Have a consultation about your mental health and wellbeing with an English-speaking psychiatrist in Barcelona

When it comes to mental health, psychiatry is a medical speciality dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental illness. Its main objective is to provide appropriate, personalized care for each patient to alleviate their suffering.

At the Turó Park Medical Clinic, our psychiatrists welcome you to our warm and international environment to listen to you, make a diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate care. 

Do not hesitate to make an appointment now with our psychiatric and mental health team.

What are the main mental illnesses?

Many people suffer from mental illnesses, of which there are many that differ in their symptoms, developments and treatments. Therefore, here we have listed a few, all of which can be effectively treated with a professional psychiatrist.

Addictions

Addiction is a mental health illness based on the repeated consumption of a product or the abnormally excessive practice of a behavior that leads to the impossibility of controlling a behavior yourself and the continuation of this behavior despite the knowledge of its negative consequences.

The most common addictions are:

  • Tobacco
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Screentime and technology
  • Sex

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness characterized by severe disturbances in the perception of reality and behavioral changes. One of the characteristics of this illness is that the sufferer is not aware of his or her illness. 

Bipolar disorders

Bipolar disorders are characterized by an abnormal variation in mood, with two alternating phases, the manic phase and the depressive phase, hence the word bipolar.

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders come in a variety of different disorders related to excessive and unmanageable anxiety, which manifest themselves in very different ways: 

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Specific phobias (spiders, darkness, etc)
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder 

A person suffers from an anxiety disorder when they experience strong and long-lasting anxiety that is not related to a real danger or threat and that disrupts normal functioning and daily activities.

Depression

Depression is a psychological disorder characterized by a depressed state: low mood, profound disinterest in activities that usually bring pleasure, and low self-esteem.

Additionally, depression is a disabling condition that often affects family, school, work, sleep, eating and general health.

Eating Disorders (ED)

Eating disorders are disturbances in the relationship with food, significantly altering both physical health and psychosocial adjustment.

The main eating disorders are : 

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder

When should you see a psychiatrist regarding your mental health?

Mental illnesses generally cause real psychological suffering. It is this suffering that most often leads to a consultation, sometimes first with a general practitioner and then, when necessary, with a psychiatrist. 

Many people prefer to deal with their difficulties themselves. But when these difficulties become too great, and the suffering takes over everything else, the call to a professional can allow one to move forward. 

Here are some signs that may indicate the need for counseling: 

  • Persistent sadness
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feeling stuck in your life
  • Multiple conflicts with others
  • Sleep problems

Most importantly, if you feel that you need help, do not hesitate to seek professional help.

 

"The best help for a mental patient is to listen, not be judgmental and to understand that they are dealing with something that is overwhelming and that is not voluntary." - Dr. Elvira Herrería

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What happens during a consultation with a psychiatrist at Turó Park Medical Clinic?

First of all, the first consultation is an initial contact between the psychiatrist and the patient. 

The doctor's objective is to establish a diagnosis based on a complete and comprehensive evaluation including a mental examination, a physical examination, laboratory tests and even medical imaging.

On the patient's side, this first session is also important because it will allow you to get to know the professional who will be taking care of you. It is essential that you feel at ease with the practitioner. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have and to express your concerns. 

Once a diagnosis has been made, the psychiatrist will treat the mental illness in coordination with the patient, including a range of possible treatments. Therefore, this treatment can take several forms: 

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Biological treatments 

Lastly, depending on the method, consultations with the psychiatrist can last from 30 minutes to an hour, usually on a weekly basis.

Psychiatrist: our responses to your most frequently asked questions

Unlike a psychiatrist, a psychologist is not a doctor. A psychiatrist can therefore prescribe medication, which a psychologist cannot do.
An unhappiness or long-lasting suffering is a sign that you should seek help. It is essential not to be left alone with your discomfort to prevent a situation from getting out of hand.
During the first appointment, be prepared to talk about yourself and the reasons why you are coming. Remember that if you want your therapist to know something, you must tell them.

 

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Dr. Elvira Herrería

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Treatment of mild and severe mental illnesses
Addiction treatment
Child psychiatry
Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder
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