Major depression has the potential for significant morbidity and mortality, contributing to lost work time, substance abuse, disruption of interpersonal relationships, and suicide. With appropriate treatment, up to 80% of individuals can achieve a significant reduction of symptoms. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition, depression is in full (or complete) remission if no signs or symptoms of the disturbance were present during the past 2 months. Depression is in partial remission if symptoms of the immediately previously major depressive episode are present but full criteria are not met, or there is a period lasting < 2 months without any significant symptoms of that episode. Although full remission is not common, approximately 40% of treated individuals achieve partial remission within 12 months of treatment. Of note, patients who continue to present residual symptoms after treatment are at higher risk for relapse or recurrence compared with those achieving full remission.
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