Dr Joanna Moncrieff

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Name: Joanna Moncrieff Email: j.moncrieff@ucl.ac.uk
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Department: Division of Psychiatry Fax:
Position: Senior Clinical Lecturer Address: , , ,
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Research Description

My research consists of an analysis of all aspects of psychiatric drug treatment, including subjective experiences, history of drug treatment, a critique of evidence for drug treatments, theoretical perspectives on psychiatric drug treatment, and political aspects of drug treatment, including work on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. I am also interested in the nature and function of diagnosis in modern psychiatric practice, and in the history, politics and philosophy of psychiatry more generally. I have written two books: The Myth of the Chemical Cure, published by Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=283272 and A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs, published by PCCs books http://www.pccs-books.co.uk/product.php?xProd=463&xSec=1&jssCart=951d6cfb50d466e4f830c58cadfd75d6

Research Activities

Psychiatric drugs

diagnosis in psychiatry

history of psychiatry

Education Description

I am the course organiser for the UCL MRCPsych course (Royal College of Psychiatrists examinations course).

UCL Collaborators

Prof Sonia Johnson

External Collaborators

Publications

    2014

    • Allison L, Moncrieff J (2014). 'Rapid tranquillisation': an historical perspective on its emergence in the context of the development of antipsychotic medications.. Hist Psychiatry, 25(1), 57 - 69. doi:10.1177/0957154X13512573
    • Moncrieff J (2014). The medicalization of "ups and downs": The marketing of the new bipolar disorder.. Transcult Psychiatry, , - . doi:10.1177/1363461514530024

    2013

    • Moncrieff J (2013). The Bitterest Pills.
    • Moncrieff J (2013). Magic bullets for mental disorders: the emergence of the concept of an "antipsychotic" drug.. J Hist Neurosci, 22(1), 30 - 46. doi:10.1080/0964704X.2012.664847
    • Moncrieff J (2013). Hablando claro : una introducción a los fármacos psiquiátricos.
    • Bracken P, Thomas P, Timimi S, Asen E, Behr G, Beuster C, Bhunnoo S, Browne I, Chhina N, Double D, Downer S, Evans C, Fernando S, Garland MR, Hopkins W, Huws R, Johnson B, Martindale B, Middleton H, Moldavsky D, Moncrieff J, Mullins S, Nelki J, Pizzo M, Rodger J, Smyth M, Summerfield D, Wallace J, Yeomans D (2013). Authors' reply.. Br J Psychiatry, 202, 463 - 464.
    • Moncrieff J, Cohen D, Porter S (2013). The Psychoactive Effects of Psychiatric Medication: The Elephant in the Room. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 45(5), 409 - 415. doi:10.1080/02791072.2013.845328
    • Kinderman P, Read J, Moncrieff J, Bentall RP (2013). Drop the language of disorder.. Evid Based Ment Health, 16(1), 2 - 3. doi:10.1136/eb-2012-100987
    • Bracken P, Thomas P, Timimi S, Asen E, Behr G, Beuster C, Bhunnoo S, Browne I, Chhina N, Double D, Downer S, Evans C, Fernando S, Garland MR, Hopkins W, Huws R, Johnson B, Martindale B, Middleton H, Moldavsky D, Moncrieff J, Mullins S, Nelki J, Pizzo M, Rodger J, Smyth M, Summerfield D, Wallace J, Yeomans D (2013). The 'rest of medicine' and psychiatry: why paradigms would differ reply. BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 202(6), 463 - 464. doi:10.1192/bjp.202.6.463a
    • Bracken P, Thomas P, Timimi S, Asen E, Behr G, Beuster C, Bhunnoo S, Browne I, Chhina N, Double D, Downer S, Evans C, Fernando S, Garland MR, Hopkins W, Huws R, Johnson B, Martindale B, Middleton H, Moldavsky D, Moncrieff J, Mullins S, Nelki J, Pizzo M, Rodger J, Smyth M, Summerfield D, Wallace J, Yeomans D (2013). New paradigm: developmental psychopathology Reply. BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 202(4), 312 - 313.
    • Bracken P, Thomas P, Timimi S, Asen E, Behr G, Beuster C, Bhunnoo S, Browne I, Chhina N, Double D, Downer S, Evans C, Fernando S, Garland MR, Hopkins W, Huws R, Johnson B, Martindale B, Middleton H, Moldavsky D, Moncrieff J, Mullins S, Nelki J, Pizzo M, Rodger J, Smyth M, Summerfield D, Wallace J, Yeomans D (2013). Authors' reply.. Br J Psychiatry, 202(4), 312 - 313. doi:10.1192/bjp.202.4.312
    • Moncrieff J, Timimi S (2013). The social and cultural construction of psychiatric knowledge: an analysis of NICE guidelines on depression and ADHD.. Anthropol Med, 20(1), 59 - 71. doi:10.1080/13648470.2012.747591
    • Watson S, Gallagher P, Dougall D, Porter R, Moncrieff J, Ferrier IN, Young AH (2013). Childhood trauma in bipolar disorder.. Aust N Z J Psychiatry, , - . doi:10.1177/0004867413516681

