Complete Resolution of Depressive Symptoms Drops Relapse Risk

Traditional medical opinion has held that people who have experienced an episode of major depression are at high risk for having another episode.

New research suggests this may not always be the case as researchers discovered the risk of depression recurrence is significantly lower for people with complete, rather than partial depressive symptom resolution.

Investigators believe their findings should lead to a new clinical definition of what constitutes the end of a major depressive episode both in terms of symptom expression and duration.

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