Our expert says:
How great to hear how fully you feel you have recovered, and how well you have been doing. Zoloft, like other ADs can indeed be very helpful in dealing with a depression. But among the benefits you have enjoyed are many - such as confidence and clearer mind, which you have achieved on your own, as they are not effects of the drug itself. Congratulations - and iot means that you really should not lose such benefits when you stop the medication.
If this was your first episode of major depression, then it is likely, as the odds would be in your favour, that you could gradually withdraw the drug without losing the benefits and returning to depression. If the symptoms did begin to return significantly, you could simply resume the drug and return to being well again.
Its only after around 3 episodes of majo depression that it is generally recommended that one remain on such medication indefinitely.
Weight gained, always needs to be lost the same way - by a sensible diet and exercise programm and this should be practical for you.
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