    2012

    • Ilyas S, Moncrieff J (2012). Trends in prescriptions and costs of drugs for mental disorders in England, 1998-2010.. Br J Psychiatry, 200(5), 393 - 398. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.111.104257
    • Bracken P, Thomas P, Timimi S, Asen E, Behr G, Beuster C, Bhunnoo S, Browne I, Chhina N, Double D, Downer S, Evans C, Fernando S, Garland MR, Hopkins W, Huws R, Johnson B, Martindale B, Middleton H, Moldavsky D, Moncrieff J, Mullins S, Nelki J, Pizzo M, Rodger J, Smyth M, Summerfield D, Wallace J, Yeomans D (2012). Psychiatry beyond the current paradigm.. Br J Psychiatry, 201(6), 430 - 434. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.112.109447

    2011

    • Goldsmith L, Moncrieff J (2011). The psychoactive effects of antidepressants and their association with suicidality.. Curr Drug Saf, 6(2), 115 - 121.
    • Middleton H, Moncrieff J (2011). 'They won't do any harm and might do some good': time to think again on the use of antidepressants?. Br J Gen Pract, 61(582), 47 - 49. doi:10.3399/bjgp11X548983
    • Moncrieff J (2011). Questioning the 'neuroprotective' hypothesis: does drug treatment prevent brain damage in early psychosis or schizophrenia?. Br J Psychiatry, 198(2), 85 - 87. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.110.085795

    2010

    • Moncrieff J, Leo J (2010). A comment on 'A systematic review of the effects of antipsychotic drugs on brain volume' by Moncrieff & Leo (2010) The authors reply. PSYCHOL MED, 40(12), 2106 - 2107.
    • Moncrieff J, Leo J (2010). Are antipsychotics good or bad for the brain? A comment on Moncrieff & Leo (2010) The authors reply. PSYCHOL MED, 40(12), 2108 - 2108.
    • Moncrieff J (2010). Philosophy of Psychopharmacology. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 196(1), 81 - 81. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.109.068221
    • Moncrieff J, Leo J (2010). A systematic review of the effects of antipsychotic drugs on brain volume.. Psychol Med, 40(9), 1409 - 1422. doi:10.1017/S0033291709992297
    • Moncrieff J, Timimi S (2010). Is ADHD a valid diagnosis in adults? No.. BMJ, 340, c547 - .
    • Moncrieff J (2010). Psychiatric diagnosis as a political device. SOC THEOR HEALTH, 8(4), 370 - 382. doi:10.1057/sth.2009.11

    2009

    • Moncrieff J, Cohen D, Mason JP (2009). The subjective experience of taking antipsychotic medication: a content analysis of Internet data.. Acta Psychiatr Scand, 120(2), 102 - 111. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2009.01356.x
    • Moncrieff J (2009). Prescriptions for the Mind: A Critical View of Contemporary Psychiatry. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 194(4), 382 - 383. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.108.056275
    • Moncrieff J, Cohen D (2009). How do psychiatric drugs work?. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), , - . doi:10.1136/bmj.b1963
    • Moncrieff J (2009). A critique of the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia and psychosis. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 17, 214 - 225.
    • Moncrieff J, Cohen D, Mason J (2009). The subjective experience of taking antipsychotic drugs. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, , - .
    • Moncrieff J (2009). A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs (Straight Talking Introductions).

