I have been taking Lexapro 10mg for approximately 5 and a half years I was originally prescribed Prozac but decided it wasn't working for me and moved to Lexapro after 6 months. I was originally prescribed anti-depressants to treat anxiety/ depression symptoms when attending therapy sessions.

For the past 3 years I have felt I no longer need the drug as I am happy and content with little / no symptoms. About 4 years ago I tried to wean off Lexapro under doctor supervision and had an emotional crisis of sorts (this may have been due to the placebo" type effect I had in my head, where if I go off the drug it's all going to be terrible..) Subsequently I have never stopped taking the drug/ or lowered my dose.

I am wondering what people's experiences have been like of lowering the dosage / weaning off the drug completely - what type of side effects would I likely encounter if I have my next prescription issued for 5mg or if I decide to inform my GP I wish to wean off the drugs?

I am conscious that I do not "need" this drug, but because I have been on it for so long I am concerned about coming off it, will I be a different person etc..

Also do people have any opinions on long term usage antidepressants?