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Dr. Joanna Moncrieff
Senior Lecturer In Psychiatry
University College London
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London NHS psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff is one such dissenting researcher.
But she has conducted a far wider examination of psychiatric drugs, and has endeavoured to expose the "myth" of anti-psychotics.
She claims there is no sufficient evidence to support their long-term use and they cause brain damage, a fact which is being "fatally" overlooked.
Plus, because of a cocktail of vicious side-effects, anti-psychotics almost triple a person's risk of dying prematurely.
, also a senior lecturer at University College London
, particularly strikes out at her
own profession, psychiatry, claiming it is ignoring the negative evidence for anti-psychotics.
book, The Myth of The Chemical Cure, Moncrieff
argues the increasing prescribing of these drugs is unleashing an epidemic of drug-induced problems.
argues, effectively, that psychiatry is guilty of gross scientific misconduct.
Moncrieff is a hard-nosed scientist, so she is respectfully reserved.
carefully-chosen words are still alarming.
"It is as if the psychiatric community can not bear to acknowledge its own published findings," she
does acknowledge there is evidence for the short-term effectiveness of anti-psychotics.
, this is a wheeze because there's no evidence that anti-psychotics act directly on the "symptoms" - paranoia, delusions, hallucinations - of those diagnosed with psychosis.
There's nothing anti-psychotic about anti-psychotics.
- like her
fellow psychiatrists in a group called the Critical Psychiatry Network - asks services to look seriously at non-drug approaches, such as the Soteria Network in America.
believes psychiatrists such as herself should no longer have unparalleled powers to forcibly detain and treat patients with anti-psychotics.
Instead, they should be "pharmaceutical advisers" engaging in "democratic drug treatment" with patients.
Psychiatrists should be involved in "shared decision-making" with patients, and would have to go to civil courts to argue their case for compulsory treatment.
"Psychiatry would be a more modest enterprise" writes Moncrieff
, "no longer claiming to be able to alter the underlying course of psychological disturbance, but thereby avoiding some of the damage associated with the untrammeled use of imaginary chemical cures."
Most studies of drug-naïve patients did ...
Most studies of drug-naïve patients did not report or detect differences in total brain volume, global grey matter or CSF volumes between patients and controls, including three studies of untreated patients with long-term illness," stated the researchers, including Dr Joanne Moncrieff, of the Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London.
, also a London NHS psychiatrist, told psychminded.co.uk: "The psychiatric community still seem unworried by this [the possible effects on the brain of anti-psychotic medication] and continue to focus on the idea that schizophrenia is causing the brain damage."
Chemical Imbalance Theory False - anxietycentre.com
"The pharmaceutical industry has managed to convey a misleading picture," Joanna Moncrieff, MD, a senior lecturer in psychiatry at University College London, U.K., told Medscape.
History of Mental Health
The theme of the conference is the history of mental health, with keynote addresses from Professor Gail Hornstein (Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts) and Dr. Joanna Moncrieff (University College London).
Dr Joanna Moncrieff
is also interested in the nature and function of diagnosis in modern psychiatric practice, and in the history, politics and philosophy of psychiatry more generally.
has written three books: The Myth of the Chemical Cure, published by Palgrave Macmillan, A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs, published by PCCs books and The Bitterest Pills: the troubling story of antipsychotic drugs published by Palgrave.