Depression is a catastrophic illness that tends to occur in episodes. A person who has experienced one episode of depression is more likely to experience another one. Also, many researches on depression have suggested that the subsequent depressive episodes are easily triggered than the initial ones. Most patients of depression tend to recover from an every episode; however, there are strong chances of a recurrence. This means that the patient may experience another episode of depression even before the previous one gets completely resolved.
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What are the Chances of Depression Recurrence?
The studies conducted on the prognosis of depression have indicated that it has a significant risk of recurrence over time. These studies have pointed out that the main reason behind depression recurrence remains discontinuation of the treatment without consulting the respective psychologist. After the successful recovery from acute/episodic depression, its symptoms do not ‘haunt’ the patients for long and subsequently, they begin to feel better. However, stopping the treatment before its due course and being negligent to refilling the prescription on time lead to the return of depression. Unfortunately, the subsequent bouts of depression are far worse than the previous episodes.
How to Prevent Depression from Recurring
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The best resort to prevent depression from recurring is to complete the due course of your ongoing treatment, which may even last for the rest of your life. This will ensure overall improvement of the condition of those who have had multiple episodes of depression. Also, this will keep them mentally prepared to deal with the unavoidable stressors of day-to-day life that may trigger depression again.
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