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Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez

Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez
Complejo Asistencial Universitario, León, Spain · Psychiatry

Psychiatrist, PhD

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Introduction
In 1973 I received my degree in Medicine, and in 1976 I obtained the tittle of Psychiatric Specialist. Until 2008 I’ve been developing my profeesional practice as clinical psychiatrist in Universitary Hospital Center of León. Seven years ago I was appointed as Head of Service of Psychiatry at this Hospital, position that I am carrying out today. If you want know some thing more about my curriculum go to http://www.newpsychiatry.com/
Additional affiliations
June 2007 - present
Complejo Asistencial Universitario de León, Spain
Position
  • Head of Department
March 1976 - June 2007
Complejo Asistencial Universitario de León
Position
  • Clinician Psychiatrist

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Publications (33)
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El autor interpreta como positivas y saludables las vivencias psíquicas que hasta hoy se vienen considerando como los síntomas principales de un trastorno psiquiátrico grave. Analiza las consecuencias favorables que de dicha interpretación se derivan sobre esos diagnósticos psiquiátricos, muy especialmente sobre el trastorno bipolar y el trastorno...
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On the basis that some panic attacks (PAs) and epilepsy have physiopathogenic mechanisms in common, the action of drugs used for treating such PAs is studied regarding neuronal convulsiveness. A number of bibliographic reviews were performed in search of the pro-or anticonvulsant role of these drugs, specially the serotonin reuptake selective inhib...
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We analyze certain mental automatisms appearing in the consciousness with phenomenological features of simple partial seizures (SPSs). We propose to include all these phenomena into a cog-nitive function to which we term hyperia. In this paper, we analyze the similarities between the nature of this cognitive function and the mechanisms used by our...
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Este artículo versa sobre ciertos automatismos psíquicos que generalmente se diagnostican como síntomas psiquiátricos o como crisis parciales simples (CPSs). Dichos automatismos mentales aparecen en muchas obras de místicos, filósofos, escritores, compositores, y grandes artistas y creadores de la historia de la humanidad, sin que ellos le confiera...
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This paper analyses a hypothesis according to which many positive psychiatric symptoms should be interpreted as symptoms of epileptic nature. When we first raised this proposition, almost fifteen years ago, it was inconsistent with the widespread conviction among psychiatrists that psychopharmacological drugs used to suppress psychiatric symptoms w...
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This paper deals with certain psychic automatisms that are usually diagnosed as psychiatric symptoms or as simple partial seizures. These mental automatisms are described in many writ-ings by mystics, philosophers, literates, composers, and many different great artists and creators from human history, but they have never conferred any pathological...
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This paper deals with certain psychic automatisms that appear suddenly in the consciousness of the subject in a passive or automatic way and that usually are diagnosed as psychiatric symptoms or manifestations of an epileptic partial seizure. These mental automatisms are described in many writings by mystics, philosophers, literates, composers, and...
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In recent decades, evidence has appeared in various scientific fields—genetic, psychopharmacological, neuro-psychological, etc.—which makes it difficult to maintain the positive and negative syndrome of schizophrenia under one and the same diagnosis. On the other hand, there are social and legal reasons recommending the conception of these two synd...
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This paper deals with certain psychic automatisms that appear suddenly in the consciousness of the subject in a passive or automatic way, that usually are diagnosed as psychiatric symptoms or manifestations of an epileptic partial seizure. These mental automatisms are described in many writings of mystics, philosophers, literates, composers, and ma...
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Español Se presenta un análisis psicopatológico sobre la "noche oscura" de san Juan de la Cruz a la luz de su obra en prosa, y se pone de manifiesto como esta purificación pasiva se corresponde claramente con la descripción puntual de la etiología, la clínica y la evolución de la depresión endógena. Se estudia también la personalidad de san Juan de...
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An analysis is carried out of a set of psychic phenomena appearing always in the same way: an experience suddenly invades the consciousness, unfolding automatically and with great intensity. This psychic automatism, of which the patient is a passive observer, is accompanied by an overwhelming feeling of strangeness. Our hypothesis is that these phe...
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This text is the English version of my book in Spanish entitled "Ecstasy without faith." It deals with relations between epilepsy and mysticism. The book describes and compares the experiences lived by mystics, epileptics, artists and consumers of recreational drugs. Finally, the writing analyzes the strong artistic creativity derived from these ex...
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An analysis is carried out of a set of psychic phenomena appearing always in the same way: an experience suddenly invades the consciousness, unfolding automatically and with great intensity. This psychic automatism, of which the patient is a passive observer, is accompanied by an overwhelming feeling of strangeness. Our hypothesis is that these phe...
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This research is based on previous publications that have analyzed certain neuropsychological phenomena that always have the same characteristic clinical features: a vivid experience of sudden onset and automatic development, accompanied by an intense sensation of strangeness. When these automatisms are accompanied by only mental symptoms, the desi...
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Research is presented to support a hypothesis that panic attacks, when they have the same clinical signs as the epileptic consciousness, should be diagnosed as partial seizures with a psychic content. After setting out the four clinical signs defining it (suddenness, automatic nature, great intensity and strangeness), an extensive review of the lit...
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This study analyzes diverse psychic phenomena which, although always occurring with very characteristic clinical features, are sometimes diagnosed as epilepsy and sometimes as symptoms of different psychiatric disorders depending on the availability of an electroencephalogram. It is posited that these phenomena, whenever they are accompanied by the...
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I have investigated a neuronal hypersynchronism, currently included under the general subject of epilepsy, and termed interictal activity. I suggest that it is a physiological activity of the mammalian brain and propose it be termed Hyperia. After a thorough study of the extraordinary psychic manifestations of this neuronal hypersynchronism shown b...
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Resumen: revisamos los escritos que la insigne mística y escritora del Siglo de Oro Español —Santa Teresa de Jesús— llevó a cabo acerca de la melancolía, dedicando una atención especial a los cuidados de enfermería que la santa preconiza para esta enfermedad mental. Summary: we revise the scripts that famous mystic and writer of the Spanish Golden...
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Es probable haber experimentado alguna vez los fenómenos psíquicos extraordinarios que aquí se describen y que hasta hoy han venido siendo etiquetados como enfermedad. En el presente libro tales experiencias se interpretan como una evolucionada forma de conocimiento de la realidad. En él se analizan las visiones, éxtasis y demás experiencias asombr...
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The similarity between the epileptic symptoms and manifestations of the mystics is analyzed. It is carried out a historical study in which we analuze some Christian mystics with psychic manifestations that seem compatible with epileptic discharges, as in the case of St. Paul, St. Augustine St. Hildegard of Bingen, the Blessed Angela of Foligno, Joh...
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The passive purifications soul in Christian mystic are revised from its origins in order to analyze the concomitances between this step of mystic process and this psychiatric disorder known as edogenous melancholic depresión. The core body of the thesis is the comparative study of "dark night" de ST John of the and the above cited endogenous depres...
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Partiendo del estudio de la obra del místico español san Juan de la Cruz, especialmente de su tratado en prosa titulado "Noche oscura", se hipotetiza que el místico español describe fases de depresivas de características melancólicas que alternan con fases opuestas de expansividad de tipo maníaco. Se revisa toda la mística cristiana anterior y post...
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Research is presented to support a hypothesis that panic attacks, when they have the same clinical signs as the epileptic consciousness, should be diagnosed as partial seizures with a psychic content. After setting out the four clinical signs defining it (suddenness, automatic nature, great intensity and strangeness), an extensive review of the lit...
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This study analyzes diverse psychic phenomena which, although always occurring with very characteristic clinical features, are sometimes diagnosed as epilepsy and sometimes as symptoms of different psychiatric disorders depending on the availability of an electroencephalogram. It is posited that these phenomena, whenever they are accompanied by the...
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I have investigated a neuronal hypersynchronism, currently included under the general subject of epilepsy, and termed interictal activity. I suggest that it is a physiological activity of the mammalian brain and propose it be termed Hyperia. After a thorough study of the extraordinary psychic manifestations of this neuronal hypersynchronism shown b...
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We present a study about formal aspects of St. John of the Cross' prose according to his obsessive personality. We analyzed the obsessive personality at the writting, principally the tendency to repetition, and we prove this strong ite­ rative trait in the Spanish mystic's prose.
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Planteamiento en que el autor propone concebir el extasis y otas manifestaciones psíquicas extraordinarias como la expresión de una función cognitiva nueva, a la que bautiza como hiperia. Aunque el hombre ha empleado desde la antigüedad distintas técnicas (ingesta de drogas, meditación, etcétera) para despertar el funcionamiento hipérico del cerebr...

