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The Myth of the Chemical Cure
A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
04 Dec 2007
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This book exposes the traditional view that psychiatric drugs correct chemical imbalances as a dangerous fraud. It traces the emergence of this view and the way it supported the vested interests of the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state. Instead it is proposed that psychiatric drugs 'work' by creating abnormal brain states, which are often unpleasant and impair normal intellectual and emotional functions along with other harmful consequences. Research on antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilisers is examined to demonstrate this thesis and it is suggested that acknowledging the real nature of psychiatric drugs would lead to a more democratic practice of psychiatry.


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This book exposes the traditional view that psychiatric drugs correct chemical imbalances as a dangerous fraud. It traces the emergence of this view and the way it supported the vested interests of the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state. Instead it is proposed that psychiatric drugs 'work' by creating abnormal brain states, which are often unpleasant and impair normal intellectual and emotional functions along with other harmful consequences. Research on antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilisers is examined to demonstrate this thesis and it is suggested that acknowledging the real nature of psychiatric drugs would lead to a more democratic practice of psychiatry.


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Shortlisted for the 2009 Mind Book of the Year

'This book is critically important and should be essential reading for all psychiatrists, politicians, service providers, and user groups. Why? Because Joanna Moncrieff's central tenet is right, and the implications for service delivery are profound. The book is closely argued and well referenced.  Even if you disagree with some of it's overall premises, it is not legitimate to dismiss it.  I urge you to read it if only as a prompt to a critical evaluation of the status quo, never a bad thing, and almost always an illuminating exercise.' - Sarah Yates, Cambridge, UK

'This is a sober and thoughtful book. I found it very engaging and worth the effort to be better informed about a subject that affects many of our clients and impinges on our professional lives as therapists.' - Existential Analysis (Society for Existential Analysis)
 
'...Joanna Moncrieff, a practising psychiatrist and academic, has produced a devastating critique of the use of psychiatric drugs...This courageous book has the potential to revolutionise psychiatric practice and the care of people with many forms of mental distress. Many in the therapy professions will, I am sure, celebrate its message.' - Rachel Freeth, Therapy Today
 
'This book does what it says on the cover. It is a concise, powerful, well-referenced and well-constructed critique of psychiatric drug treatment...If I had the power to, I would make it essential reading on all counselling and psychotherapy trainings.' - Pete Sanders, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
 
'...I do not think that serious psychiatrists can afford to ignore Moncrieff's book. It is a mine of information; a provocation to think creatively and compassionately about patients.' - Athar Yawar, The Lancet
 
'This remarkable book should be required reading for all prescribers.' - Stuart Sorensen, Community Car


Contents

The Disease Centred Model of Drug Action in Psychiatry
An Alternative Drug Centred Model of Drug Action
Physical Treatments and the Disease Centred Model
The Arrival of the New Drugs and the Influence of Interest Groups
The Birth of the Idea of an 'Antipsychotic'
Are Neuroleptics Effective and Specific? A Review of the Evidence
What do Neuroleptics Really Do? A Drug Centred Approach
The Construction of the 'Antidepressant'
Is There Such a Thing as an Antidepressant? A Review of the Evidence
What do Antidepressants Really Do?
The Idea of Special Drugs for Manic Depression
Evidence on the Action of Lithium and Mood Stabilisers
Democratic Drug Treatment: Implications of the Drug Centred Model
The Myth of the Chemical Cure


Authors

JOANNA MONCRIEFF is an academic and practising psychiatrist. She is a long-standing critic of psychiatric drug treatment and has published numerous articles in medical journals. She was a founding member and is the co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network.