Joanna Moncrieff

Personal Perspective on the Systematic Review of Serotonin Imbalance Hypothesis for depression and Mechanism of Action for Antidepressants

This interview with Dr. Mark Horowitz is conducted by Fauzia Khan and has been published in The Physician. The abstract says: “Fauzia Khan meets Dr Mark Horowitz, Trainee Psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow in the NHS. Mark talks about his journey…
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My adult ADHD drugs felt like a lifeline. Then came the scary side-effects …

“After a year on prescription stimulants, I started to unravel. Would a desperate experiment with street narcotics make me see things differently?” This article by Sophie Knight has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “At first being diagnosed with ADHD…
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How to take the news that depression has not been shown to be caused by a chemical imbalance

This article is from psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff. It begins: “For decades people have been told that depression is caused by a serotonin deficiency. This was the rationale behind the introduction of the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) antidepressants in the…
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A Decisive Blow to the Serotonin Hypothesis of Depression

This article by Christopher Lane has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “Almost as soon as it was floated in 1965 by Harvard psychiatrist Joseph Schildkraut, the serotonin hypothesis of  depression —reduced and simplified by pharma marketing to the ‘chemical imbalance’…
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Is the chemical imbalance an ‘urban legend’? An exploration of the status of the serotonin theory of depression in the scientific literature

This study/article by Benjamin Anga, MarkHorowitz and Joanna Moncrieff has been published in ScienceDirect. The abstract says: “The theory that depression is caused by a serotonin abnormality or other chemical imbalance has become widely accepted by the public and is one…
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Common Statistical Method Conflates Withdrawal with Relapse

“Researchers argue that common study methods for psychiatric drugs may inadvertently minimize withdrawal effects and inflate drug efficacy.“ This article by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “Survival analysis is a statistical technique often used to…
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Depression: why drugs and electricity are not the answer

This article from Prof. John Read (clinical psychologist) and Dr. Joanna Moncrieff (psychiatrist) has been published in Psychological Medicine. The abstract says: “The dominant view within mental health services and research suggests that feeling depressed is a kind of medical illness,…
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The case for establishing a minimal medication alternative for psychosis and schizophrenia

This opinion piece by Ruth Cooper, John Mason, John Richardson, and Joanna Moncrieff has been published in the journal Psychosis. The abstract says: “The development of severe mental health conditions is strongly linked to our environments, particularly experiences of trauma and adversity….
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‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium – and they can cause crushing anxiety, flu-like effects and suicidal thoughts

Reporting for the Daily Mail, Miranda Levy writes : “Zopiclone is the so-called ‘safer’ sleeping pill dished out by doctors to millions of Britons each year.  When it was launched in the 1990s, it was touted as a user-friendly alternative to…
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Lasting Damage from Prescribed Drugs

“There is a large-scale failure to appreciate the risks involved in taking drugs that alter brain function on a long-term basis.” This article by psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “The recent furor…
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