posted on Jul, 20 2012 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by VneZonyDostupa
Moncrieff's stance isn't a strawman fallacy. Your given example, biopsychosocial model isn't the only one in current use, it's a competing model
that shares a place with another.
In more generic update, the free PDF of ebook is available within the grey area of internet, file sharing corners.
Formal, citable place for the ebook is
The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment. Joanna Moncrieff. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Palgrave Connect. Palgrave
The Myth of the Chemical Cure
A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
Print Pub Date:
9780230574311 HB 9780230574328 PB
>> Social & Cultural Studies Collection 2008
This book exposes the traditional view that psychiatric drugs correct chemical imbalances as a dangerous fraud. It traces the emergence of this view
and the way it supported the vested interests of the psychiatric profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the modern state. Instead it is proposed
that psychiatric drugs 'work' by creating abnormal brain states, which are often unpleasant and impair normal intellectual and emotional functions
along with other harmful consequences. Research on antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilisers is examined to demonstrate this thesis and it
is suggested that acknowledging the real nature of psychiatric drugs would lead to a more democratic practice of psychiatry.
JOANNA MONCRIEFF is an academic and practising psychiatrist. She is a long-standing critic of psychiatric drug treatment and has published numerous
articles in medical journals. She was a founding member and is the co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network.
The task is to locate a library that has subscription to Palgrave Connect ebook platform, from Palgrave Macmillan.
It needs to include the "Social & Cultural Studies Collection 2008" package.
One of her articles has great weight, something not comfortable to discuss and admit.
This is also free, www.psychiatry.freeuk.com/Jodiagnosis.pdf
Social Theory & Health (2010) 8, 370–382. doi:10.1057/sth.2009.11
Psychiatric diagnosis as a political device
Joanna Moncrieff a
a Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London, W1W 7EJ, UK.
Diagnosis in psychiatry is portrayed as the same type of activity as diagnosis in other areas of medicine. However, the notion that psychiatric
conditions are equivalent to physical diseases has been contested for several decades. In this paper, I use the work of Jeff Coulter and David Ingelby
to explore the role of diagnosis in routine psychiatric practice. Coulter examined the process of identification of mental disturbance and suggested
that it was quite different from the process of identifying a physical disease, as it was dependent on social norms and circumstances. Ingelby pointed
out that it was the apparent medical nature of the process that enabled it to act as a justification for the actions that followed. I describe the
stories of two patients, which illustrate the themes Ingelby and Coulter identified. In particular they demonstrate that, in contrast to the idea that
diagnosis should determine treatment, diagnoses in psychiatry are applied to justify predetermined social responses, designed to control and contain
disturbed behaviour and provide care for dependents. Hence psychiatric diagnosis functions as a political device employed to legitimate activities
that might otherwise be contested.
psychiatric diagnosis; philosophy of mental illness; psychiatry as social control; social construction of mental illness