Review of the book «The bipolar spectrum» by Joel Paris

Joel Paris is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University (Canada). In this book Paris addresses a highly topical issue: the enormous increase in the number of diagnoses associated with bipolar disorder, not only in the adult population, but also in children. Read more…

Remote psychoanalytic therapy

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned distance therapy into a very useful clinical practice and has raised the need to deepen it. This article discusses this treatment modality and places it in the context of its emergence. We reflect on its virtual characteristics: time, space, distance, Read more…

Review of the book «Melancholia – Clinical and generational Transmission» by Carlos Fernández Atiénzar

«The presence of a book on melancholy is not surprising… It is rarer, on the other hand, to find a book on psychiatry that deals with melancholy. It is pleasant but curious news at this time». With these words, José María Álvarez and Fernando Colina begin the prologue of the book Read more…

Published the Awarded texts in the IV Ángel Garma award

1st Award shared in the IV Ángel Garma Award to best unpublished work on psychoanalysis. Barcelona, 2019 «Gender and sexual difference from a psychoanalytic perspective» by Jorge Marugán Kraus The article co-awarded in the fourth Ángel Garma Award to best unpublisehd work on psychoanalysis is Read more…

The narcissistic perversion

The concept of «narcissistic perversion» (NP) explains a functioning that manifests itself in very different ways, with its pathological nature often going unnoticed, both in mental health and related fields (medical specialties, social services, justice, education). The interest of knowing and identifying NP is that, Read more…

Document from the Neonatal Studies Group

In March 2020, the Newborn’s Study Group, faced with the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, considered the consequences of measures to restrict the presence of parents in neonatal units. These measures modify the paradigm in the Developmental and Family Centered Care (DCFC) model. The adverse Read more…

The child and pediatric dentistry

The birth and evolution of pediatric dentistry is described. The clinical relevance of psychoanalytic theory, determining the importance of interdisciplinary work for the treatment of children in the dental clinic, is underlined. In early childhood development, there is an important evolutionary triad consisting of the Read more…

Mental suffering in Covid-19

Dossier: Covid-19? The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has caused and is still causing a health, economic, social and cultural crisis. Previously, a general optimism had been installed that was based on a premise: humanity has defeated bacteria and viruses. However, the arrival of the coronavirus Read more…

Approach to death in a long-stay residential unit

Dossier: Covid-19? Re-establishing links: «crossing the familiar history and the work of the subjectivity. Approach and support in front of the death of their relatives» Presentation of the work proposed to do with families of residents with intellectual disability and mental health disorders in a Read more…

Effects on the mental health of people in residential emergency processes in Ciutat Meridiana (Barcelona)

Incidence of the Covid-19 pandemic and suicide risk. A look at psychological distress and mental health. This article aims to explain the phenomenon of psychological distress of people who are in a situation of extreme housing vulnerability, based on the experience of the psychologists members Read more…

Diary of the confinement in the life of children and adolescents

The situation that we have lived through and are still living as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, has been a fact of which we still cannot assess the physical, psychological, economic, social, historical and, in general, vital consequences that will have in our lives. [Text in Spanish] Read more…

Secondary award in IV Angel Garma
Book review of «Interpretations. Freud phrases drawn in tango rhythm» by Daniel Schoffer

[Text in Catalan]: Daniel Schoffer és psicoanalista. Membre titular de l’APM funció didàctica. Psicoanalista acreditat per a l’anàlisi de nens i adolescents. Aquest llibre té en el seu centre frases de Sigmund Freud que parlen de l’amor, del gaudi, del plaer i, per tant, de formes de trobades i distàncies amb «l’Altre». Tenim a les mans un treball inèdit, Read more…

Open dialog at Badalona Mental Health Center for Adults 2

Open Dialogue (OD) is the Finnish model that has revolutionized the public mental health care, and the treatment and evolution of psychosis. With an approach of community intervention in network using dialogical therapy, constitutes the basis for this presentation of preliminary experiences by the Mental Read more…

Violence against women, ViolenceS against The woman (2nd part)

The psychoanalytic clinic with women subjected to abuse and sexist violence raises many questions, difficulties and uncertainties. In this article we gather some of the most frequently asked questions about the psychological characteristics of women who endure for many years relationships that entail violence and Read more…

Psychoanalysis: apolitical <> politically (in) -correct?

