Miguel Angel González-Torres

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INTRODUCTION Despite the large number of scales to assess cognitive function, these are rarely used in clinical practice, both because of the time they require and because they do not give useful information to the clinician. The aim of this article is to present the characteristics and psychometric properties of a scale which aims, with its simplicity of(More)
There is a scarcity of data regarding the actual stigma and discrimination experienced by schizophrenic patients and their relatives. Those experiences can vary significantly depending on the specific social group involved. We have explored such phenomena in our culture with a qualitative technique. We developed a qualitative study with focus groups of(More)
Studies of patients with schizophrenia or schizophrenia spectrum disorders and general population control groups consistently show differences regarding personality dimensions. However, the profile of personality dimensions in first-degree relatives of those patients is not well understood. We used Temperament and Character Inventory to explore personality(More)
UNLABELLED We examined the catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) Val108/158Met genotype in 160 type 1 bipolar patients. We also analyzed the plasma concentrations of homovanillic acid (HVA), 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylethylenglycol (MHPG) and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid in 60 of those patients who had been without mood stabilizers or neuroleptic treatment(More)
Metabolites of dopamine and norepinephrine measured in the plasma have long been associated with symptomatic severity and response to treatment in schizophrenic, bipolar and other psychiatric patients. Plasma concentrations of catecholamine metabolites are genetically regulated. The genes encoding enzymes that are involved in the synthesis and degradation(More)
We have determined the plasma (p) concentration of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the dopamine metabolite homovanillic acid (HVA), and the pHVA/pGABA ratio in schizophrenic and bipolar patients. The research was undertaken in a geographic area with an ethnically homogeneous population. The HVA plasma concentrations were significantly elevated in the(More)
It has been suggested that the family history of psychotic disorders is useful in defining homogeneous groups of bipolar patients. The plasma homovanillic acid (pHVA) concentrations have been related to the effect of antipsychotic treatment in psychotic patients. We have studied the influence of a positive family history of psychotic disorders both on the(More)
BACKGROUND Changes in the levels of homovanillic acid in blood plasma (pHVA) may reflect changes which occur in the brain. In healthy individuals, this concentration of pHVA is stable over time. METHODS Over the course of one month, we studied 98 acute schizophrenic patients who had not been taking any medication but were administered neuroleptics upon(More)
The international economic crisis that started in 2007 has had deleterious effects in Spain. Spanish debt grew from 12 % of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009 to over 90 % of the GDP in 2013. The number of individuals who are unemployed increased from 1,856,000 in 2007 to 6,202,700 in April 2013. This current report represents an unemployment rate of(More)
The objective of this study is to evaluate the subjective perception of cognitive deficit and how it relates to the perception of patients' relatives. Differences between the subjective perception of cognitive deficits in 107 DSM-IV-diagnosed psychotic patients and that of their relatives or caregivers were evaluated using the GEOPTE Scale. Fair agreement(More)