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Moncrieff, J. (2006) Psychiatric drug promotion and the politics of neoliberalism. British Journal of Psychiatry, 188, 301302.
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Promotion of psychiatric drugs

  • R. Stern (a1)
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The chemical imbalance theory is only a theory

D B Double, Consultant Psychiatrist
03 August 2006

Dr Stern (2006) finds the “chemical imbalance theory” auseful working hypothesis. He uses it as a means of persuading patients to takeantidepressant medication. Patient-centredmedicine encourages a joint decision by psychiatrists with patients about treatment(Stewart et al, 2003). The internet has made debate about psychiatry morereadily available for patients and this should be welcomed. This situationmeans patients, even more so, require the expertise of doctors to make sense ofthe information available to them.Therole of psychiatry is to give hope to depressed people. It is also to be honestwith them about the cause of their problems and the appropriate treatment.Patients are able to understand that the “chemical imbalance theory” is only a theory.What they find more difficult to appreciate is why they are told that thistheory has been proven, when this is clearly not the case (Double, 2006).Double,D.B. (2006) (ed)CriticalPsychiatry: The Limits of Madness Basingstoke: Palgrave MacmillanStern,R. (2006)Promotion of psychiatric drugs. The British Journal of Psychiatry 189,188-9Stewart,M., Brown, J.B., Weston, W.W., et al (2003). Patient-centred Medicine. Transformingthe Clinical Method. 2nd ed. Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press. ... More

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