Our expert says:
Hey, Synic ! Compared with some of my colleagues, this is a mild bunch !
As for your question, it varies. In some of us, we have a single nasty attack of Depression, a single course of meds, and we stay fine. In others, there are repeated attacks, as if the chemical imbalance remains unsable, and after 2 or 3 such episodes of depression, it's generally recommended that we stay on the antidepressant long-term. Alternatively, one can stay off the drugs while well, but would have to remain very vigilant to recognize early signs of a new period of depression, so as to start the meds again.
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