Opinions differ on psychotropic drugs. Many people take them by prescription when they are mentally ill and get a lot of benefit from it. Others categorically reject any drug in this class. In general, there is a lot of ignorance or half-knowledge about the materials, and discussions about them are often dominated by various myths. But these misunderstandings also create fear, especially among the people who depend on them. Therefore, DER STANDARD initiated a health forum on the topic of psychotropic drugs. Psychiatrist Edda Winkler-Pjrek from Med-Uni Vienna explains exactly how psychotropic drugs work and when they can be used, and answers specific questions from readers.