Our expert says:
As you know, marijuana is not good for the brain, especiall if one has an existing significant problem like Bipolar Disorder. Check with SADAG ( number on this page ) as they should know which support groups are somewhere near you. TO treat depression well, only two approaches are shown to be really effective - counselling / therapy of the CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) form, and medication.
NObody would want you to be on medication for life or anyhow long-term UNNECESSARILY. Usually when one starts on an Antidepressant (AD ) it is wise to stay on it, once it has shown itself to be effective, for at least around 9 months, otherwise there's a raised risk of the depression coming back. And then the psychiatrist will advise on how to come off it gradually so as to remain well. If someone has had 3 significant episodes, though, it is usually considered wise to remain on the medication long-term - as the risk of further depressions would then be high without the meds, and repeated severe depresssions is worse than long-term medication.
Also, if one really has Bipolar Disorder, and there is the addded risk of High / manic episodes, it is often wise to take a mood stabolizing med like Lithium long term, to prevent or reduce such episodes.
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