New Psyquiatry, Looking out psychiatry from a different point of view...

The origin of this new approach to psychiatry lies in a set of deficiencies of current psychiatric paradigm, concretely: Diagnostic inconsistencies that headed toward an alarming increase of mental disorders, and aslo pychopharmacologic inconsistencies regarding the role proconvulsant or anticonvulsant of different families of psychotropic substances.

NEWPSYCHIATRY analyzed and criticized these incoherent, even contradictory, questions since its first publications, more than fifteen years ago. Well, along this decade and half these troubling problems have worsened more and more, to the point that many psychiatrists and psychiatric organizations are demanding new ways to diagnose, to classify and to treat psychiatric disorders.

Indeed, a large survey of randomly selected adults, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental, found that an astonishing 46 percent met criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for having had at least one mental illness within four broad categories at some time in their lives. On the other hand, 85% of psychiatric patients are co-morbid, that is, they have two or more psychiatric diagnostics, and 48% have three or more diagnostics.

On the other hand, some still in force psychopharmacologic hypotheses of mental illness are giving way to new hypotheses. For example, the dopaminergic hypothesis of schizophrenia is being gradually substituted by glutamatergic hypothesis of schizophrenia, which allows to fit pharmacologic pieces of information until present contradictories. These new pharmacologic approaches are in line with initial proposals of NEWPSYCHIATRY at this regard.

So, NEWSPSYCHIATRY, and its nuclear hypothesis of hyperia, seems to constitute a possible useful alternative to current conception of many psychological manifestations and psychiatric disorders.  This new approach would help us to solve a sizable proportion of inconsistencies above mentioned.


WHY “NEWPSYCHIATRY”?

NEWPSYCHIATRY because this study proposes for an important group of psychiatric symptoms a different interpretation from that offered before. In our opinion, this new conception of certain psychopathologic manifestations will contribute to clear up some of the contradictions and loopholes of current psychiatry which not only surprise experienced psychiatrists but also young physicians that begin studying this specialty. These structural deficiencies in current psychiatry are precisely the reason that many psychiatrists feel obliged to opt for one or the other psychiatric theory as if “believing” in one implied “rejecting” the other.

NEWPSYCHIATRY because this conception explains the origin of mental disorders starting exactly at the point where the biological and psychosocial hypothesis of the disorders meet and without there being contradictions or mutual incompatibility between these theories. NEWPSYCHIATRY considers both psychiatric conceptions, often conceived as mutually exclusive, to be, in fact, complementary and a mutual reinforcement to each other.

The new psychiatric paradigm proposed here would help resolve, to a certain extent, these structural contradictions that have been present in this branch of the medicine up to now.
WHO IS THIS PAGE FOR?
This study can work as a textbook in which a new psychiatric concept is explained, and it’s always open to additions and changes. This is a sort of psychiatry manual that could be of interest for anyone wanting to know more about mental disorders, especially psychiatry professionals and students, but also for all people interested in mental disorders. Thinking of this second group of people, I’ve tried to write the texts in a way that can be read by readers of an average cultural level.


HOW TO USE THIS PAGE

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INTERACTIVE PAGE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My name is Javier Álvarez, I’m a psychiatrist and I have been working for more than thirty six years in the Spanish Health System.

I was born in 1950 in Ponferrada. In 1973 I received my degree in Medicine from the Medicine Faculty of Santiago de Compostela and, in 1976, after three years of training in psychiatry, I obtained the tittle of Psychiatric Specialist.

Since then, and up to July 1st 2008, I’ve been developing my profeesional practiceas clinical psychiatrist. This means thirty two years devoted, basically, to attending mental patients and I consider this clinical experience to be my main professional legacy. Four years ago U was appointed as Head of Service of Psychiatry at the Hospital of León and since then I have been combining management position with my usual clinical practice.

I have also studied in many different fields covering a wide range of interests from an Intensive Course in Electro-convulsant Therapy to a four year Seminar of Freudian Psychoanalysis or to a specialist Clinical Management Course at Deusto’s Univerity. In this sense my psychiatric training has been, and still is, a bit eclectic, I’m always open to all different movements and schools of psychiatric thought.  These have not only been eclectic but also integrating, meaning that I’ve always tried to find the point where all these movements meet and complement each other.

After more than thirty years of professional practice and theoretical training, I conceive psychiatry from the point of view of a physician specialized in diagnosing and treating mental disorders. To do that, apart from having all the specific technical knowledge of the specialty, a psychiatrist must be an expert in communicating with and relating to others. Indeed a psychiatrist´s job entails communicating daily, not only with patients and their families, but also with other professionals (psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, etc.) that work as a team in psychiatric assistance departments. Therefore a psychiatrist must be able to handle both individual and group relations.

I’ve also worked as a teacher:  as a psychopathology and psychiatry lecturer at Escuela de Ciencias de la Salud (Healthcare Science School) and Escuela de Trabajadores Sociales (Social Workers School) of the University of Leon Spain) and as the professor of the  Postgraduate course of the Pharmacology Department of the same university, etc.

I have also published a couple of books and several articles in scientific international journals. All my publications were on the subject of the relation between mental disorders and epilepsy which is the nuclear axis of this web page.

Catón el Viejo repetía incansablemente "Cartago delenda est". Nuevapsiquiatría predica igualmente: "Esquizofrenia delenda est". Leer: DOI: 10.4236/ojmp.2014.32018 at http://www.scirp.org/journal/ojmp/