The Myth of the Chemical Cure psychiatric drugs work by correcting chemical imbalance and analyzes the professional, commercial and Moncrieff, Joanna. The Myth of the Chemical Cure and millions of other books are available for . Joanna Moncrieff, a practising psychiatrist and academic, has produced a. The Myth of the Chemical Cure has 64 ratings and 5 reviews. Robert Whitaker The Bitterest Pills by Joanna Moncrieff The Birth of the Clinic by Michel Foucault.

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Chemica, rated chemocal really liked it Dec 27, She systematically presents research data to support this claim for the three major types of psychoactive drugs: Moncrieff is not completely opposed to the use of drugs for mental health problems, but believes that the action of drugs in these situations is misunderstood.

Moncrieff’s work challenges the joannz that drugs or medications have specific effects on underlying diseases or abnormalities. Epub Apr Trivia About The Myth of the C Tugrul Akyuz rated it really liked it Jan 24, The current mainstream understanding of psychiatric drug action is based on a ‘disease-centred’ model that suggests that drugs work by rectifying the underlying abnormality that is presumed to lead to the symptoms of the disorder in question.

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She trained in psychiatry in London and the south east during the s. It also explores the commercial, professional and political interests behind the disease-centred model. Krista Noland rated it uoanna was amazing Dec 25, She has written papers, [1] books and blogs on the use and over-use of drug treatment for mental health problems, the mechanism of action of psychiatric drugs, [2] their subjective and psychoactive effects, the history of drug treatment, and the evidence for its benefits and harms.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In early work Moncrieff analysed the evidence for the efficacy of lithium. Want to Read saving…. The main thesis is that the disease-centered mo This book concerns the creation of a myth, the myth of the disease-centered model of drug action the current standard view of psychotropic drug action, in other words it is the idea in psychiatry that drugs are thought to act on the underlying physical disease process.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Morgan rated it liked it Nov 18, In her concluding chapter, she sums up the conclusions of her efforts tellingly: Hazel Croft rated it really liked it Jun 09, Kelley O’brien rated it it was ok Jul 19, Shireen Noor rated it really liked it Jan 14, Ashley Adams rated it it was amazing Sep 29, 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.

The data surveyed in this book suggest that psychiatric drug treatment is currently administered on the basis of a huge collective myth; the myth that psychiatric drugs act by correcting the biological basis of psychiatric symptoms or diseases.

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This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. It highlights the lack of evidence for the disease-centred model of drug action for every major class of psychiatric drug. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. She challenges the theory that mental disorders are caused by chemical imbalances, something that we currently have no evidence for, even less evidence pertains to chemicals being the best form of treatment for mental issues.

Barr rated it really liked it Jul 19, These books are paradigm shifters! Zara Gilmour rated it really liked it Dec 31, Moncrieff has written several papers criticising the methodology of antidepressant research.


The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

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Please help by adding reliable sources. Mar 28, Bob rated it really liked it. She also writes on the history and politics of psychiatry more generally. Moncrieff developed two alternative ‘models’ for understanding what drugs might be doing when they are prescribed to people with mental health problems.

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This is another must read on the myth of mental illness. I think Moncrieff makes a good argument that psychopharmacology only suppresses symptoms in a crude form and does not affect any of the mechanisms that give rise to symptoms.

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.

The book also looks at recent developments, including the marketing of antipsychotics through the Early Intervention movementand the promotion of a new and expanded concept of bipolar disorder.

The changes induced by some sorts of drugs may, however, lead to the suppression of the manifestations symptoms of some mental disorders. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mad in America Foundation. The Myth of the Chemical Cure: Published February 15th by Palgrave Macmillan first published December 4th