The problem with medication is that it affects people differently and people metabolize drugs differently. There is research showing that there can be permanent effects from taking any drug, though usually it's after taking it for an extended period of time. Antidepressants can affect personality, and they also produce problems that vary in intensity quite a bit when you stop taking them. Some of these withdrawal effects are protracted. Given you're "only" 7 months out this could go away over time -- you say it's a lot better than it was when you were on the drug. Research shows that taking antidepressants can make the brain incapable of functioning without them, but that doesn't sound like you. I wish it were true that drugs are benign, but none are. Sometimes they are easy on you and sometimes very hard. You're somewhere in the middle. For you it will take some struggle. But although it seems like a long time, it's not 7 years later, just 7 months.