Psychiatrist Prof. Julio Vallejo Ruiloba, MD, PhD

General approach to treatments

Throughout his 40 year career in psychiatry, Prof. Vallejo-Ruiloba has led to one of the best research teams considered in the last 20 years in the field of psychiatry in Spain and Latin America. During this period the team made significant contributions to psychiatry. The three main contributions are described below:

First.  We have scientifically proven that depressions require different treatments depending on the specific type of depression, against the current trend driven by American psychiatry, and some psychiatrists in Spain. This trend does not distinguish differential treatment in all cases depression in the same manner and with the same drugs. We believe that it must be treated very differently the depressions of biological cause (endogenous) from depressions of psychological or social causes (neurotic or reactive). This differentiation can only be achieved through good training that certifies the knowledge to detect each type symptoms that characterize depression. For this reason in our consultation endogenous depressions are treated only by psychiatrists, whereas psychosocial causes depressions are addressed jointly by psychiatrists and psychologists.

Second.  We are critical of the excessive overvaluation of comorbidity (at least two different diseases in one patient) in psychiatry, which involves the therapist to make several different diagnostic and patient follow several different treatments. For this reason we identify the primary underlying pathology and treat it specifically. We tend to assess and treat a single disease and not a mixture of pathologies. Our experience tells us that if this is the main pathology is secondary pathologies resolved automatically. For example, if depression is automatically resolves the alleged secondary anxiety and social phobia.

Third.  We delved into the study and diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in line to differentiate this disease from others like: hair pulling (trichotillomania), fear of body deformation (BDD), etc. These conditions that resemble OCD reiteration, not genuine obsessions and, therefore, treatment should be different. Our team has made numerous scientific publications in this field.

Regarding the above we can say that in our practice our diagnoses and treatments are clear and specific, compared to some ambiguity which follows the psychiatry.

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