While relapse and recovery may be general terms, psychiatry has specific definitions for depressive symptoms:
Diagnosing a depressive episode requires the presence for at least two weeks of at least five from a list of nine physical, emotional and mental symptoms. One of the symptoms must be either “depressed mood” or loss of pleasure or usual interests.
Remission is defined as a point at which most or all symptoms have subsided and overall mental health and outlook have been restored to levels comparable to someone who would not be diagnosed with depression based on commonly used rating scales.
Strictly speaking, recovery from acute depression can be declared after four months of minimal or no symptoms following the start of remission, though there may be good days and bad days along the way.
A new episode of depression, with full onset of symptoms, that occurs within six months of treatment for acute depression.
A new episode of depression that occurs at least six months after a previous episode.
Read the full article: “Depression & Relapse: Learning From the Setbacks”
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