With depression, the road to recovery can be rocky and, just like other chronic conditions, there’s a risk that you’ll relapse. Relapse is when symptoms of depression return after previously feeling better.1 It can feel like a big setback for someone with depression.
Why does relapse happen?
Studies have shown that many people with depression experience symptoms that go beyond low mood, and often persist even when your mood has improved. These may include:2,3
- Cognitive symptoms, for example difficulty concentrating, indecisiveness, forgetfulness
- Physical symptoms, for example feeling tired all the time, losing or gaining lots of weight, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, feeling restless or slow
- Other emotional symptoms, such as not taking any pleasure in things they used to enjoy
If left untreated, or if treated unsuccessfully, these residual symptoms may increase the risk of relapse.4–6
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