A mental health it is a widely discussed topic, especially in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, which society has been experiencing for a year. And in the first month of the year, the actions are reinforced during the “Janeiro Branco” campaign.
Therefore, on the last day of the activities focused on the theme, the G1 brings stories of overcoming and accepting psychological problems, lived before or during the pandemic by people living in Juiz de Fora.
According to the psychologist Irma Neves Tallmann Saar, “the campaign is carried out in favor of mental health and aims at raising society’s awareness of the relevance of the topic”.
However, she professional points out that “mental health actions should be thought of from January to January”, and what stigma attached to mental and psychological illnesses needs to be overcome.
Ellen Keller, a 42-year-old businesswoman, had already noticed traces of depression since she was young, but it was after the birth of her son that the situation worsened.
“Nothing made me happy. Things that other mothers would be thrilled with their son, they did not rejoice (…) I thought I was a terrible mother and a terrible person for being a single mother, for not being working”, Several things were added to make her the situation gets worse and worse “.
The businesswoman lived with her mother and confessed about her desire to commit suicide. And it was she who inspired her to seek help. After a conversation with her mother, Ellen went to a professional and started treatment with antidepressants. “It’s not that I wanted to kill myself, I think I wanted to kill what was inside me,” he said.
In addition to the drugs, Ellen also started therapy and says that her whole life has changed for the better. To G1, reported that, in just a few days of treatment, she returned to enjoy the activities and improved her relationship with her family, including her 2-year-old son. “He doesn’t even know how much he helps me when he wakes me up giving me a kiss.”
In addition, the businesswoman started a delivery enterprise with her mother, which also strengthened her mind in the improvement process. “It is a set of situations that make us better”.
“Depression is a very silent disease and sometimes, if you don’t have people around you who love you and have special attention for you, it will only languish”, he argued.
Mental and physical recovery
The world of Milena Costa, 47, changed when the lawyer suffered a car accident in January 2020. A serious injury to her cervical spine diagnosed her with tetraparesis, the characteristic of which is an abnormal weakness in her arms and legs.
After several surgeries and 19 days in hospital, Milena went home and, due to the pandemic, she needed to isolate herself from her family and friends. Living with her husband and son, and recovering from the accident, the lawyer’s mental health was impaired.
” The trauma of the accident already makes us sensitive to everything, everything is very intense, and with reality [da Covid-19], became a thousand times worse “, he pointed out.
During the period that she was hospitalized, Milena received psychological treatment and comments on how essential this support was in the recovery, both mental and physical. According to the lawyer, she has already recovered physically considerably.
“Only those who live this reality of having their lives changed overnight will know,” said Milena
The nursing technician Aurora Laguardia, 35, knew psychological problems at a very young age, after being diagnosed with cancer when she was just ten years old.
Aurora underwent treatment for the disease for five years, while living in a family environment of abuse and violence. “I saw things that no child should see,” he said, recalling that this troubled childhood may have influenced the problems he faced throughout his life.
“Since the time of cancer treatment I had anxiety and panic attacks due to lack of acceptance,” he explained.
But it was about five years ago that the nursing technician began to develop symptoms of depression, panic syndrome and bipolar disorder, in addition to problems with focus and discipline.
In treatment for depression for four years, Aurora explains that she has used several drugs and tried to commit suicide several times. “Even in therapy and treatment, suicidal thoughts come.”
Today, she undergoes treatment using anxiolytics and mood stabilizers.
However, Aurora, who now has a 16-year-old daughter, said she was determined to learn more and more to live with depression.
“I put it in my head that I will try to start over, taking care of myself on the outside and talking to a superior being”, he says.
Professional point of view
“Experiencing suffering is part of human existence,” said psychological psychologist Irma Saar.
According to the professional, each person is unique and responds to life’s challenges in a different way, finding different solutions. “When talking about their suffering and listening to each other, a bet is made by way of the word to minimize psychological suffering”.
For Irma, people in mental distress experience stigma and prejudice on a daily basis, and breaking this taboo is essential.
“Thinking about mental health is untying the label ‘mentally ill’, promoting people’s citizenship and the right to a dignified existence”, he points out. “Public Health and Mental Health Policies are fundamental in this process”.