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7 Signs of ‘Depression Relapse’ that You Should Recognize Early [Infographic]

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You might be familiar with the term “cancer relapse” when the cancer symptoms start showing again in the body after staying away for a period. Doctors diagnose and confirm the situation and start treating accordingly.

But what happens when depression relapse?

Yes, depressions do come back and you need to identify the signs early by yourself or your loved ones before it is too late.

According to doctors, depression relapse is an another episode of depression that happens fewer than six months after you’ve been treated for acute depression. Depression recurrence is a new episode that comes after six months or longer since the previous episode has resolved.

Depression can be an ongoing battle for a person that keeps on bouncing back throughout your lives. Those who have experienced it once are at 50 percent risk of relapse. The risk increases to about 70 percent for a person who suffered depression twice.

Women are two to three times more likely to suffer from depression than men.

The way of coping stress may be different in men and women. Men are more likely to act aggressively and abuse drugs and alcohol. Women fight with it via an emotional disease like depression and anxiety attacks.

Depression is a lifelong illness with which you need to learn to live and fight every day. Many time the people around you may not notice the growing signs of depression in you but you need to pay attention to it and seek medical help like psychotherapy and medications.


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Treatment of Depression Relapse

Doctors mostly recommend antidepressant treatment and psychotherapy for depression. Several types of drugs are used to treat depression such as Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs).

Many time doctors pair up the antidepressant medication with the atypical antipsychotic medicines, mood stabilizers, anti- anxiety drugs, stimulants, or other medications.

Cambridge startup, Sage Therapeutics is developing some novel drug candidates to target crucial CNS receptor systems like GABA in the brain to treat various brain disorders.

Credits: WebMD, Health Central

Featured image credit: Bigstockphoto (depression relapse)

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