I think, and I'm not an expert by any means, that sometimes the risk is outweighed by the reward. If we're talking about true depression, suicidal thoughts & actions, then the risk of dependency has to be weighed against the risk of serious injury and death. That's why, when you're on these types of medications, it's important to maintain your relationship with your care provider, get regular bloodwork, and communicate effectively what's going on with that care provider. As far as side effects go, the truth is, tons of medications have tons of awful side effects. A lot more than people realize.