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Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good or All Bad

To take or not to take psychiatric medicine? That is the question.

Far too many people answer yes and take meds they don’t really need for problems that would get better just with the passage of time and/or brief counseling. More than 20 percent of Americans are on at least one psychotropic drug (sometimes several), too often not for real mental disorders, but for transient emotional distress or for the demoralization that comes from difficult life circumstances.

When prescribed loosely, meds provide little benefit, risk harmful side effects, distract attention from solving the real life problems, and reduce people’s trust in their own resilience and the help they can receive…

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