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

    2013

    • 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

    2012

    • 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
    • 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

    2011

    • 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
    • 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
    • Goldsmith L, Moncrieff J (2011). The psychoactive effects of antidepressants and their association with suicidality.. Curr Drug Saf, 6(2), 115 - 121.

    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). Psychiatric diagnosis as a political device. SOC THEOR HEALTH, 8(4), 370 - 382. doi:10.1057/sth.2009.11
    • Moncrieff J, Timimi S (2010). Is ADHD a valid diagnosis in adults? No.. BMJ, 340, c547 - .
    • 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

    2009

    • 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).
    • Moncrieff J, Cohen D (2009). How do psychiatric drugs work?. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), , - . doi:10.1136/bmj.b1963
    • 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, 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

    2008

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

    2007

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

    2006

    • 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 (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, 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.
    • Moncrieff J (2006). Promotion of psychiatric drugs - Reply. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 189, 189 - 189. doi:10.1192/bjp.189.2.189

    2005

    • Moncrieff J, Hopker S, Thomas P (2005). Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry: who pays the piper?. Psychiatric Bulletin, 29, 84 - 85.
    • 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, Cohen D (2005). Rethinking models of psychotropic drug action. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 74, 145 - 153.
    • 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 (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). The politics of a new Mental Health Act. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 183, 8 - 9.
    • (2003). Double blind random bluff. Mental Health Today, (Novemb), 24 - 26.
    • 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.
    • (2003). A comparison of antidepressant trials using active and inert placebos. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 12(3), 117 - 127.
    • 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). 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. British Medical Journal (letter). BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 325, 216 - .
    • Moncrieff J (2002). The antidepressant debate continues - Reply. BRIT J PSYCHIAT, 181, 531 - 531.
    • 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.

    2001

    • (2001). Are antidepressants over-rated? A review of methodological problems in antidepressant trials. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 189, 288 - 295.
    • (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). 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

    • 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, 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). Drugs versus placebo for dysthymia.. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, (4), 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.

    1999

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

    1998

    • Moncrieff J, Wessely S (1998). Active placebos in antidepressant trials.. Br J Psychiatry, 173, 88 - .
    • Drummond DC, Moncrieff J (1998). Response to Lingford-Hughes and Marshall. ADDICTION, 93(6), 926 - 927.
    • 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, Farmer R (1998). Sexual abuse and the subsequent development of alcohol problems. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 33, 592 - 601.
    • 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.

    1997

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

    1996

    • Moncrieff J (1996). Audible thoughts and speech defect (letter). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 249 - 250.
    • Moncrieff J (1996). Lithium revisited.. Br J Psychiatry, 168(6), 789 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1996). 'Audible thoughts' and 'speech defect'.. Br J Psychiatry, 169(2), 249 - 250.
    • Moncrieff J (1996). Lithium revisited (letter). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 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.. Br J Psychiatry, 164(6), 847 - .
    • Moncrieff J (1994). Association between sexual and substance abuse (letter). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 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.