We are questioning the relationship between political discourse and psychoanalytic discourse, questioning the idea of a neutral psychoanalysis, apolitical —exemplified with an investigation— which leads to ask whether a psychoanalyst and his doing can be left out of what happens beyond their consultation. And whether Read more…

The psychosomatic phenomenon (FPS). Limit of the structure of language

Psychosomatics has always been an enigma for the clinic and for medicine. In this article, I take a tour through the different psychotherapeutic currents and the neurobiological research sciences, which, as they advance, support the Freudian theory of the unconscious. Through two clinical cases, I Read more…

The procreation half century after the applications of techniques of assisted reproduction

The work describes psychological aspects of the demand for procreation in an Assisted Reproduction Unit in the framework of public assistance. It highlights the importance of the articulation of mourning due to the loss of biological fertility with the parental functions and the confrontation of Read more…

Adolescence: identity, limits, sectarianism

In this article, we firstly intend to summarize the meaning of adolescente the basic tendencies of peer grouping and the importance of setting bounderies. Secondly, we argue that like in any process of change, adolescents face the increasing tension of ceasing to be a child. Read more…

Violence against women, ViolenceS against The woman

This article discusses the premise that the clinical approach to understanding the mindset of those perpetrators who commit acts of domestic/sexist violence cannot be successful if it relies on only social, cultural, historical and political factors. Instead, the clinical approach —and proper assessment— also requires Read more…

The aging of population in the societies of the first world

First-world societies are subject to a growing aging process. This raises problems with regard to the sustainability of the pension system and, at the same time, generates problems of poor or inadequate treatment of elderly people’s needs. This article shows the results of a study Read more…

Uses of drugs and adolescence

This article follows up and expands upon matters discussed at the 18th edition of the Conference for Families Affected by Mental Health Problems in Nou Barris (Barcelona). The title is «Drug Use amongst Teenagers». This is part of general program of activities entitled, «The Prevention Read more…

What to do to grow healthy

This text concerns to an explanation in the XVII Mental Health Working day in Nou Barris. I opted for keep the original contents, addressed to a diverse public, formed by associated familiars of mental patients and health professionals, reflecting the psychic development theory from psychoanalysis, Read more…

Reflections from a psychotherapeutic group dynamics

Reflections about the experience in a psychotherapeutic group dynamic, developed in an adult’s psychiatric hospitalization unit in the public health care system. This study has been carried out based on the group psychotherapeutic experience carried out in the Adult Psychiatric Income Unit of Vega Baja Read more…

To welcome and treat the difference in mental health

This article tries to make a tour of what various authors consider Normality and/or Adaptation, showing that the “normal”, refers only to the area marked by a rule that changes and adapts to various historical contexts that the subject has lived, and the difficulty of Read more…

In defense of subjectivity. Movement for the defense of public mental health

This paper introduces the Platform for Defens of Public Mental Health in Catalonia —an assembly movement of interdisciplinary professionals participating in a personal basis, created to face currrent mental health crucial problems— and its goals, framed in a clinic, ethical, and political commitment. Keywords defense Read more…

The erogenic drive singularity

This article presents a figurative proposal of the psychic organization focusing its attention on the capacities of assimilation of the external by the singularity of the child in its exchange with the primary objects. It also establishes conjectures in relation to physicochemistry referring to the Read more…

The importance of psychological support in perinatal grief

The work of mourning in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In this paper we present some reflections on the work of mourning in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In preterm birth, the mother often experiences feelings of loss in front of the lack of an Read more…

Who knocks at the door?

I’d like to approach the refugees issue as a political and social problem that engages us all objectively and subjectively. The cruelty and harshness of the experiences of the refugee claimants implies such high level of suffering that is likely to break their psychological and Read more…

Celebration of difference and praise of uprooting and acceptance Identities, migrations, mental health and human rights
Second part

This second part is, again, a nomadic text, under this perspective that traverses knowledge about the migrations, exiles and the diverse human movements. While the previous article was the celebration of the difference in recognition of the singularity of each individual product of their identifications, Read more…

Memory, grief and psychoanalysis on the long way of pain between 1939 and 2017

As the purpose of traumatic symptom is to find someone to talk to, this article is an attempt to articulate a written answer to the question: which is the attitude psychoanalyst must adopt in cases of mourning for social trauma? Tries to develop cognition traumatic Read more…

Neoliberalism, economic crisis and subject

The current economic crisis, which began in 2008, has been produced from the excesses of the neoliberal system, the latest version of capitalism. This is based on the deregulation, privatization and dismantling of the welfare state, born after the Second World War. The Friedmanian claim Read more…

On the precarious situation of attention to mental health in Catalonia

This work is a compilation of three articles published in the Journal of Health: Care in mental health: more patients and fewer resources. Children are an example of family and social insecurity. Mental health professionals: invisible and overloaded. These themes are developed more widely to Read more…

The psychoanalytic dialogue yesterday and today Second part: Free association (continuation). Floating attention, the second golden rule of psychoanalysis?

