Critical Psychiatry Network

Critical Psychiatric NetworkThe Critical Psychiatry Network (CPN) is a network primarily for psychiatrists, psychiatric trainees and medical students with an interest in psychiatry.  We work mainly though the website and the mailing list.

On the site you will find papers and documents written by members of the Critical Psychiatry Network in response to consultation documents from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in England (NICE). You will also find responses to documents from other organisations, including the British Government’s consultation process that lead to the 2008 amendment to the 1983 Mental Health Act.

There is also an extensive list of members’ publications. You can download many of these from our site, but some articles are links to other sites. There are also sections for news, a forum for discussion, and news of events that may be of interest.

We encourage sympathetic non psychiatrists to join the Hearing Voices Network at http://www.hearing-voices.org/.

We also strongly recommend Duncan Double’s Critical Psychiatry Blog  at http://criticalpsychiatry.blogspot.com/

Further information about Critical Psychiatry can be found on the Wikipedia site.

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19 thoughts on “Critical Psychiatry Network

  1. Please can someone tell me HOW I CAN LOCATE A CRITICAL PSYCHIATRIST in the UK where I could go with my adult autistic son who is being bombarded with unnecessary medication which we need to counter. This is a desperate plea for the help & advice which is proving elusive. Thanks…

    • Dear Julia,
      it is very difficult for psychiatrists to see people from other areas. For starters I always suggest that people ask around (e.g. other service users and carers) to see if there is a psychiatrist in the local service who would give a sensible and sympathetic opinion. Best of luck.

    • Don’t touch harmful ‘medication’ drugs with a bargepole any permanent damage will be systematically denied. He may be temporarily calmer but then stress hormone balance will be even worse. I have been in all the child mental hospitals special needs schools and now volunteer among kids with Autism which is actually very similair I think they use the same ‘medication’ drugs. The doctors used to bribe my mum with ‘if we do this now maybe one day he will be able to have an adult life’ I have no adult life now all taken from me I can’t even tell you what it was like but the damage only got worse after the cold turkey it’s been 5 years gps say I legitimately have 20 ‘separate’ physical problems that I should take more drugs for. Yeah right! I wish god could save me

      • Thanks for response. I continue to fight for my son because I feel he is locked in a web of lies & nobody believes how negatively my son has been affected by years of antipsychotics: instead those ‘in command’ assume this is the way he has always been, which is infuriating, because the lively, quirky, yet essentially balanced person I remember has morphed into a person whose mental equilibrium is frail, & worst of all, he is tortured by the hearing of voices, something comparatively recently acquired & a curse on his life which he never ever had before the unremitting use of antipsychotics, prescribed by a blinkered old-school psychiatrist who refuses to budge.
        Now in his forties, Andrew, Asperger’s-autistic, (& not his real name) has acquired both bladder & bowel problems which gastro-enterologists have inferred are largely medication-led. Intuition told me that these drugs were gradually changing Andrew, so when I read Joanna Moncrieff’s ‘The Bitterest Pills’ & all those intuitions were confirmed before my eyes in black & white, I felt shocked to the core.
        I would do anything to be able to spring Andrew out of this – to me – unethical insistence on toxic drugs which have done nothing but adversely affect him. Why is there not a national outcry? Someone should instigate a campaign which spreads the word loud & clear that many patients utterly fail to benefit from antipsychotics; worse than this, they are actually made far more long-term mentally ill. A system that allows this to happen is a disgrace & needs exposing. If anyone can help me in my fight please get in touch.

  2. My husband was misdiagnosed and put on Seroquel and Thorazine for 6 years. He is now off them for 2 years and cant sleep and has constant debilitating racing thoughts. We are at the end of our rope. He is taking sleep meds right now but his sleep is off and on. Is there a Dr. who can help my husband? One who understands the lasting after affects of going off these and can help? We are in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
    Thank you.

