JOANNA MONCRIEFF THE MYTH OF THE CHEMICAL CURE PDF

Those who have read with interest this week that antidepressant drugs such as Prozac may not be effective - despite their widespread prescription - can learn more from a researcher within UCL Mental Health Sciences. Step by step, Dr Moncrieff's book explains how the notion of a chemical cure is fatally flawed, because psychiatric drugs do not work by treating diseases of the brain. While drugs developed for physical disease interact with a defined disease process, in the case of psychiatry, there is no good evidence that drugs work in this way, argues Dr Moncrieff. Although psychiatrists commonly talk of psychiatric drugs correcting a 'chemical imbalance', there is in fact no proof that such an imbalance exists - hence the notion of a drug 'correcting' such an imbalance is meaningless. In fact, argues Dr Moncrieff, psychiatric drugs 'work' by creating abnormal brain states, which are often unpleasant, and which impair normal intellectual and emotional functions, along with other harmful consequences. This misleading situation, says Dr Moncrieff, has arisen because it serves the interests of the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state.

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She systematically presents research data to support this claim for the three major types of psychoactive drugs: neuroleptics an. She systematically presents research data to support this claim for the three major types of psychoactive drugs: neuroleptics anti-psychotics , antidepressants and mood stabilizers.

In her concluding chapter, she sums up the conclusions of her efforts tellingly:. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.

Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 o This book exposes the traditional view that psychiatric drugs correct chemical imbalances as a dangerous fraud. 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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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 24, Chuck rated it it was amazing. An incredible read. Moncrieff's premise reminiscent of Thomas Szasz is that a disease-centered model of drug action has been adopted and widely publicized, not because the evidence for it is compelling, but because it helps to promote the interests of certain powerful social groups, namely the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state.

She systematically presents research data to support this claim for the three major types of psychoactive drugs: neuroleptics an An incredible read. In her concluding chapter, she sums up the conclusions of her efforts tellingly: 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. We have seen that for the three main classes of drugs used in psychiatry there is no evidence to substantiate this view.

Instead, the evidence suggests that these drugs induce characteristic abnormal states that can account for their so-called therapeutic effects.

Mar 28, Bob rated it really liked it. 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. It therefore involves questions about the nature of knowledge and the relation between knowledge and power.

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. The main thesis is that the disease-centered model of drug action has been adopted, not because the evidence for it is compelling, but because it helped to promote the interests of certain powerful social groups, namely the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state.

This book contrasts the disease-centered model with a more accurate drug-centered model which suggests that the drugs themselves create abnormal body states. If there is anyone you love who has been prescribed drugs for depression, anxiety, or any other mood disorder you will want to read this book. No, you must read this book. Jul 18, Ozan rated it it was amazing. 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. A must read for anyone in the mental heath field. These books are paradigm shifters! Like most of the more advanced thinking the author hails from Great Britain.

Not finished yet, will come back to. View 1 comment. Feb 02, Marian Groome rated it liked it. Some interesting points. Jul 19, Jonathan rated it it was ok. She makes some good points. I find these sweeping denunciations of psychiatric drugs unpersuasive. Krista Noland rated it it was amazing Dec 25, Megan Sudnik rated it really liked it Oct 14, Maria Melandinou rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Tugrul Akyuz rated it really liked it Jan 24, Barr rated it really liked it Jul 19, Greg Reid rated it liked it Jan 03, Cindy Perlin rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Sarah Jade rated it liked it May 15, Simon rated it it was amazing Oct 13, Nurhat rated it really liked it Feb 13, Megan Warren rated it really liked it Apr 12, Carol rated it liked it May 26, Chris rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Dawn rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Brian Tibbetts rated it it was amazing Mar 23, Paul rated it it was amazing Aug 26, Zara Gilmour rated it really liked it Dec 31, Shireen Noor rated it really liked it Jan 14, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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She systematically presents research data to support this claim for the three major types of psychoactive drugs: neuroleptics an. She systematically presents research data to support this claim for the three major types of psychoactive drugs: neuroleptics anti-psychotics , antidepressants and mood stabilizers. In her concluding chapter, she sums up the conclusions of her efforts tellingly:. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….

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