Treatment Options Millions of people around the world suffer from some form of depression. If you are diagnosed, there are many options available for treatment. There are a wide variety of both therapeutic and pharmaceutical interventions that your doctor may recommend depending on your specific set of symptoms, history, etc.
Typical Concerns If you are diagnosed and recommended to take medication, you may worry that you will have to take medication for the rest of your life. You may worry that you will become dependent on it. You may worry about taking pills in general. While it is true that some people do take antidepressants for many, many years, equal numbers of people also only take antidepressants for a period of time. Every person and situation is different. You should plan to discuss any and all concerns directly with your provider. You should also make sure that you have a provider whom you feel comfortable discussing your concerns with.
Things to Consider When Stopping Medication The decision to stop taking any psychiatric medication should always be made in collaboration with your mental health providers to reduce risk for negative side effects or a re-emergence of your symptoms. Read this great article on important things to consider when making the decision to stop taking your depression medication.