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Academic Highlights: Ongoing Needs in Depression
J Clin Psychiatry 1996;57:600-610
Copyright 1996 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.
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In his opening presentation, Chairman
A. John Rush, M.D., discussed
the extent to which depression is a
chronic disorder, the course of chronic
depressions, and their diagnosis and
treatment . “Historically,
depressive disorders were viewed as
featuring one or more time-limited
symptomatic episodes lasting 6 to 8
months, with full interepisode recovery,”
said Professor Rush, “but, in the
past 20 years, the chronic nature of
many of these conditions has been recognized
more clearly.” He presented
data showing that most patients who
have one major depressive episode ultimately
suffer a recurrence and that
for a substantial minority of patients
(5%–7%) each episode lasts more than