Is it true that once you start antidepressants, you will never come off of them?


It is true that antidepressants are used as a long-term treatment option for some people diagnosed with depression. Psychotherapy, which is often prescribed along with antidepressants, can help you learn strategies to cope with any challenges you are facing. As you get more skilled at coping, it is possible to wean yourself off of antidepressants. However, if your depression is a result of imbalances in your brain chemistry, you may keep taking antidepressants indefinitely. Consider that this is similar to taking high blood pressure medications. If you can control your high blood pressure with lifestyle adjustments then you may not need long-term medications for blood pressure management. If, however, your high blood pressure is caused by genetic or biological factors, you may need to stay on a long-term course of medication. 

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Jennifer Vander Zalm

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