It's to keep people stabilized. They usually seem to be a little bit too liberal with these medications, and they basically hand them out to any patient, even if they don't necessarily need them. As much as I would love to see psych wards where only some people are on drugs, it's kind of the way that it has to be. If someone has Schizophrenia, and is not thinking straight, then you definitely want to give them something. Even if someone is going through extreme anxiety, you would also want to give them something, especially if they ask for it. Same goes for depression, especially if the person is suicidal. Benzos messed with my head though when I first took them, and they intoxicated me (which I thought was strange). I loved them, but I would have become addicted to them if I continued taking them. This is why patients need to be honest with their doctors about the effects of their medications. I was honest with my doctors, and now I have meds that work for me, and a clearer idea of my diagnosis. I had to try out different medications, and experience a three week hospital stay, but it was worth it to get my moods under control. Not every drug they give you is going to necessarily be right for you as an individual, but they are meant to help.