When deciding how to treat your depression, you have several options, one of which is antidepressants. Your psychiatrist will recommend what they believe to be the best option, but ultimately, it is your decision whether or not you use antidepressants as part of the treatment plan for your depression. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there about antidepressants that may make you biased against this completely legitimate option. Here are some common myths you may have encountered about antidepressants:

MYTH: Antidepressants are just a crutch and don’t really address your problems.

Depression has to do with a chemical imbalance in your brain, and antidepressants work to rebalance it. For many people, antidepressants lift their mood enough to help them address the problems in their lives, particularly through therapy.

MYTH: Antidepressants are addictive.

Antidepressants are not addictive. You will not crave your antidepressant or need increasing doses for it to have the same effect. However, abruptly disrupting your medication routine will cause you to go through withdrawal, so if you do want to stop taking medication, work with your psychiatrist to slowly take you off of it.  

MYTH: If I go on antidepressants, I have to take them for the rest of my life.

Most people who experience depression do not have to be on antidepressants for an extended period of time. The general rule is that people should take medication for 1.5 times as long as the depressive episode that caused that to take them in the first place; after that, you can work with your psychiatrist to wean yourself off of the medication.
Regardless of what you decide in regards to taking antidepressants, Kentlands Psychotherapy can help you with your depression. If you need a psychiatrist in Gaithersburg, call us today.