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How often do people get depression?

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Depression usually strikes more than once in a lifetime. For many people, it can become a chronic or lifelong illness, with several relapses or recurrences. On average, most people with depression will have four to five episodes during their lifetimes.

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

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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