Tuesday, January 18

Fabio Lacolla: “We have to think about a new mental health model”

When reviewing the sensations that were generated, the specialist remarked: “At first it was like a honeymoon, when the first restrictions began. But the house is to rest, not to be. Life is outside. Now that paradigm began to combine, because the private sphere began to be made public, because work meetings were done by zooming in a room “.

“Something interesting is that the future was annihilated for us. And life is for the future. We could not think about what is coming, so when the future disappears, what appears is the past. That is why we began to review photos, to connect with friends of the past. Because it was the only thing that gave us identity. Not who I am, but who I was. It was a reconstruction of identity in the midst of a pandemic. “

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In a one-on-one with Guillermo Capuya, Fabio Lacolla analyzed the psychological impact of the pandemic.

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Lacolla also analyzed how the confinement affected couples and families. “The pandemic was a discovery, because everything was discovered. Families that were strengthened became stronger. But the couples who had certain conflicts came to light. No more people were separated by the pandemic, it was because the bond was not strengthened. We discovered that we had other parents. Or the children, who had the father inside all day. There began to be a new form of coexistence “, he pointed out, adding:”When talking about the new normal, it seems to me that it is half dangerous: because normality also brought us the pandemic. Normality is situational, something that occurs in certain situations. What is normal?

The psychologist also maintained that depression grew, in these two years. Even through anxiety disorder. Depression is backwards, the depressive was hooked on a part of the past. And as the future disappeared, much of the past appeared. Depression, because it was not known what was going to happen. There were three restrictions: health, fear and economic. In that of fear, they were divided because some wanted to go out, but there are also those who many do not want to go out. They are afraid ”, he remarked.

Finally, given the possible irruption of new waves and confinements, Lacolla pointed out that they may not have the same psychological impact as the first: “We are prepared. We have more tools to live in a pandemic. Some networks that began to be served. This pandemic without virtuality would have been a catastrophe. That brought people closer together. The word was not lost. We could talk to relatives. The communication, luckily, worked. And that was and is a great support ”.

Another definition that Lacolla left behind is that, even when the pandemic passes, life will no longer be the same: “Habits have already changed. A two-year-old does not know a face without a mask. That generation, the newborns, are already growing up with that. After Cromañón, the musicians began to have criteria of the scenic risks on stage. This pandemic is going to teach us to take care of ourselves, “he said, and concluded:” One of the sequels left by the pandemic is irritability. There is more intolerance on the street. There is more selfishness too. In other cases, it was understood that nobody is saved alone, that we have to be more supportive. I think it changed now is the way to suffer. The pain that one felt, the anguish that one felt, was changing. We have to rewrite psychoanalysis books. There is going to be a paradigm shift. We are witnesses and we have a great responsibility to rethink mental health and health as a whole ”.