The answer to this depends on your perception of ‘dependence’. 15 years back, life without a mobile was as good as it gets. Today, without my mobile, I can’t do anything. I am dependent on it. Good or bad! . . . .
If taking a few pills allows you to achieve what you want in life, then maybe its not so bad. The reason we advise long term medicines to many patients (even after they get better) is because the risk of the illness coming back is often quite high and the most effective way to minimise that risk is to continue to take appropriate medicines at an appropriate dose. If side effects are what is bothering you, then by all means discuss this with your psychiatrist and look for a medicine which will effectively keep you well and also not have any worrisome side effects. But do take your medicine!