Anti-depressants can be helpful for some people, but others do not get the expected improvement or might get significant side effects. Still others take them for a period of time and just want to get off them. What you do not want to do is stop them suddenly. Dr. Kurt Kroenke of Indiana University warms against the Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, which can make patients miserable and possibly suicidal for several weeks. I prefer to taper such meds over two weeks and replace them with a nutrient program like Empower plus. Another option would be to measure the neurotransmitters and boost up the ones that are low with specific amino acids. If the intention is to switch to another medication, tapering is not usually needed.
See Family Practice News,(click here) May 1, 2011, p. 32.