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At what point can a person stop taking anti depressants? 

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Anitdepressant stop

It depends on how many episodes of depression one has had lifetime (typically the more episodes, higher likelihood of relapse), the severity of them, difficulty at arriving at effective treatment, patient preference, side effects, expected impact of relapse (loss of job, loss of marriage, complicating serious co-existent medical problem), and adequacy of treatment (is there true remission or not.
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In brief: Anitdepressant stop

It depends on how many episodes of depression one has had lifetime (typically the more episodes, higher likelihood of relapse), the severity of them, difficulty at arriving at effective treatment, patient preference, side effects, expected impact of relapse (loss of job, loss of marriage, complicating serious co-existent medical problem), and adequacy of treatment (is there true remission or not.
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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

1 st episode take med for 9-12 months.
2nd recurrent 70% of recurrence if you stop med, 3rd recurrence about 90% recurrence if you stop med. I advice to stay on med for life if you you have a recurrence after stoping med on your 1st try of medication. It is a chronic condition (like allergies, diabetes, cholestero), quite common. Many sucessful people are drepressed. Why suffer. Take med it.

In brief: Depression

1 st episode take med for 9-12 months.
2nd recurrent 70% of recurrence if you stop med, 3rd recurrence about 90% recurrence if you stop med. I advice to stay on med for life if you you have a recurrence after stoping med on your 1st try of medication. It is a chronic condition (like allergies, diabetes, cholestero), quite common. Many sucessful people are drepressed. Why suffer. Take med it.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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