This 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.
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.
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