Many people visit their General Practitioner (GP) with depression and are prescribed antidepressants. Some people continue taking antidepressants for months or years after they have improved in order to reduce the chance of a worsening of depression. We call this long term maintenance treatment and it is far more common than often realised, and may not be necessary in all cases. Doctors do not know if people on long term maintenance for more than 9 months are still benefiting from the treatment.
What do we hope to find out?
We want to find out if long term maintenance treatment for depression is effective. The results of the study will let doctors give better advice to people who have taken antidepressants for some time, about whether to continue with antidepressants or to stop the treatment. We hope around 500 people will agree to take part.