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, 19 (1), 85-102

Recovery, Chronicity, and Levels of Psychopathology in Major Depression

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Recovery, Chronicity, and Levels of Psychopathology in Major Depression

T I Mueller et al. Psychiatr Clin North Am.

Abstract

Major depression is a chronic and recurrent disorder for many people who are afflicted by it. There is a wealth of literature addressing the course of this disorder with follow-up times varying from several months to several decades, which gives a remarkably consistent picture in treated and untreated populations. Fortunately, most people who develop major depression recover from their initial episode; unfortunately, a significant minority do not recover fully and a near majority develop additional episodes. This article examines a selected group of studies that have examined the course of depression, with a focus on a large naturalistic longitudinal prospective study of affective disorders--the NIMH Collaborative Depression Study.

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