Major depression is a highly recurrent and disabling disorder. At least 60% of first depressed individuals will have another episode. Knowledge of the predictors of recurrence is crucial in advising continuation and/or maintenance treatment.
Over the last 20-30 years a number of studies identified several sociodemographic-, psychosocial-, personality-, and clinical factors associated with the recurrence of major depression.
This presentation will give an overview of the most important predictors associated with recurrence of depression. Relevant articles were obtained through a search in Medline, Embase, and PsycINFO with the keywords recurrence, relapse, and major depression. This search covered the period from 1980 to 2007. Criteria to select the best studies will be presented.
The studies were further divided in general population studies, primary care and specialised mental health care studies.