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Psych drugs kill vs Psych drugs save lives. What if both are true?

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firemonkee57

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I think with most drugs there will always be lives saved v lives lost due to allergic reactions/side effects. I am not sure the latter can ever be totally eliminated though efforts should be made to reduce the risk of fatalities.
I think there should be a ratio of lives saved/lives lost below which a drug shouldn't be used, or alternatively if lives lost exceeds a certain % then the drug shouldn't be used.
I think given human nature we are far more likely to hear stories of lives lost rather than lives saved through drugs.
 
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WonkaBar

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I dont understand how they think its safe to give suicidle people boxes and boxes of dangerous tablets all at once every month.

Its causes me bad thoughts when I see them in a green bag all together.

their is a lot to be said for struggling without them if you can.
 
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my gp said all i can say is the outlook is better on these drugs than off them, theres a cynical side to me who'd say drs and psychiatrists onlly see the casualtys of coming off they don't see the sucess stories, and the casualtys are very upsetting justifieing a psychiatrist in his opinion that using unethical ways to get people to take drugs is acceptable

But i've also seen litttle sucess stories and a lot of very upsettting failure stories in coming off meds, i don't know if off med neighbours should be evicted but those i've experienced i've felt it's unfair for a vulnerable person like me to have to handle
 
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I think the risks have to be weighed with the benefits, but I think that the main reason that doctors continue to prescribe medications is because they help people (at least some of the time, if not most of the time). I have gone through a lot of psychiatrists over my lifetime, and while some were better than others, I never felt like any of them would knowingly give me something they knew would harm me. They have always tried hard to help me while minimizing risks. In fact, because of my history of suicidal ideation they just don't prescribe me drugs that are dangerous to OD on. I could take my whole box of pills (which is a considerable amount) and still not die because the meds I am on are hard or impossible to OD on. I know that isn't possible for everyone, but my doctors know me and know that the risks of me having dangerous drugs outweighs the benefits. But for other drugs the benefits outweigh the risks.

Maybe meds are prescribed too often, but when someone is suffering and experiencing little help from things like therapy, drugs have to be considered as an option. I have a love/hate relationship with my drugs because of the side effects, but I stay on them because overall I have improved since being on them. And I feel like my doctor works well with me to help me be on as little medication as I need. Maybe it's just that not all doctors are as helpful as mine in that regard. I just think that for some people meds are a good option. But the risks vs. the benefits are different for everyone for every drug.
 
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