Our expert says:
Some antidepressants cause bad dreams in some people, but this effect, if this is what happened, should be over by now. Discus this with your psychiatrist. For instance, some of the older antidepressants can also help to reduce stomach acid. You need a really experienced psychiatrist to take all of the different factors into account. For instance, quite a number of meds can cause an increase in dreams, including some used to treat heart and other problems ; and some people experience bad dreams after major heart surgery.
As for how long one needs to be taking an antidepressant, it depends, for a first episode, maybe 9 months, then a gradual reduction and you might remain well, If its a second, and even more if its a third episode, most psychiatrists would recommend staying on the antidepressants long-ter,.
Personally, in a situation like yours, I would ask about someone who can treat your depression and other symptoms with CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) a form of psychotherapy ( talking therapy ) which is sensible and business-like, and effective in treating depression ( as effective as antidepressants ) and helping you to gain control of such symptoms
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