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What are depression relapses and recurrences?

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Doctors define relapse as another episode of depression that happens fewer than six months after you've been treated for acute depression. A recurrence is a new episode that comes after six months or longer since the previous episode has resolved. Regardless of the timeline, it can be demoralizing to feel depression symptoms, such as sadness, fatigue, and irritability, creeping back into your life.

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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