I suffer from GAD and depression and am currently on the road to being fully recovered.
I'm at the point now when I want to come off of my medication but my doctor seems to be unwilling to let me. I'm under the care of the local mental health team and have CBT appointments which I've found helpful but I also want to stop those.
I want to be done with the whole bit really, I'm over medicated and I just want to move on with my life.
I'm tempted to just stop taking them but I know the side effects can be harsh.
no you absolutely do not have to continue taking them. I would say though, that you make this very clear to your team and state you would like to come off them with appropriate support and emphasise that you have capacity to make this decision and that having support and guidance for this decision is in your best interests.
It si highly likely you should be reducing the dose very gradually, hence the reluctance on their part and hence the need for you to ask for them to guide you in this. Stopping suddenly can be a very bad idea. But you are completely within your rights to want to come off them and you should assert this right.