How long are antidepressants usually needed?
Like any medication, the length of time someone needs to take antidepressants depends on the severity of their condition and how they respond to treatment. Some people only need to take medication for a short time (usually 6–12 months), while others may need it over the long term, just like someone with diabetes might use insulin or someone with asthma would use ventolin. Stopping antidepressant medication should only be done gradually, on a doctor's recommendation and under supervision.
The important thing is finding the treatment that's right for you. Just because a treatment has been shown to work scientifically, that doesn't mean it will work equally well for every individual. Some people will have complications, side effects or find that the treatment doesn't fit in with their lifestyle. It can take time, strength and patience to find a treatment that works.
After seeking appropriate advice, the best approach is to try a treatment you're comfortable with and one that works for most people. If you don't see an improvement or experience problems with the treatment, discuss this with your health professional and consider trying another.