    2008

    • Moncrieff J (2008). The truth about psychiatric drugs. Openmind, (151), 6 - 11.
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P, Huws R (2008). Pharma and medical education - Some progress in UK psychiatry. BRIT MED J, 337(7672), - .
    • Moncrieff J (2008). The creation of the concept of the antidepressant: an historical analysis.. Social Science and Medicine, 66(11), 2346 - 2355.
    • Moncrieff J (2008). Biochemical imbalance in the brain - does it exist?. Human Givens, 15(2), 24 - 29.
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P, Huws R (2008). Some progress in UK psychiatry.. BMJ, 337, a1780 - .
    • Moncrieff J (2008). The myth of the magic antipsychotic.
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P, Huws R (2008). Some progress in UK psychiatry (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 337, a1780 - .
    • Moncrieff J (2008). The Myth of the Chemical Cure.
    • Moncrieff J (2008). Neoliberalism and biopsychiatry: a marriage of convenience.. In Cohen C, Timmimi S (Ed.), (pp. 235 - 257). : Cambridge University Press.

    2007

    • Moncrieff J (2007). Rebuttal: Depression is not a brain disease. CAN J PSYCHIAT, 52(2), 100 - 101.
    • Moncrieff J (2007). Response to 'A Spoonful of Regulation Helps the Medicine Go Down'. Social Theory and Health, 5, 176 - 179.
    • Moncrieff J (2007). Co-opting psychiatry: the alliance between academic psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 16(3), 192 - 196.
    • Kirsch I, Moncrieff J (2007). Clinical trials and the response rate illusion. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 28(4), 348 - 351.
    • Moncrieff J (2007). Is the antidepressant era coming to an end?. Therapy, 18(8), 28 - 31.
    • Moncrieff J (2007). Are antidepressants as effective as claimed? No they are not effective at all.. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 52(2), 96 - 97.
    • Moncrieff J (2007). Neoliberalism and biopsychiatry: a marriage of convenience.. In Cohen CIT, S B (Ed.), Liberatory Psychiatry: Towards a new psychiatry. (pp. 235 - 256). : Cambridge University Press.
    • Moncrieff J (2007). Diagnosis and drug treatment. The Psychologist, 20(5), 296 - 297.
    • Moncrieff J (2007). Understanding psychotropic drug action: The contribution of the brain-disabling theory.. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 9(3), 177 - 186.

    2006

    • Moncrieff J (2006). Does antipsychotic withdrawal provoke psychosis? Review of the literature on rapid onset psychosis (supersensitivity psychosis) and withdrawal-related relapse. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 114, 3 - 13.
    • Moncrieff J (2006). Promotion of psychiatric drugs - Reply. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 189, 189 - 189. doi:10.1192/bjp.189.2.189
    • Moncrieff J (2006). Psychiatric drug promotion and the politics of neo-liberalism.. Br J Psychiatry, 188, 301 - 302. doi:10.1192/bjp.188.4.301
    • Moncrieff J (2006). An Unholy Alliance: Psychiatry and the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. Asylum, 15(2), 14 - 16.
    • Moncrieff J, Cohen D (2006). Do antidepressants cure or create abnormal brain states. PLoS Medicine, 3(7), e240 - .
    • Moncrieff J (2006). Why is it so difficult to stop psychiatric drug treatment? It may be nothing to do with the original problem. Medical Hypotheses, 67(3), 517 - 523.
    • Moncrieff J (2006). Neoliberalism and the politics of psychaitric drug promotion. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 188, 301 - 302.

    2005

    • Moncrieff J, Cohen D (2005). Rethinking models of psychotropic drug action. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 74, 145 - 153.
    • Moncrieff J, Byrne P, Crawford M (2005). Challenges to Psychiatry: antipsychiatry, the user movement and stigma. In Wright P, Stern J, Phelan M (Ed.), Core Psychiatry (pp. - ). : Elsevier Saunders.
    • Moncrieff J (2005). Is the antidepressant era coming to an end?. Dr Medicine, , 27 - 31.
    • Moncrieff J, Kirsch I (2005). Efficacy of antidepressants in adults. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 331, 155 - 157. doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7509.155
    • Moncrieff J, Hopker S, Thomas P (2005). Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry: who pays the piper?. Psychiatric Bulletin, 29, 84 - 85.
    • Moncrieff J (2005). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: evidence base for older antidepressants is shaky too (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 330, 420 - .

