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The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment [Tapa blanda]

Dr Joanna Moncrieff

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9 de septiembre de 2009

This book exposes the traditional view that psychiatric drugs target underlying diseases, or correct chemical imbalances, as a fraud. It traces the emergence of this view and suggests that it was adopted, not because there was any evidence to support it, but because it served the vested interests of the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state. Instead it is proposed that psychiatric drugs 'work' by creating altered mental states, which may suppress the symptoms of psychiatric disorders, along with other intellectual and emotional functions. Research on antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilisers and stimulants is examined to demonstrate this thesis and the pros and cons of using the different sorts of drugs are discussed. It is suggested that acknowledging the real nature of psychiatric drugs would lead to a more democratic practice of psychiatry.
 
This paperback edition contains a new chapter on Stimulant Drugs and ADHD.

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Shortlisted for the 2009 Mind Book of the Year

 
'A revolutionary book written with the calm assurance of someone who knows her subject matter – and the people involved - extremely well. Essential reading for anyone interested in mental health.' - Dorothy Rowe, www.dorothyrowe.com.au


'This is a sober and thoughtful book. I found it very engaging and worth the effort to be better informed about a subject that affects many of our clients and impinges on our professional lives as therapists.'
- Existential Analysis (Society for Existential Analysis)

'...Joanna Moncrieff, a practising psychiatrist and academic, has produced a devastating critique of the use of psychiatric drugs...This courageous book has the potential to revolutionise psychiatric practice and the care of people with many forms of mental distress. Many in the therapy professions will, I am sure, celebrate its message.'
- Rachel Freeth, Therapy Today

'This book does what it says on the cover. It is a concise, powerful, well-referenced and well-constructed critique of psychiatric drug treatment...If I had the power to, I would make it essential reading on all counselling and psychotherapy trainings.'
- Pete Sanders, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
 
'It should be compulsory reading for any person who thinks that people's behaviours and experiences are caused by chemical imbalances in their brain and that psychiatric medications treat these imbalances – psychiatrists, other professionals and people who are taking or considering taking these drugs...Read and share the book and speak out….come on - the emperor has no clothes!' - Guy Holmes, Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy
 
'This remarkable book should be required reading...as the author exposes misconceptions and assumptions about biological mental illness...[it] is far from one-sided, and argues that rather than discarding drugs we should use them properly and concentrate on their effects rather than upon traditional but ultimately unscientific assumptions.' - Stuart Sorensen, Community Care
 
'This is a book that should change psychiatry forever.' Mental Health

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This controversial book refutes the idea that psychiatric drugs are thought to work, and examines how vested interests have shaped this idea

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Dissecting a medical myth 23 de febrero de 2008
Por Ben Hansen - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa dura
Depression was once viewed as a state of mind caused by stressful life factors, but today the majority of Americans believe depression is a biological disease caused by chemical imbalance in the brain. This shift in the way "mental disorders" like depression and anxiety are viewed has resulted in profound social and cultural changes. Antidepressants are now the most widely prescribed class of medications in the U.S., and many states have enacted parity legislation requiring insurance coverage for mental illness equal to physical illness. Soldiers returning from Iraq are encouraged to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress, and Congress may pass a "Mothers Act" to promote screening new moms for postpartum depression. In many classrooms more than half the students are on medications for attention deficit and similar disorders, and the number of U.S. children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has risen an astounding 4,000% in the past ten years. Almost weekly we hear of yet another school shooting, with headlines clamoring for early intervention and mandatory treatment of "at risk" individuals.

Against this backdrop of a seemingly rampant epidemic of mental illness, Joanna Moncrieff has written a brilliant new book calling into question nearly everything commonly believed about the nature of psychiatric illness and psychiatric medication. First and foremost, this book shatters the myth that psychiatric drugs restore chemical balance. Page by page and chapter by chapter, Dr. Moncrieff systematically exposes the shoddy science, flawed research and deceptive marketing campaigns which have led us down a sadly mistaken path that has nothing to do with science and everything to do with profit.

Among the most interesting chapters, Moncrieff methodically examines what happens to patients on different classes of psychiatric drugs. The so-called antipsychotics such as Zyprexa and Risperdal achieve their therapeutic effects by causing a form of Parkinson's disease, while the so-called SSRI antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft have comparatively little effect on the brain but often cause nausea and seem to work mostly as active placebos, barely outperforming inactive placebos such as simple sugar pills.

Because the author follows strict scientific methods and carefully documents every step of her work, this is not a book that will appeal to a mass audience, but for anyone seriously interested in genuine medical research unfettered by special interests dedicated to maximizing pharmaceutical profits, I cannot recommend this book too highly. Joanna Moncrieff's The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment belongs on the reference shelf alongside Grace E. Jackson's Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent and Peter R. Breggin's Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock, and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Finally! Truth sounds sweet! 10 de diciembre de 2009
Por Christopher Rogers - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
I've worked in Psychiatry for 15 years and kept a constant eye on the legitimacy of the foundations of the discipline. The Bio-Psychiatric models stands or falls on its premise that mental disorders are biological diseases, and, one is left with no doubt upon reading this book, that Bio-Psychiatry falls. I've waited to read this book since I heard of its imminent publication, and relished every well researched word. I can not speak highly enough of this work and the on-going work of Dr Moncrieff and others of the Critical Psychiatry Network. It leaves me with questions and a nasty sense that I am engaging in an essentially immoral discipline and causes me to wonder whether - to paraphrase Chomsky - I should stop tyranny by stopping my participation in it. My only criticism of the book is that it could quite easily have been twice as long, and I was, at certain points, wishing that the author had gone into more detail on some issues. But, that said, this is the best book I've read on the issue of Psychiatric medications and the political-economy of the whole Psychiatric apparatus. I hope it wins the MIND book of the year and forces inroads into the profession itself.

If I were a patient of the Mental Health system this book would accompany me to every appointment I had with mental health professionals and would hopefully force some very thorny issues, that rarely arise in Psychiatric consultations, to the surface to be answered.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Single Best Book on Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology 15 de abril de 2010
Por Mark P. Jenkins - Publicado en Amazon.com
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For both my research and my own personal enlightenment I have read virtually every book published since Listening to Prozac on the use of drugs in psychiatric practice. While I love the work of David Healy and still consider him, in fact, the best resource overall on this issue, I am now convinced that Joanna Moncrieff's book is the single best one volume treatment available. What Moncreiff does beautifully is combine three things: a history of psychiatric practice, an analysis of the science supporting (or, so often, not supporting) psychiatric practice and a sustained polemic to the effect that psychiatry should abandon its disease-centered model and adopt instead a drug-centered model. As I say, Healy, too, addresses these issues in his many books and articles, and his work is absolutely priceless, but Moncreiff's ability to distill the essence of Healy's critique, while making substantial contributions of her own, into a single, extremely well-organized and easy to read volume, makes this the one book that everyone with any kind of stake in any aspect of mental health should read.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Superb Expose of How Psych Drugs don't Work Well 18 de febrero de 2008
Por Charles Whitfield - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This is one of the most important books to come out in the last few years that exposes the truth about the toxicity and innapropriate claims and marketing of most of the currently used psychiatric drugs, from anti-depressants to "mood stabilizers" [actually only anti-epilepsy drugs], including Lithium, to anti-psychotics.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A well bakanced review 12 de septiembre de 2009
Por Arch - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa dura|Compra verificada
This book provides a well balanced critique of psychiatric drugs. While those who prescribe these drugs claim that they know a lot about them, the reality is, that there is much that they don't know. It is very well written. The author is to be congratualted for her research.
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