Originally Posted by mr. tegu
That depends on the person, their social support, and general level of functioning. I had a client taking a medication for depression and he quit cold turkey. He had a decent and stable support in the form of his family, and plenty of strong interests to occupy his mind. He acknowledged that the medication allowed him to think more clearly and maintain an improved mood. He got to the point where he felt he was going to be able to maintain without further assistance and did not want to develop a dependency. This is unique though.
Andrea Gates came off cocktail of drugs on her own, without her doctor's permission abruptly and drowned her children.
It's not a matter of social support and level of functioning, one has to come off them with a doctor.
Dr Lesley Hickin
Deciding when and how to stop taking your antidepressant medication is an important step. You should always discuss this with your doctor and together decide whether it is the right time to stop. It is also important to keep in touch with your doctor during the time while you are coming off your medication to deal with problems that arise.
Usually these drugs should be slowly reduced in dose, since all antidepressants have the potential to cause withdrawal reactions. This is not a new finding, and has been recognised since these drugs were first introduced. Many doctors remain unaware of these and much more research is necessary into the cause...
When you stop taking antidepressants you will not suffer from 'cold turkey' in the way that opiate addicts do. However, it is common to get some symptoms if you stop an antidepressant abruptly, and these withdrawal symptoms are known as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome.
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