11 doctors weighed in:
Can people be permanently cured of major depression?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Controlled not cured
Like most illnesses--diabetes thyroid disease hypertension the symptoms are controlled not cured.

In brief: Controlled not cured
Like most illnesses--diabetes thyroid disease hypertension the symptoms are controlled not cured.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
A better question is can it be successfully treated? One would have to live a lifetime to say they were permanently cured of depression.
I believe there is always a risk of relapse. Common wisdom is one depression leads to a 50% chance of another, two a 75% chance and three a 90% chance for more depression. I have seen almost every other possibility in my 40 years of practice.

In brief: Possibly
A better question is can it be successfully treated? One would have to live a lifetime to say they were permanently cured of depression.
I believe there is always a risk of relapse. Common wisdom is one depression leads to a 50% chance of another, two a 75% chance and three a 90% chance for more depression. I have seen almost every other possibility in my 40 years of practice.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depression
Phases of treatment are; acute phase, maintenance phase, recovery phase.
Depressed person can remain in the recovery phase for years without relapse, as long as they continue therapy.

In brief: Depression
Phases of treatment are; acute phase, maintenance phase, recovery phase.
Depressed person can remain in the recovery phase for years without relapse, as long as they continue therapy.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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