Demystifying Psychiatric Drugs

Conference: Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012
Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine Workshop/Presentation: Demystifying Psychiatric Drugs
Joanna Moncrieff, MD

The exploration of the different ways how psychiatric drugs work can expand our understanding of behavioral health symptoms and recovery. The standard disease-centered model that assumes that drugs correct underlying chemical imbalances was contrasted with the idea that they work in a drug-centered way by inducing altered mental states which suppress symptoms. Evidence supporting the drug-centered model was presented and its clinical implications were discussed.