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People with longstanding or treatment-resistant depression tend to benefit more from longer-term psychotherapy. Studies show long-term therapy for those conditions leads to greater improvement in depression symptoms and better life satisfaction and social functioning. It may also lower the risk of having a relapse after you get better.

From: Psychotherapy for Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Wiles, N. , Feb. 2013. Lancet

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Depression?”

FDA: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Mental Health America: Mpower: “Facts about Depression and Suicide.”

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How it works and how it can help.”

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Little A. , July 15, 2009. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Wiles, N. , Feb. 2013. Lancet

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Depression?”

FDA: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Mental Health America: Mpower: “Facts about Depression and Suicide.”

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How it works and how it can help.”

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Little A. , July 15, 2009. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

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