OK, This is a main question for Ian, as it's something I've been struggling with mentally and then therefore probably creating anxiety that I'm trying to get rid of.
OK, SSRI's work by promoting growth of new cells damaged by stress hormones. This is how I understand them. IF that is how they work why would someone need to be on them forever after they're feeling good again. My psych tells me one year of abnormal anxiety free and then it's ok to taper off slowly. I'd rather not be on them forever but if they give me life back I'll be on them forever. Not that big of a deal.
I've just read a ton of your answers Ian, and you always ask people how they will treat their anxiety after medication... That's making an assumption that once abnormal anxiety exists it will never not exist without medication. I'm seriously not trying to offend you or question your intelligence. You're obviously very knowledgeable and very helpful to a lot of people.
Personally, I've had periods of abnormal anxiety that lasted anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months a few times in my life, but nothing like this time that has lasted over 10 months now. I know tons of people that have taken medication for it and then got better and stopped. I'm sure you do too. I'm sure most on here do and some on here reading this will fall into that category(Not many as I think once people are better they don't frequent this site as much, I know for me personally, when I have good times, I don't come here as much.)
Anyway, just wanting to open this to discussion. I think it's more likely that people can get healed and get off medication and live a normal life. You don't seem to think that way, am I wrong?