    2004

    • Moncrieff J (2004). Analysing the efficacy of clozapine - Reply. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 184, 540 - 540.
    • Moncrieff J (2004). A critique of the international consensus statement on ADHD. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 1, 59 - 63.
    • Moncrieff J (2004). Active placebos versus antidepressants for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, , - .

    2003

    • (2003). A comparison of antidepressant trials using active and inert placebos. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 12(3), 117 - 127.
    • Moncrieff J, Hall WD (2003). Antidepressant prescribing and suicide (vol 327, pg 288, 2003). BRIT MED J, 327(7415), 586 - 586.
    • Moncrieff J (2003). The antidepressant debate should move on - Reply. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 182, 552 - 552.
    • Moncrieff J (2003). Research Synthesis: systematic reviews and meta-analysis.. In Prince M, Stewart R, ford T, Hotopf M (Ed.), Practical Psychiatric Epidemiology (pp. - ). : Oxford University Press.
    • (2003). Clozapine versus conventional antipsychotics for treatment-resistent schizophrenia: a re-examination. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 183, 161 - 166.
    • (2003). Double blind random bluff. Mental Health Today, (Novemb), 24 - 26.
    • (2003). The politics of a new Mental Health Act. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 183, 8 - 9.
    • (2003). Antidepressant prescribing and suicide: analysisis misleading (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 327, 288 - .

    2002

    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P (2002). The pharmaceutical industry and disease mongering. Psychiatry should not accept so much commercial sponsorship.. BMJ, 325(7357), 216 - .
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P (2002). Psychiatry should not accept so much commercial sponsorship. BRIT MED J, 325(7357), 218 - 218.
    • (2002). "The antidepressant debate". The British Journal of Psychiatry, 180, 193 - 194.
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P (2002). The pharmaceutical industry and disease mongering.Psychiatry should not accept so much commercial sponsorship. British Medical Journal (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 325, 216 - .
    • Moncrieff J (2002). The antidepressant debate continues - Reply. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 181, 531 - 531.

    2001

    • (2001). Active placebo versus antidepressants for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (4), - .
    • Moncrieff J, Crawford MJ (2001). British psychiatry in the 20th century--observations from a psychiatric journal.. Soc Sci Med, 53(3), 349 - 356.
    • (2001). Are antidepressants over-rated? A review of methodological problems in antidepressant trials. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 189, 288 - 295.
    • (2001). British Psychiatry in the 20th Century. Observations from a psychiatric journal. Social Science and Medicine, 53(349), 356 - .
    • (2001). Development of a quality assessment instrument for trials of treatments for depression and neurosis. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 10(3), 126 - 133.
    • Moncrieff J, Wessely S, Hardy R (2001). Antidepressants using active placebos.. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, (2), CD003012 - . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003012

    2000

    • Moncrieff J, Pomerleau J (2000). Trends in sickness benefits in Great ritain and the contribution of mental disorders.. Journal of Public Health Medicine, 22, 59 - 67.
    • Chick J, Anton R, Checinski K, Croop R, Drummond DC, Farmer R, Labriola D, Marshall J, Moncrieff J, Morgan MY, Peters T, Ritson B (2000). A multicentre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of naltrexone in the treatment of alcohol dependence or abuse. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 35(6), 587 - 593.
    • Lima MS, Moncrieff J (2000). A comparison of drugs versus placebo for the treatment of dysthymia.. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, (2), CD001130 - . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001130
    • Moncrieff J (2000). The rise of psychopharmacology and the story of the CINP.. PSYCHOL MED, 30(1), 239 - 239.
    • Lima MS, Moncrieff J (2000). Drugs versus placebo for dysthymia.. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, (4), CD001130 - . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001130

