Avoid a depression relapse

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Your depression is over. The dark times seem like they are now a thing of the past. What do you do now?

Don’t be tempted to stop medication or therapy just yet. Settle in to your new perspective and let your doctors make any necessary adjustments for long-term success. The goal is to stay mentally healthy.

When do you stop going to therapy?

Together with your therapist you will answer this question. Sometimes an assessment is taken in which you are asked to rate your symptoms. If there aren't anymore or they are mild and have been for a length of time, therapy sessions could be lessened or discontinued.

An assessment could also identify unresolved issues that need more focus. You may also want to continue with quarterly appointments. This will help you stay reminded of helpful techniques or catch any recurring patterns before they get rooted.

Should you stop taking medication?

When you feel good, you’ll be tempted to think everything is good and you no longer need your medications. Feeling good just means the medications are working.

Do not be tempted to stop taking any medication without your doctor’s advice and consent. Additionally, quitting cold turkey could be dangerous. Ending a prescription drug therapy requires supervision and a plan to avoid withdrawals of any kind.

Will there be a relapse?

Brown University researchers have found that 85 percent of people with a depressive episode have a relapse within 15 years.

“Depression seems to have lasting biological effects on the brain,” said Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD, director of the Yale Depression and Cognition Program.

Take a proactive role in your recovery by monitoring your moods, reducing the amount of time focused on a disturbing topic, and resisting any temptation to beat up on yourself. Move toward solving problems and gaining a sense of control.

By working with your doctor and sticking to a strategy for mental health, you can increase your chances of living a productive and enjoyable life.

Source: Lifescript


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