Our expert says:
I have no idea what sort of "tests" are being spoken of here, as none are recognized by experts in this situation. Some people, especially after 2 or 3 episodes of definite depression may indeed be advised to remain on antidepressants ( ADs ) long-term. And if there is a real depression, then one ought to remain on them for at least 6 to 9 months before stopping, to increase the chances of remaining well after an eventual gradual reduction of them. The only form of "talking" about Depression that has been properly shown to be useful and effective is CBT, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, which may suit you. And if the depression has not fully lifted after a month or more on a particular AD, it is wise to seem a re-assessment by a psychiatrist to consider whether a different medication might suit you better
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