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In this photo taken Aug. 13, 2011, Jean Lynch, right, spends time with her mother Hazel Eng, 89, at the Ecumen nursing home in North Branch, Minn. As part of the facility's Awakenings program, Eng was taken off the powerful antipsychotics she was taking, and now beams as she ambles the hallways, reads the newspaper, tells stories and constantly laughs.

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Day after day, Hazel Eng sat on her couch, a blank stare on her face. The powerful antipsychotics she was taking often cloaked her in sedation. And when they didn't, the 89-year-old lashed out at her nursing home's aides with such anger and frequency her daughter wondered if her mother would be better off dead.

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