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Depressed for 28 yrs, on anti depressants for 18 yrs

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Hi, I've been suffering with depression since i was 15 yrs old i am now 43 i have been to psychologists councillors, gps and social workers and 3 different meds, found one that was right for me tried to go off them 2 times in the past and relapses this will be my third attempt and i am afraid...
 

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I mean, if it works for you, you might not need to try to go off it? Some people stay on meds permanently..
 

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I mean, if it works for you, you might not need to try to go off it? Some people stay on meds permanently..
Hi Pandora and welcome. It does seem a bit confusing as to why you feel you need to get off a medication that works for you. I've been on Lexapro for over 20 years and wouldn't think about getting off while it still seems beneficial.
 

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Hi, I've been suffering with depression since i was 15 yrs old i am now 43 i have been to psychologists councillors, gps and social workers and 3 different meds, found one that was right for me tried to go off them 2 times in the past and relapses this will be my third attempt and i am afraid...
Welcome the the forum dear and thank you for sharing.
I have to agree with the others, if you found meds that help, don't go off of it. Its funny, but sometimes we think on meds, that we get well and feel well and everything is well, so i can stop the meds now and live my life. But the thing is, that we only feel well because the meds work.
I know it's hard to face the reality of having to maybe take meds for the rest of your life, but to be honest if you feel better, than it's a small price to pay, in my opinion.
 

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There is nothing wrong with taking meds! It shouldn't harm your health, and it doesn't mean you are broken or chronically a sufferer. You are a survivor of this horrible thing called depression, and that's it. You don't have to be off meds to be "healthy" again. You are healthy enough now, because you are ON the meds.
 

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Hi, I've been suffering with depression since i was 15 yrs old i am now 43 i have been to psychologists councillors, gps and social workers and 3 different meds, found one that was right for me tried to go off them 2 times in the past and relapses this will be my third attempt and i am afraid...
Hi Pandora. Could you give us an update on how you are doing?
 

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Hi, I've been suffering with depression since i was 15 yrs old i am now 43 i have been to psychologists councillors, gps and social workers and 3 different meds, found one that was right for me tried to go off them 2 times in the past and relapses this will be my third attempt and i am afraid...
How are you doing and how where the holidays for you?
 
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