From Mad in Brasil: In this interview, Dr. Joanna Moncrieff talks about the theme of her lecture – The past and future of psychiatry and its drugs . In general terms, the message is that the role of psychiatry has predominantly been to ‘medicalize’ psychological problems and psychological distress. The issue of psychiatric drugs is highlighted throughout the interview, as the psychopharmacological treatment is based on a false idea that the medication acts on a supposed biological basis of the mental disorder. Dr. Joanna questions whether it is justifiable for psychological problems and psychological distress to be treated in the healthcare system’s assistance devices, as is the current practice.
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