What is recurrent depression?

Repeated Episodes . Recurrent depression means repeating or "recurring" episodes of significant depression. These episodes may occur after previous episodes have been treated, or they may disappear on their own and then come back in the absence of treatment.
Repeat depression. Recurrent depression is reoccuring bout of depression years after the initial depression has been treated. The most effective treatment is cognitive behavior therapy to identify the irrational belief system, restructure thinking, learn new coping strategies, and medication.
Depression...again. Recurrent depression means that a person has had more than one episode of depression. When people seek treatment for depression for the 1st time, about 25% will remit and never have a recurrent episode. Another 50% will have at least one additional recurrence but recover with treatment. And about 25% will go on to have "treatment resistant depression". Those numbers are very rough, though.

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What to do about my recurrent depression?

See your doctor. If you had depression previously and responded to treatment, by all means see your doctor. If your depression didn't respond to treatment but remitted (went away spontaneously) there are new options available for treatment resistant depression. Read more...
Seek treatment. If your recurrent depression lasts more than two weeks for each episode with the expected symptoms, then it is best to seek treatment through therapy and/or medications depending on severity. After about the third bout of major depression, there is a greater chance of developing a subsequent depression and lifelong medication treatment may be necessary to prevent future episodes. Read more...
Symptom recognition. Learn to recognize the symptoms of depression. Keeping up with your routines before, during and after your symptoms occur is also very important. Routine helps person to bring the sense of predictability in the environment. It is important to stay on medication that you're prescribed and keep in touch with your counselor. It is also important to report any changes you experience to your providers. Read more...

There is no way of characterizing my recurrent depression. How can I find help?

Depression. Start with workup by your pcp & referral to mental health professional for counseling & meds. If needed. Read more...
Don't suffer when. there is help available. You can see a psychiatrist or a psychologist for comprehensive evaluation and treatment. Seeing your physician first is another option. Read more...

How long do people with severe recurrent depression stay on lithium on average?

Usual time varies. The standard is a minimum of 6, but there is less recurrence if it is 12 mos. If there have been many recurrences, you may want to consider using it long term for prophylaxis. Read more...

My pdoc changed my diagnosis from bipolar type 2 to recurrent depression w/anxiety. What's the diffence? Still on all the same meds? I don't get it?

Bi II vs depression. Bipolar is a condition with mood swings (depression to mania). Depression is sadness and loss of interest. The bipolar ii is similar to depression with short hypomania (mild mania) and long periods of the depression. It may be difficult to distinguish. Hence, both condition are controlled with same medications, but different counseling. Read more...
Recurrent depression. means repeated episodes of unipolar disorder. Bipolar Depression means that there are episodes of depression as well as episodes with elevated mood and energy level. See you are taking valproic acid - that would be appropriate for either recurrent depression or for bipolar depresion. However, antidepressants can sometimes cause problems when treating bipolar disorder. Read more...

What is your openion of treating recurrent depression with valdoxan 25 mg (agomelatine) now compleat cure for one year. How long duration of treatment

Ask U PCP or MH prov. They will be able to tell u since they r who will be treating u. Read more...
Agomelatine. Glad to hear you've experienced some results. Agomelatine isn't yet marketed in the us, and clinical studies are ongoing. It's a melatonin agonist and also antagonizes certain serotonin receptors; yet it hasn't been associated with sexual side effects as others have. So far there are mixed reviews of it though, questioning hepatotoxicity & other issues. We'll have to wait for study outcome. Read more...

I'm on sertraline, diphenhydramine, & risperidone. I might have recurrent depression with psychotic features is what the doc said. Could it be really?

Psychotic Dep. Your doctor must have performed thorough assessment to diagnose & treat. He/she knows your case more than any of us online. Wish u well. Read more...
Yes, it could be. It sounds you want to know if you can get recurrent depression with psychotic features. Yes, it's possible. It's a very serious form of depression that deteriorates to include perceptions that are not supported or shared by those around you (family, social and cultural background). A review of your symptoms with your doctor and strict adherence to treatment will help. Best wishes. Read more...