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Re: Is Becoming Med Free a Reality? Buckeye Fan

Posted by SLS on October 23, 2009, at 5:47:28

In reply to Is Becoming Med Free a Reality?, posted by Buckeye Fan on October 20, 2009, at 10:18:11

> Just wanting some opinions gang....after 10-15 years of using an AD and a Benzo....is there any hope I could become med free ?
>
> Would my system eventually return to it's pre-med state?

I imagine you will have some people encouraging you to either stop or maintain drug treatment based upon their own experiences or the opinions they have developed over time for various reasons.

I would say that it is possible to discontinue medications and remain well, especially if the medications have been taken for over a year and are tapered gradually. However, there is always the danger that if one goes on to relapse, returning to the same drugs will be rendered ineffective. It is a gamble. However, one can get a better idea of what to bet on based upon their diagnosis and case history.

- What is your current diagnosis or symptom cluster?

- How old were you when your depression emerged?

- How many episodes of depression did you have before starting your current medication regime?

- How long were you continuously depressed for before starting treatment?

- Is there any family history of mental illness?


- Scott

 

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