Monday, 9 July 2012

Mental Health: The Myth of the Chemical Cure

Last week my colleague Glynis Luke attended a really interesting event organised by Lewes Skeptics down in East Sussex. She was very lucky to get a ticket at all, as they sold out in 24 hours! Dr Joanna Moncrieff, Senior Clinical Lecturer in psychiatry at University College London, spoke to a packed audience at The Elephant & Castle pub in Lewes. As it said in the publicity blurb:
"Joanna Moncrieff challenges the view that drugs like ‘antidepressants’ and ‘anti psychotics’ remedy mental disorders in the same way that medical drugs treat asthma or diabetes. She argues that psychiatric drugs cause rather than cure chemical imbalances, and change the way we normally think and feel."
Glynis felt that Dr Moncrieff spoke with real passion and knowledge about her subject, and asked me to share a podcast of the event with a wider audience. The podcast concludes with a very robust question and answer session.

You can link to the podcast on the Lewes Skeptics blog page.

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