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Patients with depression can be taught how to improve recovery

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7299.1428/a (Published 09 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1428
  1. Giovanni A Fava (fava@psibo.unibo.it), professor of clinical psychology,
  2. Chiara Ruini, research fellow,
  3. Lara Mangelli, research fellow
  1. Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy

    EDITOR—Andrews has emphasised the chronic nature of depression and the need for endorsing treatment protocols such as those used for diabetes.1 He has also raised the issue of being more honest with people about their prognosis and the need for prolonged treatment, particularly pharmacotherapy. But duration of treatment does not seem to affect long term prognosis once the drug is stopped.2

    Whether you treat a depressed patient for three months or …

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