Our expert says:
There is absolutely nothing "natural" hich is useful for Depression, other than CBT ( Conitive-Behaviour Therapy ) --- most products sold as "natural" are both unnatural and unhelpful. The only herbal product with mild antidepressant properties is St John's Wort, and it's actual activity seems to work in very much the same was as prozac and cilift. Cilift is an antidepressant, useful in managing an acute or chronic depression, and, like all other ADs, doesn't act against the mood swings of a true Bipolar Disorder ( if this was indeed properly diagnosed ). SO if you are only taking Cilift, you are on medication for depression, which might help to prevent a recurrence of depression, but this is not medication for Bipolar Disorder as such.
YOu know it would be wise to discuss this siuation with your prescribing doctor, but you announce that you don't want to do that --- if there has been no recurrence of depression in the 4 years, it may well be fine to come of the medication, and your doc can advise you ( depending on the atual dose ) how to come off it gradually, such as halving the dose every 3 days.
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