    1999

    • Moncrieff J (1999). Clinical overview overstates genetic case for schizophrenia (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 319, 1498 - 1499.
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P, Crawford M, Henderson C (1999). Modernising mental health services. Psychiatrists should oppose community treatment orders.. BMJ, 318(7186), 807 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1999). The Defeat Depression Campaign and trends in sickness and invalidity benefits for depressive illness. Journal of Mental Health, 8, 195 - 202.
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P, Crawford M, Henderson C (1999). Psychiatrists should oppose community treatment orders. BRIT MED J, 318(7186), 807 - 807.
    • Moncrieff J (1999). Clinical review overstates genetic case for schizophrenia.. BMJ, 319(7223), 1498 - 1499.
    • Moncrieff J (1999). An investigation into the precedents of modern drug treatment in psychiatry.. History of Psychiatry, 10, 475 - 490.
    • Moncrieff J, Thomas P, Crawford M, Henderson C (1999). Modernising mental health services: Psychiatrists should oppose community treatment orders (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), , 318,807 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1999). Naturalistic treatment study of depression in general practice. Antidepressants are overrated (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 319, 921 - 922.
    • Moncrieff J, Smyth M (1999). Community Treatment orders-a bridge too far?. Psychiatric Bulletin, 23, 1 - 3.

    1998

    • Moncrieff J, Farmer R (1998). Sexual abuse and the subsequent development of alcohol problems. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 33, 592 - 601.
    • Moncrieff J, Wessely S (1998). Active placebos in antidepressant trials.. Br J Psychiatry, 173, 88 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1998). Forty years of lithium treatment.. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 55(1), 92 - 93.
    • Moncrieff J (1998). Active placebos in antidepressant trials (letter). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 173, 88 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1998). 40 years of lithium treatment (letter). Archives of General Psychiatry, 55, 92 - 93.
    • Moncrieff J (1998). Research synthesis: systematic reviews and meta-analysis. International Review of Psychiatry, 10(4), 304 - 311.
    • Moncrieff J (1998). The genetics of human behaviour-explanation or ideology?. Psychiatric Bulletin, 22, 158 - 161.
    • Moncrieff J, Wessely S, Hardy RJ, Healy D (1998). Meta-analysis of trials comparing antidepressants to active placebos. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 227 - 234.
    • Moncrieff J, Drummond DC (1998). The quality of alcohol treatment research: an examination of influential controlled trials and development of a quality rating system.. Addiction, 93, 811 - 823.
    • Drummond DC, Moncrieff J (1998). Response to Lingford-Hughes and Marshall. ADDICTION, 93(6), 926 - 927.

    1997

    • Moncrieff J (1997). The psychopharmacologists. A collection of interviews by David Healy - Healy,D. PSYCHOL MED, 27(6), 1453 - 1454.
    • Drummond DC, Moncrieff J (1997). The continuing search for the ''elixir of temperance''. ADDICTION, 92(8), 961 - 964.
    • Moncrieff J, Drummond DC (1997). New drug treatments for alcohol problems: a critical appraisal.. Addiction, 92, 939 - 947.
    • Moncrieff J (1997). Lithium: evidence reconsidered. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 171, 113 - 119.
    • Moncrieff J (1997). The medicalisation of modern living. Soundings, , 63 - 72.

    1996

    • Moncrieff J (1996). Audible thoughts and speech defect (letter). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 249 - 250.
    • Moncrieff J (1996). Lithium revisited (letter). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 789 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1996). 'Audible thoughts' and 'speech defect'.. Br J Psychiatry, 169(2), 249 - 250.
    • Moncrieff J (1996). Lithium revisited.. Br J Psychiatry, 168(6), 789 - .

    1995

    • Moncrieff J (1995). Lithium revisited. A re-examination of the placebo-controlled trials of lithium prophylaxis in manic-depresssive disorder. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 569 - 573.

    1994

    • Moncrieff J (1994). Association between sexual and substance abuse (letter). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 847 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1994). Association between sexual and substance abuse.. Br J Psychiatry, 164(6), 847 - .

    • Moncrieff J (). Deconstructing psychiatric drug treatment.. In (Ed.), Mental Health Still Matters (pp. - ). : Open University Press.
    • Moncrieff J (). A critque of the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia and psychosis.