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Can a person with depression be dependant for life to antidepressants? If that's the case what other threatments can be worth trying?
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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
If there is a family history of endogenous depression possibly but so much depression os exogenous that is caused by something many people can dosomethig to help themselves through change of job, couseling, medications, new friends, relationships etc many times change helps give a new perspective on life.

In brief: Possibly
If there is a family history of endogenous depression possibly but so much depression os exogenous that is caused by something many people can dosomethig to help themselves through change of job, couseling, medications, new friends, relationships etc many times change helps give a new perspective on life.
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depression
The majority of my patients who have initially taken anti depressants are no longer in need of these medications.
Once you learn how to view your elf differently and more accurately they may not be needed. Best.

In brief: Depression
The majority of my patients who have initially taken anti depressants are no longer in need of these medications.
Once you learn how to view your elf differently and more accurately they may not be needed. Best.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but not usually
If a person has > 3 clear bouts of major depression, american psychiatric association guidelines suggest lifelong medication to prevent further episodes.
But that doesn't mean it's always needed; many psychiatrists may still carefully observe without meds to see if they're still needed. Psychotherapy is definitely worth trying if the alternative is staying on antidepressants forever.

In brief: Yes, but not usually
If a person has > 3 clear bouts of major depression, american psychiatric association guidelines suggest lifelong medication to prevent further episodes.
But that doesn't mean it's always needed; many psychiatrists may still carefully observe without meds to see if they're still needed. Psychotherapy is definitely worth trying if the alternative is staying on antidepressants forever.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and yes
Ssri the most common meds for depression do not cause addition, like desire to achieve a high, neglect other activity, drug seeking.
..But if stopped abrupty can have some withdrawal symptoms-- ask about other option light therapy, councelling, social groups, talk therapy, exercise, etc and many self help activities.

In brief: Yes and yes
Ssri the most common meds for depression do not cause addition, like desire to achieve a high, neglect other activity, drug seeking.
..But if stopped abrupty can have some withdrawal symptoms-- ask about other option light therapy, councelling, social groups, talk therapy, exercise, etc and many self help activities.
Dr. Gamal Boutros
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes Needed
I would be careful about the use of the word "dependence.
" usually this term refers to substances that induce a condition that makes a person want to continue using the substance. In the case of antidepressants, a person is already depressed and medication is used for treatment. Some people need chronic treatment, but the medicine did not cause a "dependency.".

In brief: Sometimes Needed
I would be careful about the use of the word "dependence.
" usually this term refers to substances that induce a condition that makes a person want to continue using the substance. In the case of antidepressants, a person is already depressed and medication is used for treatment. Some people need chronic treatment, but the medicine did not cause a "dependency.".
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
All the alternatives mentioned can be helpful, but some depressions are also genetic.
If you have only one episode of depression, you have a 50:50 chance of having another. If you have 2 episodes the risk rises to 75%. If you have 3 episodes, the risk is just to great to take a chance. Each episode is devastating and each risks death.

In brief: Yes
All the alternatives mentioned can be helpful, but some depressions are also genetic.
If you have only one episode of depression, you have a 50:50 chance of having another. If you have 2 episodes the risk rises to 75%. If you have 3 episodes, the risk is just to great to take a chance. Each episode is devastating and each risks death.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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