Our expert says:
A psychologist has important areas of expertise, but medication is NOT one of them, so listen to your psychiatrist. Generally, with one's first depression ( or something like Ouma's Panic Attacks ) one may respond well to proper treatment ( which should be continued for at least 6 to 9 months, to reduce the risk of relapse ) and may then remain well. Some folks are lucky enough to have only a single attack of depression, maybe 2 at most. But it is generally accepted specialist agreement that if one has had 3 or more significant episodes of Depression, the likelihood of further episodes is high, and it is adviseable to remain on the medicines long-term, potentially for life.
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