Every health care provider and mental health professional will encounter clients struggling with depression, yet many of these professionals don’t receive a thorough grounding on theory, research, and clinical guidelines regarding depression, and those who do sometimes have trouble keeping abreast of the literature (a literature that includes over 60,000 empirical publications since 1980!). This book provides a handy reference for such practitioners. This brief, practical guide provides an introduction or refresher on depression that is research-based yet accessible, practical, and easy to read and consult.
Chapter 12: Relapse Prevention
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 ...