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Re: Discontinuing antidepressants after remission desolationrower

Posted by emme on March 29, 2009, at 0:13:35

In reply to Re: Discontinuing antidepressants after remission, posted by desolationrower on March 28, 2009, at 23:11:02

> another way to look at it, i think one should stay on the med until you've changed the underlying stressor enough that your coping skills have become very habitual.

Ah, but what if the underlying stressor is purely biological? Coping skills are great to have, but what if they are completely swamped by the depression? What if underlying stressor is really only corrected by the proper medication?

I can only speak with certainty about my situation of course. But I have been through therapy, I exercise, I have wonderful friends, etc. I've done all the things one is supposed to do to help oneself. They're all good things to do. But without the right medication, I relapse.

I understand that some people believe that medication is an aid to use while they resolve the "real" and "underlying" (i.e. non-biological or psychosocial) cause of their depression. I have no doubt that for some people that is true. I also believe that there are others for whom medication really is the cure. Or at least the treatment that brings them into remission.

emme

 

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