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Relapse Prevention
Relapse prevention
Overview

We begin this chapter with a case study. Relapse is a major problem for depressed individuals, so we discuss the risk factors for relapse. We then review the literature regarding people who cope with depression on their own, without professional help; this literature may enhance our knowledge of relapse prevention. We discuss practical issues for relapse prevention. Then we review maintenance strategies, including the use of booster sessions—this strategy has yielded some very promising findings. Finally, we present clinical guidelines, a chapter summary, and suggested readings.

As we noted in Chapter 1, we use the term relapse to cover both a worsening of depressive symptoms after the symptoms have partially improved and a new episode of depression after full recovery from a previous ...

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