Interview with the neurologist in Mesa chica, by LN +


In times of mandatory isolation, more and more specialists recommend preserving mental health and paying close attention to it. The neurologist

Facundo Manes

participated last night of

Small table,

the program led by Jose Del Rio, by

LN +, to talk about

consequences of quarantine on the human brain.

“It’s coming a pandemic of mental impact “, alerted the doctor. For Manes, the consequences that are already beginning to emerge must have an “urgent and priority” response from the State, which must think about the future of the country.

The neurologist indicated some data that reflects the effect of the pandemic on society. “In the Ineco Foundation We carried out an investigation six days after the quarantine began in Argentina and another one after 72 days. Anxiety prevailed at first, but now there is more depression: it rose 15 points compared to the first measurement, “he said. He added: “Anxiety affects half the population and depression affects six out of ten Argentines. Young people are the most affected: According to this study, of ten young people, eight have symptoms of mild, moderate or severe depression. “

For Manes, health should not only be thought of as physical, but also associated with the psychic. “If we do not address the emotional well-being of our community, promoting care and not fear, social and economic human costs of enormous consequences will be generated, because you cannot dissociate physical health from mental health,” he said.

An increase of 15 points in symptoms of depression is observed in the population, in relation to the onset of the pandemic.

For the doctor, society must lessen fear and bet on care through the information that the rulers can provide. “Today there is a general emotion, which is fear of contracting the virus, of losing our loved ones, of not being able to face economic issues or losing our jobs. We must be careful with this that it does not become in something chronic, “he said.

And he added: “It is logical that we have increased anxiety, fear and depression, But we do not have to resign ourselves to this, because something that is transitory can become chronic if there is no psychoeducation, therapy. Today it is the obligation of governments to tell us what is happening. “

Finally, and to bring tranquility to the population, Manes expressed: “The human being is going to beat the virus, although perhaps in many months until a cure or a vaccine appears. We have to be patient, but if we don’t have a certain perspective the uncertainty is overwhelming and it hits us. Society is exhausted, mentally exhausted, but it must take care of mental health, because it is part of integral health. “