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The myth of the chemical cure : a critique of psychiatric drug treatment

Author: Joanna Moncrieff
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Named Person: Psychische Störung.; Psychopharmakologie.; Kritik.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Moncrieff
ISBN: 9780230574328 0230574327
OCLC Number: 317926920
Awards: Short-listed for Mind Book of the Year Award 2009
Description: xi, 303 pages : illustrations
Contents: 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 account --
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 (bipolar disorder) --
Evidence on the action of lithium and 'mood stabilisers' --
Stimulant drugs and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) --
Democratic drug treatment: implications of the drug-centred model --
The myth of the chemical cure.
Responsibility: Joanna Moncrieff.

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