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My suggestion however is please undergo few sessions of counselling so as to better handle any life stressors and be equipped with coping strategies for the future. Then you can confidently reduce and stop the medication.
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Usually antidepressants have to be taken for at least an year or two after first episode of depression as depression is a chronic illness like diabetes with high risk of relapse( episode happening again). So it's important to complete the whole course. Also stopping it needs to be gradual under supervision of psychiatrist to watch for any worsening. Instead of self treating it will be better to collaborate the termination of treatment with your treating psychiatrist.