Patient Characteristics and Factors Associated with Chronic Depression and Its Treatment

  • D. Eccleston
  • J. L. Scott
  • W. A. Barker
  • T. A. Kerr


Depression in most patients remits spontaneously or responds to antidepressant treatment. The few patients in whom it does not form a group who pose a significant therapeutic challenge. Robins and Guze1 reviewed 20 follow-up studies of affective disorders and concluded that a chronic course supervened in 1–28% of cases (average 12–15%). This wide variation depends on nonuniformity of diagnostic criteria for depression, assessment methods employed, and in particular the intensity of follow-up. In this study the definition used was that of Cassano et al.2: “Chronicity refers to symptomatic nonrecovery for a period of 2 or more years and may be a sequel to one or more episodes of depression from which the patient does not recover.”


Beck Depression Inventory Depressive Illness Chronic Depression Chronic Group Research Diagnostic Criterion 
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  • D. Eccleston
  • J. L. Scott
  • W. A. Barker
  • T. A. Kerr

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