The Myth of the Chemical Cure
A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
By (author) Joanna Moncrieff
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Myth of the Chemical Cure by Joanna Moncrieff
Book DescriptionThis book overturns the idea that psychiatric drugs work by correcting chemical imbalance and analyzes the professional, commercial and political vested interests that have shaped this view. It provides a comprehensive critique of research on drugs including antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780230574311
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joanna Moncrieff
De-Medicalizing Misery II, Hardback (September 2014)
This book extends the critical scope of the previous volume, De-Medicalizing Misery, into a wider social and political context, developing the critique of the psychiatrization of Western society. It explores the contemporary mental health landscape and poses possible alternative solutions to the continuing issues of emotional distress.
Bitterest Pills, Paperback (September 2013)
A challenging reappraisal of the history of antipsychotics, revealing how they were transformed from neurological poisons into magical cures, their benefits exaggerated and their toxic effects minimized or ignored.
De-Medicalizing Misery, Paperback (October 2011)
Psychiatry and psychology have constructed a mental health system that does no justice to the problems it claims to understand and creates multiple problems for its users. Yet the myth of biologically-based mental illness defines our present. The book rethinks madness and distress reclaiming them as human, not medical, experiences.
Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Joanna Moncrieff
Suitable for students of mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, and carers, this book offers information that you need to make informed choices about psychiatric drugs. It presents practical advice on the right questions to ask if you are prescribed medication for mental health problems and what happens on withdrawal of medication.
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Author Biography - Joanna Moncrieff
Joanna Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer at University College London, UK and a practising consultant psychiatrist. She is co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network and author of The Myth of the Chemical Cure.
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