Depressive disease is usually treated in
- Acute treatment
- Continuation treatment
- Maintenance treatment
The aim of acute treatment is to relieve
the symptoms of Depressive Disease and make the patient feel well so that he/she resumes
Continuation treatment (continuing the
treatment for some time even after the patient is well) is important. The chances of
relapse of Depressive Disease within the first six months are much higher. The continuation treatment is for preventing these relapses.
Maintenance treatment is to prevent a
recurrence of the Depressive Disease. The maintenance treatment improves the chances of the patient remaining well.