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In my opinion, the problem is that the profession sometimes gives in to pressure from the patients regarding prescribing drugs. Even though the patient may not require drugs to cure a condition, he or she expects the doctor to order some type of drug to 'cure' them. Some professionals solve this by ordering placebo pills which have no effect on the patient, but would serve as 'peace of mind' that their condition will be cured. Others order actual drugs, which might cause more harm than good in the form of side effects. Very interesting analysis in this article. A member of my family was ordered pills in the past when she didn't really need them and psychiatric sessions would have solved the problem. She ended up becoming addicted to the pills and couldn't stop taking them.

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