Story of antipsychotics is one of myth and misrepresentation

25 September 2013

Joanna Moncrieff

Antipsychotic drugs are usually considered to be one of the 20th century’s major medical breakthroughs. They are often believed to be so effective that they brought about the closure of the old mental asylums and enabled the mentally ill to return to the community, writes Dr Joanna Moncrieff (UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit) in The Conversation.