Our expert says:
Actually, fortunately, there is absolutely no requirement on our profession to prescribe any drugs at all ! Mind you, I wish all of my colleagues remained fully aware of that. It's of course easier to write a quick prescription than to spend time listening to someone and trying to help them with words.
However, et's stick to facts. There is absolutely no way whatsoever that taking any antidepressants, even life-long, in any way depletes the body of any knwon nutrient to any extent whatsoever. Anyone who says otherwise is a dangerous quack, peddling their own remedies, competitively. I'm not saying the drugs should always be used, or that they have no side-efects, but loss of nutrients is NEVER an effect of them.
I appreciate your reluctance to feel dependent on popping medicines --- but I don't at all understand how it would be any better to be popping "natural" remedies instead, especially as none of them are actually natural ( that's just a word beloved of advertisers ) and there's precious little evidence that they're safe or effective.
if one doesn't need properly tested medical remedies, then one is better taking no pills at all.
Now, you may find psychotherapy / counselling ( talking therapy ) helpful, especally if it is of the Cognitive / CBT form, so think of that alternative, which is a genuine alternative.
I can't comment on the idea of "more intensive" therpay, without knowing exatly what you mean by that. Intensive CBT, seeing a psychologiost once a week would be more intensive and likely to help. But beware of dangerous quackeries like "Sleep Therapy" and "Regressive Hypnotherapy".
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