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

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This controversial book overturns the claim 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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published December 4th 2007)
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Chuck
Jul 24, 2011 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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Bob
Mar 28, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Thibault
May 07, 2014 Thibault 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!
Lisa
Nov 15, 2010 Lisa marked it as to-read
refreshingly different take, well researched, goes into depth about many things that have been bothering me about our system. Like most of the more advanced thinking the author hails from Great Britain.

Not finished yet, will come back to.
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