Andrea Ucini’s illustration on the danger of taking psychotropic drugs pictures a drug capsule as a bomb. Ucini notes those who take psychotropics hope they’re taking a drug with the lowest risk.
People take drugs with the expectation they’ll be therapeutic and alleviate symptoms. No one wants to take drugs with rapid onset, debilitating side effects, or difficult withdrawal symptoms.
Many psychiatric drugs provide symptomatic relief, but cause disabling long-term effects. In some cases, Ucini notes, “Effects can be permanent.”