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How can maintenance treatment help in treating depression relapse?

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After treatment for an acute bout of depression, doctors sometimes place people on maintenance therapy to try to prevent another episode, especially if they're at high risk for a recurrence. During this treatment, which lasts one year or longer, you may continue taking an antidepressant, with or without psychotherapy. Talk to your doctor about whether you need maintenance therapy, and for how long.

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Merck Manual: "Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" 

Reynolds CF III. , 2006. New England Journal of Medicine

Kornstein, SG. 2008. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics,

Nierenberg, AA. 2003. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" 

Reynolds CF III. , 2006. New England Journal of Medicine

Kornstein, SG. 2008. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics,

Nierenberg, AA. 2003. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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