A relapse of depression means your symptoms have come back after you have gotten better. This illness often comes and goes during a lifetime. But there are many things you can do to keep it 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.
Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at risk of relapse. Many things can make a person more likely to relapse into depression. These include having a family member with depression, dealing with serious problems in a relationship or a job, having a serious medical condition, or an alcohol or substance use problem.
It is important to know your risk and to recognize warning signs of relapse. Once you know these things, you will be better able to keep it from happening to you.
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: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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