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Re: Discontinuing antidepressants after remission emme

Posted by SLS on March 29, 2009, at 11:01:15

In reply to Re: Discontinuing antidepressants after remission desolationrower, posted by emme on March 29, 2009, at 0:13:35

> > 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?

Yes. Even well-adjusted, functional, self-actualized individuals can be stricken by biological brain disorders such as MDD or BD. For these people, it is the illness itself that creates the aberrant affect and mental processes that so greatly warp perceptions. If the individual is treated quickly and successfully, very little psychological damage has been done, and one can just pick up where they left off. However, affective disorders can leave many psychological disturbances in their wake. If prolonged, disturbances might require psychotherapy to resolve, despite the successful achievement of remission.

- Scott




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