Im hoping meds are not for life becosue im on 10 of them. Not all anti depressants of course, i have arthritic pain, and stomach problems i have to take meds for too. But i have a feeling some are for life some aretn, like my stomach, I have gastropariesis( parlysed stomach), it wont move it takes to long for fould to digest casueing me to vomit, but the meds hav really helped great;y, those i will be on for life if i dont want to vomit anymore. But the anti ds its hard to say, i wish i ocould get along with out them.
Abilifyis very good, and very epenxive, but has worked wonders for my daughter, i would take her off anti d before i would take her off the mood stablizer. Topamax wroked for me, but is to expensive, it suppose to go generic soon, than i can take it again. I t also helped me lose weight. its helped my son as a mood stablizer, and with weight loss for him too, so topomax is a good one too. Depakote daughter had been on but have weaned off , ifelt she was oon too many drugs.
So some are for life some are not. Oh my son also takes the topomax for migraines so killing to birds with one stone.
Hope your meds help you get through what you need to get through and then you are able to taper off at a later day, good luck to you...