Category Archives: Drug Treatment

Drug-centred drug research

The disease-centred model of drug action has restricted our understanding of the effects of drugs used in psychiatry by directing attention to the effects of drugs on a hypothetical disease process and neglecting other areas. For example, although there is ample research about effects of the new generation of antipsychotic drugs on the numerous different… Read More »

Models of ‘mental illness’

Psychiatry and its central idea that madness and distress are biological diseases that can be explained and treated by physical means, has long been a target of controversy. Criticism of psychiatry has been voiced by a range of academic disciplines, including philosophy and sociology, as well as dissident psychiatrists and psychiatric service users or ‘survivors’.… Read More »