I had been on antidepressants for 12 years. A few months ago I went off my medicines to get an accurate reading on a sleep study. I felt ok for a while and then I sunk into such a sadness alternating with anxiety that I NEVER felt before medicine. My question is do you think eventually your body NEEDS medicine to not be depressed and your brain can't produce the chemicals it needs to function properly? I was 32 when I started; now almost 46. I asked my doctor and he denied it and said as you get older, people tend to get worse, and that it's age. Did anyone else have that experience?