Good on you for wanting to help your partner. That is so good and thank you for sharing.
Very good questions you've asked. There are quite a number of different threads in the forums about the same question which you might find useful. Try doing a search for:
- stopping medication
- medication discontinuation
Also browse through the threads under the Supporting family and friends with a mental health condition (carers)
One of the major things is - it depends on the medication your partner is taking. I think the consensus is, coming of meds is best done under the guidance of a doctor. The symptoms of withdrawal in some instances can be significant. So care is needed in how a reduction is done.
Some of your other questions:
Being prepare and supportive - Have a look at the thread Are you supporting a depressed partner? My tips from 18 years experience. You can find this under Supporting family and friends with a mental health condition (carers) forum.
what are your experiences of weaning off them. Were you successful? How long did it take? How do you manage depression/anxiety without the meds? I think all the answers to these questions can be found by browsing and looking at some of the others experiences. For myself, I've just reduced my AD's to half of what I was on. So far, so good. My aim is to totally come off, but not sure at the moment. Feeling okay as is, have energy, motivation and inspiration. A bit frightened to come completely off.
Hope some of this helps LeeA. You're not alone. Take care of yourself too. It's important that you do.