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Ghost79

Stopped Taking Meds

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After 6 years i stopped taking meds but now 2 months has passed and i have never been so down and hurting inside, is this because my mind got used to the meds? And if so will i be able to keep deppresion better at bay as time passes by?

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Many people have to continue meds indefinitely to keep their depression under control. It's hard to say if you will get any better on your own, but if you've "never been so down and hurting inside", then I think you should consider starting meds again.

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Actually meds help with serotonin levels that determine how you feel mentally. Without the AD's you were taking, the serotonin levels drop down and lead you back to depression. Most people cannot get themselves out of depression without help. I think you should pay your GP or pdoc a visit and let them know how you are doing off meds. Do not get discouraged if you have to take AD's on a long-term basis (I will be taking meds for the rest of my life) to remain depression free.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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Hi Ghost!

You know you have a very valid question. I often wondered that too. Because I took the meds so long, my brain has come to rely on them, so after being in balance for so long with meds, it can carry on being in balance without the meds. I would ask my doctor about that and let us know what he says.

I can tell you this from my experience. I was on Paxil for 10 years. Decided hey maybe we got on track now and my brain can carry on its own normally and in balance. I did taper off.

I went thru the worst depression ever!!!!! It lasted 8 months. So, that should have been enough time to get straight. But no, and it was bad!!! Only this time, meds werent working for me. It took many tries of meds to get me out of the depression because it was so severe. My pdoc hung in there with me trying different ones. Finally.........a combination worked!!!! I know I could not have waited much longer. Life had no meaning.

Now I am ME again!!! If it takes meds to keep my chemistry in balance for life, so be it!! I am so very grateful he was able to find something that worked. Just wanted to share that with you. :hearts: Hang in there and see your doc!!! Let us know how it goes!!! Best Wishes!!!

Gentle Sun

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I stopped taking my meds after years at one point also. I only recently started up again because the zoloft was working and I neede something different. I'm also a diabetic. The reason I'm telling you that if I stop taking meds for that I'll get real sick and .....well you get the picture. Like a diabetic you may need to take the med the rest of your life. I know the pain of depression all to well and if you helps you out of this darkness you feel don't stop. I also believe seeking help like talking to somone is also half the help. Hope that helps.

Steve

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