I am taking citalopram 40 MG, wellbutrin 150 MG, and oxcarbazepine 450 MG. I am 21, and back in high school junior year, after a break up, I fell into depression, and I talked to my mom and she said depression runs in the family some so it may be hereditary and the break up may have triggered that gene inside me. I was put on pristiq and did good. At the end of first semester freshman year college, I had another break down, with a lot of anxiety aND depressionot which led to these meds. The trigger I guess was just being away from home. My question, I think I am ready to go off my medications, I have been on them for over a year. Alongside counseling, is it possible that my brain may have fixed the chemical imbalance and I'm able to come off the medications? I fear that because my depression may have been hereditary it would be harder to go off medication? I want to go off though because I feel and have felt happy.
To Jacob CHRI 42
It "MIGHT" be a good time to come off your antidepressants if first the medication you use to take for depression worked well.
However, instead of stopping or cutting back on the med's right away it would be best to speak with your doctor or better yet make an appointment with he or she. Reevaluate "what the med's use to do for you" vs how you feel now?
Then make a step by step plan with your doctor.
Take daily notes on what med's you took that day and what kind of activities you were or were not able to accomplish.
Next time you see your doctor give them the notebook and let them make any medication changes they see fit.
Best of luck to you.
I suffered with depression for 30 years. Im in my fifthies now. It runs in my family too. Last time was the worst! So psychiatrist told me i had to take medication for the rest of my life. So this stops occuring. I found what works for me finally! Im happy and depression free now!
You can certainly try it, but do make sure you taper off slowly under a doctor's care. Just be aware that your depression may come back, and that you may have to continue to take antidepressants. I have had to accept that this is the case in my situation. There are a lot of things you can do, though, to help keep depression at bay.
Hi, Jacob! I agree with arabian in that with a familial history of depression you may have inhertited the *gene*. Coming off antidepressants can cause a terrible rebound depression.
Try tapering off under your doctor's supervision and just be alert to signs of a returning depression. Then it's just a matter of starting a med again which contrary to popular belief is not a bad thing.
BTW, these medications don't *fix* or *cure* chemical imbalances in the brain ~ they manage the symptoms.
Best wishes and good luck to you! Wildcat
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Updated 16 Feb 2017 • 7 answers
Updated 13 Feb 2017 • 1 answer
Updated 27 Aug 2017 • 3 answers
Updated 30 Apr 2018 • 2 answers
Updated 27 Oct 2018 • 2 answers