A member asked:

Does coming off antidepressants cause you to lose it's benefits? will you gain your anxiety or depression back? if so, why do we take them?

8 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Leatrice Brooks answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Yes: Psychotropic medications help reduce psychological symptoms. They do not fix the problems that are causing the symptoms. Ideally, people who need meds also work with a mental health professional to learn how to deal with the issues causing the symptoms. Doing so can reduce or eliminate the need for meds. In those cases, people are better able to handle emotions on their own.

Answered 6/24/2016

1.2k views

Thank
Dr. Bernard Seif answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Getting off psych: meds. You need to learn strategies to cope w/anxiety or depression or the symptoms can flare again. Cognitive therapy is one way. See "Feeing Good" by David Burns for some self-help. Peace and good health. In Chinese medicine we say "Treat the root, not only the branch."

Answered 10/15/2017

1.2k views

Thank
Dr. Michelle King answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

It can happen: But not in everyone. Weaning off is an individual decision based upon your psych history, symptoms, family history, etc. If you have trouble weaning off, it's probably not a good idea, but many patients who have resolution of their symptoms are able to do so. Patients begin the meds because their illness is impairing their social/occupational functioning.

Answered 6/7/2017

1.2k views

Thank

Related Questions