Psychiatric Imperialism: The Medicalisation of Modern Living
Depression: medicalising discontent
Schizophrenia: disguising social control
Reprinted from Soundings, issue 6, summer 1997, published by Lawrence and Wishart, London.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at University College London, department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science. I have published several critical reviews of psychiatric drug treatments, as well as papers on the history of psychiatry. I am a founder member and co chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network (web site: www.critpsynet.freeuk.com). This is a network of psychiatrists in the UK who challenge some of the orthodox thinking in psychiatry, especially the emphasis on the medical model of psychiatric disorder, and the link between psychiatry and coercion.