  3. I too live in the USA. I’d like to join the group “hearing voices” but I don’t hear voices, though I subscribe to anti-psychiatry. I was diagnosed, have been taking meds for some time, and have withdrawn from about 60% of my last neuroleptic. I now fault my life’s persist trials on these drugs, as I’m more clear then I’ve been before, however still suffer from withdrawal and effects that the drugs gave me. They are neurotoxins.
    Dr. Moncreiff, I am at a crossroads. I’ve seen Peter Breggin in Ithaca, NY, though he was unable or unwilling to help me with my withdrawal (5 sessions), he advised to maintain a loving relationship and keep growing. I have great admiration for him and his life’s work, though in our therapy, we weren’t conducive for one another. I still have insomnia and can’t find a good holistic doctor to help me. I expect my symptoms from the drugs over 29 years will persist for years, perhaps until I pass from this world.
    Can you offer me any advise about detox, med withdrawal (other than the pace needs to be excruciatingly slow). Do you think chelation therapy detox is a good idea or not?

  4. Where can I find information about the ‘booster’ effect supposedly provided by lithium on my antidepressant (Amitriptyline). I have now read that the serotonin imbalance theory is rubbish, so what does lithium is exactly supposing to boost? Thank you.

    • There is no ‘booster’ effect. There are some randomised trials showing that lithium marginally improves depression rating scale scores in people who have not responded to antidepressants alone. There are many possible explanations for this, including publication bias and psychological effects, and differences are small, in any case. Suggestions about what lithium might be doing in this situation are speculative.

      • Thank you Joanna for replying. The ‘booster effect’ is what my psychiatrist told me lithium would do. The other day, he told me that he could start me on an antipsychotic (at low dose) to also ‘boost’ my antidepressant. I told him that I won’t go near an antipsychotic in any shape or form, after my very distressing experience with Quetiapine. Some years back, my French GP had told me not to touch this class of drugs even with a barge pole, so I now understand what he meant.
        I have started reading your book (The myth of the chemical cure) which is enlightening. Yesterday evening I checked the leaflet included in my box of Amitriptyline and it says: ‘These medicines [tricyclic antidepressant drugs] alter the levels of chemicals in the brain to relieve the symptoms of depression.’ (Actavis). So despite the (lack of) evidence, the chemical imbalance is still officially used by pharmaceutical companies…

  5. Hi Joanna Moncrieff . What do you have to say concerning this new release of BBC News tonight . Already explained some years ago & modern times critical psychiatrist members saying that there were mistakes with peoples lives that were obviously messed up to the limit of Death . THOUGH . is this a breakthrough or yet another what is said to be an Accident of History with obvious controlled & wasted lives . CLICK . http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone?rewindTo=current . PLEASE if could check this Research do give answers . Thank You

  6. Hi Joanna Moncrieff . Sadly for reasons beyond my own control I have been re – detained . That . OBVIOUSLY . could have been avoided with my genuine Father around to stop my subjectively damaging Mother pushing me into psychiatry almost 30 years ago .

    Greater issues explained via . CLICK . http://www.patientprotect-health.org.uk
    Twitter Panel

    What research has been made to find . Why . Some of the psychiatric patients commit issues of self harm . Then . Would healing & somewhat genuine self belief and self value psychology help if supported with progress classes .

    Have you any ideas of what would help the psychiatric patients with these health care needs .

    Please do relay any practical and genuine ideas .

    Thank You Mega

    Gaz

  7. Hi Joanna Moncrieff . Hope the Trinity Uni Conference at LEEDS could be available via the Critical Psychiatry Network . LINK .

    A few psychiatric patients . Computer & Mobile . websites were established some with help of psychiatric patients & families of psychiatric patients .

    CLICK . http://www.mental-patient-stories.org.uk

    CLICK . http://www.mental-institutions.org.uk

    CLICK . http://www.mindfreedom.uk

    Please take note of the issues with . Health Problems & Tragic Life Chances . for some of our People .

    WHY ?

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