Adolescent relapse of depression common

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A study recently published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that, while nearly all teens bounce back from depression, almost half of them relapse in subsequent years. According to John Curry, PhD, of Duke University Medical Center, and colleagues, 46.6% of the 96.4% of teens that had recovered from depression experienced relapse. Girls and those with a poor short term response in the “Treatment of Adolescents with Depression” study were found to be most at risk of recurrence. “The finding that recurrence rates increased significantly from two to three years after baseline suggests that recurrence prevention efforts, such as symptom or medication monitoring or cognitive behavioral therapy booster sessions, may be of value beyond the maintenance period included in TADS,” Curry and colleagues wrote. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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