Our expert says:
Hi Mindful --- I'm really delighted to hear how well you have been doing --- congratulations ! And No, nobody gets adicted to the antidepressants, so what you fear will not happen. The reason we want people to stay on them for longer is so that the initially temporary chemical changes they produce, shifting us back from the chemistry of depression to the chemistry of normalcy, takes longer to become stable and , hopefully, permanent, and stopping to early risks a relapse, which is surely undesirable. And the fact that you can still wory about the ADS and anything else worth worrying about, is a reassuring sign of normalcy ! When you eventually go off them, the hope would be that you would remain well, like a ship that has been properly launched, and goes off on a cruise, rather than sinking again !
Paul's right, its longterm use of tranqullizers of the Valium family and its relatives, that can make one hooked.
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