Some people have a preference to not be prescribed medication.
There are some conditions that respond well to medication and others that do not. For a number of conditions, the evidence suggests that a combination of medication and psychotherapy is more effective than medication alone or psychotherapy alone.
No person is coerced into taking medication and their right to decide in their own best interests is respected. However, people can only decide in their own best interests if they are aware of the evidence regarding respective treatments for their condition.
The practice of evidence-based psychiatry ensures that appropriate treatment modalities target the patient’s specific condition.