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The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
This controversial book overturns theclaim that psychiatric drugs work by correcting chemical imbalance, and analyzes the professional, commercial and political vested interests that have shaped this view.Itprovides a comprehensive critique of research on drugs including antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published December 4th 2007)
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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.), and how that myth could be accepted as a real description of the world. 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 ...more
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...more
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!