental disorder that requires psychological treatment and drug.

This disorder involves changes in mood, sudden and severe changes.

Let's consider two poles, one of them would the Depression and the other mania, as well, the person would go from one pole to another in a very short period of time.

When the person is in the depressive phase, It is sad, disheartened, not wanting to do anything and with very negative thoughts, whereas when the person is in the manic phase, feel a huge euphoria, overflowing joy and think they are, literally, capable of anything, which is extremely dangerous for them, as outstanding examples say that manic phase the person can spend all your money, having sex with strangers uncontrollably or make sudden employment decisions.

Between cycles the person has a mood considered normal.

This disorder begins to habitually late adolescence or early adulthood and lifelong, although today's treatments help the person get to not having those changes so abrupt and to have a normal life.

As for the causes of this disorder, the truth is that nothing is clear, the different specialists give different versions, but the truth, It is that it could be genetic causes an abnormal structure or brain function, but as we say there is nothing conclusive.

It is essential that we make it clear that bipolar disorder has nothing to do with a split personality, because unfortunately the enormous ignorance makes people feel that there is the same, but there is nothing further from reality, since the person does not change his personality but his mood.

As with all patients psychological illnesses, It is essential to the support of family and friends, support that not only helps them feel better, understood and respected, but also if we have the necessary information we can help with therapy.


September arrives and from Mental Health FEAFES Cáceres We continue making people aware that there is no health without mental health, This month we'll talk about the importance of family in Mental Health.

We have often heard how important the family for each of us, almost always we take important decisions based on the concept of family, as this concept we have learned since we were kids, girls and we built throughout life.

There are critical moments for the family, for example, the separation of a couple who, as founders of this by separating can leave children feeling that everything is over and they run grave dangers because their parents are no longer together.

This detail gives us a clear example of how we tend to distort the real importance of family in our lives, a family is not based on a home "home" with all its members within, a family is much more than that, the role it plays in society and for each one of us is fundamental because it is the natural and appropriate environment in which we constantly develop as individuals.

The family meets three basic functions for the healthy development of each of its members: protection, providing care and affection.

Despite cultural changes, social and information revolution we have experienced in recent times, the family remains the most important for proper mental health of people.

Facebook, Twiter, Youtube and other interactive media have failed to replace a warm embrace, a pleasant conversation or parental guidance and family goal setting.

The joy of sharing good and bad times at home is something we are leaving aside lately, desconectándonos of our loved ones. This estrangement has several explanations, begins with the terrible traffic that exists in different cities, by excessive working hours, study days, etc.

Going turning away from our family, we become prone to illness or difficulties in our mental health. The importance of family is something timeless and will be the best remedy for problems.


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The welfare of the elderly is our commitment and, Thus, we want to present all findings about eldercare so they can enjoy a better life in its final stage, both mentally and physically.

Company that animals bring people around him is no secret, but the truth is that the benefits provided by animals to people and, more especially, the elderly are numerous and relevant. We need to translate these benefits because they can be helpful for older people throughout the world and for some users of our family locator.

The therapeutic power of the animals can be made visible in different scenarios. The first is to have an animal at home as a dog or a cat because his presence alone brings many benefits in people. It is shown that with your company, interact with them, care for or just perceive you can reach reduce stress due to the production of endorphins in the central nervous system is stimulated, increasing the sense of peace and tranquility. In fact, the Viladecans Hospital says this theory has since conducted a study in which the results highlight a 60% homes with pets have a mood and health more favorable, compared to those without animals live.

On the other hand, the second stage of the healing power of animals shown in Animal Assisted Interventions Company (IAA) Animal-assisted therapy or (TAA) which aim to improve the quality of life and promote the health of people with special needs through participation pet. this therapy, also called Zooterapia, It is to encourage and motivate people to evolve in areas such as communication, Social, affective, cognitive physics. Animals, which they are usually dogs and, in some case, Horses must meet a number of requirements for therapy work.

These therapies are especially focused on people with illnesses such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders, Besides being a good tool to reduce tensions and to help people suffering from heart disease, Asthma and chronic pain. We see that although elderly people are not being addressed exclusively, If that They have numerous benefits for this segment of the population because they help alleviate common health problems in older people. Georgia State University and Idaho State University have conducted studies that claim the benefits of therapy pets and tested, in this way, its reliability.

In Spain are already various hospitals and foundations that implement the use of animal-assisted therapies, always complementing the existing therapeutic process previously. The program of animal assisted therapy developed by the Mental Health Unit of the Hospital of Torrejon De Ardoz (Madrid), in collaboration with the Yaracan Association he has presented important findings like pet therapy applied to patients with involutional depression for six months reduces drug treatment in 60 % from the patients. Hospitals in different Spanish territory the presence of animals is also used to break the monotony of hospital admission and increase, in this way, positive emotions patients to feel safer, excited, happy. These visits reflected the affective-emotional bond that is created between patient and magical animal is so intense that influences the patient's stay is less hard and let off.

Ultimately we all benefit, besides the incredible love and companionship, it can bring an animal to the care of people and, more especially, people with health problems and older, something that seems crucial and highly recommended for maintaining good health or better.


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Continue our 8 Mental Health Challenges, Augusts this month, we talk about animals and their protection and prevention factor in mental health, Numerous studies point to the benefits that pets have on the mental health of people. Recently, a study was able to show as holding a dog or cat, or hamster, among others, brought on mental health benefits long term.

The researchers found that pets helped their owners to better manage their feelings and provided a powerful distraction from stress.

Some pets also proved useful in strengthening physical activity, like walking the dog, but also they allow them to socialize and interact with other pet owners.

so, researchers recommend strongly “these animals are considered as support in the treatment of mental health disorders“, for example, in the case of a depression.

Likewise, different studies are also pronounced on the benefits that pets have on the mental health of people. And is that when a pet is caressing, the body releases oxytocin, a hormone that has a calming effect on the brain, because it reduces stress and anxiety. There is also scientific evidence that points to spend time with animals, It makes hormones that make us feel good as serotonin and dopamine and reduces cortisol levels are released, stress hormone.

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The Spanish Association of Supported Employment (AESE) It adheres to the campaign 'X Solidaria companies', driven by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI) and the Third Sector Platform and expresses its commitment to it.

From Feafes Mental Health Caceres as partners AESE, We fully support this campaign and we intend to disseminate it through our media, to reach the largest possible number of companies.

This initiative will voluntarily allocate the 0,7% the corporate tax contribution to social projects, without being modified their contribution, this fund put in place by the General State Law 2018.

It is estimated that the 'X Solidarity Enterprises' benefit more than seven million people.