Our expert says:
Generally, if a true chemical depression has been properly diagnosed according to proper internationally accepted criteria, it is the consensus of experts that one should remain on an antidepressant for at least 9 months or more. This is in part because the underlying chemical processes can continue even after one symptomatically improves while on the meds, and stopping earlier will increase the chances of a relapse.
Now, after a highly upsetting experience such as you had, one may be highly distressed and sad, without necessarily having a Major Depressive Illness, and may recover quicker, whether or not one is taking an antidepressant.
Counselling, especially of the CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) format can help in both situations, to help you recover and grow stronger and better able to cope.
A re-assessment of the diagnosis, probably best in the form of a second opinion, will help. And maybe add a marriage counsellor to the process you describe of working things out together, to increase the chances of achieving this in a lasting way
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