What Is Critical Psychiatry?

  • Joanna Moncrieff
  • Sandra Steingard


Psychiatry has been a target of critique since its inception. In part, this is the reflection of changing paradigms. As new ideas rise to prominence, older ones are often discarded. Yet, the field seems subject to more persistent and serious critiques than other branches of medicine. The history of critical psychiatry from those both within and outside of the profession is reviewed. The concerns of the modern critical psychiatry movement are discussed and placed within context of other critics. This sets the stage for the book that follows – one that is intended to offer guidelines for the critical psychiatrist. The major themes of subsequent chapters are introduced.


Critical psychiatry History of psychiatry Antipsychiatry Postmodernism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Howard CenterBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.University of Vermont Larner College of MedicineBurlingtonUSA

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