When the drugs don’t work

Harper, David J. (2002) ‘When the drugs don’t work’, Open Mind, 114, p. 8.

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It is clear that medication for mental health difficulties does not produce anything like a cure.1 Taking medication is no guarantee that one will never relapse or experience a symptom again. This poses a problem for the over optimism of some biological psychiatrists. I became interested in responses to this problem during some research2 in which I interviewed users of psychiatric services, GPs, psychiatrists and CPNs. Throughout these interviews I encountered the same common explanations for why medication hadn't worked: the patient is a non-responder; is chronic; is on too low/high a dose; is on the wrong drug/too many different kinds of drugs; has not been compliant with their medication; has been wrongly diagnosed; some of the patient's problems are due to manipulative behaviour; there are odd exceptions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Harper, D.J. (2002) ‘When the drugs don’t work’. Open Mind, 114, pp.8.
Divisions: Schools > Psychology, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 16:59
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2013 13:49
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1161

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