A relapse of depression means your symptoms have come back after you have gotten better. This happens to many people who have depression. But you can do a lot to keep depression from coming back.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Some people are more likely to have a relapse than others. Talk to your doctor to find out how likely you are to have a relapse.
You may be at risk for relapse if:
If you know your risk of relapse and the warning signs, you will be better able to prevent a relapse.
The two most common signs of relapse are:
You may have other symptoms, such as:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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