Silent depressions in children and adolescents

The rise of silent depression in childhood and adolescence is a problem of great concern to mental health professionals because of the hidden suffering involved. The difficulty of working in depth with children and adolescents means that many depressions of this nature are often overlooked. Read more…

About «Ce qu’il y a de meilleur en nous: Travailler et honorer la vie»

The author goes through Christophe Dejours’ latest book, Ce qu’il y a de meilleur en nous: Travailler et honorer la vie [The best of us: working and honouring life], which is a continuation of Dejours’ previous book Souffrance en France [Suffering in France]. In this Read more…

Child theory and practice: The psychoanalysis of the future?

After many years of practicing with children, we realize its purpose remains ambiguous. As psychoanalysts, we are interested in rethinking the elements and variables within the psychoanalytic framework today. An introduction on the specific use of time as a valuable element rises above any other, Read more…

Review of the book «At stake. Game theory and technique in current clinical practice»

[Automatic translation from Spanish]: After a prologue by the psychiatrist Dr. José Manuel Ibañez, the publishers of the book that we want to discuss, present in their «Introduction» the reasons why they have gathered the contributions of thirteen professionals Read more…

Gradiva – XI Exchange Conference on Psychoanalysis

[Automatic translation from Spanish]: Finally, and with a certain delay due to the pandemic, we were able to share with a great number of colleges our 11th Psychoanalysis Exchange Conference on April 21st and 22nd. On this occasion, they are about «The feminine singularity: body, Read more…

Issue 50 :: print free shipping

Have been published paper magazine issue 50 which includes a monograph dedicated to Dr. Francesc Tosquelles. You will find articles by Carmen Amorós, José María Franco, Joan Homs, Susana Volosín, Iñaki Markez, Jacques Tosquellas, Belén Pardo, Miquel Bassols, Pere Llovet, Julieta Lucero, Florencia Bernthal, Mari Carmen Giménez, Antonio Soler, Jerónimo Erviti, Antoni Talarn Read more…

The legacy of Dr Francesc Tosquelles

[Automatic translation from Spanish]: To tell what Francesc Tosquelles left me as a legacy, from a professional perspective, is something very difficult, perhaps almost obscene. However, I will try to respond to this, although it will certainly be very partial. To this end, I will Read more…

About Tosquelles and his values

[Automatic translation from Spanish]: First thing comes to mind is: I want to pass on something? To leave any marks? When I talk about Tosquelles, his history and my relationship with him, do I want to convey anything about the marks that others have left Read more…

The dance. The institutional practice and training with Francesc Tosquelles

[Automatic translation from Spanish]: My arrival at the Pere Mata Institute was my inclusion in institutional psychiatry and psychotherapy. My teacher was Dr. Francesc Tosquelles. I will tell you about the Tosquelles that I met in 1977, the year in which I began my residence Read more…

Francesc Tosquelles or reversed psychoanalysis

[Automatic translation from Catalan]: «Psychoanalysis in backwards» wants to evoke first of all the poem entitled «A l’inrevés» (In backwards) by Gabriel Ferrater, someone with whom Francesc Tosquelles felt very close, and not only because of the condition of Reus’ resident that they shared with. Read more…

Institutions dedicated to the treatment of insanity and segregated childhood

[Automatic translation from Catalan]: My first contact with the professional world of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis was in 1973, when I started doing internships at the Mental Institute of Santa Creu and Sant Pau, and immediately put me on the path of institutional analysis. For Read more…

Francesc Tosquelles Llauradó (1912-1994). From republican exile to institutional psychotherapy

Francesc Tosquelles is one of the leading representatives of French institutional psychotherapy, a psychiatric current whose conceptual seeds were probably sown in pre-civil war Catalonia around the figure of Emilio Mira i López, and whose technical applications were developed in France, the land of exile Read more…

Presentation of Tosquelles Conference

[Automatic translation from Spanish]: On 10 June, we presented the first Day of the journal «Intercambios/Intercanvis Psychoanalysis papers». The Day was raised as a double commemoration. Firstly, to welcome the fact that the «Intercambios/Intercanvis Psychoanalysis papers» Association has been on its way for 25 years Read more…

Tosquelles, what is left on the institutions?

[Automatic translation from Catalan]: Francesc Tosquelles’ legacy (1912-1994) has increasingly gained a presence in our quotidian work, and not only for his contributions in the field of mental health, since, following his training in Barcelona and during the war of 36, we must consider him Read more…

Tosquelles Conference round off

[Automatic translation from Catalan]: Closing words on Conference dedicated to Francesc Tosquelles. Paraphrasing Salvador Espriu. The time has come to close this act, but it seems nice to finish this Day, focusing on three issues that may well be the common denominator of the legacy Read more…

Tosquelles, going and return

This article develops Francesc Tosquelles thesis and it is linked to his return to Institut Pere Mata. He returns all scientific knowledge acquired before 1939 in Reus, Catalonia and Spain, applied and developed later in his professional stage at the Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole hospital, known finally as Read more…

Short view of Francesc Tosquelles’ work and its influence in Catalonia

We review the work of Tosquelles, which developed in the field of psychiatric hospitals, but integrated elements from the fields of art and politics in a bidirectional way, with contributions of mutual enrichment. He developed it initially in Reus and, after the civil war, in Read more…

Presentations of book «Studies in metapsychology» by Luis Sales

On past 1 April took place the presentation of the book Estudios de metapsicología. La vigencia de un pensamiento, authored by our colleague Luis Sales, psychoanalyst and member of Gradiva, Associació d’Estudis Psicoanalítics, and former subscriber and collaborator of Intercanvis. This article includes the interventions 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…