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Paranoid schizophrenia is often misdiagnosed. Many times it is confused with nonspecific recurrent psychotic episodes occurring in patients with borderline or antisocial personality. This mistake involves important damage for patients diagnosed like that.

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To look for a new psychiatric model that puts an end to the deficiencies of the current one. For this it is necessary to introduce profound changes and new approaches in all areas of current psychiatry: etiology, pathogenesis, classification, diagnosis, adequate use of the psychotropic drugs and the psychoterapies, inclusion of altternative and/or suppementary therapies, reorganization of mental health devices, etc. BACKGROUND OF THIS PROJECT Throughout forty years of professional practice as a psychiatrists we have repeatedly wondered whether the current and predominant psychiatric model during these four decades has caused more harm than benefits, both in users and their families and in psychiatry professionals. From the use that has been made of this model, among many others, it is worth highlighting two fundamental errors: first, classifications and diagnoses based on almost exclusively subjective data; secondly, irrational and abusive management of psychopharmacological treatments, arguing that the biochemical bases of psychiatric disorders and the functioning of neuronal neurotransmission are already well known. This erroneous drift of psychiatry has been confirmed by the enormous and irrational growth experienced by the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the developed countries: 50% of people of those countries have criteria for being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. This fact has aroused the alarm of the main government agencies in charge of mental health surveillance in their respective countries, which warn of the need to look for new models of classification and diagnosis, as well as to use psychopharmacological treatments more reasonably. THEORETICAL BASES OF THE PROJECT They are constituted by the papers that we have been publishing in the last fifteen years from this perspective of the psychiatric change that we propose. Therefore, we will include in this project the different international publications that we have made to advance in the search for this new model, starting with the oldest one until we reach the most recent ones. It is also important the information that, in this same line, is provided in www.newpsychiatry.com PRACTICAL BASES OF THE PROJECT Two years ago we launched an Association called NuevaPsiquiatría (NewPsychiatry in English) whose objective is the same as in this project: to promote a profound change in current psychiatry. For this, among other tools, we create groups in which patients, family members and psychiatric professionals meet weekly. We call these groups “Open Therapeutic Groups”. The members of the group share experiences and knowledge in a horizontal and dialogical way. The Association has implemented the necessary face-to-face and virtual forms of communication in order all Therapeutic Open Groups in Spain remain properly interrelated. The experience of these two years has taught us that Therapeutic Open Groups are an important tool in order to correct inappropriate and harmful psychiatric conceptions, substituting them for other more successful and beneficial ones. You can find more information about this way of working in the next links: www.newpsychiatrtry.com www.nuevapsiquiatria.es