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It is up to the patient ultimately to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. If someone is the type of person to sit back and let a doctor write them prescriptions without investigating their use and risks, then that is unfortunate that they allow that to happen. If you don't understand what is being given to you, it would be smart to find someone who can look into this for you (a family member or friend, that is).
There are such things as appropriate drugs and dosages for certain conditions. Go with the smallest effective dose.
Originally posted by allenidaho
Also, approximately 25% of the population in the United States actually needs the anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs they are taking. There are a lot of genuine mental conditions out there that require these medications. Without them, the results could be disasterous.