Personal Support and Development

As we know and for some years, due to the precarious working conditions / economy in Spain we have had to leave and emigrate in search of better living conditions. We know that this decision, forced by circumstances, has an emotional impact too great to ignore. Because of this we have always offered since our birth as a social group, emotional support in the PIE-Precarious Office.
The act of leaving the country of origin can at first be presented as simple, where new and positive possibilities are opened up above all economic, since poverty is one of the major causes of stress and anxiety. But what we do not realise is that once past that ‘honeymoon’ period the reality can be harsh.

Here are the most common migration disorders:

  • Syndrome of Ulysses

Added to this is the concept of ‘migratory duel’ coined by Joseba Achotegui, University of Barcelona, and the migratory duel has some very particular characteristics: (more information in this link – pdf )
– It gives rise to changes in personality, Which sometimes strengthen the emigrant but can also destroy it.
– It causes a regression in autonomy, causing the person to show greater dependence and more complaints.
– It happens in defined phases, as described by Achotegui mentioning Bowlby (1980): “1) denial: the reality of change cannot be accepted and the individual does not want to see it; 2) resistance: there is protest and complaint to the effort involved in adaptation, Faced with the difficulties and challenges faced by the immigrant; 3) acceptance: the person is already fully established in the new situation (in the case of migration in the host country); And 4) restitution: it is affective reconciliation, with what has been left behind and with the new situation. In the case of migration, with the country of origin and the host country. It accepts the good and the less good or bad, both the country of origin and the host country “- Source:

The elaboration and overcoming of this mourning is the part of the migration linked to the mental health, and when this is not achieved can lead to Ulysses Syndrome.

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Known in English as SAD, Seasonal Affection Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes according to the seasons.

It is often referred to as the “Winter Blues” or “Seasonal Depression” as symptoms tend to appear and be more intense in winter.

Symptoms often begin in autumn as the days shorten, being most severe in December, January, and February.

To see more symptoms and what recommendations we offer, you can see our SAD page here.

For all of the above, we would like to re-announce that we have an emotional support service on the impact of emigrating in our mind. That you are not alone and that we are here to accompany you. If you want to ask for an appointment with our emotional support. Ask us for it through our contact page.