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Being aware of residual cognitive symptoms

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Following an episode of depression, the most obvious mood and physical symptoms might disappear, however cognitive symptoms, such as trouble concentrating, may persist longer.1 While they may be difficult to spot at first, these symptoms can interfere with different aspects of your life and can impact relationships with those around you, at work and at home.2,3 When cognitive symptoms impact your daily functioning, it’s important to know the signs and seek appropriate help.

Here are a few things to look out for:

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If you feel any of these symptoms (e.g. trouble concentrating) are something you encounter often, it’s important to discuss them with your doctor. Although cognitive symptoms can be associated with other factors, such as age,5 they are common as part of depression as a disorder.

Staying aware and reporting these symptoms to your doctor can help them create an effective, long-term treatment plan that addresses your residual symptoms and reduces your risk of relapse.

Use our ‘Talk to your doctor’ guide to record any symptoms you may have and share them with your doctor at your next appointment.

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  1. Israel J. Pharmaceuticals 2010; 3(8): 2426–2440.

  2. The cognitive symptoms of depression. Available at: Accessed: January 2018.

  3. PsychGuides. Cognitive problem symptoms, causes and effects. Available at: Accessed: January 2018.

  4. HealthyPlace. What are the cognitive symptoms in depression. Available at:

  5. Fehnel S et al. CNS Spectrums 2013: 1–10.

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