Our expert says:
Its wise, with many antidepresants, to come off them gradually rather than abruptly. But if she has had a single episode of Depression and has been clear for some time, she is probably gaining nothing by continuing to take them superstitiously. If one has had 3 or more episodes of Depression, or frequent episodes, a good psychiatrist may well recommend staying on the medication long-term. Those who do, don't seem to experience any particular bad effects from remaining on them ( though of course there is an unnecessary cost if the drugs truly are not needed ). ADs are not addictive, but because the body adjusts to their presence, the gradual withdrawal of them is recommended to reduce side-effects of rapid removal of the drug.
If she is unsure of whether or not she would benefit from remaining on them, she should see a psychiatrist for an assessment and opinion on this. If the doc who recommended she withdraw from them now is a psychiatrist, she should accept his advice
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