In general, the term psychotropic medication is interchangeable with the terms psychoactive and/or psychotherapeutic medications, since all three terms are used to describe chemical elements that work principally on the central nervous system. In all cases, these medications change one's perception of time, awareness of external reality, and behavior. While the drugs were created for specific purposes, they are used frequently as a means of recreation.

Since psychotropics cause an individual to experience changes in perception and frame of mind, which are often seen as enjoyable, many psychotropics are misused, as people can tend to take more than they should, regardless of the potential dangers. With continued abuse, the individual could develop a physical dependency on the drug, making it harder to stop. ...

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