Originally Posted by depressed
i know people who have been on 80 mg so 60 mg isn't the highest dose. i also have a friend who has been on antidepressants for years and i mean years and she will probably have to take it for the rest of her life. i think there are a lot of people who have to take it for most of their life once they found the right one. do i want to be one of those people? no, but i think if you are lucky enough to have found a med that works for you, you should stick with it until you get to the point where you are stable and know you can safely go off your meds and be ok. i still haven't found a drug that works for me and i'm one of those people who absolutely hates taking drugs b/c i think it messes me up even more but it's like i'm already so messed up does it really matter anymore?
omg, aren't you terrified about having to go on medication for the rest of your life? I know I am, but am sad to say that I may be one of those people.
I STILL don't get how people "go off their meds once stable". What if they're people that naturally have a "deficiency" in serotonin causing the depression and so can never have a choice of going off even when "stable" - or does it actually come to a point where your "resources" are refilling on their own good enough that you don't have to take them anymore?
This has always been a question on my mind, when I read people with depression who say they go off after about a year and a half because they are "stable" - but as for me it's always been worries n oc issues since a kid, so I do get the point that yea, it's probably 'rest of my life' for me.. but it's just been a question in a mind.
Sometimes (not to be biased), but I feel it's so unfair that those people have depression alone, and not other issues like social anxiety to deal with, and can just go off the meds once they are coping well, because their serotonin stores depleting are not that main problem.