The Course of Depression

A great post about depression and its course. Educational and informative. A must read!

Shedding Light on Mental Illness

The following information explains the Course of Depression.  It also includes a link to the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression.

The Course of Depression

Episode

The initial episode often, but not always, follows a significant precipitating event, for example a job loss, relationship discourse or some type of trigger. The course of depression can vary based on individual factors and influencers. Episodes may occur in clusters or could be isolated and separated by many years. Episodes may become increasingly frequent and more severe with age.

Untreated, a major depressive episode may last, on average, about four months. Some people only experience a single depressive episode and thereafter are symptom free. However, many people who experience one major depressive episode will go on to experience multiple major depressive episodes. Consider the following:

  • 50% of patients who have a single episode and recover can be expected to have one or more episodes…

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