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Psychotherapy has been helping my depression some but I'm uncertain if I will be okay if I stop therapy? I don't want to jeopardize myself feeling better, but I'm also a very anxiety-driven person who will worry about anything I do. The last few times I stopped therapy I felt fine for 1-2 weeks, but my depression symptoms gradually relapsed and before I knew it I was abusing prescription drugs and wanting to drink alcohol to solve my problems.

I want to be a healthier man and not rely on using alcohol or prescription drugs as my sole means of feeling better.

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replied September 21st, 2018
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Psychotherapy or behavioral sessions do help in controlling the symptoms. If you are feeling better, discuss with your doctor about slowly weaning you off the prescription drugs instead of stopping them completely at once. This will help to prevent relapse of symptoms. Avoid alcohol use. Discuss your symptoms and apprehensive feelings with your doctor, he/she would help you to understand your symptoms better and also help you to calm down the anxiety levels. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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