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Letters to the Editor
June 2000

Recurrent Depression and Stressful Life Events

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2000;57(6):617. doi:

Fava et al1 found that, of 2 groups with recurrent major depression, the group given cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) had significantly lower levels of symptoms and relapse rates after discontinuation of drug therapy than did the clinical treatment group.

While the authors emphasize the benefits of decreasing residual symptoms, with well-being therapy and lifestyle management as perhaps vital to the effectiveness of their CBT package in relapse prevention, this analysis neglected the latest developments in research focused on the precise causes of relapse in recurrent depression.

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