Our expert says:
Some of us do well while on an antidepressant and relapse into depression when it is withdrawn. The best international guidelines I read in recent years agreed that if one has had three relapses ( and some would say even two ) one should then probably remain on antidepressant medication long-term, even permanently, if this enables one to function normally. And yet again, I recommend proper Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) counselling which can help one control and cope with Depression, and can be as effective as antidepressant medication, and has lasting benefits.
And as Just Me suggests, be sure you are seeing a good local psychiatrist rather than a GP --- Gps can handle many basic Depressions, but when the problem is chronic, recurring, complex or severe, one ought to see only a specialist psychiatrist
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