Presentation of Iñaki Markez

[Automatic translation from Catalan]: I’m pleased to present to you again the work of Iñaki Markez, friend, doctor, psychiatrist, Doctor in Neurosciences, Master in drug addiction and AIDS; Master in Health Service; Master in Clinical Management; University Specialist in Legal Psychiatry and Forensic; Director of Read more…

Social networks and mental health: teenage girls tangled

Several risks lie in wait for teenage girls who use social networks regularly, including damage to their emotional stability and self-esteem precisely when they are going through a vital stage in their lives when they are most vulnerable. The psychic processes involved in the consolidation Read more…

Presentation of Gastón Auguste’s «Chemsex and psychotherapy virtual group» project

[Automatic translation from Spanish]: It is a pleasure for me to present this article by Gastón Auguste, a psychoanalytic group-formed psychodrama psychologist. I met him in the framework of the first Catalan Seminar of Psychotherapy of Group and Psychodrama performed at the Faculty of Psychology Read more…

The psychoemotional baggage of the COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic of COVID-19 has caused not only physical casualties but a considerable psychological impact. This situation has creates the need for a sound analysis about the terms of coping, the emotional and psychological consequences, as much as the need for therapeutic approaches at the Read more…

«The desire stems from a difference rather than a resemblance». Interview with Luce Irigaray

This comprehensive interview allows an approach into the rich and innovative thought of the French-speaking philosopher, feminist, linguist, and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray. Through a series of questions, and starting from the difficult situation in which the pandemic has placed us, the keys to its theoretical production are addressed, Read more…

Protection of health. Accompaniment in and with feelings (method AcSent)

This article arises from the speech I gave at a conference in Budapest. It intends to make a reflection on prevention in health and to help professionals and institutions involved in health to become aware of the need to create healthy emotional bonds between human 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…

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…

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…

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…

Group psychotherapy in old age. A research project

Our aim is to report the elderly people’s psychoanalytic psychotherapy, a pilot project initiated and coordinated by Dr. Pere Folch i Mateu (in memoriam) in September 2010 in Barcelona by a group of mental health professionals, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists with psychoanalytic training and group psychotherapy. 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…

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…