Joanna Moncrieff is a published psychiatrist, a senior lecturer at University College London and a founding member of the Critical Psychiatry Network. Her experience and commitment to providing information for those taking or prescribing psychiatric medication is evident right from the beginning of this book. Although it's a little book the comprehensive and intelligible manner in which it is written presents the reader with an extensive amount of relevant information. Information which is sometimes unseen for a variety of reasons by the patient.
Moncrieff details how psychiatric medications work and devotes a quite interesting chapter on drug trials and how the results are interpreted. She examines : Neuroleptics, Anti-depressants, Lithium, Stimulants and the ubiquitous Benzodiazepines. The consequences of a drug centered approach to psychiatric care is explained, as is the process of withdrawal.
I found this book to be both informative and interesting and Moncrieff provides food for thought for patients and indeed healthcare professionals. However I would have liked a bit more information on the subject of withdrawal, and thought there was room to expand on that particular chapter. I wonder how many people would knowingly start on this type of medication if all the relevant information was provided, not the scaremongering of certain others but unbiased and educational facts. Why are some drugs allowed to be marketed as a " magic cure " when all they do is put us in a state of dullness where we become emotionally blunted. I wonder do some of these drugs actually hinder our recovery and make the road back a little longer, steeper and with more pitfalls ?