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Re: Remission from depression .. myth? reality?

Posted by EastC on August 31, 2010, at 12:42:43

In reply to Re: Remission from depression .. myth? reality?, posted by emme on August 29, 2010, at 14:49:33

As someone who has had major depression which was manageable without medication during childhood and then became severe enough to need antidepressants over the past decade I can say that from my experience I will never be able to live a normal life without them. I have tried going without antidepressants at least a dozen times or more - all at different time points and for different lengths of time. Each time, I relapsed into a deep depression that never lifted until I went back on them. I view depression as a progressive neurodegenerative disease that can be arrested but never cured (similar to parkinsons). I think each individual that suffers from clinical depression is at a different stage of this - hence why some can go without antidepressants for certain lengths of time, appearing to be in remission before relapsing back into it. Those on the severe end will never experience even a temporary remission when off their antidepressant(s). Just my two cents ..




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