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Monday, May 10, 2010 C Redfeather, Community Member, asks

Q: How long do you have to take celexa? Is it forever or do you ever get over depression?

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John Folk-Williams, Health Guide
5/12/10 2:29am

I can understand your concern about taking a medication - especially if it might be "forever." No one can say with certainty how long your depression would last, but many people do recover. A number of those keep taking medication indefinitely as part of their regimen for staying healthy. Others use medication  until they feel well enough to work on their recovery in different ways - perhaps psychotherapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition - or all of these and others. It sounds like depression might be a new problem for you. If so, it's important to treat it early - that's your best chance of recovering without relapses. If it isn't treated, each recurrence makes it more and more likely it will stay with you for a long, long time.


We can be more helpful if you offer more information about what you're going through. I hope you'll feel free to write here again.



Judy, Community Member
5/10/10 11:23pm

Hi, there. It's hard to say how long you might have to take Celexa, especially not knowing much about you.  Sometimes a medication will stop being effective after a while, or you might try discontinuing it and have a recurrence of the depression.  Or, you might take it for a while and never have another episode.  One thing, though, is that it's more likely to recur if it's untreated, so it's good that you're taking care of it.  If you have any problems with it that you're concerned about, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor - is he/she a psychiatrist?  You can also help overcome depression with psychotherapy and sometimes both that and medication work the best.


I wish you luck, hope this works well for you and let us know if you need anything else.

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By C Redfeather, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 05/10/10