In the second part of the article (the first part was published in the previous issue of this publication), the author completes his exposition on free association and subsequently goes on to broach the subject of free floating attention, describing the metapsychological foundations of its Read more…

Reflections on the Protocol for the management of childhood deficiency hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the Catalan healthcare system

In May 2015 the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) handling Protocol for children and youth, was published in the Catalan Health System. We, as professionals of different disciplines attending children and youth suffering from the symptomatology described for this disorder, are aware of the Read more…

Celebration of difference and praise of uprooting and acceptance Identities, migrations, mental health and human rights
First part

This article is the first part of an extensive and rigorous reflection regarding identity, diversity, migration and its effects on the mental health of people and their communities. Even though identity is a core theme of psychoanalytical theory, the approach here covers this concept across-the-board Read more…

Of these times and psychoanalysis
Collective and individual subjectivity in the contemporary clinic

Postmodern society questions and dissolves values; consequently, persons who until then have lived in the midst of illusions symbolized by religion, the community and stability now find themselves in a different world. There has come about a fading of comforting gods and fictions that previously Read more…

The psychoanalytic dialogue yesterday and today. What has become of free association and floating attention?
First part: Free association. The fundamental psychoanalytic rule

This paper consists of a critical revision and detailed account of Freudian references above all, although other authors are also taken into account, concerning the use of the rule of free association in the analyzing and of free-floating attention in the analyst, both essential components Read more…

A place for poetry
A look at the lyrical artistic expression linked to clinical psychoanalysis

In this article I explore the adventure of writing poetry: the genesis of the word, what can lead the poet to write, what literary influences stimulate him and the specific tools which are required in the creative process of the poetic language. My reflections come Read more…

Institutional violence and mental health, a matter of balance. The therapeutic accompaniment

The author discusses various aspects of institutional violence, placing the emphasis on the so-called «necessary violence» (Piera Aulagnier), one that is exercised not wanting to cause harm but for the sake of the other. She reflects briefly on the concepts of violence and aggression, their Read more…

EMDR in the treatment of traumas and attachment disorders

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a psychotherapeutic approach that consists of eight phases with a set of specific procedures focused on the associative spontaneous processing of the traumatic memories and with a component of bilateral stimulation (ocular, auditory and tactile movements). The theoretical Read more…

Revaluation of the countertransference in the contemporary clinic

The extension of the limits of analyzability, and the changes which today’s culture has printed on the forms of subjectivity, have promoted a large clinical and theoretical richness. Winnicott’s contributions to Freudian thinking, the study of early trauma, and the failures in the symbolic world Read more…

Richard Wagner: About problem of identity and narcissism. Some hypotheses (first part)

This study concerns the life of Richard Wagner. Pychoanalytical concepts are employed to delve into the workings of the great composer’s mind. Various theories are put forward related to the underlying and unconscious dynamic, which influenced one of the world’s best-loved composers. The study is Read more…

Original repression (Urverdrängung), an open concept. One hundred years of Metapsychology

The concept of primal repression (Urverdrängung), which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary, was one of the most diffused and less developed along Freud’s work, especially from the clinical point of view. In this article, after reviewing those Freudian texts that deal with the Read more…

From the ontology of Selbst to the clinic of the self. Applications within the field of psychosomatic illness

In the present text, a central hypothesis is outlined: the psychosomatic condition corresponds to a manifestation of the true self; concept developed by Winnicott. For this task I propose as support the texts of F. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885) and Beyond Good and Evil Read more…

«Do you know how I get rid of what you say?»: About Women, Fear and Transmission

Reflection on the 1936 war, the post-war, the dictatorship and the transition involves a difficult challenge. It means a complex and devastating event for humanity that has been indelibly inscribed as a wound which is difficult to heal in the subjectivity of those who lived Read more…

Facebook-style transfers in psychoanalytic treatments

The current times, of post-modernity or over-modernity, are characterized by weak, fragile and liquid relationships, as Zygmunt Bauman says. It is becoming more and more common, especially in adolescents, but not only in them, a kind of transference attachment that I’m going to call «Facebook-style», Read more…

A winter journal: group psychoanalytic psychotherapy in old age

In September 2010 a group of psychoanalysts got together with the interest of promoting an elderly care project. This project began with the collaboration of primary care centers, where elderly people over 65 often go. Many of them query their doctors about their fear of Read more…