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Prognosis of Depression

Updated at: Nov 20, 2012
Mental Health
Written by: Gunjan RastogiPublished at: Nov 20, 2012
Prognosis of Depression

Prognosis of Depression— Discontinuing the treatment of depression abruptly without consulting your doctor ignites strong chances of its recurrences.

Depression is a catastrophic illness that tends to occur in episodes. A person who has experienced one episode of depression is more likely to experience another one. Also, many researches on depression have  suggested that the subsequent depressive episodes are easily triggered than the initial ones.  Most patients of depression tend to recover from an every episode; however, there are strong chances of a recurrence. This means that the patient may experience another episode of depression even before the  previous one gets completely resolved.

[Read: Overcoming Depression]

What are the Chances of Depression Recurrence?

The studies conducted on the prognosis of depression have indicated that it has a  significant risk of recurrence  over time. These studies have pointed out that the main reason behind depression recurrence remains discontinuation of the treatment without consulting the respective psychologist. After the successful recovery from acute/episodic depression, its symptoms do not ‘haunt’ the patients for long and subsequently, they begin to feel better.  However, stopping the treatment before its due course and being negligent to refilling the prescription on time lead to  the return of depression. Unfortunately, the   subsequent bouts of depression are far worse than the previous episodes.

How to Prevent Depression from Recurring

  • Follow your treatment procedure as long as your doctor has recommended. . Usually, the treatment of one episode of depression continues for six to 12 months to prevent its  reappearance.
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression recurrence to identify it on time. These signs include sleeping difficulties, changes in appetite, increased lethargy, loss of social interests or withdrawal from social activities, anxiety and irritability.

[Read: Signs and Symptoms of Depression]

  • Avoid matters that may cause you distress such as family/financial stress, mentally straining professional obligations, social isolation and alcoholism.
  • Get yourself enrolled in any of the beneficial psychological therapies such as interpersonal therapy, music therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Along with ensuring mental peace and stress-free life, being careful about your physical fitness is equally importance to curb the chances of its  recurrence.
  • Eat healthy, set a regular sleep schedule and engage in exercises to stabilise your moods.

[Read: How to Reset Your Sleep Cycle]

  • Quit smoking and refrain from over indulgence in alcohol.


The best resort to prevent depression from recurring is to complete the due course of your ongoing treatment, which may even last for the rest of your life. This will ensure overall improvement of the condition of those who have had multiple episodes of depression. Also, this will keep them mentally prepared to deal with the unavoidable stressors of day-to-day life that may trigger depression again.


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