Importantly, the level of recovery also guides the period of continued medicines. A partial recovery means relapses can be prevented only with consistent medicines. A full recovery may mean use of medicines for the minimum period of time. This is usually 2 years after depression has completely lifted (if it is the first episode).
If you have been unwell in the past and the symptom free period is not very long, it is better to keep taking the medicines for as long as possible.