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The Impact of Residual Symptoms in Major Depression

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Author(s): Joshua A. Israel

Journal: Pharmaceuticals
ISSN 1424-8247

Volume: 3;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 2426;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: major depressive disorder | MDD | antidepressive agents | residual symptoms | depression | depression treatment

ABSTRACT
The current definition of remission from major depressive disorder does not fully take into account all aspects of patient recovery. Residual symptoms of depression are very common in patients who are classified as being in remission. Patients with residual symptoms are at increased risk of functional and interpersonal impairments, and are at high risk for recurrence of depression. This article discusses the incidence of residual symptoms of depression, as well as the risks and consequences of these symptoms, and will review the state of current treatment.
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