Alec Baker, Psy.D.

Is Recovery from Depression Just Symptoms or Something More?

Is Recovery from Depression Just Symptoms or Something More?

Remission from clinical depression is defined in two conflicting ways. The first definition comes from the patient’s viewpoint, having improved satisfaction with life and a greater sense of well-being. Clinicians, however, define remission by looking solely at the presence (or absence) of certain clinical signs. This can lead to not doing enough for depression, or conversely, doing too much and exhausting scarce resources unnecessarily. A questionnaire was developed to try to minimize this discrepancy that asks the patient questions on how they feel about their battle with depression; questions that more or less focus on the patient’s definition of remission.

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