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If I've had an episode of major depression, can I prevent another one?

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Once you have had an episode of major depression, you are at high risk of having another. The best way to prevent another episode of depression is to be aware of the triggers or causes of major depression and to continue taking the prescribed medication to avoid relapse. It is also important to know what the symptoms of major depression are and to talk with your doctor early if you have any of these symptoms.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

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

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

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

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

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