The problem with drugs for mental illness: Joanna Moncrieff

In this Science Weekly podcast by The Guardian, Dr Joanna Moncrieff from University College London discusses her book The Bitterest Pills: The Troubling Story of Anti-psychotic Drugs.

Dr Joanna Moncrieff argues that drugs for depression and schizophrenia are not getting to the root of these conditions. Joanna believes her extensive survey of research into psychiatric treatments points to a flaw in the dominant clinical paradigm that mental illness can be treated like any other illness – with drugs.

You can hear the interview with Joanna Moncrieff here after 27 minutes.

A list of the books and articles written by Joanna Moncrieff, with links to Open Access articles, you can find here.

For example her article from 2013:   Magic bullets for mental disorders: the emergence of the concept of an “antipsychotic” drug. In: J Hist Neurosci, 22(1), 30 – 46. doi:10.1080/0964704X.2012.664847

Joanna Moncrieff


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