If I've been depressed, how likely am I to have a relapse?

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John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Research shows that your chances of re-experiencing depression increase with each depressive episode. That is, the more often you experience depressive episodes, the more likely you are to experience another. Fortunately, research also shows that recovery from depression is possible, and very likely, if you continue to keep up the new habits you’ve formed to counter the depression and, if necessary, continue the professional treatment you’ve found for your depression.
Depression 101: A Practical Guide to Treatments, Self-Help Strategies, and Preventing Relapse

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